Bossard to hold writers forum

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — Bossard Memorial Library has traditionally been one of the community’s main content sources for reading enthusiasts and it will soon be promoting local writers forums as well.

According to Library Director Debbie Saunders, French City Writers’ Guild is the brainchild of Bossard Reference Services Manager Randall Fulks.

“It was just a thought I’d come up with and I knew we had some demand for it in the past,” said Fulks. “Creative writing is one of those things that’s not so much a skill that can be taught. It’s just something you kind of acquire over time in my opinion. The more you try and the more you do and the more avid a reader you are, the more techniques you’ll pick up on.”

Fulks is a University of Rio Grande college graduate with a major in English with an emphasis in young adult literature.

Saunders said, according to a survey done by the library, patrons indicated they would like to see a focus in the institution’s services on promoting creative writing endeavors. She also said because of Fulk’s skills, she felt he was just the type of person to coordinate the writers forum.

According to Saunders, the library had invited local authors to attend the library in the past to give patrons direction in how to publish materials and get writing tips. The guild will focus on providing a forum for local authors and poets who wish to present their works and receive constructive criticism from peers. Writing exercises may be proposed from time to time, but the focus of the initiative is to establish communication and advice for writers who seek it.

Fulks and Saunders emphasized the use of the word forum instead of workshop as the event was not meant to be used as a lecture or class but as a group activity. Local authors may be invited in the future to speak with participants. For now, the guild is gauging the interest of the community.

Light refreshments will be provided and the event is open and free to the public. Fulks anticipates the guild will meet twice a month during the first Tuesday and Thursday of every month. The first meeting will be held March 7 and the second March 9. Sessions are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday’s evening will focus on family friendly material and welcomes writers of all ages. The Thursday event is geared towards adults 18 and older with a focus on more mature literary themes.

If interested in joining the guild, contact Randall Fulks at or 740-446-7323,ext. 233, to register for the sessions.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright