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Write-on Writers to share stories and memories

| May 1, 2015

COSHOCTON – LINKED IN. That’s the theme for this year’s annual Dogwood Festival.  According to Anne Cornell, director of the Pomerene Center for the Arts, each individual is connected to other people, connected in the arts areas.

Coshocton’s Write-On Writers Guild members will again participate in the Dogwood Festival by holding their monthly meeting at the Pomerene Center for the Arts, corner of Third and Mulberry streets on Monday evening, May 4, beginning at 7 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided. The public is welcome to attend. Members will read stories, poems, essays or memories they’ve written on this year’s theme.

Sally Kinkade is one of the members.

“At first, this year’s theme sounded like computer internet talk,” she said. “That didn’t do anything for me. Then it sounded like something for artsy people, and I’m not artistic.”

At a recent meeting of the Write-On Writers Guild, members discussed this year’s theme.

“Our stories link people together,” said Cristie Merce, another member.

Sharon Hunter agreed.

“When we share a memory, and people relate to it, we’re linked together,” she said.

Stories can spring from looking at an object, Crystal Meinstein said.

“We can bring things for good old show and tell, which is a great way to start children relating to others,” she said.

Wilma Meek is another member of the Write-On Writers group. At age 90, she has published six books. She has a story on just about any subject of local interest, and knows local history. That links people together. Plus, she worked 32 years at the M. O-Neil Company on Main Street, so she knew lots of people.

“When our stories make people smile, or relate to a similar situation or feeling, that’s where writing links us all together,” Sally realized. “Writers have linked people together for hundreds of years. When we realize our feelings and reactions can be shared and understood by others, that’s a great link between people. Mum’s necklace from Pearl Harbor has a wonderful story behind it. When my high school classmate heard that story, she told us about a necklace her dad gave her mom, during WWII, from Germany.”

Besides this story, Sally realized she could write about an old picture that hung in her mother’s barn for years, a little girl’s pink coat, a weathervane with a whale emblem, an ice cream freezer won at an auction, and a feeling that her Mum would live forever.

Come join the Write-On Writers Monday evening, May 4, at the Pomerene Center at 7 p.m.



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