Life Writers Group

“A person’s experiences of life are a book. There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, a tragedy.”

– From Mark Twain’s notebook and “The Refuge of the Derelicts”

Winter/Spring 2019 Theme: “Life is like a box of chocolates….”

The UU Life Writers began in 2001 on a whim! Bernice Cudd and Fran Reynolds thought it would be fun to write mini-memoirs with a group of UUs for summer recreation. So it began, and it has not stopped since that summer!

The group has changed some in members, but all are good (not necessarily professional) writers and enjoy telling stories of their lives and enjoy hearing others’ stories.  We have experienced childhood traumas and escapades, college experiences, and travel, and met people we would never know – all through our stories.

For the winter/spring 2019 sessions, as the Life Writers group starts its 19th year, the theme is “Life is like a box of chocolates….” In the great 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump says, “My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” We write mini-memoirs, and like a box of chocolates, we never know what stories our themes and prompts will lead to. We do know they lead to marvelous life narratives.

All are welcome to join the group. One does not have to be a great writer, just one who enjoys writing life stories and hearing others. This is not a critique group. Pens/pencils and paper are the only requirements.

Meetings are at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays each month in the Centering Room. Coffee and conversation is followed by writing and sharing. Dates this winter and spring are:

  • Feb. 2 and 16
  • March 2 and 16
  • April 6 and 20
  • May 4 and 18
  • June 1 and 15

For more information, contact Fran Reynolds by email or by phone at 573-881-3828 or 573-443-4336.