The Prairieland Romance Writers

The Prairieland Romance Writers

 

 
                                                 

                                       
                                       

 

 

PRW Members   After a few fledgling attempts, the Prairieland Romance Writers officially came into being on September 27, 1992. That’s when its first meeting was held at the Conestoga Mall in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Although only a handful of individuals attended, their enthusiasm and interest was enough to convince the group’s founder, Sherry Siwinski, a.k.a. Sherry James, that PRW was here to stay.  Sherry, a bookseller by trade—but a book writer at heart—was determined to see the small group flourish.
 
And flourish it did.  In October of 1995, the Prairieland Romance Writers became a Chapter of Romance Writers of America and remained so until early 2014. Although now once again an independent writers group, its numbers still relatively small, there is still a vast pool of talent amongst its members. Twenty-two years after its inception, PRW can boast of having five published authors as well as a plethora of creative and contest-winning achievers among its membership.

Julie and Sue

Out going PRW President, Julie Miller, passes the gavel to new President, Sue Baumann.

Kris and Julie

Kristin Gabriel/Eckhardt and Julie Miller celebrate Kristin's second RITA® win for Best Traditional Romance, July 2000, in Washington D.C.  

There are many benefits to belonging to a writer’s group, one of PRW’s greatest strengths is the support and encouragement each of its members shows for the other. Said Ms. James, “The talent within PRW is immense. It’s because of that talent and the support we give each other that so many members have gone on to know such great success.”  She noted that whether a writer has met success or is still in search of that mark, they are equally encouraged to write the story that’s inside of them.

It is said that writing is an isolating business. For members of the Prairieland Romance Writers, many of who live miles apart, the brainstorming, critiquing and networking they enjoy at their monthly meetings offer a land bridge that lessens that isolation. As the years unfold and the group evolves, one thing remains certain. The Prairieland Romance Writers can certainly be proud of the strong spirit and creative gift that has made this small but mighty group shine. 

 

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