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Lincoln Writers Club celebrates 10th anniversary

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[June 09, 2010]  On June 6 in 2000, Rebecca Johnson walked into the public library with her hopes written in a prepared statement: "Everyone will have a voice. Everyone will be heard."

InsuranceUpon moving to Lincoln, she had been disappointed to find that the community did not have a writing club. At her husband's behest and with much guidance from Richard Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library director, she came seeking other writers who shared her hunger for a shared passion. With 10 names on her list of RSVPs, maybe she was still worried no one would show. It's unlikely that she imagined her newly founded group would spin off two other groups, more than triple in membership and still be going strong 10 years later.

Of the 15 individuals who showed up for the first meeting, many belonged for years and still belong to this day. Fay Stubblefield, one of the first people to arrive, serves as the group's secretary now.

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"I don't believe our writing groups would have survived without the dedication of Fay," said Johnson.

Members range in age from 7 to 87, and their motivations vary from honing their skill to enjoying the fellowship of like-minded individuals and rejoicing in an encouraging, noncritical environment.

The Oasis Memories class and The Christian Village Writers' Group have been born out of the Lincoln Writers Club.

"This is our time," said Annabelle Boyd, who loves hearing other people's stories during meetings.

The group's activities have been "the spark in my starter," said Betty Armstrong, who began writing her memoirs recounting growing up on a farm.

Hazel Tanner credits her excellent memory to the group's observation exercises intended to cultivate a writer's ability to capture the details in life and recount them on paper.

Over the course of the last decade, the group has been asked to judge a children's writing contest about Abraham Lincoln several times. They've hosted guest speakers, sent members to other writing groups and classes, and celebrated the publication of members' articles and books.

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After their beginning at Lincoln Public Library, they met for a time at Einstein's coffee shop and then settled into their current home at the Meyer-Evans Student Center on the Lincoln College campus.

A farewell banquet honoring Lincoln College President John Hutchinson was held on campus the same night as the club marked 10 years, making it impossible for him to attend the anniversary celebration. In a letter expressing his regrets, Hutchinson stated he considers himself a "kindred spirit" with the club, as he has completed two novels and is currently at work on a book about Tad Lincoln. He shared with the group the three best writing tips ever given to him: "1. Write. 2. Write. 3. Write some more."

There will be much more writing going on in the Lincoln Writers Club, as founder Rebecca Johnson said she is looking forward to the next 10 years with the group "as eagerly as I looked forward to that first meeting so long ago."

The group meets monthly in the Alumni Room of the Student Center at Lincoln College, and anyone interested in writing is invited to attend. For more information or to read the club's meeting minutes and writing submissions from the last 10 years, you can visit the Lincoln Public Library.



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