Friday, April 23, 2010


I love the writing group I mentor. The members are diverse and interesting, as is their writing. I'm glad I volunteered, and I'm glad I've stuck with it to watch it grow over the last nine months or so. I wasn't always sure of its success. Thanks all of you who are behind it and who participate regularly. You inspire, motivate and encourage me. Thanks to my co-mentor Doug for his input and assistance.

At the request of the writers, I've set up a private blog for the group to share writings. It's off to a slow start, but I want to encourage all the writers to view and contribute to it more regularly. It is private: you can post, comment, and view only by invitation, so there's no privacy issue. C'mon. give it a try.

Unfortunately, I have decided to quit, at least temporarily, two regular blogs I've been writing weekly for about a year. Time and other considerations, such as lack of interest, really wore me down. So Mister Write and The Rio Grande Report are no more, but their purpose will live on.

I'm really having a hard time picturing the CWC without Tiffany. I wish her the best, and hope she'll come check in on us once in a while. She has always been there, as long as I've been involved. It will be great to have Andrea step into her spot, though. I"m also looking forward to participating in the Utah Arts Festival literary events again this year. Last year was awesome. I also plan to volunteer at more community events such as Farmer's Market, People's Market, Avenues Street Fair, and perhaps the center will be able to swing Pride Day this year.

Well life is constantly changing, some for good, some for not so good. It's keeping me on my toes, and constantly reminding me that change means growth.

John Wilkes
DiverseCity Writing Series
LGBTQA Writers Group co-mentor

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