I, AWA founder Katherine Cerulean, am making a long-planned move and stepping away from the association starting in October. I leave the Athens Writers Association in the super-capable hands of co-founders Jill Hartmann and Rob White and they have some exciting new events and ideas to unveil in the coming months. Ever since we first talked about my plan over two years ago, they have been nothing but supportive and encouraging.
I’m making plans to travel more with my sister, to see more of the world, and — having returned to my original passion of screenwriting — I’m now throwing all my time and energy into breaking into Hollywood.
Even though this is a very exciting time in my life, it is by no means easy to step away from you all and the great association you all have built.
I had no idea when, in March 2013, I typed the name ‘Athens Writers Association’ into a Facebook group page and thought, ‘Hey! That’s a great name,’ how great — for me — it would become. I’ve made a lot of wonderful friends, had some of the most special, most magical days and evenings of my life with this group, and become more confident and felt more loved than ever before.
It wasn’t always easy (just ask anyone who’s edited a self-published collection!) but I was always learning, growing, and grateful in every challenge. If I met you, even once, know that you touched my heart and improved my experience. Thanks especially to everyone who helped me by leading classes, hosting events, editing aforementioned collections, and generally trying to make the association better. You truly did.
But even as I step down as president and pass off hosting duties, I hope you know I’ll always be available by email and happy to talk to AWA members or help you if you have any writing-related questions. In the same vein, well-wishes and nostalgic revelries are always welcome too at Katherinecerulean@gmail.com
For the month of September, there’s a few more events I’ll be at if you want to hang out a little more:
- Wild Wednesday Write-In, September 4th, 2:00 PM at Jittery Joe’s, Epps Bridge
- Film Athens Happy Hour, September 10th, 5:30 PM at Flicker Theatre and Bar
- Final Wild Wednesday Write-In, September 11th, 2:00 PM at Jittery Joe’s, Epps Bridge
- Katherine Goodbye Party!, September 22nd, 4:00 PM at Akademia Brewing Company
- Sharing the Journey: A Gathering of Writers, September 29th, 4:00 PM at Jittery Joe’s, Epps Bridge
Full details at www.meetup.com/Athens-Writers-and-Dreamers. We will be making reservations for the ‘Party’, so let me know via Meetup or email if you’d like to attend.
There is no way to express how much I have enjoyed this group and how proud I am of all of you! Let us not say goodbye, but au revoir, which means Goodbye until we meet again.
As writers, we often work alone, and much of our gift comes from standing outside the circle of light, and looking in. But with the AWA, I truly felt brought into the circle of the firelight, sharing in the stories, the warmth, the laughter, and the possibilities inherent in us all. You helped me and encouraged me, nourished and cheered me, and have now given me the strength to continue on down the road, following my true path, my north star.
Perhaps Tolkien said it best —