“Near” if you are in Delaware, that is.
This spring, I will be participating in three programs at three different venues in the Delaware arts and culture scene:
Friday, February 16
Join us for an exploration of ways to be aware and present in the moments of your life, and how to use that awareness to jump start or enhance your creativity. The class will participate in short meditation, journaling, and visual prompt exercises. The goal is to leave with a plan on how to make each day richer and deeper through the habit and benefits of creative awareness.
Friday, February 16. Time: 7–10pm Ages: 18+ Cost: $35 M |$40 NM Register here.
Winter into Spring Writers Workshop at the Judge Morris Estate
Saturday, March 3 – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Day long Writer’s Workshop for new and experienced prose writers with Delaware Division of the Arts Masters in Fiction Fellowship Winner and author, Ramona DeFelice Long. This workshop will allow writers to create and share work with an end of winter/coming of spring theme. Registration fee covers light lunch, beverages and snacks. One hour break for lunch.
$15/person. Registration required by Tuesday, February 27. Call 302-368-6900 to register.
World War I and America Writing Workshops at the Delaware History Museum
March 3 – May 5, 2018
In March through the beginning of May, the Delaware Historical Society will offer six writing workshops to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The First State at the Front: World War I and the Road to Victorious Peace exhibition will be open through November, 2018, at the Delaware History Museum in Wilmington. The series will begin on March 3 with an opening event and the first workshop offered by Dr. Samuel Hoff. I will offer workshops on April 7 and 21. More info to come on my workshops in the weeks ahead.
This workshop series is offered through the Library of America’s World War I and America program, a “two-year initiative that aims to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it ﬁrsthand.” The program is offered with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A while ago, I had a funny experience in a drug store. Not ha-ha funny, but odd funny. On the one hand, it was a small incident of little significance, but I couldn’t shake it. Naturally, I wrote about it–a brief vignette of a moment that bugged me. Continue reading “Now You See Me”
Last night, after several months of absences, I attended the Open Mic offered by my town’s arts alliance. I did not read. I don’t always have short pieces to share, but that’s okay, because listeners are as welcomed as participants. Readers shared poetry and spoken word, short prose pieces, some novel excerpts, a music duo, and a haiku plus bongos performance. You never know what will happen at an Open Mic, and that’s the fun of it. Continue reading “Living in the Active Voice”
On Saturday, I will give my final reading as a Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship winner. This year, as the 2016 Masters Fellowship in Fiction recipient, I have had the pleasure of reading and writing at plantation homes, historic court houses, bookstores, libraries, and museums, during workshops, residencies, and conferences, in art galleries and outdoors, and in bars, restaurants, hermitages and a convent, in all three counties and beyond. Continue reading “DDoA Fellowship Readings”
One of the perks of being awarded a fellowship is the opportunity to offer free public readings and workshops. (And you have funds set aside for promotional postcards!)
The following are my coming events for October and November, 2016. Some require registration, but all are open to the public. Continue reading “Coming Events and Workshops”
I attended a food truck party this past weekend, an event to support the local arts alliance where I participate in open mics, enjoy exhibits and classes and, this summer, will offer a multi-week course on novel writing.
The party was a smashing success. Despite the drippy skies, we arrived (late) to a parking lot full of students, art patrons, and locals patiently standing in loooong lines to the food trucks. The atmosphere was upbeat. A musician sang. Dogs wagged their tails. Children played around the tents. Even the lights of the firetruck closing off the street seemed festive. It was as much a community block party as it was a fundraiser. Continue reading “The Merry Month of Self-Myths”
Delaware Literary Reading Series, 2016
A new series of literary readings featuring Delaware authors sharing poetry and prose in artistic hot spots and historic places throughout the state kicks off in February in Newark.
Writers from all three counties will read works to promote a new anthology showcasing Delaware authors. CURRENTS: Selected Poetry & Prose from the 2014 Cape Henlopen Retreat Writers is a collection of poems, short fiction, and essays from authors who were selected to attend the Delaware Division of the Arts’ biennial writers retreat. Twenty working Delaware writers contributed to the anthology. Continue reading “A First State Reading Series”
Like most authors, I love to support my local arts organizations and sometimes fantasize about writing a big check to endow an alliance, sponsor a scholarship, or underwrite a performance. Unfortunately, I am not at the big-check level of success, but that doesn’t mean I can’t contribute in my own way.
To benefit the Newark Arts Alliance, and its upcoming Bohemian Night fundraiser, I offered to put together a box of books by Delaware authors. It’s an easy way to help the area arts scene and to promote work by writers living and working in the state.
Continue reading “How to Shoestring an Author Donation Box”