A note from Carmen...
WHY DO YOU WRITE? OR, WANT TO? THINK ABOUT IT.
I write to tell a story, to etch in memory a person or an experience, to sort through experiences and emotions and “figure stuff out”—a good old Texas saying. I wrote a book about Texas women so their stories would not grow cold with time. I’ve drafted a novel about a couple of orphan kids because I wanted to learn what it was like to grow up with a country, the US, a couple of centuries ago and then tell a tale that resonates with kiddos arriving here today. I’ve written short stories because a farmer, a rancher, a shrimper, a veteran told me some interesting tales and I thought they’d be fun to share with others, a look-see at a different life from mine. I’ve written essays and short stories to start the healing process from grief. I’ve written stories—fact and fiction—to laugh. I’ve written poems to make a statement about how I view life.
In all of these, the story thread runs through. For all of us, story runs through us from the early beginnings of life—when parents first read “Humpty Dumpty” or “Frosty the Snowman” to us or sang “Over the river to Grandmother’s house…” or, more recently “Green Eggs and Ham…” These childhood favorites that become adult favorites when we pass them on to kids and grandkids follow the traditional story form.
And that’s what I like to teach—that story is a naturally occurring process. We just have to listen and find the story. And write. And have fun writing, finding and learning the shape in which each individual story clamors to be told.
And, that’s what we do in my writing classes, especially the Writing Circles that meet in my West Fort Worth home on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons.
IF THIS is something that interests you, we’re having abbreviated sessions (two weeks) — in early December--because of the holiday shortened calendar:
- Tuesdays, Dec. 10 and 17 from 7-10 p.m. and
- Wednesdays Dec 11 and 18 from 2-5 p.m.
- At a cost of $30 for the two sessions. Check it out and join us for a “look-see.”
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Enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving!
Carmen Goldthwaite at booksigning for Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History.
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