SCWW President/Surfside Chapter Member
The hills are alive with the sound of writers….We have members from the South Carolina coast to the Upstate and as far-flung as North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Ohio.
I have been president of SCWW for two years and a board member for six. After six years I must step down from the Board for at least a year. I will serve as President Ex-Officio.
The organization will be in good hands. Michael Lythgoe will be your next president. Michael is a retired Air Force officer and a poet. He is the program chair for the Author’s Club of Augusta and president of the Aiken Choral Society.
SCWW 2016 Board of Directors
President: Michael Lythgoe
Vice President: Julia Rogers Hook
Secretary: Tori Dale
Treasurer: Jim McFarlane
President Ex Officio: Trilby Plants
Petigru Review Editor, Contest Chair and Newsletter Editor: Irena Tervo
Assistants to TPR Editor: Tori Dale and Adrienne Mathues
Chapter Liaison: Suzanna Linton
Publicity Chair: Elaine Allcut
Webmaster: Suzanna Linton
Membership Coordinator: Crystal Klimavicz
SCWW needs an Apprentice Treasurer to take over in 2017. A knowledge of Excel is required. After six years as a Board member and treasurer, Jim McFarlane, must step down for a year.
We also need a Grants Chair. We need someone to seek out funding opportunities. This is an opportunity for an SCWW member to help the organization. You do not have to be a Board member. If you are interested in either of these positions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an SCWW member I’ve had the good fortune to meet many accomplished writers. My association with the Board of Directors has brought me many rewards. I hope my contribution as a Board member and your president has made the SCWW a better organization.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with an awesome Board, and I’m grateful for what I’ve learned.
Being a Board member has been a great adventure. When I first volunteered six years ago and offered to be The Petigru Review editor, I was a true newbie. I kept asking if I could do things until the president at the time finally told me I was the editor, so it was my call. Wow! I was in charge. TPR switched from a traditional publisher to a POD publisher, and we got our book on Amazon in print and on Kindle.
In 2013 SCWW sponsored a three day conference. We hope to have a one day workshop or seminar next year, either on our own or with a chapter’s help.
In an effort to better serve our members, we’ve started a webinar series to help writers of all abilities. I’ll be producing our webinars. We are partnering with South Carolina New Writers Partnership to provide our webinar content to an eight county consortium of libraries in the state.
We’ve joined the digital age: TPR takes only electronic submissions, we have a vibrant website, a well-read blog, and we have a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
In between helping next year’s Board and producing webinars, I hope to find time to for my own writing. There’s always a book in the works. Don’t worry. It won’t be about SCWW.
I’m only an email away: email@example.com.
I wish every SCWW member the best, and in parting I’d like to pass on some good advice. Carrie McCray started SCWW. I think her advice is true: “. . . write for the joy of writing. Don’t be anxious about publishing. That will come. Accept constructive criticism from seasoned authors. …Don’t let anyone discourage you.”
Thank you all for everything.
Trilby Plants has published fantasy/horror and children’s books and is working on two romance/ suspense novels. In 2016 she will be President Ex-Officio of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop. She lives with her sports junkie husband in Murrells Inlet, SC, where she writes, knits and creates video book trailers for authors.