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Writing group offers chance for creativity

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Writing is a form of self-expression that the Whitewater Valley Arts Association hopes to encourage with a new class.

Kate Thurston is teaching a creative writing class that will meet at the arts association two Wednesdays a month. It’s not a lecture class on grammar, spelling or punctuation, it’s just a class to allow participants to express themselves through writing in any form of writing, Thurston said.

“I just want people to come get out of their comfort zone and not be afraid of what they feel,” Thurston said. “To come and want to express themselves.”

Anyone can attend, whether they think they’re good at writing or not, Thurston said. 

Sharon McQueen, WVAA president, said she and Thurston have been planning the class for over a year.

“We were just so busy with everything else going on and didn’t know if anyone would be interested in having a writers group,” McQueen said.

The class allows participants to express themselves through writing exercises.

Last Wednesday’s class exercise revolved around the word nostalgia. Participants wrote about whatever came to their mind when they heard that word. 

Each story was different as each person reacted differently to the word. Some wrote about yellow plastic hats they remember seeing when they were younger while another wrote a sad short story about a coffee mug that a good friend had given them.

“What I want to get out of this is to get a group of peers in here to write and talk about what they write, so we all can see the differences,” Steve Dice, who attended, said.

The next writing class will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the WVAA, 402 Central Ave.