LIMA — A newly formed Lima Writers’ Community is holding its spring reading from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at The Meeting Place on Market, 220 W. Market St.
Founder Fred Arzola, of Lima, formed the group in October 2017, hoping to create a space where people who write in different genres feel comfortable and free to be creative. The group meets every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at The Meeting Place. The meetings are open to anyone who likes to write. The group asks for a $1 donation per meeting.
“What we do is we have a different prompt every week, and then we write for 30 minutes. After we write, then we share what we have written. So some people write poems, others write short stories, other people write maybe an essay on an issue or a political statement whatever the prompt leads them, and then we share. It’s not a critique group. There are some writing groups that are critique groups where you bring in a piece you’ve written and people share and respond. Those are important groups and there’s a place for that, but this is not that type of group. We wanted to make sure that it’s just a different type of group where people feel inspired and supported,” said Arzola.
The members of the group are diverse in age as well as occupation.
“We have people who are from college age all through retired folk. We have several who are actors, several who are working professionals, some are more professional who have had work published in journals or books and then we have others who just love writing. I think what makes this special is that it provides many people a community of writers. It meets a need in that regard. And we laugh a lot. We have a good time,” said Arzola.
The spring reading will be divided into three parts. The first part will feature selected readings from members of the group. The second part will be an open mic for anyone present who wants to read. The third part features two local poets who have been published, Jacob King, of Lima and Arzola, who goes by the name of Carlos Carrilo. King is a professor of English at Rhodes State College. Arzola is dean of arts and sciences at Rhodes State College. Both will be reading poetry from their books.
The Meeting Place has devised a special menu for the spring reading just for the group.
“Jennifer Brogee has been incredibly supportive from the very beginning of the group and has been very generous with space, time and flexibility. We would not be successful without her graciousness and hospitality. She’s also created a special menu for us for Sunday, and we’re grateful for that too,” said Arzola.
For more information on the Lima Writers’ Community, check out their Facebook page or Meet Up page https://www.meetup.com/Lima-Writers-Community/.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.