"When I teach, I tell my students this: We write in community. What I mean by this is that writing is an act of connection, a communion. When I write, I’m holding out my hand to the world and its beauties, its heartbreaks and mysteries, its crowds of other imperfect and complex people. And, of course, I’m also forging a connection with my reader — who (I hope!) will see my words and think, Yes! It’s not just me! I’m not alone after all. We’re in this together. I may be alone when I actually put words onto the page, but the great majority of a writing life is about community, not solitude." Up at Hugo House's "Keep Writing" blog now: more of my thoughts on how the idea of writing as a purely solitary endeavor is a myth, and why we really need communities of writers.
Save the date for the June 9th, 2018 Write Our Democracy/Hugo House "Teach-In," featuring mini-classes led by Seattle writers Anastacia-Renée, Kristen Millares Young, Wendy Call, and Seattle Escribe's Dalia Maxum. The "Teach-In" will be followed by readings from these stellar Seattle voices. And--as always--this Write Our Democracy event is free and open to all.
Check out Kirsten's article on her residency at The Mineral School in the March/April 2018 issue of Poets & Writers!