The rain was coming, the sky was dark and we feared it might be a stormy evening. But severe weather cannot stop a birth. This is true of babies being born and it was true for the event that launched StoryTellers of the Great Plains.
So on this unpredictable fall evening in rural Kansas, twenty-one writers came from Newton, Hutchinson, Hesston, Goessel, Wichita and even a peace and justice bloggers from New York City were present. Three regional writers groups were represented as well as several published authors.
The launch party for StoryTellers of the Great Plains happened on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Doing this two hour celebration of writers and storytelling: hot dogs were eaten, stories were read and connections were made.
The evening began with food and fellowship and ended with several readings from local authors. Kimberly K. Funk read from her new children’s book, Christmas at the Stable: The Animals Tell Their Stories. Kathy Burkey Wiens also read from her upcoming book, Foster Girl, Farmer’s Girl Daughter. Local writers Wendy Funk Schrag and Stan Epp read from pieces they are currently working on. The evening was a great success and a good start to this new venture.
StoryTellers of the Great Plains, is the brain child of Laurie Oswald Robinson, journalist, author and writing coach. About a year ago she began tapping fellow writers on the shoulder to see who would come along on this creative journey. Three women, Kathy Goering, Barb Orsi and Kathy Wiens, answered Laurie’s call and the StoryTellers’ seed was planted. The group began to meet and plan. Each woman brought their unique gifts to help nurture and grow this new endeavor.
The group’s goal is to strengthen writers locally and connect writers regionally. The hope is to develop a supportive and networking community or all types of writers: memoirist, essayists, bloggers, journal keepers, poets and fiction writers. The group plans to sponsor at least two events a year, bringing writers together to connect and network. The blog and Facebook page will help connect writers and provide educational resources and “tools of the trade”.