Home > Writing > Blogs > TINA RALPH: Why join OCC if you donâ€™t live in Southern California?
Good question, right? Seeking answers, I sent an email to our out of state members. The reasons they expressed for joining The Orange County Chapter were, surprisingly, much the same as mine.
As one of the largest and best chapters in the country, OCC has a great deal to offer its members. An award-winning newsletter presents the published authors with a showcase to share their knowledge of the industry with new writers. The unpublished author gains valuable insight into what it takes to reach that plateau.
OCC online classes add to this supportive structure by offering instruction on a variety of topics by well-known authors. Informative and well organized, members can get personal attention on a multitude of topics that can improve their skills.
As a group of professional, everyone encourages and supports the hard work that it takes to become published. It truly is a place where a new writer can learn and grow in development of their craft, even if they donâ€™t live in the immediate area.
But if you put aside all of these reasons for being a part of OCC, the one thing you can not discount is the friendships and contacts that a member makes. Whether you only see people in the hospitality suite at National or you greet them every month at the meeting. These people become your family, your motivation to succeed. You canâ€™t wait to accept your first rose thatâ€™s awarded for a sale.
So if you want to be a writer and need a supportive group around you, I invite you to join OCC.
You preach it, Tina! When I joined OCC RWA, I really got my act together and sold my first book a year and a half later. But even better, I’ve met some of my bestest friends through OCC and everytime I come to a meeting, I get all energized again.