Grove City is home to a lot of creative talent, and the Grove City Writers' Group is a good example.

Grove City is home to a lot of creative talent, and the Grove City Writers' Group is a good example.

Founded in 2008, the group has more than 20 dedicated writers who meet monthly at Grove City Library to share their work and offer each other support. Writing often can be a lonely, taxing endeavor, and one reason the group exists is for the members to encourage each other and share advice.

The group is a mix of traditional and self-published authors and counts among its members poets, teachers, former newspaper reporters, columnists and aspiring amateur writers who have just started their journey. They share essays, personal reflections, poems, short stories and book passages each month.

The group also has tables at different community events, such as the Mistletoe Market and Arts in the Alley, for members to sell their works.

In addition to supporting its members, the Grove City Writers' Group also promotes writing by children and teenagers through the annual Summer Scribbles Youth Writing and Poetry Contest. Students throughout the South-Western City School District are invited to participate and demonstrate their writing skills with cash prizes for creative fiction and nonfiction writing and poetry.

Additionally, group members served as judges for the school district's Reflections Art Show at Holt Crossing Intermediate School on Dec. 13, helping to judge both the visual and writing portions of the contest. Next year, the Grove City Writers' Group is looking to organize a Young Writers' Club for children who live in the district.

Janet Shailer, vice president of the Southwest Public Libraries board of trustees, is the group's head writer.

She recently wrote and published a children's book, "Turtle Rescue at Waterlemon Cay," which was written, according to its forward, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of library service in Grove City. The book contains photos, games and illustrations by local artist Gina Perry.

Shailer plans to donate copies of the book to the library and other community groups.

Library leaders are working to install a new bookshelf for the writers group. Writers who have published work will be able to display it at the library, along with contact information for the individual authors should any patrons decide they would like to purchase copies of the books.

The Grove City Writers' Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the second-floor board room of the Grove City Library, 3959 Broadway. The next meeting is Jan. 12, and meetings are open to anyone interested in joining. For information, visit

Mark Dubovec is communications manager for Southwest Public Libraries. Contact him at