Stephen Bissette, of the Center for Cartoon Studies, and Vermont artist Phil Godenschwager at Korongo's former headquarters in downtown Randolph.

The Korongo Writing, Knitting, and Supper Club


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Sara Tucker

A Free Workshop Series in Randolph This Spring

"I'm not really a writer." I get this all the time. I get it, but I don't really buy it, or at least I don't care. My definition of a writer is very simple: A writer is someone who writes. If you can write a letter, you can write your story. This is our mantra at Korongo.

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Our writing workshops are free and open to all. All you need is a pen and a notebook and a more or less positive attitude. I’m calling our spring session the Writing, Knitting, and Supper Club because you never know what will come out of Korongo. It’s all very improvisational. Maybe we’ll have a needlework circle. Why not?

Korongo opened in 2011 in downtown Randolph, Vermont. Originally, it was an art gallery. The space, a sunny storefront on Merchants Row, was very inviting, and the owners, my husband and I, wanted to fill it with people. We hosted banquets, lectures, community forums, readings, all kinds of stuff. Being a writer, I naturally wanted to attract creatures of my own ilk, so I gave a bunch of writing workshops.

One of my first pupils was my mother. Idora Tucker was in her eighties when she began writing down her life story, mainly because I bugged her relentlessly. By the time Mom died, at the age of ninety-one, she had published four little books with Korongo’s help and was working on a fifth. Hundreds of people had attended our writing workshops, and dozens of them had published books of their own: cookbooks, personal histories, poetry, stories "for the grandkids." One of my favorites was a collection of very short stories by a ninety-year-old artist whose computer had frozen. Permanently. She had arthritis in her hands and couldn’t read her own writing. We worked things out.

After two years on Merchants Row, Patrick and I closed the gallery. The writing workshops continued. This spring, we will host them in a small building in downtown Randolph that used to be a carriage house back in the olden days.

Did you ever write a thank-you letter? Then you can write your story. If my ninety-year-old artist friend with the arthritic hands could do it, so can you.

We're still working on our spring schedule. There will be writing circles, readings, informal meals, what-have-you. Follow our blog to find out what’s coming. We’ll start with a couple of events in late April and go into high gear in May. 

 

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