Solvang Middle Grade Writing Workshop


Val Hobbs, Kimberley Troutte, Sherrie Peterson and me


A lovely thing happened recently. Four of my writing group led a Middle Grade Writing Workshop up at the Solvang library a few weeks ago. We enjoyed two and a half hours with the twenty-five or so writers who came. The joy of this spilled out from the very beginning. Carey McKinnon welcomed us with cookies and juice and lovely spaces to work. We all benefitted from her organization and kindness.

Before we began, we signed books and spoke to some of the attending writers: some just starting out, some well on their way and some already published.

Once we began Sherrie, Kim, Val and I handed out material for the sessions. We mixed talking with exercises that we hope would be beneficial. And we were fortunate to have a sterling group of writers who leapt into participating.

For me though, and I know for all of us, the ultimate joy was hearing that a new writing group formed from writers in this workshop. This is the best payback we could ask for.


~ by Gwen Dandridge on September 18, 2014.

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