Why the AWG? Why get up earlier than you want to on a Saturday morning and drive to Glendale of all places to sit through a two-hour writers meeting? You may ask. And I will answer.
First and foremost, we offer coffee and donuts.
Secondly, we who will be leading your group understand that writing can be a solitary existence. And that's fine, most of the time. But writers need to get out and connect with others of their kind. We are not typical people, after all. And we need to be reminded now and then that we are not alone in how we think and feel and in what we want. There are others like us, and connecting with those others is healthy. So, the AWG is here to keep us all healthy ... despite the coffee and donuts.
Thirdly, writers need to constantly be evolving, growing, learning new tricks of the trade, both in how to write, and write better, and better still, and then market all this better stuff we write. With our guest speakers, and our workshops, the AWG can help here, too.
Fourthly, writers need to network. You're not going to sell that story or script if you don't get off your ass and tell people about it - people like the many guest speakers we offer, who are agents, producers, directors, and development executives. And you might just be surprised who you happen to be sitting next to at the next AWG meeting. It may be someone who can help connect you and your story or script to the right person ... or it might even turn out that this person you are sitting next to is the right person.
So it is important to take a few hours out of your month and connect with others who are like you - people who are creative, sensitive, passionate, and even a little crazy; people who share your interests and understand the ups and downs of being someone like you ... a writer.
Joining me in helping to entertain and enlighten you are the following AWG members:
- Vic Carbera, playing the part of our Vice President (President in Charge of Vice);
- Gary Shusett, as our V.P. in Charge of Special Events and Other Really Cool Stuff (I promised him a good title);
- Leo Sopicki, as our masterful webmaster and diligent editor of the monthly newsletter;
- Lothar Delgado, as our Head of Membership and Ever-So-Friendly Hospitality Person;
- Susan Templeton as our Director of Publicity and Guest Speaker Coordinator;
- Allan Miller, as the Donut and Coffee Guy (the most important job in the whole damn group!);
- And, last but not least, because he handles our money, Spencer Ballou as group's Treasurer.
- Oh yes, and me, your devoted President ... Marc Cushman.
Come join us in 2012. And be prepared to have a good time. Careers can often be born when we least expect it ... like when you're having fun.