Writer’sworkshop at hostel

Published on Thu, Apr 8, 2004
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Writer’s workshop at hostel

The Blaine-Birch Bay writing group, members of the International Writing Guild announces a creative writing workshop open to new or experienced writers in any genre. The community group titles the program “The Authentic Writer’s Workshop,” featuring sessions of instruction together with writing practice. The event goes from Friday night through Saturday, April 23 and 24, at the Birch Bay Hostel.

Offering this creative writing opportunity for anyone interested in or involved in writing is an exciting goal for the local writers who meet bi-weekly. Member and one of the workshop organizers, Pat Alesse, said, “At our meetings, we mostly just have fun and informally motivate each other to write more and maybe improve what we’ve written. That’s how the workshop will be too, only bigger with some great instructors.”
Alesse reinforced this is a workshop for writers of all levels and focus. “We know diversity. Everyone writes directly, but we all want to know more about the techniques that help enhance our own writing skills. I know from experience and the instructors we have that we’ll gain lots of ideas about how to unlock or increase our creativity abilities, and learn how to write more effectively. Plus, we’ll come away with inspiration, prompts and subject ideas for our resource bank. We’ll be learning and having fun together, too.”

Three professionals will work together to teach the workshop. With 11 years’ experience facilitating self-actualization classes and more than 30 years as a professional writer and teacher, Jackie Hollett inspires participants to discover and explore “The True You - Your Authentic Self.”

Teaching and performing in both the United States and Canada, Lynda MacCaull, writer, author, flautist and expressive arts practitioner, presents exercises, lessons and mediation that free the flow of creative energy. Guest presenter Lesley Simpson has traveled the world as an artist, teacher and writer. She helps writers recognize the importance of the people and places that color their lives, leading participants in and out of memory and back again to the page.

“We’re happy we’ve managed to keep the price for the workshop - including an overnight stay at the hostel for anyone who wants - very reasonable so most anyone interested can afford to attend,” Alesse said.
Total cost to register now for the workshop is $35, including snacks, Saturday lunch and “simple overnight accommodations,” according to Alesse. The price increases after April 9, so writers are urged to register as soon as possible. For reservations or information, contact either Alesse at 360/371-2070 or cshop@birchbay.net, or Marla Tuski at 360/332-9674 or gmtuski@verizon.net.

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