After several months of hard deliberation, I am now in the process of transitioning out of my role as Director of Communications for the St. Louis Writers Guild (SLWG), a position I’ve held for the past four years. This was announced at the December 2018 meeting but I’d like to take a few minutes to expound on this decision in more detail.
I first got involved with SLWG over six years ago, when I began writing for their literary journal, The Scribe, as a reporter on guild events. Over time, I had several pieces published in their journal and anthology, and went on to be the content editor for an annual anthology, The Scribe 2016.
Earlier this year, I announced that I would be partnering with SLWG in launching a new literary journal, 1764. Since that time, I was privileged to read a number of wonderful entries by talented writers, as part of this project. If I were not busy enough, this summer, I also began a literary internship which has been an amazing opportunity that I would like to give more attention to.
Consequently, after evaluating my future goals and the best interest for me as a writer, and for the guild as a whole, I have made the difficult decision to step down from heading 1764 as the Managing Editor of this debut project, in addition to my responsibilities as Director of Communications. Ideally, this will take place over a transitional period to help everyone adjust as responsibilities are reassigned and new volunteers found.
After four years, I am ready to explore new paths and pulling myself in too many directions would only result in mistakes made, deadlines dropped, and less than my best effort for any one party.
SLWG deserves more than that.
Metamorphosis Literary Agency deserves more than that.
And so do I.
My hope is that in stepping into this new path and parting ways that 2019 will find us all that much stronger as we continue to grow in this writing community and as individuals. God bless you, and never forget to keep reaching higher.