Past Forward is a community based writing group focusing on memoir writing. We meet twice monthly and welcome writers of all levels.


The members of the Past Forward Memoir Writers announce the publication of their third book, For The Record. The public is invited to a stage show introducing the latest work by authors from the Past Forward writing group. The free event will be held at the Charleston Carnegie Library, Sunday afternoon, NOVEMBER 7, beginning at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow at 2:30. Information on purchasing the book will be announced during the stage show and again at the reception. 

The staged presentation, In Their Own Words,  is an enjoyable community event not to be missed! These are writers with memorable stories to share. Readings will include short synopses and observations about the writers lives and experiences from their past. Their work brings memories to the audience of their own life experiences, and their own life’s lessons. Music, memories,  and songs by Naomi Hills and John Crouch will highlight several stories and entertain the audience. Phyllis Bayles is the stage show Director. 

The variety of memoirs were written by Phyllis Bayles, Meg Bredesen, Margie Checkley, Bob Clapp, Shelley and John Crouch, Lois Dickenson, Hannah Eads, Charlotte England,Richard England, Roxanne Frey, Marty Gabriel, Jane Gilbert,  June Hayden, Bill Heyduck, Naomi Hills,  Maddie Ignazito,  Donna Karbassioon, Rayma Laughlin, Stacy Lynn,  Amy Lynch, Kelly Nicholson, Daiva Markelis, Janet Messenger, Marita Metzke, Johnni Olds, Julie Rea, Denise Shumaker, Luz Whittenbarger, Jacqui Worden, and Yoana Yordanova.  The authors come from Charleston, Oakland,  Paris, Casey, Martinsville, Greenup, and  Grand Rapids, MN.  

All the stories in For The Record are original. In Their Own Words is a celebration capping several years of memoirs, several public appearances, and two published books by Past Forward Memoir Writers. Admission to both segments of the book presentation is free and light refreshments will be served.

The Coles County Arts Council sponsors the Past Forward memoir-writing group. The memoir reading event is  presented in partnership with Eastern Illinois University’s Academy of Lifelong Learning. Follow Past Forward on Facebook: