An EPIC Wall is Built...
(Not to be confused with a wall a certain politician wants to build)
It was on a cold January morning in 2015 when I brainstormed with myself wondering how to reach our writers registered on the EPIC mailing list. Paid members and mailing list subscribers. There was a plethora of ever-changing information we (EPIC Group Writers board) were churning out about ongoing writing groups, new groups born, events coming up, celebrations of our members and subscribers who became published, or had a book reading, etc. Remembering my past life experience in a couple of corporations when one of my responsibilities was writing employee newsletters, my cold-dry-cracked-turning-blue fingers started clacking on my keyboard (just being dramatic, I do have central heating, but this was January and I just don't like being cold).
It was on that January morning when the Wall began laying its foundation. Naming it The Wall was because I recalled graffiti on the walls of buildings in Seattle, and even on the mirrors of the restrooms in the downtown college where I last worked. I wanted to offer a wall to post information. A wall with a mural. A wall not to keep anyone out but rather to gather everyone in. Not a wall to block feelings or ideas. Quite the opposite. It would be a wall for Writers And Literary Lovers who love sharing what they write or how they publish what others write. And, it's a work-in-progress.
EPIC Group Writers is also a work-in-progress and new ideas are percolating behind the scenes constantly. We welcome your ideas, accomplishments, and stories which add bricks to our wall with your name etched onto it. Sign up now to get your free copy of EGW's The Bi-Weekly Wall to stay in the loop with your fellow subscribers who are also lovers of the literary arts.
Hello, I’m Susan Ferguson, President of EPIC Group Writers, and welcome to EPIC’s terrific new website! After months of planning and execution, EPIC’s new website has launched with features designed to serve you, fellow writer, as well as features that connect EPIC Group Writers members to one another. Many thanks to board members, Joe Rice and Christine Pinto, and to Florence Coletta-Rice, for their talents and concerted effort in getting the job done so well.
Have you ever asked yourself why you are writing a particular piece? Writers are often attracted to an idea, feel compelled to pursue it, and begin researching and writing before stopping to analyze this question. The question has two distinct emphases: the “you” and the “piece”. Why are YOU writing this piece? What part of your life experience, core beliefs, or abilities are being tapped when bringing the characters, plot, themes and story to life? And, why are you choosing to write THIS piece? Out of all of the ideas being explored, why are you driven to work on this one?
When I was asked last year whether I was interested in running to become the president of EPIC Group Writers for 2016, I brought the same questions to bear. What can I contribute to EPIC, and why EPIC?
People might have many reasons for wanting to assume the presidency of an organization. Some people enjoy positions of authority. That wasn’t my motivation. I like to get things done and find solutions. I like it when people work cooperatively and take initiative, sharing the fulfillment and work of running an organization. I get excited by new ideas and am eager to support good ones.
But, why was I willing to undertake the job, knowing that it would take a lot of time away from my writing and other things I enjoy doing? The key lies in the second half of the question. Why EPIC? And that gets down to the essence of the importance of writing.
Being a writer is a lot like being a musician. Not everyone has the talent of a Paul McCartney, Carole King, or Paul Simon, but millions of songs are written and sung every year, in concert halls, at weddings, at graduations, and at bars, clubs and local performances. The importance of song writing is to share our life experiences together, often on an emotional level, because we feel a connection when the music and lyrics ring true.
The same is true of writing. People write at all levels of competency. What is important is that they do write and share their take on life and the world through their imaginations. We connect through shared experience, through what we learn from each other, from the worlds and characters we create that mean something to us. Whether writing memoir, science fiction, kid-lit, travel, romance or creative non-fiction, we tell stories…our stories…each through a unique lens, that connect us emotionally, creatively, intellectually, and sometimes, on an instinctive, deep-rooted level.
I’ve been researching and writing a historical novel for a while now. The letters, diaries and accounts written at the time reveal how people lived, what mattered to them, and what their lives were like. Someday, people will research what we, collectively, have written, and try to decipher what our lives were like and what mattered to us.
EPIC dedicates itself to fostering writing at all levels of competence and experience. EPIC stands for the idea that writing matters. People and their lives matter. The writing community matters. If writing is something you do, or want to do, and it matters to you, then you matter to us. We are here to support you and hope you will join EPIC and give back. By participating. By joining a writing or critique group. By donating. By helping EPIC find a space to call home. Because, collaborating together, a writing community can be a powerful thing.
Copyright 2016 Susan Lehne Ferguson
The owner of a local cafe said to me the other day how she wished the days were 48 instead of 24 hours long. The demands on our time are never-ending. How do we manage to find time to write as we lead such busy lives. Here are some helpful tips from the guest author Kate Moretti of Writers in the Storm online publication.
We have such a variety of writers in our organization that we thought it would be fun, exciting and enlightening to have multiple blog post authors.
We will be sharing all sorts of writing-related topics!