RRVWG Sets Officers/Events for 2017

The Red River Valley Writers Guild held its Annual Membership Meeting at the Paris Public Library on Tuesday, December 13. The group chose to continue its mission of providing a venue for anyone in the Northeast Texas area who loves to write and wishes to improve their skills in a safe and fun-loving environment.

At the meeting, the group elected Mary Pruitte as president. She will keep her current role as treasurer, a position she has held for two years. Ron Hervey, the supervisor of the Paris Public Library, accepted the position of vice president. Catherine Wurzburger will continue as secretary. Gary York will serve on the board of directors as past president.

Formed as a Texas non-profit in 2014, the group extends its invitation to all writers seeking publication or wanting to polish their skills in the presence of like-minded people.

“We’re still a young organization seeking a broader membership,” said Hervey, who is a founding member of the group. “It has been fun to watch our development, but we are not finished growing yet.”

For the coming year, the organization plans on expanding its community involvement while offering guest speakers, writing workshops, a writing contest, critique sessions, and a small library of instructional books for its members.

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the Paris Public Library, starting at 6 pm. The next meeting will be January 10. The January meeting will be a critique session where attendees are free to read their work and receive feedback from the group.

“I have been told by multi-published authors that critiquing has improved their writing more than anything,” Hervey said. “That’s why most of our monthly meetings are critique sessions.”

The Red River Valley Writers Guild is open to writers ages 15 and up. The group welcomes all experience levels, from novice to published authors, and all genres.

“We welcome visitors, so come to a meeting to see if the group is for you,” Hervey said. “Who knows? You might one day be a New York Times bestseller.”

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New Titles Added to Our Library

We have a few new additions to our library. RRVWG members can check out books in our collection by going to our Library page.

New Additions:

The Elements of Editing
Arthur Plotnik

The Elements of Grammer
Margaret Shertzer

The Elements of Style (3rd Edition)
William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Just Write: The art of personal correspondence
Molly O’Shaughnessy

Websters New World Dictionary of the American Language (2nd College Edition)
Deluxe Color Edition
Simon and Schuster

Patterns of Exposition (Alternate Edition)
Randall E. Decker

Check back often as we will be adding more titles soon.

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National Flash Fiction Contest

NYC midnight hosts several writing competitions throughout the year. The site has opened registration for its current contest – a flash fiction contest. Stories will be 1000 words or less, based on a given genre, location and object.

Four rounds of competition. Every writer will receive feedback from the judges. $55 entry fee, with a deadline of July 21 to register. 

You can find more information at http://www.nycmidnight.com.

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RRVWG Lending Library

The Red River Valley Writers Guild now has a lending library for its members.  You can check out our current collection by going to our Library page. Members can request one book at a time. The “librarian” in charge of the collection would then bring that title to the next meeting for the member to pick up.

The collection received a jump start at last night’s meeting when Joanne Williams donated two book/CD combo for the library.  Both titles are from “The Great Courses” series.  Each course has a guide book, lecture transcription book and a four disk lecture series.  The two titles are “Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s Craft,” and  “Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write About Anything.” These two courses are now available for current members.

Check back often as we will be adding more titles soon.

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New Website is Complete

The new website is finally complete.  I’m sure that we will be tweaking it here or there, but for the most part the site is finished.

With this site, viewers will be able to check out when our next meeting is, or what events we have planned for the future on or Meetings and Events page.

Need a map to where we meet, or want to find out who our officers are?  Check out our About page.

On our Join page, you can discover the different levels of membership. You can also join our group if you wish by downloading a membership application or paying and submitting your membership online.

We even have a page for Writer Resources.  On that page you will find links that are handy for writers.

Need to contact us?  Go to our Contact page.  There you will find our snail mail address, along with a form to comment or ask us questions that you may have.

Don’t miss any Red River Valley Writers Guild news or information. The first item under the RRVWG logo in the left-hand column is a link to join our mailing list. Click to join and we will email you reminders of our meetings and other events. Your email address is safe with us.  We DO NOT sell or give any information about our lists.

The newest feature of our website is this blog.  We will be blogging information about RRVWG events and programs, or just general information that we think that writers may be interested in. You can be notified of any new blog posts by clicking the “Follow” button in the left-hand column. This is different from our mailing list due to emailing you only of new blog posts.

Welcome to our new website. We hope that you find it informative. Check back often!

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Our New Home

Welcome to our new home on the internet. We are currently working on transferring all information from out old site to this new one. Most of the info has been transferred, but we still have a few links and functions that are no operable at this time. Please bear with us while we make the changes.


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