Literary Arts: Brazos Writers

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Brazos Writers nuture those devoted to the written word.

by Sarah Kinzbach

Writing can be daunting. Whether a paper for school, a proposal for work, or a novel for the masses, the writing required to create such a work can appear formidable in its infancy. Enter the Brazos Writers, an eclectic group of local writers dedicated to supporting, educating, and encouraging both the written word and all of us who have ever experienced “writer’s block.”

“Writing is a very solitary pursuit,” says Ann Kellett, Ph.D., president of the Brazos Writers. “[The group] provides a supportive atmosphere for aspiring writers.”

The Brazos Writers began in 1987 as an outlet for writers to exchange ideas, learn, mentor and network. With members including published professors and staff from Texas A&M University, successful commercial authors, and aspiring writers, the group provides a wealth of experience, knowledge, and writing diversity.

Brazos Writers nuture those devoted to the written word.

by Sarah Kinzbach

Writing can be daunting. Whether a paper for school, a proposal for work, or a novel for the masses, the writing required to create such a work can appear formidable in its infancy. Enter the Brazos Writers, an eclectic group of local writers dedicated to supporting, educating, and encouraging both the written word and all of us who have ever experienced “writer’s block.”

“Writing is a very solitary pursuit,” says Ann Kellett, Ph.D., president of the Brazos Writers. “[The group] provides a supportive atmosphere for aspiring writers.”

The Brazos Writers began in 1987 as an outlet for writers to exchange ideas, learn, mentor and network. With members including published professors and staff from Texas A&M University, successful commercial authors, and aspiring writers, the group provides a wealth of experience, knowledge, and writing diversity.

“When I first started coming [to the meetings], I had a vague notion that I wanted to write,” says Fidel Fernandez, Ph.D., treasurer for the group and author of Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, “I sat there looking at these folks and I realized…if it is done and has been done, then I could do it, too.”

In addition to support and networking opportunities, the Brazos Writers offer critique groups, open readings, workshops and instructional, informal forums. A recent workshop on forensic science allowed members the opportunity to learn from two forensic artists and Texas Rangers. The presentation, which was part of a mystery-writing workshop, shed light on the unique profession of forensic art and furnished writers with accurate information to include in their next project.

Writers are also encouraged to attend the group’s open readings, which are offered every other month. “When I hear people read, I learn more insight into my own writing,” says Ramona Paetzold, Ph.D., recording secretary for the Brazos Writers and published author. “Don’t be afraid to read and receive critique on what you’ve written,” adds Fernandez.

“I’m a big fan of the forums,” says Molly Blaisdell, corresponding secretary for the group and children’s book author. The group offers informal forums on subjects such as how to write, how to start writing and how to start blogging. Beneath all the opportunities the group offers, the central message is to encourage writing and offer advice to anyone seeking direction. 

“Write, tear it up and use it to heat your home,” advises George Latimer Jr., Ph.D., and president-elect of the group. “Even though there are thousands of people who don’t appreciate your genius, keep trying and keep submitting.”