Participants present their short stories, novels, essays, or poems to be read in class. Fellow writers give constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement. Participants submit their writing to all other participants in advance of the Friday meeting. Constructive comments are offered after each reading. Discussion leader Jerry Janusz has been a member of this group for thirteen years.
Gerald (Jerry) Janusz retired in 2004 after 37 years teaching and doing research in the Mathematics Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One of his ongoing pastimes is working Sudoku puzzles which he illustrates in his book Solving Sudoku. In his younger days he was a road runner taking part in many 10k races and completing 10 marathons between ages 35 to 44. His current exercise is walking with the aid of Nordic poles. He has been part of the OLLI Creative Writing Study Group since 2006.
Participants will learn how to tell the stories of their lives and those of their ancestors. We will meet weekly, and each participant should be prepared to read a story they have written (including the first class). Jan Price calls herself a “very amateur memoirist” who has written her story after being motivated by an OLLI class.
Jan Price calls herself an amateur memoirist, having started writing short story memoirs after her retirement. She now teaches and motivates other seniors.