Welcome to the Writingest State!

On the banner of the NC Writers Network website is a quotation that says it all: “Welcome to the Writingest State!” While most of us cringe at this questionable usage of our language, we agree with the thought that NC harbors more than a normal share of writers. Look around and you will find poetry friendly bookstores, writers groups of all descriptions, writers’ workshops attached to most local colleges, commercial writing aids in local publications, and a sprinkling of writers that secret their work in a home filing cabinet shortly after it leaves the pen. North Carolina is doing a lion’s share in combating the loss of literary arts in our video age.

Welcome to the bi-weekly column of the Pamlico Writers Group. My intent is to help writers that appear in the last statement above: writers that secret their works. I intend to shine public light on a PWG writer in each future column by giving a short biography and then presenting a sample of his/her work. A bit of commentary on today’s writing scene will appear, although I’m sparsely qualified for that role.

After having recently acquired the PWG historical records, I have shifted through meeting minutes that have revealed the public birth of interesting writings along with the introduction of a few writers that have achieved some fame.  I hope you will enjoy brief glimpses of triumph and drama as I reveal facts of current and alumni members in my future commentaries.

It was amazing to learn of the diversity of creative writing talent that has accumulated in current members of our local 32-year old group. You may be surprised to hear about these local writer’s books and publications in progress. You will be proud to read about local writers that have flowed through PWG membership on to publication fame and greater undertakings – proud to have them call Washington home.

Members of the PWG typically create a work, read their creation to the group, and then secret the gem in a special drawer – an action typical of many writers. It’s really less of a desire to hide the work than overcoming hurdles of having it published. It’s just easier to pen another poem or story to salve the writing itch than to write publisher queries and receive rejection notices.

In a two-prong approach to shine light on these “lost” works, the PWG has created a website (http://www.pamlicowritersgroup.org) where each author has a page complete with photo, bio, and listing of works presented on the site. For the web smart audience, this may be a better choice for reading local creative PWG member works.

For the less web-able folks, this column is for you. I will shine public light on PWG member’s artistic efforts – just fewer works and at a slower pace than on the web. However, I hope that you will enjoy reading these sample works and will want to go to the website for an extra dose of creative inspiration.

In a partial quote from the PWG Mission Statement:We seek to provide a setting where writers of any genre can read their works, receive constructive feedback and fellowship with other writers. We will also function as a bulletin board for information, announcements, markets, and other news of interest to writers… (PWG) Membership is open to all, both writers and non-writers. There are no requirements either to write or to read… However, all members are encouraged to write and to present their work before the group.”

For the creative writers who has not found a public outlet for his works, I invite you to call our Chairperson, Jerry Cuthrell (252-946-9471), and discuss membership in the Pamlico Writers Group.

Until the next column, I urge you to contact me (jimkeen27817@gmail.com) with comments and suggestions.


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