Archive for Thursday, January 29, 2004

Library group offers writers unique forum for work

January 29, 2004

There can be no more daunting task than filling a blank page with words, an author once said.

What the author forgot to mention is that writing is all the more taxing when its for fun and not profit.

For those brave amateur souls willing to put themselves through the at-times nightmarish process of penning words to paper, there's the Basehor Community Library Writer's Group.

The writers group, founded in 2000, is a compilation of area residents who meet once a month to review and critique each other's writings.

The group is open to anyone interested, said Jenne Laytham, community library assistant director.

"We have a core group of about eight (writers) but we can have anywhere from six to 15 on a given weekend," Laytham said. "We have a lot of fun and critique each other's writing. That's the fun part because everybody's style is so different."

Since its founding, the group has written and released writings for the public.

In 2001, the group released a writing sampler and last year the group released "The Basehor Community Writer's Project: Stories and Poems written by Our Friends and Neighbors," a 70-page book featuring the works of 42 contributing writers.

Both writing projects are available at the library; anyone interested can purchase the Writer's Project book for $5.

The group is scheduled to meet next at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at First State Bank and Trust in Basehor.

For more information, contact Jenne Laytham at Basehor Community Library, (913) 724-2828.

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