Friday, January 23, 2015

Magic in the Winter Woods @ VCCA

I have returned to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), where I'm trying to be immensely productive during my two-week residency. When I get tired, or need to rev myself up in the morning, I walk through the woods where the soft winter sunlight works its magic. Of course I don my camera, and then I get lost in the beauty I see through the viewfinder.

There's still a cow gate where the trail begins, although the bovines have left the grounds.

Wandering around here is not without its hazards. Muddy spots make you slip, roots make you trip, and if it's not barbed wire, it's these much sneakier brambles that tug at you.

And then, knots dangle in the air!

My favorite bench overlooking the bog is still there, waiting like an old friend.

Once in a while, you find color if you look up!

And then you return, heartened, to the farm, i.e. the studio complex.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mini Memoir Workshop @ Hemingway House

I'll be teaching a Mini Memoir Workshop at the Hemingway Birthplace Home as part of my gig as writer-in-residence. It will be a series of four evening classes in February and March, meeting in the parlor of the Hemingway House, and focused on producing short pieces of memoir. If you're in Chicagoland and interested, head on over to the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park to learn more and to register.

For those of you not close by, I'll be teaching the same class online in May. Stay tuned for sign-up details!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Artist & Writer's Workbook 2015

Before we move too far into this new year, I am happy to present you with the Artist & Writer's Workbook 2015.

Last year, for the first time, I decided to formalize and publish the review process that I do myself at the turn of every year to assess where my creative pursuits have taken me. My “Writer’s Workbook 2014” was downloaded so many times that I decided to offer it again this year, and make it, hopefully, an annual product. Like last year, it is free, but this time, in order to receive it, you do have to sign up for the monthly newsletter I'll be starting as well (sign-up button is off to the right!). I've got an online memoir class coming up, and there's just too much happening to fit into the blog or mass emails to friends.

Wishing you happy writing and happy creating in 2015!