“Author of the Year” Award
Shown here: Dr. Schriber with Jack London, the first recipient of this award, and Dwight Zimmerman, president of MWSA.
Dr. Carolyn P. Schriber of Cordova, TN, received the prestigious “Author of the Year” award from the Military Writers Society of America at their annual conference banquet, held on September 26, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona. To qualify for the award, a writer must be an active member of the organization, have at least four books currently in publication, and have received at least one book award at the silver medal level or above.
Dr. Schriber is a retired history professor from Rhodes College in Memphis. She is now known for her creative biographies and historical novels set in South Carolina during and after the Civil War. Her currently published books include A Scratch with the Rebels, Beyond All Price, Left by the Side of the Road, The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese, The Road to Frogmore, DamnedYankee, and the soon-to-be-published Yankee Reconstructed.
Military Writers Society of America is an association of more than a thousand authors, poets, and artists, drawn together by the common bond of military service. Members are active duty military, retirees, military veterans, members of military families, or those whose creative works draw attention to military matters. Dr. Schriber qualifies on two levels―as the surviving spouse of a career Air Force officer and as a writer whose the effects of war on the friends and families of those who fight.
Military Writers Society of America helps veterans, their families, and historians record history and the complexities of military life―and encourages writing and other creative endeavors as therapy for the stresses of the special circumstances affecting veterans and their families. Their goals are to educate the general public about the unique problems of the military community, to encourage an interest in writing and history, and to offer to veterans a way to find healing through self-expression. For more information about MWSA and its programs, please visit http://www.mwsadispatches.com/
Among her duties as “Author of the Year,” Dr. Schriber is expected to represent the MWSA organization by writing articles for Dispatches, the quarterly magazine of the organization, by conducting at least one seminar at upcoming conferences or workshops, and by making public appearances to talk about writing in general and the particular needs of the military community.