Conway Writers Group
Members of the Conway Writers Group met weekly during June on Friday afternoons from 2 to 4 at the Ola and John Hawks Center in Conway. Co-leaders Bob R. and Jean L. began each meeting with news about upcoming literary events in the Conway area, offered a welcome to newcomers, and called on members to voluntarily read their current or previous work of poetry and prose in many forms.
Members discussed collaborating with the Art on the Green Gallery in Conway and presenting a program of readings by CWG members for the public. Mike M. read his short poem, All about Orange, based on the recent national awareness campaign about preventing gun violence in schools and elsewhere. Carrol W., a former history teacher, presented his poem about explorers and discovery in Latin America. Angela McC. read her short children’s poem derived from conversations with her two-year-old child. She intends to create her own illustrations for the poem.
Jean L. reported her visit to and offered highlights of the full-day session of the Arkansas Writer’s Conference. Mike B. presented one of the poignant poems he composed annually as a birthday gift to his late wife, She’s Like a Dance. Treece E., the youngest member of CWG, read two of his short poems, A Word from a Bird and Pet Lion.
With regret, the members noted the recent closing of Blackbird Academy, the arts-based community school in Conway. June S., a member of CWG, was a teacher at the academy. Bob R. presented the draft of his biographical article (one in a continuing series) about outstanding athletes in the central Arkansas region. The article about a college track and football star and later a coach in Arkansas is scheduled for publication in a regional magazine. Jean L. presented her recent magazine article as a profile of the owner of Coney Garage Door Company in Conway. The article was recently published in a regional trade magazine.
Cecil McD. read his essay, Movement Is Life, based on his life experience through involvement in sports, hunting, and fishing with his father. Joyce R. read prose from her novel as a work in progress, which she described as a Christian romance. Libby T. read her very short piece for which she will create accompanying art as an illustrated narrative.
Joyce H. read her prose story, The Portia Picnic Story, about an actual small town annual community picnic with a sometimes controversial “Cutest Baby Girl” contest. Mike B. presented his song, Americans, as a celebration of the upcoming July 4th holiday. Sharon F. read a short story about a birthday surprise party with a faked murder mystery interrupted when the power was coincidentally knocked out by a storm.
Conway Writers Group meets weekly to support and encourage each other and improve the craft. Members view all writing as creative. Its goals are to encourage, assist, and celebrate writing in all its forms. Meetings are free and open to the public. Members take inspiration from the comment of author Isabelle Allende who advised, “Write what should not be forgotten.”