Lifelong passion to publish

For an hour each day, Wilbur Scrivnor sits at his computer to write.
Krystle Wagner
Mar 22, 2014

The 92-year-old Grand Haven Township resident recently released his self-published book, “Drako,” which is about a dragon and a man who become unlikely friends as they each begin a journey looking for true love and destinies.

Scrivnor said he has many ideas for future novels and short stories.

“I get lost in it,” he said.

Scrivnor’s passion for writing began many years ago when he started penning articles and columns for various publications.

When he lived in Michigan City, Ind., he wrote a column on stamps called “Stamping Ground.” Scrivnor also served as an editor of Pennsylvania Poets and was part of a writing group in Muskegon, which has since disbanded.

As Scrivnor works on his new novel, titled “Sleeping Beauty,” he also writes six short stories a year for Senior Perspectives, a bi-monthly publication.

Scrivnor’s other books include “From the Rhymes of Father Gander, Husband of Mother Goose,” and a biography about a Michigan missionary, “Judson Dwight Collins.” Scrivnor also edited “Golf is a Gaas,” which was written by his brother and nephew.

Scrivnor attended Northwestern University, Ball State University and Valparaiso University during his pursuit of becoming a teacher. The Navy veteran taught at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina and a public school in Indiana before moving to West Michigan. He retired from Grand Haven Area Public Schools in 1981.

Scrivnor has also followed his passion for music. He has been part of barbershop quartets and written musical arrangements for groups.

Norma Scrivnor said she wishes her husband did more with his musical talents, but she also likes his writing.

“It keeps him busy and off the streets,” she said with a laugh.

Wilbur Scrivnor offers this advice for young writers looking to gain experience: start small, write for a newspaper’s opinion page, write for a particular age group, and subscribe to a writers magazine or digest.

And one more piece of advice: “Build a library,” he said.



Go Scriv! You are a shining example of what Seniors can accomplish later in life! You were also my favorite music teacher! :)

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