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Originally formed in 2008, the Past-Forward Memoir Writing Group welcomes and supports all who are interested in writing their stories and seeking encouragement to put pen to paper.

There are two groups of Past-Forward that meet once a month. The day group meets at 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library. The evening group meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Wesley United Methodist Church.

            Throughout the years, members of the Past-Forward have collaborated to create three books: Occasional Writers: Bringing the Past Forward (2011), The Memory Pool: Reflections of Past Forward (2014), and For the Record (2021). All of these books are available on Amazon.

            The Past-Forward Memoir Writing Group is an affiliate of the Coles County Arts Council

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