Members present the first pieces for this 2017 anthology at a spring reading.
Change gives those who attend a peek at the new collection, and an opportunity to visit with the writers.
The group publishes a new anthology every few years, for a multitude of reasons.
Madelon Smid initiated the idea when the group was newly formed. It was a teaching aid, helping members write to guidelines, meet deadlines, and learn to edit their work.
“The process has been so constructive,” she says. “We now have seven published authors in our group, and several are award winning writers.”
Each anthology has a theme, and this year the members tackled ‘change’ — such a small word for something that has huge impact on lives.
Anthea Loran says of her piece, “My story, Violet, is about a plant lady, perhaps me, perhaps not.”
While Dianne Miller chose a heavier topic.
“My Life After Death provides a personal journey through the changes brought on by sudden accidental death, and explores my initial reactions to the news and the consequences that have lingered for me and my family through three decades.”
Joyce Olesen, who writes memoir, explores the secrets hidden in the lives of ordinary people.
Secrets cause change, just as emotions, actions, even thoughts bring it about.
Using the genre of literary nonfiction, J.P. Worrell processes the fallout from selling her cabin in the north, while Smid writes fiction and zeroes in on the seconds it takes to fall in love, and alter your life forever.
The members explore change from many angles, examining how it affects both external and internal worlds.
Tekeyla Friday writes about a futuristic cruise ship, while Denise Fletcher, a new member to the group, seizes the opportunity and examines the metamorphosis of a couple.
Irene Bingham returns to her ranching roots with her two stories.
Change is Not a Four Letter Word will be the sixth anthology published by the group.
They expect the universal topic, examined from so many angles will make it a book with which many readers identify.
They will launch the published anthology in the fall.
The group invites people to join them for Change is Coming, a delightful evening introducing the upcoming collection on Tuesday, April 25, 7-9 p.m. at the Swift Current Library, 411 Herbert St. E.
Along with the readings we provide music, food and a chance to mingle. Cost is free.