The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) recently transformed the eroding, gravel parking lot at the office at 515 Spring Street into a beautifully graded, paved asphalt parking lot. The improvement was made possible through a generous donation by WCDH alumna, award-winning author, and writing coach, Nikki Hanna. Managing Director, Jeanne Glass submitted plans for City approval, and coordinated the work and scheduling with Coopers Asphalt Company. Executive Director, Michelle Hannon, said, “We are extremely grateful to Nikki for her continued support of our improvement efforts, and we’re thrilled that she chose to sponsor the asphalting of the driveway. The old gravel driveway was severely rutted and eroded.” Glass added, “This was a project we had been dreaming of. It provides a much safer surface for our writers and staff, mitigates water puddles, and looks beautiful. We were able to complete the parking lot in half a day so that Chef Jana could do her magic in the kitchen and writers were able to enjoy the much-loved nightly dinner gathering.”
As an author and writing coach, Nikki Hanna is dedicated to championing both novice and seasoned writers. She encourages writers to find a sense of purpose through what they create whether they sell what they write or just write for the joy of it. In addition to numerous contests and awards for poetry, essays, and short stories, Hanna has received the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation’s Crème de la Crème Award and Rose State College’s Outstanding Writer Award. As a self-published author, her book awards include the National Indie Excellence Award, the USA Best Book Finalist Award, two international Book Excellence Awards, four Independent Book Awards, and two Oklahoma Writers’ Federation First Place Book Awards. Hanna has published nine books, three of them on writing, including her new one, “Listen Up, Writer, How Not to Write Like an Amateur.” They are available on Amazon and Kindle. Learn more about her at www.nikkihanna.com.
The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts organization whose mission is to nurture writers of all genres, backgrounds, and levels of experience in a supportive environment that builds community, energizes creative expression, stimulates new thinking, and optimizes productivity. Since opening its doors to writers in 2000, the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow has made a lasting impact on the arts and literary communities by hosting over 1,800 writers from 48 states and 13 countries. For more information, please call (479)253-7444.