Eight Weeks to a Book Object (1)

So it begins! Our summer workshop will step through the process of a writing project. We’ve got eight weeks to create a book object. That means by August 17th, each of us will have created from start to finish a book that we can give as a gift or keep as a souvenir of our […]

Voices in the Crowd

It was an engaging conversation at the Bixby Library writing workshop last night. Starting with some comments about the effectiveness of workshops relative to the diversity of voices involved, we ranged to memory and the body as landscape, and discussed briefly the ways word choice, syntax, and grammar can express character. FOUR-MINUTE DIARY We used […]

Blurts and Memory

Another small group this week and that means we got to do more writing! The summer season is here and it seems people are still working out their schedules. A small group often means more intimate writing, though! WARMUP After chatting for a bit, we started to write with a four-minute diary. If you haven’t […]

Workshop Beginnings: The Smell of Summer

A small group convened last night as our ongoing Bixby Library writing workshop returned. About half of our regulars were out of town or couldn’t make it, so I’ll reconstruct the workshop here, so everyone can follow along. That will make for a longer than usual post, so bear with us. Writing exercises and prompts are […]

Imitation Game

Tonight I’ll share one of my favorite prompts to use in writing workshop. It’s all about imitation. WHAT’S THE USE IN IMITATION Mary Oliver writes in A Poetry Handbook, “Before we can be poets, we must practice; imitation is a very good way of investigating the real thing.” Imitation is how human beings (and elephants!) learn! Another […]

Facing the Blank Page

I’ve been experiencing little thrills of panic lately whenever I think about sitting down to face the blank page of my journal. It’s a tendency that has seemed to grow over the last month or two. Oftentimes, I attempt to cope by sketching on the page, and these drawings usually end up taking over the […]