HCWL Gets Recognized!

Taken from the Greenville Herald Banner 8.5.18

by Travis Hairgrove

Like music, storytelling is an art that virtually everyone enjoys in some shape or form.

Whether it’s a movie, a novel, a comic book, a fairytale told by a parent to a child from memory, a ghost story told when the power goes out, a season-long story arch of a favorite TV show, or a highly immersive video game — good storytelling is something that fascinates many, and often inspires them to consider becoming a writer.

Now, aspiring and up-and-coming writers from throughout the Hunt County area will have an opportunity to bounce ideas off of each other, network and ask for advice on how to get published at monthly meetings of the Hunt County Writers’ League, which will be held at the Texan Theater in Greenville starting next Saturday, Aug. 11.

“Everyone has music festivals, but we wanted something where creative writers of all types – novelists, songwriters, screenwriters – anyone can get together and have some kind of fellowship,” said one of the league’s founders and Herald-Banner book reviewer C. Derick Miller. “I’ve been doing this (writing as a professional fiction author) for about 10 years, but never really met with any other writers face-to-face until about a month ago. I really enjoyed it and thought it would be great to do on a larger scale.”

As the Hunt County Writers’ League continues meeting on the monthly basis, readings of excerpts from attendees’ novels, short stories, poems, song lyrics, and screen and stage plays will be a common occurance in addition to it being a place where Hunt County-area creative writers can network, regardless of experience level.

“I’d love for kids to come out to the meetings too, because a lot of times, your creative kids are the quiet ones, and sometimes the ‘cool kids’ or maybe their dads think they’re weird for wanting to be writers,” Miller said. “But, we want to encourage them and help them along with taking the next step.”

The first meeting of the Hunt County Writers’ League will be Satuday, Aug. 11, in the lobby of the Texan Theater from 5 to 6 p.m. No membership is needed to attend, and writers are encouraged to “keep it PG” and appropriate for “middle school-aged kids.”

Anyone interested in receiving updates on the doings of the Hunt County Writers’ League can follow the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HCWritersLeague.

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