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Writer's Rendezvous is a writing support group - offering encouragement, inspiration and motivation.
Members will feel free to bring portions of their writing to share with the group. In return the group will provide gentle constructive criticism to elevate every member's writing.
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”—George Orwell
I taught in Kansas classrooms for over forty years. The kids sitting in the desks in front of me helped me grow up, showed me a much more wonderful world was ahead of us. They were right, and it’s in their hands. My husband and I are now retired. Our five sons have given us sixteen grandchildren. I can tell a lot of stories. Before I let go, I’m writing down some things that have been dancing in my head for a long time.
The trouble with writing is so much of the story you tell is your own story, but characters shoulder in to tell it their way. Readers know it’s hard to rein in a character. Let’s just say, the truth is in the telling, not in the facts.
Here goes: We come from Western Kansas, and we’ve heard lots of stories about the Wild West, about the farmers and their hard times. But I don’t want to tell those stories. I want to write about the guy that you and I saw in the waiting room, or the little girl we didn’t know was so desperate. I want to look at people from the top of the windmill and from the sand they kick up walking. I want the tables to turn on a jerk so I can call her out. I want to escort her to the crossroads, then watch awhile, see what she does. I don’t know what will happen after that, and I don’t know if anyone will ever read a word I say about life, what it teaches me. But I do know this, a lot of truth is saved in those words. My truth, anyway.
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He spent years floundering, an aimless but observant member of the lunchbox masses. Jack wasted his first go at college dallying with rugby and beer and women - becoming accomplished in the former two and less so with the latter. He remained with the same midwestern Parks and Recreation employer for more than 30 years, a rarity in these days of disposable employees.
Jack raised a family, and with them moved to the country, south of Kansas City. They own horses and dogs and even kept a brood of laying hens for a time. He thought he was happy, and in many ways he was, but Jack had always kept things bottled up inside him - harboring a veritable winecellar of emotions stored underneath his middle-class life.
One day the corks began popping, and unable to verbally articulate the emotions gushing forth, he began to write them down. Jack returned to college at the University of Kansas, where he became an honors Literature, Language and Writing student. He earned the Peedee Brown Scholarship for Excellence in Literature Studies. and the KU English Department's Goldie L. Case Creative Writing Award.
His work has garnered other awards and has appeared in Star Magazine, United Kingdom's Prole Magazine, Kansas City Voices, Chicken Soup for the Soul, among others.
This schedule is subject to change as needed.
Saturday, October 2 | 9:00 am Louisburg Library
Review a Writing Submission from Katie A.
Saturday, November 6 | 9:00 am
Review a Writing Submission from Zip C.
Saturday, December 4 | 9:00 am
Review a Writing Submission or Writing Exercise
Download: Writer's Rendezvous Group Guidelines.pdf
Download: Writer's Rendezvous 2021 schedule.pdf