By Joanne Tailele
My name is ______ and I am a writer! For some of us at the Marco Writer’s Group, this is a leap of faith more than a statement of accomplished works. We gather together to gain insight, hear encouragement and master skills from each other and our renowned speakers.
On Wed. Feb 8th, we were uplifted by Terry Helwig and the makings of her memoir, “Moonlight on Linoleum: A Daughter’s Memoir”. She shared how it took her five years to work through her stages of writing; gathering, embarking, shape-shifting, mining and burnishing. If you want a deeper understanding of her five stages, you can go to her website www.terryhelwig.com. Terry was the eldest of six daughters, born in Iowa to a teenage mother, uprooted dozens of times with a transient family. “Linoleum” is a coming of age story, a compassionate look of sisters bonding in the hardest of situations, a testament to love and devotion.
Quoting from her website, “Responding to 9/11, Terry created The Thread Project: One World, One Cloth, www.threadproject.com, a textile exhibition encouraging tolerance and compassion in the community. To foster community, she invited people worldwide to send her a single thread, representing hope – however slim their thread of hope might be. She coined a motto of sorts: Some people say our world is hanging on by a thread. I say – a thread is all we need.”
Terry has a master’s degree in counseling psychology, has led workshops on women’s personal growth and development. She is a part time resident of south Florida and South Carolina. We were honored to have her as our guest speaker. She will be at a book signing at Sunshine Booksellers on Feb. 23 at 4 PM.
Our group continues to grow in number as well as nurturing our minds and spirits. This is a place for networking, learning and sharing successes in the business of writing. The wide variety of writers include journalists, poets, novelists and non-fiction writers, like our guest, capturing their memories in ink. It even includes a few who have yet to pick up the pen (or the keyboard as the case may be). But as long as there is a desire to put to ink what rambles around in our head, we are writers. Marco Writer’s Group is open to the public. Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the Fifth Third Bank community room on 650 E. Elkcam Circle at 5:30 PM. Our speaker will be Suzanne Barr, a professional ghost writer for a New York Times best selling author.