by Barbara Fryrear
The writers’ group now known as Trinity Arts Writers’ Workshop (TAWW) originated in 1975, in Lu Spurlock’s home on Old Kirk Road in Bedford, Texas. Several spin-off writing groups in the area had their beginnings there. The stated purpose of the founding group was to “study, write and critique” and our goal was to help each other write publishable material and sell it. Since then, many changes have occurred, but our purpose and goal at TAWW remain essentially the same.
In April 1979, our writers’ group began meeting once a week. In January 1983, after trying out various venues, TAWW found a home in the Trinity Arts Building at the Bedford Boy’s Ranch, and continues to meet there each Saturday morning.
Lu Spurlock was the driving force behind many of the local writers groups which exist today in the Metroplex.
In 1975, she invited several local writers to form a critique group that would meet weekly in her home. This small effort eventually mushroomed and became D/FW Writers. These individuals, an eclectic group possessed of different goals and personalities as well as an ever changing need for meeting night options, periodically broke off and formed other groups. One of those groups was Trinity Arts Writers’ Workshop.
Spurlock poured her heart and soul into this organization, endearing herself to its members for all time. When she passed away in 1999, it was an enormous loss to all those who knew her.
Throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, within the tightly knit community of writers, whenever Spurlock’s name is mentioned, there is always a slight pause. Then the stories begin, the memories, jokes, smiles and tears that make up the legacy that was and is Lu Spurlock, our founder and our friend.
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