PIQUA — He seemed like an upset, angry individual.
It’s the prompt that sparks six different vignettes from six different writers in the Founder’s Room of the Piqua Public Library. They meet every Thursday, picking numbers at random and piecing together the beginnings of a story in a five-minute window. Spearheading the writers’ club is Kit Green, a resident of Piqua and longtime writer.
“I had become incredibly complacent about my own writing, and I knew that if I started a group where I was held accountable for my actions, I would get on track again and continue writing the way I always enjoyed writing,” Green said.
With a bachelor of arts in literature and communications, Green desired to do more with her degree and found the opportunity to exercise her skills as a writer in starting the writers’ club. Her experience in writers’ workshops and clubs like the one at the Piqua Library spans years, beginning in New Jersey, and taking a hiatus while stationed with her husband on a military base in Italy.
“When we got to Piqua, I knew it was time. I had to get back to writing,” Green said.
The writers’ club is still very new to the library’s programming. The first meeting took place early in October and meetings are held once a week, every Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m. and running until 8 p.m. No signing up in advance is required; the environment is lax, and writers are invited to come and go as they please, as long as they’re prepared to exercise the writing muscle.
Despite how new the club is, Green has plans for the future of the club, including a second meeting night and a possible Open Mic Night for the community to attend.
Right now, the main goal is simple.
“(I want) to build up enough of a group that we all can’t wait to get together, to be with one another, to either share experiences, bring frustrations and problems to the table that we could all identify with and work to solve,” Green said. “I don’t believe in pushing people, I don’t believe in embarrassing people, I don’t believe in humiliating people. My job here — the way I see my job here — is to encourage people to really find their inner muse and to get it on paper.
“What have you got to lose? It’s an hour and a half out of your life and you might enjoy it.”
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