Memories flooded the minds of 10 writers as they responded to a prompt asking them to write about a "first experience" in their lifetime.
The group meets once a month as part of a writing club at Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging in Grand Haven.
Each year since 2007, the group compiles their essays to publish a book. From topics such as “things their parents told them” to "things they should really do,” this year’s collection of essays is called “From the Corners of Our Minds: The Memory Keepers 2013 Anthology.”
Tricia McDonald — a writing coach, author and owner of Splattered Ink Press —leads the group as she provides topics and offers positive feedback about memories they share.
“You hear amazing stories,” she said.
When the group convenes, they share stories they spent the past month creating based on a homework prompt. McDonald said stories often bring about laughter and tears as the writers remember their pasts.
“We’re trying to get out there the real feelings that’s going on,” McDonald said.
After sharing homework essays, the group takes 10-15 minutes to write a response to a specific topic. McDonald said the group’s one rule is that they can’t be negative about their work.
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