The Mesquite Writer's Group has officially been canceled after an e-mail from the group's president announced it over the weekend. Over the past year the group has struggled to get regular attendance from their members and after only one member showed up for the October meeting, the groups president decided that there was not enough interest from people for the group to continue. Over the past thirteen months there has been a real effort from some of the members to keep it going and there was a vote last November on whether or not the group should remain or close down. Enough people voted in support of the group. Then at the March meeting it looked like things were turning around with the group because the members started talking about putting out a book again (the book was originally expected to be in print by the end of 2012) and members seemed active, hoping to get a book out in time for Christmas 2013. In the end, however, the lack of participation by members in the following months led to the end of the Mesquite Writer's Group. The group had been canceled for a short time in September, but then re-opened later that month after some members said they wanted to keep it going and were determined to help the group grow. Now the group is officially closed for good.
The reason for the lack of interest in the groups is unclear, but it might have something to do with the bad economy in Mesquite. Several key members of the group moved away in the summer of 2013 to find better career and life opportunities, making an already small group even smaller. Other members stopped showing up after a disagreement about how to create a website took place at the June 2012 meeting.
The future of writing in Mesquite doesn't look promising at this time. There is a chance that another group will start up at some point, but for those who are serious about writing will probably be looking for other options.