Good morning fellow artists.
I’ve skipped a couple of weeks of posts. I meant to write about the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival in Grand Marais, MN but I’m still waiting for information from the Grand Marais Art Colony – details like who attended and from where and what age range, etc. It was a remarkable and stimulating event. I highly recommend this 4-day intensive learning experience to any writer, aspiring or accomplished.
Meanwhile, I’ve been helping one of my local writing groups, Brainerd Writers Alliance, with ideas for growth and outreach to more area writers of all ages and genres and levels of experience. I’ve been working with Carissa Andrews to address issues with my own WordPress site and the BWA site. All of these pieces are in flux for now, but after December, they should begin to take a more solid form.
At the end of this month, I’ll be spending two weeks in a career development residency at Fergus Falls through the Springboard for the Arts Hinge Arts program. I’ll have two weeks on my own without normal interruptions, to write and to receive guidance on how to grow my career as an artist. Starting over in my sixties has been overwhelming at times but thrilling and satisfying beyond my imagination. I look forward to the coming year as I complete the final polish on “Saving the Ghost” and wind up the first draft of my new fantasy novel. I’ve also begun sketching pieces for a watercolor series, “Conflicts in Nature.” I’ve missed painting these past few months.
For those of you who experience artistic block, I recommend “Becoming a Writer,” by Dorthea Brande. First published in 1934, this book offers insights into what prevents us from doing the thing we wish to do most, which is to create.