Marshall Writers' Guild holds February meeting
The Marshall Writers' Guild met at Marshall Public Library at 1 p.m. on Feb. 16. Those present were Penelope Athon, Melanie Campbell, Liz Davis, Sharon Eiker, Holly Forsman, Claudia Gratian, Authorene Phillips, Lois Pontius, Carol Raynor, Ed Richards, Carole Schaefer, Virginia Sprigg, Judy Stock and Sidney Sullivan.
President Sullivan conducted the meeting. She introduced Mary Ann Gilpin of the Marshall Mid-Day Optimists Club, who has requested the guild judge an adult essay contest held with district-wide Optimist Club members. The subject will be "Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges." Vice-President Raynor agreed to coordinate the judging, with several volunteers, when the essays are submitted to the guild on March 24.
The guild's Annual Workshop for the community is to be held on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Covenant Presbyterian Church meeting room. There will be a continental breakfast, and the speaker will be Dr. Sam C. Dyer, who teaches writing and speaking at Southern Missouri State University in Springfield. He will begin his presentation at 10 a.m. There will be two hours reserved afterward for discussion.
Ed Richards passed around a clipping from The Marshall Democrat-News announcing that they're are looking for human interest stories from volunteer community writers.
Club Secretary Forsman, with information also from Treasurer Schaefer, presented information about an upcoming author visit. Author Sam Weller, the authorized biographer for Ray Bradbury, will discuss his time with Bradbury at Missouri Valley College's Murrell Library Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.
Members read their stories or poems to the February prompt, "family heirlooms."
The March prompt by Judy Stock is "using as many of the five senses as you can, write as, about, or to any animal."