(Pictured here are some of us on "hat night" this spring. We sometimes do themes.)
The message of the evening: Be creative. Share your creativity.
Speaking in public, in the semblance of formality, is good practice for women to exercise their own voices and presence in a public sphere... building our confidence in our own words, our own experience.
The best trait of our group, though, is the quality of our listening. At some open-mics I've attended, I've felt it was all about the person reading showing off, or wanting to be discovered, or to be approached afterward... but that is not the case with us. I truly believe that most of us come each month to listen to each other, to be inspired by others' words, and to continue to be encouraged/nurtured in our own creative ventures.
Right now our home is Main Street Books in Burnsville. We meet on the 4th Friday of each month at 7:30 pm. All women are invited. (Men have attended in the past--they just listen though, and are not invited to read.)
It's not like we're trying to be mean to men, we're not. We've just created this space & time for women who focus on the written expression of their creativity/experiences. Likewise, we're not trying to be mean to potters, it's just that we're not a group of potters... we're women who write seeking kindred spirits. (All levels of education and experience are welcome -- published, unpublished, those working on writing as "craft", and those who simply journal.)
We are very proud of the fact that we have been the first place for many women to get up the courage to read. And if you've ever thought about it, come. It's fine if you just listen for a while to get comfortable -- shoot, bring your knitting with you (several others do too).
Here is a list of the women who either attend currently or have in the past who blog. You can get a sense of us from these. We're a diverse group!
- The Writing Life – Katey Schultz http://thewritinglife2.blogspot.com
- McCotta’s Blog – Cathy Larson Sky http://cathylarsonsky.blogspot.com
- Novel Knitting – Ruth Price http://novelknitting.blogspot.com
- The Magic of Hands – Stephanie Berry http://stephanietberry.blogspot.com
- Rambling Thoughts and Thoughtful Ramblings - Susan Bell http://susanswritinglife.blogspot.com
- Blogging My Way to a Better Life – Stephanie Stark-Polling http://bloggingmywaytoabetterlife.blogspot.com
- A Larrapin Garden – G. Leigh Wilkerson http://ozarksalive.org/larrapin
- A Creative Life – Mendy Knott http://arkansasscribbler.blogspot.com
- womenswrites - Beth Brown http://womenswrites.livejournal.com
- Soul Varmint Woman - Wesley Middleton http://soulvarmintwoman.blogspot.com