Write-On Writers Guild hosts annual Writers Workshop

Write-On Writers Guild hosts annual Writers Workshop

Robin Mullet and Holli Rainwater are the authors of “The Curve of Her Arm.”


Coshocton’s Write-On Writers Guild has planned its sixth annual Writers Workshop to be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Frontier Power’s community room, 770 S. Second St., Coshocton. Use the south entrance across from Whit’s Frozen Custard.

Registration, which will begin at 8:30 a.m., costs $15 per person. This fee includes a free continental breakfast; a folder of handouts; morning and afternoon workshops; networking with other writers; a free soup lunch of chili or vegetable beef soup, crackers, cornbread, cheese cubes, raw veggies and cookies; and a free critique of one’s 400-word manuscript.

The morning speaker will be Cristie Merce, a member of the Write-On Writers Guild and author of “The Woes and Wisdom of Eldercare, An Educational Learning Guide.”

Merce has written over 30 books, but this is her first to be published. She hopes her experiences will help families and their loved ones, home health aides, and employers through the eldercare journey. She was an eldercare caregiver for over 28 years. She is not a nurse and doesn’t have college degrees. She wrote this guide from her years of hands-on experience.

Besides being a member of Coshocton’s Write-On Writers Guild, Merce is a member of the Ohio Storytelling Network. She is a former member of the Coshocton Business and Professional Women and the Progressive Valley Grange. She attends Isleta United Methodist Church, where she regularly tells the children’s ministry stories.

Copies of her learning guide will be available for purchase the day of the workshop at $20.

Almost equal to writing and publishing a book is marketing. Merce also will talk about her success in marketing her book.

Following a Q-and-A period and a break, another member of the guild, Crystal Meinstein, will lead a 45-minute creative writing exercise. Learning to write well, whatever your genre, involves listening and practicing. Participants will break into groups to create stories.

Following a one-hour lunch break, the afternoon speakers will be Robin Mullet and Holli Rainwater, authors of “The Curve of Her Arm.” Mullet and Rainwater will share readings and movement from their new book, which combines poetry and qigong. Their book combines free verse and haiku in a collection of poems on the art and practice of qigong, which is an ancient healing system that combines movement, breathing and mindfulness.

Mullet’s poems can be found in the OPA Press anthology, “A Rustling and Waking Within,” “Common Threads” and “Ohio Poetry Day’s Best of 2011.” She calls the Eastern Ohio foothills home but loves traveling around the state to do readings and meet fellow poets. She is an avid practitioner of qigong/tai chi, which she feels centers her and expands her creativity.

Rainwater’s haiku have appeared in various OPA publications including “A Rustling and Waking Within” and “Everything Stops and Listens.” Two of her haiku were chosen for the “Seasons of Haiku” walking path at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. A member of the Ohio Poetry Association and the Haiku Society of America, she lives with her family in Coshocton County, where she works at the Coshocton Public Library and teaches chi classes — her own fusion of qigong, tai chi and poetry.

Copies of “The Curve of Her Arm” will be available for sale at the workshop for $12.

Following a Q-and-A period and a break, there will be another brief writing exercise, information about editing, an open mic., summer writing contest winners, raffle baskets and more. Tickets for the raffle baskets will be $1 each or six for $5.

Workshop participants are welcome to bring a 400-word manuscript to the workshop to be critiqued for free. There will be a table of freebies, a table of writing books and magazines for purchase by a donation, and a table of materials for a craft “book in a box” project.

The Write-On Writers Guild’s sixth annual Writers Workshop will conclude between 4 and 4:30 p.m. No advance registration is required.

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