|Dr. Asali Solomon facilitating|
I had never been inside the Germantown Historical Society before. We did our writing activities in one of the museum showrooms surrounded by artifacts- old quilts, maps, bicycles, rare first edition books and so on from Germantown’s historic past.
|The Germantown Historical Society|
There are so many common threads that run through women's stories; I always love hearing women's voices come alive on paper. Quite a few of us shared that we're interested in writing for children, and I noted once again the similar interests and concerns that draw people to writing children's literature.
My first published short story for adults will appear in Obsidian: Literature of the African Diaspora this summer, and although it's a step, I'm still trying to find my story. I'm not sure how the writing activities today helped, but I'm sure there was some sliver of insight today that will bear fruit later on. One thing I've learned as a writer is to trust "talk about process'" to work its way into my process somehow. Solomon is a fan of Lynda Barry and recommended her illustrated writing workbook, What It Is. I've never been a fan of process books, but I may check it out.
I'm thinking of hosting a workshop like today's this summer, but for children's writers. I'm keeping it on my list of seven possible things to do before breakfast...