The Boulder Writers’ Workshop has a top-notch vrew of fresh officers who are eager to make the organization the best that it can be in 2015.
Taking over the role of president is Gary Alan McBride. Gary is a writer and musician out of Denver, Colorado, and is committed to helping the Boulder Writers’ Workshop thrive. He says, “Storytelling defines our very culture. Crafting a story, be it fiction, memoir, or non-fiction, requires many ingredients. In addition to the years of effort, the monster toolbox of skills, and the modicum of talent, for that story to reach another person – every writer’s goal – requires other people: writers, readers, editors, agents, publishers, coaches, mentors, all of whom provide essential feedback, insight, moral support, and connections. I see the positive influences of our vibrant Boulder Writer’s Workshop community in my own writing every day. I am looking forward to 2015 as president, to doing what I can to assist others, humbled by the array of talent all around me, and proud to be a member of this tribe.” Learn more about Gary by visiting his website at www.garyalanmcbride.com.
Michael Carson will be returning to the vice presidency. He has a long history as copywriter and creative director in advertising and design, and is a contributing editor to The Insider. He says, “The first thing I hope to bring to the BWW is really good scones, the kind that are crunchy with crystallized sugar on the outside and chewy on the inside. Once we’ve had a couple of those, I’ll be ready to work with Lori DeBoer and Gary McBride on key events, member recruitment and participation, and the nurturing of Boulder writers within the workshop environment.” Everyone knows that the key to a productive meeting is a full stomach, and we are excited to have Michael on our team to bring the scones, as well as to make use of his help and wonderful insights.
We welcome long time member Ellen Nordberg as membership liaison and board volunteer. Ellen
Nordberg’s articles and essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, The Huffington Post, Parade.com, Boulder Lifestyle, American Fitness, Adventure Cyclist and more. Ellen says, “The Boulder Writers' Workshop offers insightful classes, timely presentations, thought provoking salons, and vibrant social events. In addition, the BWW creates an invaluable sense of community for writers of all levels. I look forward to helping encourage more writers to take advantage of the BWW's programming and services." Who better to stir up membership and participation than one of our most active and friendly members?
Also serving on the board are Lori Stott, Laura Lauda, and Ginnie Duran.
Lori is a professional grant writer and owner of a nonprofit called The Next Write Thing. Lori says, “I am excited to share my experience and passion on the BWW Board of Directors. As a nonprofit professional by day and a writer of personal essays at night, I plan to work hard to help Lori DeBoer and crew make Boulder Writing Workshop the best it can be.”
Laura Lauda writes paranormal fiction and is the author of The Souls of Rhamiel series. Laura says, “I’m excited to be on the BWW board. I feel I can use my years of writing expertise to help new writers become more knowledgeable in their craft and more comfortable with the process of writing and critique. I’m also looking forward to being more of a presence in the community to help bring attention to the art of writing in all of its forms.”
The new team is already in swing and has been working hard to make the upcoming events a big hit.