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”

Special notes for April and May

UU Life Writers will meet online at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 2 – email Fran Reynolds for information.

Note from Fran Reynolds: “Necessity is the Mother of Invention!” Since we cannot meet in person, UU Life Writers have been writing to prompts on “Inheritances” and emailing to each other. We will continue to do so in May.

Tentatively, on May 16 we will meet at Grindstone Park (Old 63 S.) and walk (6 feet apart!) and then write (6 feet apart!). Choose a prompt (or use your own) and write a short story (two pages or less typed, double spaced) and send it to all via our email list. Send feedback to the stories you receive. I think this is going to be fun!

Read more about April-May plans

Winter/Spring 2020 Theme: “Inheritances”

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.

The winter/spring 2020 theme is “Inheritances.” We all have inherited characteristics – maybe money, power, place in community, physical abilities and disabilities – but what have we inherited that has shaped us? Our stories just might give us insight into who we are today.

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 the first and third Saturdays of each month in the Centering Room starting at 10:30 a.m. with coffee, goodies and conversation, then writing and sharing. For additional information, contact Fran Reynolds at 573-881-3828 or by email.

Dates for this winter/spring are:

  • Feb. 1 and 15
  • March 7 and 21
  • April 4 and 18
  • May 2 and 16
  • June 6