Most Thursday evenings throughout the year, writers meet at the Grafton Street Writing Center / 50 Grafton Street Arlington MA to write from 7:00-9:30pm. It is open to all. Each night is independent of the others. We start with prompts, read what we write and check in on writing being done during the week. If you’re not a regular, call ahead and let me know you’re coming: 781.640.9957 / $35 per evening
Free writing about writing: Runners line up knowing Heartbreak Hill is coming. They know it but they do it anyway. A friend says it is like tasting the blood of the chicken, once you do it, you can’t not do it again. Some of us ran without tasting the blood or any other part of the chicken, but some knew the inexorable power and grace that came from making it through and over that hill and will do so over and over again….or try to. Is there a story in you that has grabbed you that you have yet to write? Have you stalled at the base of its hill? What is that story?
What happens in the dark? What happens when you turn out the lights? Do you hear sounds you normally don’t hear? What is under your bed? Can your own experience be planted into that of a character for fuller effect? Can you access more emotion when you are letting a character feel that emotion? What did Deborah MacKenzie see when she quickly turned on the lights? Was it a stranger? Was it alive? Was it real?