Could you be the next CWG President?

Our September elections are just around the corner! Do you have ideas for events or programs for the Guild? Would you like to work closely with other writers to enhance our community? Why not consider running for President?

I joined the Board six years ago after hearing they needed a secretary. I had only been a member of the CWG for about a year, and even though I wasn’t sure how much help I could be, I knew I could at least take notes. So I volunteered as Secretary, and then as Vice President, and then as a Director, before finally deciding I would step up as President. I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many fantastic people and I’ve loved being behind-the-scenes for all of the CWG events, parties, programs, workshops, fundraising, technological advancements, contests, anthologies, and more for all these years. But it’s finally time for me to let someone else take over.

As President, I plan our Board meetings and organize an agenda with input from my fellow Board members. I answer emails and am the Point of Contact for our community and Guild members. I like to welcome our attendees and speakers at our Monthly Meetings. I’m involved in one way or another with just about everything the CWG does, but I definitely do not do it alone. I have a truly incredible group to help me this year and I expect that next year’s president will be able to say the same.

If you are considering running for President, please note that you do not have to be a famous author, or well-connected in the literary community, or a long-time member of the CWG. You should, however:

  • Be willing and able to attend monthly Board meetings
  • Expect to spend a few hours a week responding to emails, planning and working on CWG commitments, scheduling social media posts, etc.
  • Be a good listener and supporter of your fellow Board members
  • Be organized
  • Love writing and be excited to continue to help our community thrive!

All current Board members, myself included, are committed to staying on as “consultants” through October to ease the transition. Read more about the Presidential duties in our by-laws HERE.

The Chattanooga Writers’ Guild is a 501(c)3 and as such needs to fill all officer positions every year in order to continue to exist as a non-profit organization. Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Board in September by using our contact form HERE.

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