You CAN go Home Again

New River Writers Project, left to right: Joan Comeau, Donna Alvis-Banks, Charlie Katz, Jim Price, Eloise Turner, Pat Brown, Judy Clark, Allen Starbuck

The small town of Hansburg in my novel, Tamper, is based on the town of Christiansburg, Virginia, where I was born and raised. In the book I call the town Hansburg because back in 1790, Christiansburg was known as “Hans Meadow.” On a recent visit to my mother and brother, who still live in Christiansburg, I had the good fortune to attend a meeting of the New River Writers Projectled by Donna Alvis-Banks. The stated purpose of this friendly and welcoming group is to  “produce and promote literature and other works of art that preserve local history and culture, support educational and arts initiatives, and celebrate a sense of place in Southwest Virginia.”  They also have a Facebook page.  I know Thomas Wolfe once wrote, “You can’t go home again,” but I felt right at home with this wonderful group of people!

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