Sunday, January 18, 2009
The Writing Workshop
The Vermont writer Elayne Clift held a two hour writing workshop in the library on Saturday. Six people came. One man. (Usually there are no men at this sort of thing). It was fun. Nice to be among people instead of trees. We did a few writing exercises and then shared them by reading them aloud. Here is one of mine. The "prompt" (a phrase given by the teacher to be used within the writing) I chose was "beyond all this, the wish to be alone." The writing could be in any genre--essay, poem, prose.
In the mirror I smile at my gregarious self:
the laughters, the talks, the warmth of being with others,
the cups of tea or wine, the gathered dinners,
the music and dancing, the stories shared,
walks on the beach with the wind at our backs,
the taste of friendship, the taste of love.
Beyond all this, the wish to be alone,
ingrained by example, by DNA.
A gift from my father, reflected by my brother.
I could retreat to that cabin at roads end,
I could hibernate and pray and paint,
talking only to the cats, writing only on my blog,
that silent back and forth. In the mirror,
my lonely self, but okay, unconflicted, curious.
The punctuation and line breaks on this might change if I worked on it more. Want to give writing a try? Use the prompt above to write something: poem, prose, essay etc. Or here is another: "A sudden blow, the great wings beating still" or find your own prompt and post the results. I'll list a link to your post here.