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Lake Writers looking for new members

Lake Writers looking for new members

Lake Writers, the literary branch of the Smith Mountain Arts Council, is welcoming local writers to join its growing group.

Founded by Jim Morrison and Becky Mushko in 2001, the group has served as an outlet for creativity and has brought a number of writers’ work to print. Membership to Lake Writers is free.

Most new members start out having not written anything for publication, but some have penned essays or articles and want to publish them. Many lake residents join to experience and “learn the ropes” of writing for publication. The members write everything from science fiction, thrillers, mysteries, poetry and screenplays to memoirs and non-fiction.

Lake Writers meetings are twice monthly. In the time of COVID-19 the group uses Zoom, but looks forward to resuming in-person events. At meetings, members read excerpts from their work for other members to constructively critique.

Over the years, Lake Writers have experienced publishing successes and have celebrated each other’s, and the group has invited SML residents to submit essays for publication in the three anthologies that they have produced. These anthologies may be found on Amazon, along with the work of Lake Writers Betsy Ashton, Mark Young, Chuck Lumpkin, Becky Mushko, Jim Morrison, Linda Kay Simmons, Ginny Brock, Richard Raymond and Judith Helms.

Members can attend workshops on formatting manuscripts for publication, designing and creating book covers and marketing published work. Once in-person meetings resume, classes will be offered on publishing tools such as Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop for both PCs and Macs.

Lake Writers is offering the first ten new members in 2021 free publishing of their work through Snowy Day Publications, the publishing arm of Lake Writers. Work submitted must be in Microsoft Word, formatted, edited and ready for print.

Those interested in joining or just visiting can send an email request to for more information and an invitation to the next Zoom meeting.

Learn more on the Lake Writer’s Facebook page at

— Submitted by Anne Reynolds

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