Before I ever started articles and books about aviation, I sought out an organization who could offer advice and information on what it takes to be a successful author. I found SouthWest Writers (SWW) located in my home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. SWW is a non-profit group comprised of over 350 authors, more than half of which have been published. Their focus is to support both published and novice authors in their efforts to improve their craft and further their careers.
At the first meeting attended in 2004, I met Jack Hickman, (Photo at right) the editor for EAA Chapter 179’s newsletter. Jack asked me to write an article for their newsletter on any topic relating to air traffic or aviation weather. This informative piece entitled “Painless Pilot Briefing” was picked up within 2 days by three other EAA chapters, and within a week she got a call from the editor of my first national magazine.
I have been active with SWW since that time, serving on the board of directors for several years. I was elected President and took office in January of 2019. By doing so I hope to give back to a great group of people who support each other’s dreams of becoming published authors.
SWW hosts two meetings a month, each with a speaker who has attained some acclaim in their field. Topics range the full gamut of writing as both a craft and as a business. If any of you reading this have wanted to explore your literary potential, you might check them out! www.southwestwriters.com