The announcement of the cancellation of the Shaman Writer's Competition should not be taken to mean that we will also phase out the Club. We still passionately believe that writer's of family history fulfill a very important function in the preservation of our roots. Unfortunately, judging from the dismal response to the contest, there are precious few writer's out there that feel qualified to enter a contest.
I can think of two possible explanations. The first may be a writer's reluctance to to tell all of the story. Since providing pdf files of the the first two chapters of We, The Shamans on the web site, I've lost track of the number of downloads. Both chapters in one way or another deal with telling the whole story.
The second reason could be that a lot of would be Shaman, writers of family history, may feel totally inadequate when it comes to writing. I know I did when I wrote The Soul of the Land. It would have been very helpful if I could have had someone who could have answered the many questions that came to mind. As I pointed out in We, The Shamans, writing is a learned skill.
Either way, the club could be a useful tool in learning how to conduct the research, organizing the material and writing the story. Working together could make it easier.
Let us know if Aspen'd Publishing can be of service. We would like to help.