Writer’s Group Update – Meeting July 28, 2011

Well, after a long absence, I have recommitted to attendance and participation, and boy is it good to be back! We met last Thursday at my house, it was great to see so many old friends.

We discussed Rebecca’s chapters, and requested larger chunks of text to read for continuity and will continue to workshop it the meeting after next, August 18. We also discussed Debbie’s short story, which was an amazing revision of a piece called “Cheetah” that she had shared before.

We took some time for refreshments and to thank Jessy for his irreplaceable contributions to the group as a mentor and as a writer. We all felt our hearts break a little to say goodbye. I hope to see him again soon, and wish him all the best in New York!

We also bid farewell to Debbie, it was such a fantastic piece to remember her by, I hope she keeps writing, she is truly blessed with the gift of the muse!

I am looking forward to meeting our new mentor, Austen Diamond, he has some pretty big shoes to fill, but I’m sure we will all greet him with an enthusiastic welcome. Right?

Our next meeting is scheduled at The King’s English on Thursday, August 11 at 7:00pm. We will be joined by Austen, as well as Stacy Blalock from the CWC to check in, introduce herself and to do some minor paperwork housekeeping.

Chris Chambers offered to bring a piece to share, Chris S. will be bringing his “zine” productions, and I’m going to shine up a couple of poems I would love to get some feeback on.

I look forward to seeing you all there, if you haven’t attended for a while, please just jump back in, it’s not that hard, believe me, you’ll be glad you did!

Keep writing, I love all of your voices!

Meeting Recap, June 9, 2011

Last night we discussed the Freedom Writer’s project, and a novel excerpt from one of the Chrises. The discussion pointed out many facets of the main character, Simon. There was also some discussion of different facets of the narrative itself that were starting to emerge. Included in the piece was a poem that showed a […]

Context and the Centrality of History

Note: It’s been really quiet here as of late. I generally dislike quiet places and silent rooms. For that reason, here is something I wrote. May it be discussed, hated, flamed, and worked over. All of that is better than the damnable, intolerable state known as “silence.” I had the strangest experience the other day. […]

Donuts, Jilted Lovers, and Confidence Men

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The Writing of Historical Novels

In a day where I admit to loving books about giant killer insect men, I thought it might be good to share something a bit more … sophisticated. During our group meeting on January 14th, we spent some time discussing a screenplay by Evany. While the discussion touched upon a lot of things — dialogue, […]

Guilty Reading Pleasures: Shadows of the Apt

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Meeting Recap – February 24, 2011

This week, we had a very interesting meeting. We started by reading a copy of Paige’s personal essay, “Son of Superman (S.O.S).” We then spent some time work-shopping the first three chapters of a novel by Rebecca entitled, “Don’t Rock the Boat.” Son of Superman Paige’s essay shared experiences and struggles that she has faced […]

Open Reading

We had an open reading this week as a way to celebrate the bookstore’s fundraiser for the CWC. There was a good turnout, although a few regulars were not able to attend. Christian kicked it off with a work in progress that combined his own unique style, and some elements of the darker children’s tales […]

A Year of Light (2011)

Some things are so awesome that they demand to be shared. Since working on a calendar for a local humanitarian aid group (which you can find  here), I’ve found myself taking a thoroughly unhealthy  interest in calendars of all types.  This includes highly innovative ones in addition to those of the more mundane variety.  In […]