We think of the phrase “fall back, spring forward” to reset our clocks to gain or lose an hour, depending on the season. Why not think about the words in a new way? Fall back to the comfort of structured routines, so you can spring forward in new creative directions. New possibilities. Open ourselves to surprises. One surprise for me this week was discovering More Than Words. It’s a non-profit organization that sells used books online and in their Berkeley Street store, where I donated boxes of books.
Standing amid the multiple kiosks of books in their Berkeley Street store, I remembered those pre-pandemic days when people gathered in person in bookstores and libraries to hear writers share their work. Lightbulb moment: now that the pandemic seems to be waning, why not create a live reading for my writer friends and workshop participants? Part of me wanted to stay in my comfort zone with my current routines, but a more daring voice challenged me, “Will I let fear hold me back, or will I spring forward in 2023 with this new challenge?”
I decided to say yes to the challenge! I’ve contacted writer friends and students to plan an evening in 2023 that we’ll call “Prompted to Tell.” We’ll read unpublished, unpolished first-draft writings created from writing prompts. You’ll listen to everything from novel excerpts, poems, flash fiction, essays, and free-form gibberish! As these plans solidify, we’ll keep you posted about the place, date, and time in the winter newsletter.
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