Writers and writing groups have been around the Bryan-College Station area of Texas for decades. But a recent surge in regional writing-related interest and events is making the area an increasingly attractive haven for writers.
Brazos Writers, one of the oldest writing groups in Bryan-College Station, formed in the late 1980s. The group meets monthly and organizes special events several times a year. On September 5, 2015, Brazos Writers will sponsor the Women and Crime Workshop. Don’t be distracted by the name, the workshop is intended to inspire all writers, not only women and crime writers. You can find out more about the workshop and Brazos Writers in general on the organization’s website or at the group’s page on meetup.com. Brazos Writers is a member of the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley.
Another active group in the area is the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of the Brazos Valley. The BCS chapter holds “schmoozes” regularly and sponsors special events frequently. The local group is a chapter of the national SCBWI organization and the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley. As the name suggests, the group invites both literary and visual artists interested in children’s literature to attend their meetings.
The Cross Reference Writers group focuses on Christian and inspirational writing. It meets monthly and offers a chance for writers to gather for fellowship, encouragement, and prayer support while at the same time learning about the publishing industry.
With Texas A&M University in the area, university-related events, publication opportunities, networking, and writing enrichment activities are available often. The Texas A&M University Press provides an avenue for authors in specific content areas to take advantage of editorial and publishing services.
The BCS area has launched numerous authors in the last few years. A recent Saturday in July found three author book signings happening on the same day, for authors B.W. Van Alstyne, Tom Icon, and Teri Metcalf. The Bryan location of Hastings bookstore has author signings planned almost weekly, including Etha Gray on August 1, K.R. Connor on August 8, Dayna Reynolds on August 15, McKade Marshall on August 22, and Garry Nation on August 29. The Bryan-College Station Library system also holds author readings, book signings, and related events of interest to writers.
Writing can often be a solitary profession, so having organizations and thriving community interest provides both personal and professional support for authors. In the Bryan-College Station area, that support is gaining momentum and contributing to its growing reputation as a writing destination for authors.