Poetry, Descriptive, Fiction, and Nonfiction are all genres of writing found at the public library. Another interesting thing found at the public library is Alaina Mickis and her creative writing group. Alaina founded a the group to give everyone interested in writing a chance to further investigate their interest as well as see the varied types. During the group they share excerpts, poetry and writing; discuss characters, and anything else open to discussion. The group also gives Alaina the chance to further explore her own writings, as well as, the book she is currently writing.
The group meets on Thursdays in the committee room of the Public Library from 4 to 5:30. During their meetings they gather with their laptops and manuscripts and read aloud and discuss the various pieces of creative writing that they have produced. If you are interested show up or speak with Alaina. So far the base membership of the group is from Walker High with Lori Gogal, Russell Brunner, Faith McMillian, Alison Hudson, Heather Gurganus, Liz Adair, and Kara Kizziah.
Alaina has also spent much of her high school years composing and editing a novel of her own. Alaina said, “The book is a work in progress and a series I’ve been working on it since ninth grade.” The book is an untitled fantasy, where a girl stumbles upon a new world and the chain of events that occur. Alaina also said, “The few people who have read it can connect with the characters. My main character is similar to me, and my family noticed that immediately. Ms. Mego has also had the opportunity to read it.” For now the book is under revision but she hopes to be a published author after she is through with college. She aspires to be a librarian since for most people writing isn’t a steady career, yet as a librarian she can continue working with her first love – books.
By: Dakota Day