Fall 2012

Fall Newsletter 2012

 

If you don't feel you are possibly on the edge of humiliating yourself, of losing control of the whole thing, then what you're doing probably isn't very vital.   
If you don't feel that you are writing somewhat over your head, why do it?  If you don't have some doubt of your authority to tell this story, then you're not trying to tell enough.

                                             -- John Irving

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Dear Writer:

I've just posted the Fall 2012 schedule. It's hard to believe summer's half over! If you are finding it hard to get to the page this summer you're not alone. Changing schedules, out-of-town guests and family vacations can be a challenge for writers trying to carve out time for their work.

I have often found summers wreak havoc on my writing life, so this summer I planned ahead. Before I let myself commit to anything else, I scheduled writing retreats and enrolled in two short master classes--Lynn Freed and Peter Ho Davies--both were fabulous and inspiring. After my plans were set I was surprised by an invitation to the Norman Mailer Colony and Writing Center in Provincetown where I was given a condo and bicycle to use, and participated in a workshop led by the amazing Sigrid Nunez for two hours a day and the rest of my time was free to write! I haven't ever had a six week period so filled with insightful feedback, generous support, and so much time for my writing. I am feeling very spoiled, energized and snapping inspired, and will have lots to share with writers this fall.

If getting away to a writing workshop or retreat this summer is out of the question--if you're juggling work, kids camp schedules or family vacations--I highly recommend blocking time off on your calendar just for YOU. Whether it's a week, a weekend, a day here and there, or simply an hour--Do it! Go off the grid! Don't go to appointments or the store, don't answer email, turn off your phone; give yourself over to what you really want to say. Be wild, crazy, write bold. Say something dangerous.

And remember: it's Summertime! and you are required by the gods of sun and parks and rec to find a patch of grass or sand, an old Adirondack chair, or a quiet corner and kick off your shoes and read. Surround yourself with the voices and tales that enliven you. Or simply lay back, watch for characters to emerge from the clouds, or simply close your eyes and dream. Let your wild mind roam.