Saturday, October 16, 2010
Since Labor Day, I have been gathering family stories and researching and writing. And writing. And writing.
The words in the books on writing have become more than theories. I get how they work. And why. Where I once "knew" about Anne Lamott's "1-inch frames," now I can peer into my own frames and see things worth describing. I'm no longer afraid I won't find the story. I just keep showing up, confident the story will find me.
This confidence was born over four magical days in the Green Mountains of Vermont at Crescent Dragonwagon's Fearless Writing workshop. Crescent will weave similar magic November 12 through 14 at the Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The $895 fee includes three days of instruction from Crescent, lodging, and three meals a day.
To quote Crescent, "Fearless teaches students how to harness the anxiety generated by chaotic or unknown conditions or apparently immutable limitations as a powerful creative force."
I still have anxiety. I'm still surrounded by chaos. But now I wave to my limitations as I pass them on my way to work.
If you're interested, I highly recommend checking out Crescent and Fearless. You can find more information here.