It was also the AGM which didn't take as long as we had all dreaded! I am now the secretary for the group, as well as continuing being one of the judges for our annual short stort comp The Doris Gooderson short story comp which is now open for entries. Go to http://www.wrekinwriters.co.uk/ for details if you want to enter - the prizes have increased in value since last year so give it a bash!
We had such fun with Brenda telling the wonderful tale of how her first short story came to be sold and she is so grateful for everyone who helped bringing her and editor together! She will be back on line, hopefully by the end of next week and will thank you all then! We went round the room telling each other of our successes and they were amazing! It is so encouraging and inspiring to hear how members are doing with their writing - we really are such a busy and talented group!
I have had my photo taken by Mike White http://mythological-mike.blogspot.com/ as he had mentioned something about it a while ago - he loves doing portraits of people so I was happy to oblige - even though I'm not particularly photogenic and never know how to pose! Mike had his work cut out with me - but he did a grand job! He also snapped Brenda and I together as the publicity officer Darren wants to do something with Brenda's story.
Then we came to the Wrekin Writer of the Year Award. Its purpose is to encourage group members to submit work to publishers/editors and we get points for what we send out. It's great fun and certainly motivates us to get writing and send our stuff out there. Jan, who writes historical fiction and articles was in third place - well done Jan! Our Fee http://fee-mypositivelife.blogspot.com/ our prolific letter writer romped in to second place and I came first!
I've had such a great time since I joined Wrekin Writers and their encouragement and enthusiasm has definitely rubbed off on me! I am so proud to be an active member and when I tried to say thank you to my fellow Wrekin Writers when the winner was announced, Simon Whaley reminded me that it wasn't the Oscars!! But I don't care! Thanks where thanks are due! Himself got an Outstanding Contribution to Wrekin Writers award, which was well deserved as he is an amazing chappy who helps us all so much and he never grumbles - well, not much anyway! So congtrats to Simon too. I know for a fact that I wouldn't have got so far with my writing without his guidance and encouragement.
Chairman Sue has asked us to reflect on our writing achievements through 2009 and also to write down what we want to achieve with our writing in 2010. We are to seal this in an envelope and get it out on 1st Jan 2011 and see which of our goals we managed to reach. I'm going to write mine tonight!
After my stomach bug and tiredness recently, today has been just the tonic I needed! Trouble is, with it being such a big group now it's impossible to get round everyone for a chin wag! We'll need a whole day for the meeting soon.
So well done to everyone and let's make 2010 a even better year for our writing!