|Did I mention there was a |
champagne (or sparkling juice) toast?
Yummy. Cheers, ARWA!
I discovered ARWA in 2003, and have learned so much from this wonderful group in the years since then! Before I'd joined, I'd written two historical romances and one contemporary romantic suspense, but I'd never known anyone else who wrote or even wanted to write. I didn't know how to edit, I had a superficial understanding of POV, I'd never heard of pivotal scenes... yep, I was winging it. I had a few friends who loved to read, but they couldn't understand why I would want to write something.
When I joined ARWA, it felt like a homecoming.
At my first meeting, someone played a funny song about writing a novel and the characters misbehaving - God, I wish I knew what it was called (If I find it on the internet, I'll post a link). Anyway, everyone was laughing - probably because, like me, they understood the challenge of having an ornery character. In that moment I knew I was where I belonged. At that meeting, I also met people who'd actually published, like Judith Duncan (ARWA was created from a writing class Judith held in 1987) and Grace Panko (one of the founding members and our current President). I was in awe. I'm probably still in awe.
Since joining, I've enjoyed getting involved with the organization. I've done a variety of things over the years from helping with the website and social media, to being a Director-at-Large and then a President (Past-President now). And, I've loved every minute of it.
So, the party last Saturday was a joy. ARWA is a supportive and encouraging group, which has nurtured a strong sense of community and promotes learning the craft of writing. I thank those people who started this group and kept it going strong for all these years, because without them I wouldn't have had the learning and friendship opportunities that I've found with ARWA.
So, this is my thank you! I love you all, and wish you all the best for the next 25 years!
Check out blogs by Suzanne Stengl and Sarah Kades who have also posted their thoughts on the day!
|The party was held at the Willow Park Golf and |
Country Club. My little Toyota was parked
between a Porsche and a Lexus. Fit right in. ;)
|Here I am with Darlene and Deb |
just before the partiers arrived.
|Raven and Sarah welcomed everyone.|
|The spacious room had big windows|
overlooking the golf course.
|Dee Van Dyk gave a beautiful keynote speech.|
|ARWA publishes an annual magazine called |
Treasures along the Fenceline, showcasing
works by our members. This year our
25th Anniversary Short Story contest winners
were also published in the issue. The winners
and the magazine were announced at the party.
Congratulations to the contest winners,
Randi-Lee, Jessica, and Maggie! :)
|Aren't these adorable? |
They were used for the door prize draws.
Congratulations, ARWA! (And, thank you!)