Who We Are
In an effort to motivate, inspire, and promote camaraderie within the writing community, the Richmond Hill Historical Society hosts a Historical Writers Guild (HWG). David and Dottie Kennedy, members of the Historical Society, created the HWG to be a community of Richmond Hill and Savannah-area writers whose purpose is to support each other in the author’s craft and writing career. “The HWG will strive to unite writers, authors, agents, and publishers for mutual benefit to provide multi-media works which capture historical lifestyles and cultures to educate as well as entertain,” said David Kennedy. The HWG will endeavor to offer a variety of programs for both published and unpublished writers to promote historical fiction and creative non-fiction. All compatible and cross-genre works to historical writing are welcome. HWG is also open to hobbyist writers to enjoy a relaxed and fun environment. We have two monthly opportunities to foster your creativity plus special events:
Monthly Workshop: First Monday of Each Month
This monthly workshop addresses topics such as: show versus tell, conflict, how to build your story, fiction strategy and structure, characterization, and other topics as chosen by the group. The mission of the Historical Writers Guild (HWG) of Richmond Hill is to improve members’ writing skills and to help each writer become published.
Feedback Group: Second and Fourth Monday of Each Month
Join our feedback group designed to deepen and improve your writing skills. There are opportunities to read your work, hear reader perspectives, and gain motivation to keep writing!
Richmond Hill History Museum
11460 Ford Avenue
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Seeking New Members: Published, Non-Published or Hobbyists
To join the Historic Writers Guild of Richmond Hill or for more information, contact us below. Annual dues are $20 per writer and will include an individual membership to the society. Membership includes free admission to the Richmond Hill History Museum, lectures, and discounts in the museum gift shop. Members also receive a discount on conferences, workshops, and learning sessions, as they develop. Meetings will be held the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. Please bring a sample of your writing to your first meeting to share with the group.
- Monday, November 13 from 7-9 p.m. Authors Joan and Mel Gordon will host a book reading and signing for their book Pulaski: The Forgotten Hero of Two Worlds.
Pulaski The Forgotten Hero is an action packed historical novel set in 18th Century Europe and America. It follows General Pulaski from birth through the wars and battles he fought in Poland and America. In spite of, or perhaps because of, what was considered an abnormality, he became a hero on both continents, a masterful horseman, and the Father of the American Cavalry. He saved the most sacred site in Poland and George Washington's life at the Battle of Brandywine. He fell in love with a duke's wife and a backwoods Indian maiden and was killed at the Siege of Savannah on October 9, 1779 at the age of thirty-four.
- Monday, November 27 from 7-9 p.m. HWG Read and Critique Session.
About Our Members
Dottie and David Kennedy are co-founders of the Historical Writers Guild of Richmond Hill and have written together since 1984 developing technical manuals and training courses for the oil and energy industry. They lived and worked in Houston, Texas, for thirty years where they were members of the Houston Writers Guild. Following retirement, they moved to Savannah, Georgia, in December 2014. They are current members of the Richmond Hill Historical Society and the Savannah Lions Club. They also volunteer at the Lions Lighthouse Foundation Eye Clinic and attend the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. David is on the board of directors for the Wild Heron Villas H and a director of the Savannah Lions Club. He is also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Dottie has a Bachelor of Business (BBA) degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). She spent thirteen years of her career as a Writer/Software Developer & Trainer. She worked in the Accreditation and Certification Department of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) as a Software Specialist, a Coordinator, and, finally, as an Assistant Director. She was employed with Regions Mortgage as a Home Loan Processor, Christian Brothers Financing as a Loan Officer, and Wachovia Mortgage as a Mortgage Consultant. American General Corporation afforded her the position of PeopleSoft Application Specialist when she left her position of Systems Analyst with Automated Global Management. Dottie is certified with Det Norske VERITOS(DnV) in ISO 9001: 2000 Foundation.
Mel and Joan Gordon are devoted to raising awareness of the many significant contributions of General Casimir Pulaski in Poland, his homeland, and in America where he died as a Revolutionary War hero on a battlefield in Savannah. They bring considerable experience, talent and tenacity to their near obsessive endeavor. Joan received her BBA and MBA at Georgia State University. Mel attended the University of Georgia before being drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War era. Their research trips in the US and abroad have unearthed little-known facts about their forgotten hero and generated a great deal of excitement for their book. They are regular attendees of the Kazimierz Pulaski Conference in Warka, Poland, where they have presented a paper about Pulaski's contributions to America. They gave a similar presentations to a meeting of the France Etats-Unis Association in Marseille, France. Mel and Joan are also members of the Savannah General Pulaski Committee, Sassafras Literary Exchange, Tybee Arts Association, Savannah Writers Group, Georgia Historical Society and Telfair Museum.
Kevin Grogan has recently published his first book, Black Sheep White Cop: Savannah EXPOsed, a memoir about his time and experience with the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. Grogan is originally from Windsor, CT. A suburb of the state capitol of Hartford. He graduated Windsor High School in 1993 and went on to attend New Hampton School, in New Hampshire for Post-Graduate studies. He attended Westfield State College and majored in Criminal Justice and Minored in Political Science. He received his Bachelor of Science from Westfield State in 1998. Grogan Served in the United States Army from 1999-2004 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He deployed in support of Operations Joint Guardian and Iraqi Freedom. Kevin received the Army Commendation Medal for his actions in combat in Baghdad. After the Army Grogan began working for the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. He was assigned to Patrol in the Downtown and West Chatham Precincts. HE spent time on an ATF Task Force that focused on Gangs and Violent Crime in Savannah and was one of the Original members of the Expanded Patrol Operation which is highlighted in his book. HE left Metro to work for three years as a Narcotics Investigator with the MACE Drug Task Force in Liberty and Long Counties before returning to Metro. He was again assigned to an ATF Task Force and later assigned as a Homicide Detective. Since his departure from The Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Grogan is two credits short of his Master’s degree in Business Management and runs a consulting firm working with local attorneys.