The Village Writing School offers high-quality instruction in creative writing WHILE letting you have fun in the process. When Paula Morell agreed to teach her Tales from the South storytelling workshop for us in Rogers, we looked for a venue that was different, folksy, and fun. Why not a big ol' train car? With a ride thrown in?
Trains have always evoked exotic places, exciting journeys, and a kind of untethered immersion in the world at large. Just the stuff of great stories. While we won't be taking the Orient Express, we will have a fun prelude to Paula's great workshop.
The train will be waiting for you at 1st and Poplar in historic Rogers. We'll depart at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 22.
What passes by your window just might spark a story.
Jessie Rex will now be helping Alison with social media and a wide variety of administrative tasks. She'll be in residence at our building and will be keeping some office hours to talk to people who stop in. She'll also be able to handle the many things that come up when Alison is not in town.
Jessie is a certified life coach who has spoken to us several times at Writers' Night Out, most recently from Hawaii. She is hard at work on her own book, having taken several workshops from Alison. Jessie has experience in social media and graphic design. She will be a wonderful addition to our Village family and will be an encouragement to all of us.
THI S THURSDAY at CARIBE June5 - 5:00 p.m.
Hey Village Writers and Anyone Else interested in writing, Get counted if you plan to join us this week for Writers' Night Out at KJ's Caribe Cantina.
KJ has requested a NUMBER for the special $10 dinner that she prepares for us.
So if you plan to come . . .
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WHY DO YOU WRITE?
Among the many works Village Writers shared last Thursday at Writers' Night Out was this quote from Terry Tempest Williams:
“I write to make peace with the things I cannot control. I write to create red in a world that often appears black and white. I write to discover. I write to uncover. I write to meet my ghosts. I write to begin a dialogue. I write to imagine things differently and in imagining things differently perhaps the world will change. I write to honor beauty. I write to correspond with my friends. I write as a daily act of improvisation. I write because it creates my composure. I write against power and for democracy. I write myself out of my nightmares and into my dreams. I write in a solitude born out of community. I write to the questions that shatter my sleep. I write to the answers that keep me complacent. I write to remember. I write to forget….
I write because I believe in words. I write because I do not believe in words. I write because it is a dance with paradox. I write because you can play on the page like a child left alone in sand. I write because it belongs to the force of the moon: high tide, low tide. I write because it is the way I take long walks. I write as a bow to wilderness. I write because I believe it can create a path in darkness….
I write as ritual. I write because I am not employable. I write out of my inconsistencies. I write because then I do not have to speak. I write with the colors of memory. I write as a witness to what I have seen. I write as a witness to what I imagine….
I write because it is dangerous, a bloody risk, like love, to form the words, to say the words, to touch the source, to be touched, to reveal how vulnerable we are, how transient we are. I write as though I am whispering in the ear of the one I love.”