New writers group meets Thursdays at Freeport Public Library

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FREEPORT, Ill. — A group of area writers have decided to come together on Thursday nights. Meetings are being held at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport, Ill., in the History Room starting at 6:30 p.m.

The group is being run by Kim Sigafus McIver, an award-winning author and photographer from Freeport. She is the author of both self-published and traditionally-published books, including The Dress, Native Writers, Voices of Power and the soon-to-be-released Native Elders.

I know there are many people out there who like to write or who are thinking of starting a writing project,” McIver said. “This group is open to anyone in the area who has an interest in writing, published or not.”

According to McIver, the group’s activities will vary and depend on the needs of the group. They could include sharing of work for suggestions or critiquing, writing exercises, gathering information from others for ongoing projects, or learning about the publishing industry. Any writing topic is open for discussion, and people who write in any genre are invited to attend.

Writing can sometimes be a solitary endeavor,” McIver said. “It’s nice to gather together and talk about it with others who understand what goes into it all.”

The group meets at the Freeport Library every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m., unless the area is experiencing bad weather. Decisions will be made by 3 p.m. as to whether the meeting will be held. If you have never attended a meeting but are interested in joining the group, call the library at (815) 233-3000 on Thursday to see if the meeting has been canceled. For more information, e-mail Kim at

Posted Feb. 5, 2014

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