Our weekly TwD Writers’ Conference

Yesterday’s session opened with the ritual passing of Deborah’s Chinese porcelain mirror into which we looked and said, “Mirror mirror in my hand, who was the leader of The Band?”

No wait. That wasn’t the question. That was my timid humorist identity making an appearance alongside the usually-out-front sincere-ist identity. Our actual ritual was to look ourselves in the eye and say, “My name is Liz and I am a writer.” (Sometimes I write new words, such as “sincere-ist;” I’ll bet other readers of this blog also have fun inventing words.)

I once posted that claiming my identity as writer has helped to unblock and animate some of my other identities that need to work together toward the common good of various projects and responsibilities.

Deborah, as a writer, writing coach, teacher, leader, guide, and generous-hearted person offers at our Tuesdays with Deborah sessions a seemingly limitless supply of techniques, such as the suggestion that we free-write. Every weekly session results in practical, useful, do-able writing inspiration. As Deborah says, “Authentic writing provokes.” It certainly does.

The weekly sessions remind me of writers’ workshops I have attended.

I have attended the four annual “Search for Meaning” Book Festivals at Seattle University. This year, I attended sessions by two poets, by a writer in the field of ethical leadership, and by a writer of many genres including humor. The festival takes place each March.

Recalling the surprising benefit obtained by this non-poet in a workshop led by poet Frances McCue, I wondered if she has scheduled any local workshops in the near future that I might recommend to TwD peeps.  I came upon a two-day writers’ conference offered by Whatcom Community College.

Weaving many threads together in this post, I am grateful for the weekly writers’ conference that TwD is for me (and I think for others). I value the experience, the relationships, and the writing encouragement. I note that my next opportunity to attend a McCue workshop would be at a $259 two-day workshop.  Wow!  That is a little “less” accessible in the commitments of time, driving, and money than the weekly TwD sessions that happen just up the street from my home, every week, accompanied by a reluctant but practical invitation to help cover the cost of the space by contributing something less than the cost of a movie ticket.

I am eager now to read everything that has transpired in this community space during the month of April.

One thought on “Our weekly TwD Writers’ Conference

  1. Dearest Liz,

    What a great witness you are to your own experience and the felt sense of others in the circle. A post is brewing in me about what it feels like to come week after week, never really knowing who all is coming, never really knowing what direction the conversation about writing will take (though it is always juicy and thought provoking).

    I feel like I get more than I even give in the exchange that Tuesdays is all about.

    I plan some, but not that much. I have a lot of resources from my years of writing practice, and yet sometimes the best ideas (like bringing the mirror I had bought in SF’s Chinatown last May) is far better than a well-thought “ice-breaker.”

    Tuesdays feeds my own creative soul and I know it develops the writers in the people who attend, and especially when they follow through and write in response to the Circle’s dialogue. Amazing to think that talking through the obstacles in community is enough to liberate one’s voice, fledgling or otherwise.

    I would love to have new attendees “arrive” just as you did, and be as engaged in short order, as you were. You came, you listened, you said yes, you launched your blog, you develop thoughts on your business/training plans, you blossomed and how you shine in each post.

    Your writing is a joy to read. Your spirit and enthusiasm and passion for giving back saturate every word you choose. In other words, your essence glows through in a warm and motivating way. Hence, as we say each week, “Authentic Writing Provokes” always…

    Thanks for this post Liz.

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