Jessie's making homemade pot pie this Thursday. Dinner begins at 5 pm.
Our Presentation will be
From Inspiration to Creativity
with "Popular Mechanics" and Alex ∞
From the Director . . .
In the last two weeks, thirty-nine people have attended our workshops, many of them for the first time. As often happens, as we think about what we want to write, deeply personal, painful stuff comes up. We heard snippets of some amazing, powerful stories in these workshops, and I, personally, WANT to read them.
So the message of this note is: Don't Give Up
Your story matters. If I didn't believe that with all my heart, I'd never have invested all that I have in the Village Writing School. Let's all get a tattoo down our arm: My Story Matters
Writing is healing, empowering, illuminating for the writer. It's one of the best ways to process our experiences and make sense of them. Once we do that, the future is clearer and full of possibility.
But writing is far more than self-help. Writing is connecting. What you have learned in coming through those past experiences is a wealth of healing and hope to someone who is experiencing something similar. And even if you are writing something so deeply personal that you are certain you will never publish it, you are engaged in a dialogue with yourself on that material. And that makes you better able to have a dialogue with someone else suffering in a similar situation.
It's easy to take a workshop, it's hard to keep writing. But don't stop. Get that story down on paper. If you need help, that's why the Village Writing School exists. Make the time. Push on through. Your story matters, and deep in your heart, you know that.
Pub Ops On Writing
C a r v e is seeking good honest fiction in the form of short stories.
Nancy is the VWS librarian and is working on a contemporary American western featuring a female protagonist. Nancy attends a Fiction Circle twice a month and attributes her progress to her Circle colleagues' support and inspiration.
Around Our Villages
Planning & Plotting Workshop
with Dr. Gary Guinn
Last Saturday in Eureka, 14 writers
from at least 7 different towns
Another full house on Writers' Night Out to celebrate Ken's birthday & share our work!