In August 1996, three women met at the Irving (Texas) Public Library for the first meeting of The Writer’s Block. Those women were: Ann Fields, Lavonne Kelley and Breggett Rideau. Within months, using word of mouth and flyers, the group had grown and the foundation of the group was set, that being, a common love of the written word in all forms and a desire to help each other achieve personal writing goals. In July 2004, WBI achieved non-profit status and has expanded the love of the written word to provide educational services, charitable opportunities, and literary events. WBI is committed to its motto of reaching for the stars because God owns them!