Contact: Bruce L. Cook
World Writers Resources
1407 Getzelman Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: 312-859-8090

Appalachian Distance Writers Club off to a Start!

(September 20, 2014) – Appalachian Distance Writers, a club for local writers, will launch on October 1st..

This group, which hopes to include writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, will meet monthly in an online session using email at first. Later, if participation warrants, we will expand to chat communications. The distance aspect means that writers can join this group, in Appalachia, and participate without having to drive to a central location. Thus, rural writers are welcome!

Our leader will be Kathy Hartwell.

Appalachian Distance Writers is the first project of a new nonprofit organization, World Writers Resources, as part of its Appalachian Writers Program. Its website is online at

Dr. Bruce Cook, President of World Writers Resource, and Kathy Hartwell have been serving emerging writers on various websites for just over ten years. See,,, and

For questions on the club, or to leave your name in case you can’t attend the meeting, please write Bruce Cook at .

To register, please fill this form. Kathy will contact you for writing sample(s) to be shared at monthly meetings.

Kathy Hartwell earned a master's degree from Mountain State University. She teaches English Composition to college learners at the University of Charleston. She loves teaching her students, whether online or through traditional methods.

She lives in Princeton, West Virginia, with her husband of twenty-one years, Russell. Her 93-year-old mother, Della, lives with them where there is never a dull moment. Kathy has a son, Joe, who is a graduate student from West Virginia University. He is married to Sarah, the love of his life.

Kathy loves life, nature, and God's creatures. She loves exploring the mysteries that life offers and to shadow the findings in her personal life's writings.

Her first novel, “This Child of Mine” was published in 2010. She has had short stories, poems, blogs, editorials, and commentaries published both online and off. She took a hiatus from writing for a few years due to teaching in the academic world. Now she is ready to return to her first, and only, love -- creative writing – and to the interesting writers of all stages, ages, and genres.





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