There are tens of thousands of colorful stories on the shelves of Case Memorial Library, and once a month there are others \u2014 works in progress \u2014 being tossed about in a meeting room upstairs. It\u2019s there that a group of writers \u2014 most with no professional writing background \u2014 critique each other\u2019s works, share ideas, give editing suggestions and have lots of fun. They are just a group of people \u2014 some with published works, some not \u2014 who like to write in forms that include essays, poetry, short stories, memoirs, and more. The group, which started years ago at the Orange Senior Center and is now held at the library because the center stopped offering it, has no formal name and meets the third Friday of each month at 10 a.m. The group for those interested in writing is open to all. \u201cI think now it\u2019s like opening a flower in me and letting it exude its perfume,\u201d referring to the group, said Lanette Errante, 67, of West Haven, formerly of Orange, and a retired medical research coordinator. Lisa Winters, 71, a retired psychiatric social worker who dabbled in journalism years ago, is working on a memoir. Winters has some interesting raw material to work with \u2014 her maternal grandfather was Igor Sikorsky, and her mother was raised by an aunt. Part of her memoir will explore the psychological impact of that on her mom and her mom\u2019s children. Winters said her mother experienced many losses. \u201cI\u2019ve been writing a memoir and I wanted some feedback and support,\u201d she said. \u201cThis group has become wonderful.\u201d Sangeeta Dadlani, 73, who grew up in India said she\u2019s always been \u201cfond of reading but I don\u2019t write so well.\u201d Her fellow group members don\u2019t agree she doesn\u2019t write so well, but Dadlani thought the group would be a great way to learn. Dadlani, retired from the jewelry retail business, writes a lot about her personal experiences growing up in India, it\u2019s festivals, and about her father as an \u201cunsung hero,\u201d in giving them all a better life. Group members said they love her stories. Dadlani said of writing: \u201cIt clears you. Get it on paper and there are so many thoughts you didn\u2019t know (were there),\u201d she said. Bonnie Pelaccia, 73, a former journalist \u2014 and considered by group members as the unofficial group leader, writes whatever comes into her head over the years. Her recent \u201cThe Worm Wars\u201d \u2014 highlights all the birds in the yard and that one worm. Through the years, she\u2019s written about kids, birds, dogs and lots of other subjects. Each month they share what they\u2019ve written. \u201cI love listening,\u201d in the group, Pelaccia said. \u201cI think everyone has a story.\u201d Sid Kelly, 80, of West Haven, and originally from the United Kingdom, is a retired engineer known in the group for his wit. An eighth-degree blackbelt in judo and two time Gold medalist in the sport \u2014 Canada in 1999 and Japan in 2003 \u2014 Kelly has been writing about martial arts and judo for 50 years. He\u2019s branched out in writing since retirement and likes writing short stories with \u201csome element of surprise and entertainment,\u201d as he puts it. He also likes writing rhyming poetry and limericks. One of the groups favorites written by Kelly is \u201cGrandma\u2019s Eyeball\u201d \u2014 yes, it comes out like a marble and goes on an adventure. \u201cI\u2019d like to improve my writing,\u201d he said of attending the group. Another group member, retired dentist Joe Introcaso, 92, has a lot of military themes in his writing and many characters are based on the lives of former patients. Group members say Introcaso is a master of dialogue and description and all around great writer. Group members said they teach and edit each other. Errante said she started writing as a youngster, in the form of writing letters to parents while she was away at camp. Later, through adulthood, she kept a journal about herself, her children, her husband. Then about 10 years ago, she took a class in creative writing at Hamden High School and came away inspired to create fiction. Errante writes about whatever comes to mind and often its, \u201ccontemplative, meditative philosophy with a thrust toward theology,\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019ve always been an idea person,\u201d she said, and in the group, her ideas are accepted. Pelaccia said of Errante, \u201cHer imagination, fiction is off the chart.\u201d Anyone interested in learning more about the group can email Pelaccia firstname.lastname@example.org.