It has been my great joy and privilege to have spent the past week at Elizabeth Rosnerâ€™s Writerâ€™s Workshop in Mathaâ€™s Vineyard. Â (Liz is the cool lady in the photo.) Find out more about herÂ workshops, speaking engagements, Â and most importantly, Â her exciting new novel, Electric City, at her websiteÂ http://bit.ly/1upN2KC.
My expectations were exceeded. Â Lizâ€™s morning talks wereÂ Â inspiringÂ and packed with practical writing tools.Â Â She is a born writer and a talentedÂ teacher who knows instinctively how to balance Â discipline with playfulness in writing and respect with challenge in teaching. Â The Â experience has given me aÂ Â better sense of my Â â€œvoice,â€ and has helped me to envisionÂ a more workable Â path toward Â my goals.
AfternoonÂ reading sessions were informative, Â encouraging, Â contemplative and always surprising. The writers (my â€œwriting buddies) Â came from diverse parts of the country and Â backgrounds, Â had varied writing experiences and aspirations, Â and were wonderfully supportive. Â Much fun and rowdy laughter always followed the sessions at our incredible gourmet dinners.
The workshop was held in Marthaâ€™s Vineyard at the Noepe Center for the Literary Arts, a restful and supportive space for artists of all types, situated conveniently in historicÂ Edgartown. Â More about the Noepe Centerâ€™s history and services can be found at their websiteÂ http://noepecenter.org. Â It goes without saying that Marthaâ€™s Vineyard is an ideal setting for a writing workshop.
So thank all yâ€™all. Â Â Liz, for your outstanding teaching and mentoring, Â Justin and Jack Â for keeping everything running smoothly, Â all my â€œwriting buddiesâ€ Â for your support and encouragement, Â and Â Chef Nisa, for those incredibleÂ dinners! Â It was an amazing week.