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Author N.L. Sharp hopes writers will take part in a local opportunity.

A “Writing Across Nebraska” event will start at 10 a.m. July 14 at Keene Memorial Library in Fremont.

Anyone who enjoys writing is invited to the event hosted by the “My Thoughts Exactly” writers group in Fremont.

The daylong event is free and open to the public, but participants need to register before July 10. The local event is part of a statewide project designed to encourage people to write.

There will be no classes or workshops, but participants will be able to write in a community and network with other writers. Writers don’t need to have published works to participate.

Participants may bring their own writing projects. Writing prompts for inspiration will be provided.

“This is a day set aside to focus on your writing without the interruptions that come with being at home,” said Cheryl Paden, group member.

Writing in a group offers various benefits.

“Writing can be a lonely profession and it is sometimes necessary to get out and network and have the camaraderie of other writers,” Paden said.

Word counts will be tabulated and added for an across-Nebraska count and for a local event day count.

In July 2017, WAN participants across the state wrote 65,147 words.

The “My Thoughts Exactly” group formed more than 25 years ago, after a group of beginning writers took a Metropolitan Community College class.

“When the Metro class was over, we decided we wanted to continue to meet,” Paden said. “Our purpose is to hone our writing skills. Each time we meet, we try to work on a writing skill, or ideas for publishing, marketing — and anything that has to do with writing.”

Paden noted how members have benefited from the group.

“We recognize the importance of having a supportive team of writers to encourage each other,” Paden said. “It helps with our accountability to keep writing and to meet your writing goals.”

Those who attend the WAN event can talk to members of “My Thoughts Exactly” about joining or how to start their own group.

WAN was the brain child of the Nebraska Writers Guild.

Participants who write 1,000 words or more can print off a certificate to mark the event.

Paden said “My Thoughts Exactly” will continue to meet and members look forward to a writing retreat in Schuyler.

In the meantime, Sharp — a children’s author from Fremont — encourages writers to attend the WAN event.

“It’s kind of fun to get together as a group and gain inspiration from other writers,” Sharp said.

Sharp is an educational writing consultant and the author of several published books, including “Today I’m Going Fishing with My Dad” (a former Nebraska Golden Sower nominee), “The Flower Girl/The Ring Bear: A Flip-Over Book” (named an iParenting Media Award Winner by the Disney Corporation), and the novel “Keeping Captain,” a 2017 Nebraska Center for the Book Award Winner. Sharp also is author of “Effie’s Image,” a picture book for children that honors school volunteers.

To register for the local WAN event, send an email to so organizers can have a count of the number of participants.

For questions, call Paden at 402-727-6508.


News Editor

Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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