Sometimes something strikes you as the essence of your father or your mother. This video reminds me of my dad. The man in the video, Martin Hurkens, looks kind of like him, especially when my father, back in the day, would leave the house for a choral performance dressed in a black suit and bowtie and black polished dress shoes, his starched white french cuffs secured by glinting squares of garnet.
This is for you writers out there. I’ve been reading Stephen King’s book, On Writing, and there’s something from it that I want to share. Or two things, really: first, what I learned from his book, and second, the importance of belonging to a writer’s group if you’re a writer. I belong to the Women At Woodstock Virtual Writer’s Colony, and it continuously gives me a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, support, and important finds, like this book.
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It’s said all the time – that if you want to succeed as a writer, you must join a writing group, share your work, and give and get support from your fellow writers. Well, damned if it isn’t true. We writers who’ve shared our work and our dreams at the Women At Woodstock
It’s true that if you surround yourself with people who are doing what you want to do, and who care about you and encourage you, it can alter your course. It’s been true for me. Ever since I started hosting the Women At Woodstock Writers Retreat years ago, I’ve had ongoing conversations with writers from
And how do you think that worked out for her? Sounds like a pipe dream, right? Well, Helen Matthews made it work. Her debut novel, After Leaving the Village, became a best-seller, and was the winner of the Winchester Writers’ Festival prize for the opening pages of a novel. She’s now published a second novel,
“Worst Ex Stories” Will Be Published in Women At Woodstock’s First Anthology This Spring If you’ve been watching our posts here at Women At Woodstock, you know that one of our workshops this year will be the entertaining and also healing workshop, “Worst Ex Stories,” in which women will read their stories of relationship mishaps,
I was honored to be asked to read my flash fiction short story, “Change of Lanes” at the launch party earlier this month in Mendocino for this year’s edition of the Noyo River Review, the journal in which it was being published. So, I decided to make a weekend out of it: I took the
A Guest Post by Angela Kaufman Do you pay attention when your Muse calls to you? Do you heed the voice, the nudging, or the burst of energy that brings you from the seed of a thought, not fully formed, to a completed work? Perhaps you have had many seeds planted and are still cultivating
I worked up the courage to read a short piece of my fiction at the 2-minute open mic at the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference last month. I stood up in front of 150 people, all strangers, and read something I wrote that I hoped would paint a real scene in the minds of the listeners and