Here’s a brief note: watch this video by Storytellers on YouTube and really listen to the message. As writers we’re good with words but sometimes we need to hear something to learn something
In November I attended the Amherst Writers and Artists Facilitators’ retreat and got the well-anticipated creative shot in the arm. Some 25 women all versed in the AWA method of writing; sharing their expertise in writing for various populations and purposes. My contribution was a workshop called ‘Clearing The Creative River’, based on the wonderful book Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. The workshop included fairy tales and a special writing exercise on meeting your own internal writing mentor. This exercise was based on Milton Erickson’s hypnosis techniques; the participants’ written responses were rich and deep.
A special pleasure was talking with author Margaret Wrinkle and being introduced to her gorgeous novel, Wash. This read is a wonderful trip into post-civil war America and the mystery of a man named Wash.
So many tributes to America’s beloved poet Mary Oliver on the web this week. Her work has lifted me up on many a dark day and I recommend her to all feeling beings. If you are new to her work perhaps her book of essays, Upstream is a good introduction to her love of nature and literature.
The short answer is yes. The long answer is …yes. How do I know this, you ask? All right you didn’t ask but I’ll tell you anyway. I’ve been writing creative fiction and nonfiction for about 10 years now. That includes 10 years of workshops, extension classes at a local university as well as near death experiences at the hands of writing groups. Geez.
Then, about a year ago I attended an Amherst Writers and Artists workshop leaders training in Albuquerque and lo, there was light! All of the attendees got down to what I call authentic writing: filled with true voice, beautiful imagery and meaning. Next week I return to an Amherst Writers’ retreat to join 25 folks to write, learn and enjoy. Be sure to follow upcoming posts where I’ll be sharing my experience. I will also be presenting a workshop on ‘Clearing The Creative River’ based on the writings of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.
Writing. Is there anything like it in the world?