April 2021 Message from the President

02 Apr 2021 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” ― Margaret Atwood

A former boss used to say, “Just get going. You’ll figure out the best turns along the way.”  I remind myself of that and the words of Margaret Atwood when I need a nudge. Hopefully, they will help you if you’re procrastinating.

One thing you shouldn’t procrastinate about is registering for the SCWA Virtual Conference April 16 to 18. Registrations are nearing the max. Look for registration details at myscwa.org/ann_conf_2021.

Here are some highlights of things your board is working on:

SCWA Growth Through Diversity – SCWA membership has been recovering from the impact of the pandemic, however, our demographics do not reflect the diverse population across the state. We’re hoping to change that with the launch of the Growth Through Diversity initiative. A subcommittee of members, chapter leaders and board members is being organized to recommend how to meet the needs of all writers, including writers of color, writers with disabilities, minorities, gender and age. A separate email describing this is coming your way. Please consider joining in this important effort by contacting Laura Corbin at writersassociationsc@gmail.com.

Partnership Project – SCWA has been leading a project to identify collaboration opportunities for S.C. organizations associated with literary arts. The project team has concluded phase one of this project and has reviewed the results with participants. A project report soon will be issued to all participants and sponsors and made available to anyone interested.

The project helped identify many groups that support not just writing but also literacy. Check out The Palmetto Literacy Council www.palmettoliteracy.org, one of the many fine groups that offer programs to help support that cause.

A calendar update for you: If you were planning to attend the April 24 Board of Directors meeting, we’ve changed it to April 27 at 7 p.m. Please contact Laura at writersassociationsc@gmail.com if you’d like to dialogue with the board at that meeting.

Mike Lee, President

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