Local writers to regroup at TNPS

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DIXON — The Sauk Creative Writer’s Group will have a workshop and writer’s meeting at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24, at The Next Picture Show (TNPS) in Dixon. The group is restarting after more than 16 months of being shut down due to the pandemic, according to group organizer Greg Smith of Dixon.

“I’ve been thinking about restarting the writer’s group for several months,” Smith said. “A friend who volunteers for TNPS contacted me and suggested we could meet there.”

After a brief chat between TNPS Executive Director Michael Glenn and Smith, the decision was made to have the group gather in the downstairs meeting room, which has easy access through a back door.

“Since 2004 TNPS has been known for our art exhibits and education program,” Glenn said. “Over the past couple of years, we have expanded our efforts to include a broader range of the arts including music and the written and spoken word. Our desire is to make more people aware of TNPS as a destination for arts and culture.  The writer’s group is a perfect fit.”

In the past, group members have been involved in writing novels, short stories, prose, poetry and memoirs. Before the pandemic, SCWG had been around for more than five years. The group’s goal is to help its members improve their writing and to meet other writers, according to Smith.

Future plans include having two meetings a month; the second and fourth Tuesdays. As in the past, there will be future creative writing workshops. At the first meeting Smith will do a short workshop on how to critique creative writing.

“The group is open to anyone who wants to improve their writing and meet other writers,” Smith said. “Writing requires spending a lot of time alone and a writing group can help you to get away from the word processor.”