I was looking for a group to join, but I was not satisfied with what I found. All the groups I visited catered to one specific genre, changed the personality of my characters or tried to box me into one genre of writing. But I'm a multigenre writer!
After long debate with two important people in my life at that time—Mrs. Emma Rodgers, owner of the iconic, Black Images Book Bazaar and Tia Ross (Shabazz back then), founder/producer of the Black Writers Reunion & Conference, I was encouraged to start my own group.
I had no clue about starting a writers group. But I thought, okay, I’ll attract people who were already writing who could give me guidance. Thus, the Dallas Cultural Fiction Writers Society was born. And befittingly, we would meet at Black Images Book Bazaar in Wynnewood Village in Dallas, Texas.
But, once we started, what I found was that I was not the only writer who was in need of something different and unique. SO many other writers had some of the same needs as mine. So, all of a sudden, my goal became to direct a diverse support group for writers of ALL genres to help give consciousness to their writing dreams as well as my own.
During our meetings, we do not waste time. We write. We discuss. We critique. We support. We educate. We get educated. Then, we write some more. Like postal delivery, we meet: rain, shine, sleet or snow. And, although there are some holidays on which we do not meet--Thanksgiving Eve/Day, Christmas Eve/Day, New Year's Eve/Day and Valentine's Eve/Day--we do meet during all holiday seasons.
We discuss all genres, subject areas and topics of writing and we do not admonish others' views or work. Period. (No need to dwell here. That should be self-explanatory.)
While we do not ban the use of technology during our meetings, we strongly encourage the intimacy of writing on paper with pen or pencil because of the connection it forces between your thoughts and the writing process. If you try it, you'll find that your already stellar writing is much more dynamic than you ever thought possible.
We do not censor the subject matters of our writers. From religion, politics and race to sexuality, classism, erotica and beyond, we welcome, discuss and critique all the works of our writers.
If you are sensitive to hearing, discussing or reading certain subjects, our group is probably not for you.