What’s your tribe?

Tribe: a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader.

Last year, at the James River Writer‘s annual conference, Erica Orloff opened the conference with writers are a tribe. A wild, diverse, thoughtful, questioning, word-loving tribe.


I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a story in my head itching to get out. It wasn’t until later in my life that I found my people, my tribe. The creative muscle had taken some hits from well meaning (and not so well meaning) critics. To revitalize that part of me, it took a move and my own personal epiphany to realize that writing was my passion.

Finding a writing organization like James River Writers was my own personal miracle. I was surrounded by people who felt the same as I did and had stories to tell.

I didn’t jump in with both feet, I dipped a toe in. With the waters supportive and uplifting, I waded in. Sometimes I felt overwhelmed and drowning in the opportunities, but there was always a hand available to pull me back to the air.

My path to publication wouldn’t have happened without this wonderful group of people.

I’m grateful for the writers in my life and I claim them as my tribe.






  • Beautifully said, Leila.

    • Thanks Sheila!

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