Today’s post is from Kathy Brasby.

Spunk and Spirit Christian Writers Group began as one of those inspirational sparks rising from lack of sleep and information overload at a writers conference.

Located in Fort Morgan, Spunk and Spirit held its first meeting in August of 2010 but the idea came to me at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference in May of that year.

I still remember brainstorming with Margie Vawter and Kathy Kovach (who told me to go home and join ACFW). I went home with a small stack of business cards from interested writers plus a dream of reaching the many ACFW writers in northeast Colorado who were located too far from the Front Range to get involved in an ACFW chapter.

Email was my friend that summer. I sent out information to every writer I could think of living east of Wiggins hill. (We don’t have a river for a dividing line out here where the deer and the buffalo play but a hill spiked with antennae works.)

A couple of close friends committed early so I counted noses. With my two teenager writers plus our friends, we had five: enough for a meeting. So we began.

I sent out more emails, issued news releases to the area newspapers, put up some posters at the library and post office.

By Christmas, we had seven attending regularly and began to dream of asking a guest speaker. What is very cool about Colorado ACFW are the members who are willing to drive to Fort Morgan to speak. In 2011, we had Kathy Kovach, Paula Moldenhauer and Megan DiMaria make the trek. Margie Vawter and Deb Besaw made the trip several times, too.

We have continued to add members and are now on the cusp of that magic 10: enough ACFW members to become a chapter.

Although we have a couple of published writers in our midst, most of our members are not-yet-published. They love guest speakers and they love the hands-on sessions where we actually write.

We are becoming experts at writing prompts. Can you write a story in 6 words? We can. Maybe not publication quality, but definitely stretching.

What’s ahead for Spunk and Spirit? Here are some goals:

  • Become a chapter in 2012.
  • Every one of our members submits to a contest or publication at least once this year.
  • Growing as writers serving God, alert to the many ways He can use our writing skills.
  • Offering a place to meet to those writers who live a long way from the Front Range, because we understand being a bit isolated.

As our name implies, we aren’t very traditional in our approach. We laugh together, welcome new people, and look for new paths in our story-telling journey.

For example, we are exploring the possibility of allowing writers at a distance to participate in our monthly meetings via Skype or some other videoconferencing option.

We welcome guest speakers. If ever you’d like to try out a new speech or serve up a familiar one, we’d love schedule you. If you’d like to visit us, you’re welcome. We meet on the third Monday of every month from 6:30-8 pm at Life Fellowship in Fort Morgan.

Sometimes we even serve cookies.

Keep us in prayer. For now, we’re the Prologue but we have much bigger goals than that.

Here’s contact information:
Email: sumballo@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/154721041236746/
Phone: 970-520-5454
 
 
About Kathy Brasby
Kathy Brasby is the founder of Spunk and Spirit Christian Writers Group. A former journalist, Kathy writes blogs, essays and stories. When not writing, Kathy (along with her family) operates a small hobby farm in northeast Colorado.
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