Mississippi Writers Honored

By: Chris Brennaman
By: Chris Brennaman

The Mississippi Writers Guild honored historic writers from the Magnolia State on Sunday. The event took place at the Mississippi Welcome Center in Toomsuba.

"We wanted to remind the travelers that Mississippi does have a rich heritage of the written word," said Writers Guild member Anne McKee.

From Eudora Welty and William Faulkner to some lesser known Mississippi writers, each of the authors were portrayed by a member of the writers guild. They presented their famous counterparts dressed in the time period, giving a detailed history of the writer.

"This today gives us the opportunity to share the rich history of some of the not as well known artists of Mississippi. They have something to offer, too," said Regina Richardson, who portrayed Mary C. Sinclair.

"The writers of today can work off of that richness. You can be inspired to whatever you are writing. ou can be inspired by the success of our heritage of our historic writers," said McKee.

Richardson joined the writers guild to help with her own writing career. She will have a children's book published soon. She says that having the help of other writers like herself makes writing easier.

"When you share your knowledge you have so much more. I think they have enriched my life so much by getting to know them and being able to share my work and then critique. It's positive, but yet also helpful," said Richardson.

This is just the first of these presentations, others will be made at the welcome centers in Clarksdale and Vicksburg. The Mississippi Writers Guild will be back at the Toomsuba Welcome Center on June 10.

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