Write Life, the Next Chapter
Now in our third session, Write Life meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 1:30-3:30 via Zoom. Novice and experienced writers alike are invited to write, read, and offer supportive comment on diverse writing projects to further one another’s writing process.

Write Life, the Next Chapter builds on the participating writer’s interests in memoir, family history, sense of place, and character development with the resources of both the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation, LRJF and Indian River Genealogy Society, IRGS. Membership in both LRJF and IRGS is required for participation and the group size is limited. 

Our goal is to maintain a welcoming environment for those who wish to share their writing projects with others and keep a positive momentum of thoughtful and supportive discussion. Each six meeting session will feature a guest author as inspiration. 2022 sessions of three months or six meetings will allow for new writers to join us. 

Write Life, the Next Chapter 

April 14 and 28

May 12 and 26

June 9 and 23

If you are interested in finding out more about this group, please call us at 772-569-6718 or email us at admin@lrjf.org.

Please note: participation in our writing groups, effective September 1, 2021, will require membership in LRJF (Currently $50 a year for individuals and $75 for households). Register for membership here.

Meet your facilitators:

Laura Kelley

Laura Kelley has lived and worked in Vero Beach since 1981. When she wasn’t in the dance studio, she earned a Journalism degree, BA from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant MI in the days of the manual typewriter. After graduating she wrote for a suburban weekly string of newspapers and shortly the next year moved to Florida for her grandmother, the sunshine and a magazine job. Laura served in writing positions in Florida PR and ad agencies and ran her own company, Image Makers Ink from 1985-1990. She served as the first Executive Director of the Volunteer Action Center in Indian River County, a Points of Light Foundation project. From 1993-2003, Laura was the Marketing Director for Saint Edward’s School. In 2003, she joined the then Indian River Community College’s Institutional Advancement office and the following year was hired to develop and direct the College Foundation’s successful Lifelong Learning Institute until 2013. A long-time community volunteer, she has enjoyed serving on local non-profit Boards with a focus on education and the arts. Currently, Laura is active in the non-profit coalition Indian River CARES and is on
the leadership team for the group’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, DEI, initiative. She lives in the Cultural Arts Village and enjoys off the beaten path travel, sailing, dance, hanging with her beloved rescue dog, Grizzly and life partner Bob, and looks forward to once again inviting company for dinner.

Mike Godown

Mike Godown was born in New Jersey and earned a degree in Economic and Business at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He enjoyed a twenty-six-year financial management career with General Electric Company. After feeling he had solved enough business problems for one lifetime, he retired in 2004 and attended the Lado International School in Washington, D.C. He became certified to teach English as a second language (TESOL) while teaching embassy personnel from various countries. He served as an independent volunteer teacher while completing his world travel bucket list during 2005-2012. He currently tutors a weekly adult conversation club with Literacy Services of Indian River County and has tutored one-on-one with students, as well as onsite group classes at local businesses.

Mike developed an early interest in genealogy at age 13 while copying information from 19th century family bibles and helping his mother research her family history. In 2013 he became interested in DNA after enrolling his father in a 23andMe genetic research project for Parkinson’s disease. He enjoyed using his DNA knowledge to help three adoptees find their birth families. In 2015 he joined the Indian River Genealogical Society and served as Webmaster, Vice-President, and most recently as President. 

Mike joined Write Life in May 2021 to develop his family history writing skills and looks forward to sharing his interests with others.