The River Writers sponsored their first contest for new writers recently, opened to the public, with the theme “Life in Waupaca County.”
Jessica Shaw took first place for her submission called “Oodles of Cookies.” It was very well presented, thought out and entertaining. She has been interested in storytelling since the age of three, at which time she created and verbally transmitted her stories. At age 6, she began to write and to date has continued her writing. She also enjoys reading and horseback riding. Jessica is homeschooled by her parents and is in the 10th grade. She is the daughter of Marty and Teresa Shaw of New London. She has two sisters, Wendy and Lily, and a brother, Oliver.
Tamara S. Peppler reigned in at a second place for her contribution entitled “Hope of Spring.” Tamara lives in Clintonville with her family – husband Steven and four children – Christopher, Amanda, Stephanie and Marissa.
In spite of her very busy family life, Tammy home schools her children and manages to carve out time for her creative outlet of writing. Her interest in writing started in 1986 when she entered a high school contest and won first prize for a piece entitled “Christmas in Wisconsin.” Before this, she recalls rumblings of writing began to stir in grade school, but she kept it to herself. As Tammy explains, “I always felt more comfortable communicating by writing as opposed to the spoken word.” She was able to express the creativity within her more easily.
Tammy continues with her writing, which is a great sense of pleasure for her, and hopes to publish a children’s book soon. Another source of peace and joy is her strong connection with her church family and the many activities they enjoy there.
Third prize went to Wendy Shaw, second daughter of Marty and Teresa Shaw, for her story entitled “Kayaking.”Wendy’s mother encouraged her writing, and bought her books that would help her in the pursuit of it. Shortly before Christmas of 2010, she seriously started to write and found out she really liked it. She continues with her writing and also enjoys horseback riding.
To the entrants who did not make it this time, remember there’s another tomorrow. Pursue your passions and dreams and always know we’re all precious children of God and that truth makes us all winners.
The River Writers meet the first Tuesday of each month at Sturm Memorial Library, 130 N. Bridge Road, Manawa at 1 – 3p.m. expect July and August. We welcome guests and new members. Dues are $10 for the 10 month period and include one copy of our yearly book publication, three pot luck lunches and a monthly snack and refreshment table for your enjoyment. Hope to see you soon. Any questions? Call the library at Manawa at 920-596-2252.