More than 20 writers based in New York City met and greeted each other (mostly) for the first time in a picnic at the Riverside Park last Sunday, August 10.
Initiated by the National Writers Union New York Chapter, journalists, novelists, and poets came to share food and their stories on that gorgeous weekend.
Done on its second year, the summer picnic simply aims to create camaraderie among members and to reach out to old and potential members of the NWU in the warmest season of the year.
NWU NY chairperson Tim Sheard happily welcomed everyone and pitched in NWU’s services to advance the careers of writers.
Poet/artist June Pascal said the picnic was definitely a venue to expand one:s written network that could mean more friendships and professional support.
Larry Goldbetter, NWU president, informed guests of the many events that would take place during the year, including a climate change summit in September.
Greggory Morris, a journalism teacher at Hunter College, looks forward to engage young writers towards professionalizibg their craft by partnering with NWU.
The picnic ended at 5pm, with writers satisfied with food and opportunities that they have just initially determined over seltzer and Coke.
Those who were not able to attend the picnic are now looking forward to the next summer to be able to join and unwind with fellow writers.