A fellowship of writers - Like-minded group gathers regularly

Janet Freehling could have used some encouragement after editors of a Christian magazine had rejected two short stories the Norwalk resident and avid writer had submitted. People who shared Freehling's interest might have been able to offer her not only support, but pointers. Freehling did not know such a group existed in Norwalk, until local author Becky Warner told her about the Scribblers Club.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010

Janet Freehling could have used some encouragement after editors of a Christian magazine had rejected two short stories the Norwalk resident and avid writer had submitted.

People who shared Freehling's interest might have been able to offer her not only support, but pointers.

Freehling did not know such a group existed in Norwalk, until local author Becky Warner told her about the Scribblers Club.

Freehling began participating in the writer's group over the summer, and has so far attended two meeting.

She likes what she sees.

"I think they're really interested in writing and they're a great support system for each other," Freehling said.

The club has existed for about five years and has about 10 members. At least five have had their work published.

Each month, they gather to hear each others writings, share ideas, participate in writing exercises and offer moral support. They also have published three issues of the club's newsletter, which comprises writing samples from members. New members always are welcome.

Freehling said she's appreciated encouragement from her fellow writers.

"It's good to hear (that) just because you have a rejection doesn't mean something's wrong with your story," she said.

Warner, one of the club's founding members, knows all about rejection. She tried for nine years to get any one of her nine books published, approaching about 100 publishers.

Warner received rejection notices each time, but tasted success recently with the publication of her book "And the Bull Saved Me."

Warner recently signed copies of the novel, which is on sale at barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com and her publisher's Web site,www.publishamerica.com.

Warner, whose pen name is Alex Rose, founded the Scribblers Club, along with friends Kate Jett, of West Lodi, and Norwalk resident Marsha Nichols.

The three used to work at Geotrac, and were all writing enthusiasts who got together to support each other's efforts. Norwalk resident Judy Ashakih, a relative of Jett's, joined as well.

"They're very dynamic, very dedicated people," said Ashakih, a published writer. "I'm always amazed; they're minds are just going a mile a minute.

"It's a great group of people. They're very interesting in their own right."

FOR YOUR INFO: If you are interested in joining the Scribblers Club, call Warner at (419) 668-7896.