Kimball Library to Host "Write Around the Block"
Three-Week Series of Free Writing Workshops Begins May 12 in Downtown Randolph
For months I've been making this reckless promise to lead a series of free writing workshops in my hometown this spring. Well, it is now officially spring, and I'm pleased to report that the series will begin on Saturday morning, May 12, at Kimball Library in Randolph, Vermont.
Until a few days ago, I really had no idea where I was going to hold these workshops, since the space I was planning to use has been taken over by a glass artist and his lemon tree—but that's another story. Thanks to our town's wonderful librarians for coming to my rescue.
Kimball and I go way back—this is the library where I checked out Horton Hears a Who and Brighty of the Grand Canyon in the 1960s. It is the home of the Idora Tucker memorial bench, dedicated to my mother, who shelved books as a Kimball volunteer until she was 86. And it is the library that helped me launch my second book, parts of which are set in Randolph, in 2015.
The announcement for this series says that it will be "tailored to your writing goals." This is a clever way of saying that I don't know what we're going to do. The announcement continues: "Using a combination of group exercises and supportive feedback, we will cover such topics as the use of dramatic scenes in storytelling, writing about real events, and the path to publication." (Broad, very broad.) "Whether you have a work-in-progress or just the glimmer of an idea, this workshop is for you."
Perhaps you can see the problem. A witness to the London bombardment who is writing a memoir about World War I; the great-great-great-granddaughter of a Guinean slave girl who is writing a family history; a bioterrorism expert who has an idea for a sci-fi novel: These are some of the people who've attended my Randolph workshops. And I'm going to design a single program that would benefit all of them? Plus any poetry-writing goat farmers and YA novelist hairdressers who might turn up?
This morning I went for a long walk, which is how I do my best thinking, and honestly, I think this is going to work. So meet me at Kimball and we'll give it a go. Bring a notebook and a pen.
"Write Around the Block," presented by Korongo Books editor Sara Tucker, will be held at Kimball Library on Saturday mornings (10:30–noon) and Tuesday evenings (6:30–8 pm) from May 12 to May 29. The three-week series is free and open to all ages, all genres, and all levels of expertise; participants may attend any or all of the six sessions, depending on their level of interest and time constraints. The publisher of The Hale Street Gang series and the Blue Fountain story collection, Korongo has helped dozens of writers produce works in multiple genres.