For almost 20 years my husband, Fred, and I have been hosting Authentic Writing studios weekly in our home in Woodstock, NY, as well as in Manhattan and places far beyond! About 10 people join us each time. It's a place to write. Because we have such strong feelings about the power of writing directly from what you have lived, peeling away the loyalties to any and all except oneself, the writing that takes place in these studios is called "memoir," though I wish there were another word. It is personal and dramatic and compelling. It is art. It is writing without knowing where one is going. It is discovery. It is gorgeous.
I was a creative writing major. And I did the grad school thing at one point. And I took dozens of writing workshops here and there. I never found anything like Authentic Writing. When I found these workshops, my writing found its home, its rhythm. It knew what to do, and it hasn't quit since.
In any event, we are hosting two full-day studios -- one on Saturday, August 14 and another on Saturday, August 21. Here in Woodstock.
You can find the details at our website, Authentic Writing.
And I thought perhaps a Red Room friend or two might like to come. It would be wonderful to meet and write with you.
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