Monday, September 1, 2014

A Whole Way of Being

                                                           Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot (1984).

This Saturday, from 10:30 - 12:30 at the Thayer Memorial Library, Please join us for our  2014-2015 inaugural event, A Writers's Roundtable: Living the Writer's Life.

It’s easy, after all, not to be a writer. Most people aren’t writers, and very little harm comes to them. So writes Julian Barnes, in Flaubert’s Parrot, capturing with perfect irony what every working writer knows: the only thing harder than writing, is not writing.

It is difficult to be a writer, difficult, time devouring, and often thankless; a road beset with obstacles, both creative and practical, both internal and external. It is an odd existence, requiring, as Natalie Goldberg tells us, …a whole way of being.

But what is this way of being? And how does this way converge with life’s more common, well-trod paths? What are the demands that creative work make upon the artist? And what practical requirements affect the work of art making? 

This fall, Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative will begin a series of lectures and workshops on the theme of, Living The Writer’s Life; a year-long exploration of the creative and practical challenges particular to the literary arts. Inspiration, discipline, productivity, approach: these are the nuts and bolts of the writer’s daily life, and as essential to mastery as the writer’s craft. 

Please join us, beginning on September 20th, with A Writers’ Roundtable, a moderated panel discussion with local writers, Cal Armistead, Karen Elizabeth Sharpe, Hollis Shore, David Spanagel, and Winona Wendth, as we consider the ever shifting ground between inspiration and finished work. 

For more information about the roundtable and the upcoming, 2014-1015 programming, please visit our workshops and lectures page.  We look forward to seeing you.  

Hollis Shore is a co-founder of the Seven Bridge Writer's Collaborative, and graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults program. She was the 2012-13 Boston Public Library Children's Writer in Residence, and a winner of the PEN New England Discovery Award for her novel, The Curve of The World, out for submission shortly. Contact her at

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