The Hassayampa Writers’ Club was established in 2004, thanks to the initiative of Pat Gould, its first president. Pat had written a major book about the arrival in the New World and subsequent adventures of her ancestors, and needed help to get it published.
The help came from the Society of Southwestern Authors, based in Tucson. Pat attended the Society’s meetings and joined; when her book was successfully published, she realized that there were other authors in the Congress-Wickenburg area that might also benefit from advice about getting a book published or just about writing in general.
In 2005 the “Congress-Wickenburg Chapter” of the Society of Southwestern Authors became the first official chapter of the Society. Although some members of our club prefer to remain affiliated only with a local organization (that’s the “Hassayampa Writers’ Club”), most members are also members of the Society of Southwestern Authors, our mother organization.
Today we usually refer to ourselves as the “Hassayampa Writers’ Club”, but that does not affect our cordial relations with the Society of Southwestern Authors. If you’re curious about the name, you might find the Legend of the Hassayampa page interesting.
We have writers that live in many places, including Yarnell, Congress, Wilhoit, Wickenburg, Surprise, and the various Sun Cities. Our interest is primarily in writing that relates to the Southwest, but we have members who write about many other topics, such as the future (science fiction), daily life (in both prose and poetry), and personal memoirs or histories. Anyone interested in writing is welcome; you do not need ever to have published a word. Just an interest in writing is all that’s needed.
Many of our members are retired, while others are younger. The club is intended primarily for adults, but interested children are welcome.
Please check the contact page for more information or to contact the Club’s officers.