20 June 2012
Posted in General
Julian Williams urges budding writers to join the Guild
We’re a mixed bunch at the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain. Candidate Members like me and Full Members like a lot of you.
We’re successful, hopeful, trying, succeeding, struggling, fighting. We’re against the odds most of the time and some of the time one of us pops up with a great news story. That something we’ve created on a blank sheet of paper gets into production. Or print. Or on screen.
Mind you, half the time we’re probably viewed, we writers, as being mad as hatters. And half of that time we could well be!
But there’s one thing and one thing only that unites us, draws us together, protects us, gives us strength and a sense of unity, that is there for us when we need it most and that praises us when we deserve it most.
A parental hand. A guardian. A promoter of our truths and ways and thoughts.
I am, of course, referring to our very own Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.
And when I look at my membership card and think about why I have it and that I can hold it and it feels real. I feel protected, supported, encouraged, hopeful and energised.
I implore all budding writers to join the ranks of the established and take out a Candidate Membership. And be part of the team. Where you’ll never walk or write alone.
This article first appeared on Julian Williams's blog