GENEVA – One by one, five members of the Geneva Public Library’s Night Writers group took a turn in the spotlight last week at the group’s first public event at The Little Traveler in downtown Geneva.
Nancy Hanna, Rick Holinger, Bruce Steinberg, Kimberly Gotches and Robert Weisz shared their works that ranged from a trip to a spa, life in Geneva, the story behind a family Christmas tree and a woman’s memory of when the Nazis rolled through her farming village in Luxembourg. Holinger writes a column that appears in the Kane County Chronicle.
A crowd packed a room at The Little Traveler for the event, A Literary Evening of Writers and Wine, which included wine tasting and tips from a wine expert.
Gotches, the Geneva library’s public relations and adult program associate, said such public events are unusual for library reading groups. It provided a taste of what the group offers and a glimpse at writing groups in general. Gotches said the Night Writers group has between 12 and 18 members. It meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tuesday.
“I’ve really been excited with this group,” said Gotches, who said the event was scheduled months ago and the group “was just kind of taking a leap of faith that by the time we got to this event, that we would have a thriving group.”
The event at The Little Traveler included a full crowd, as reservations reached the capacity.
She said the group launched on Jan. 28, and facilitators from several groups in the area attended, with the goal of sharing what each group does. There were groups from Glen Ellyn, Geneva, St. Charles and Batavia, she said.
“Each one meets different needs for different people,” she said.
She said the Night Writers group is for those who might be working during the day and can come in for an evening once a month. It is an adult group, for those 18 and older. It is a workshop for writers of literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry or drama, “dedicated to writing as a career and/or business, even if part-time,” according to the library’s website. Gotches said she recommends that those interested in joining a writing group at the library contact her. They can email KGotches@gpld.org or call 630-232-4806.