I'm sure the gathering itself will be a work in progress as we try new things and tweak them. Here are some ideas I have:
The first several weeks, we will be looking at the problem of scheduling regular writing time. Some of you are fairly new writers and are struggling with how to transition to a writing life. This goes beyond time management to how you define yourself, your sense of mission, your bucket list. We will share insights and engage in some useful, thoughtful exercises. Some will involve candy.
A Lending Library
I'm going to bring ten writing craft books to lend out. We will have a librarian who will check these out and keep up with who has what. If you have books you are willing to share on writing or on motivation in general, feel free to bring them now or later. We will also have an occasional brief book review.
Village Writing School
Projects & Discussion
I have a couple of questions on which I'd like your input. This will be the group I consult on problems and opportunities as they arise. I also have a little project for us to do for our NY agent to thank him for his great presentation and his time.
We're working on an affordable menu, and I'll talk to Lana about finding a less expensive wine for us, since there were several comments after the PUBLISH reception. We'll have plenty of free cookies. I plan to rev us up on enough caffeine and sugar to stoke us for a week.
And finally, I don't want us to get into a rut. I want each week to be fun, creative, and inspirational. While I'd like to think that we'll have a core time, beginning about six, I also know that some people will drop by early, before they go somewhere else. Others will come later. I'll be there from 5-9 to share at least a part of the evening with everyone.
So, bring your writing challenges, your goals, your tiny victories. Writing is like religion. The mountaintop experiences are there, but most of the journey takes place in the valleys and foothills. We slog on, step after step, word after word. Thursday night will be our break, our reward, our support group, and our tribal gathering.