LA Beach Writers to meet October 16 at G.S. Library
Enthusiastic area writers both beginners and seasoned are invited to attend the monthly meeting of L A Beach Writers on Monday, October 16 from 5:30-7:30 at the Thomas B. Norton Library in Gulf Shores. This month’s speaker is (pictured) Carolyn Brady. Carolyn will speak on how to find places to submit your writing for publication. She is an encourager and will touch your heart and help you see that you too can write and be published.
Carolyn Brady has always had what she considered a good life. She was happily married with three children, two sons-in-law that she loves, and five perfect grandchildren. She was active in her church and an international women’s organization. On occasions, after teaching a workshop or visiting with a group of women, someone would say, “You should write a book.”
“I would blush and thank them for their kind words,” Carolyn said. ” I never considered that I had anything people would be interested in reading nor was I qualified to write a book, even though the thought of it seemed to float around in my brain and surface in my mind every now and then.”
Things changed when she and her husband, Wayne, decided to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon on Fairhope beach reading and staring at the water. She watched a man with a cast net walk into the water. She picked up a pen and began to write. She showed it to her husband.
“This is not a story about the man with a net. It is a story about you and your Dad,” he said. Really, she thought.
That was the turning point in her mind from I can’t to maybe I can write. She took some classes at the local community college in English and Journalism.
With a recommendation from one of her professors, she served an internship for a magazine and then applied for a freelance correspondent position with her hometown newspaper.
While working with the Press Register she wrote two weekly columns, feature articles, several series of articles including a series on every school principal in Mobile County, and an entire supplement about the annual Shrimp Festival held in Bayou La Batre.
The L A Beach Writers exists to provide encouragement and support to committed writers in our area. More info: 251-490-8072 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit labeachwriters.com.