Knoxville Writers' Guild
Board of Directors - 2013
KWG Elects 2013 Board of Directors
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Knoxville Writers’ Guild announces the election of three new members to its Board of Directors.
Patricia Gilliam, Kara McLain and Robert Beasley began their three-year term on January 1. They join nine other current board members for 2013.
Gilliam, a sci-fi novelist, has produced over 1,000 nonfiction articles and dozens of short stories since 2006 and is the author of “The Hannaria Series,” a five-book collection, with a sixth in the planning stages.
“The core of what I want to do on the board is help other members succeed,” she said. “Success means different things to different people, but we can provide an encouraging environment where writers can grow their craft, make friendships and develop skills to take their writing to the level they desire.”
Gilliam was also elected vice-president of the board for 2013.
McLain lives in Knoxville and graduated from Central High School in 2012. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, from short stories to songs, and she is working on her first novel. Now, she wants to use that enthusiasm as a member of the board.
“I want to help encourage younger writers to become involved with the Writers’ Guild,” she said.
McLain was elected secretary of the board for 2013.
Beasley is a retired Episcopal priest living in Maryville. His work includes short stories and articles in various publications. For the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, Beasley will serve as chair of the membership committee.
“I hope to grow our membership both in numbers of members and in the ways we encourage one another to write more and write better,” he said.
Sara Keller and Lucy Seiger were also elected in the 2013 slate, but were previously serving on the board after being appointed in 2012 to fill open positions. Keller also will serve as treasurer. Erin Atchley completes the KWG’s final officer position as president for 2013.
The Knoxville Writers’ Guild exists to facilitate a broad and inclusive community for area writers, provide a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, help members improve and market their writing skills and promote writing and creativity.
Additional information about the Knoxville Writers’ Guild can be found at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.