A giant thank you to all of the wonderful local writers who joined our Mountain of Words Write-In yesterday, and of course to everyone who contributed to support Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community’s work! Your contributions will enable us to do so much, although we still have a ways to go to reach our goal – and it’s not to late to help out.
Even if you weren’t able to make it out to the write in, you can still take advantage of the bowl of writing prompts prepared especially for the event. Go ahead and grab one, and write away!
- Create an advertisement for yourself. Be sure to highlight all of your greatest features! (You can also try writing a dictionary entry, recipe, or theme song for yourself…) Crea un comercial de ti. ¡Incluye a todas de tus características mejores! (También puedes escribir una entrada de diccionario de ti, una receta para ti, una propaganda musical para ti…)
- Choose an emotion, such as anger, fear, love, or surprise. Write about it as if it were a physical thing. What color is it? What texture? How does it sound and smell? Selecciona una emoción como el enojo, el miedo, el amor o la sorpresa. Escribe sobre la emoción como si fuera algo físico. ¿Qué color es? ¿Qué textura? ¿Cómo suena y huele?
- Imagine you are walking through the park and you find an unmarked box. Do you look inside? What do you think is in it? Fíjate que estés caminando por un parque y descubras a una caja sin escritura. ¿La abras? ¿Qué tenga a dentro?
- Create a ‘How To’ manual for something for something that you cannot actually teach step-by-step. For example, How to drive your big sister crazy, How to achieve world peace, etc. Crea un manual de cómo hacer algo que no realmente puede explicar paso a paso. Por ejemplo ‘Cómo enloquecerse a tu hermana mayor’ o ‘Como obtener paz mundial,’ etc.
- Choose something that you feel strongly positively or negatively about. Write about it as though you hate it. Then, when you’ve written as much as you can, write about it as though you love it. Selecciona algo de que tienes emociones muy positivas o muy negativas. Escribe de lo como si lo odias. Luego cuando has escrito tanto que podrías, escribe de lo como si lo amas.-from “Writing Down the Bones,” by Natalie Goldberg
- You have been given the opportunity to create a new holiday. What does it celebrate? Who celebrates it? When? Where? And most importantly, how? Tienes la oportunidad para crear un feriado nuevo. ¿Qué celebra? ¿Quién lo celebra? ¿Dónde? ¿Cuándo? Y, más importante ¿cómo se lo celebra?
On November 14th and 15th I’m going to write as much as I can, not just because it will be great for my own writing, but because it will also give kids around Asheville a chance to experience the power and pleasure of creative writing.
It’s time for the 3rd annual Mountain of Words Write-a-thon to support Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community. Last year’s event helped to fund “Family Voices” at two schools, a program that is very close to my heart. It places writers in classrooms to give students a chance to share their stories and to bring families together over dinner and creative writing. Here are some lines of metaphor poems that students wrote with their families during my residency at Hall Fletcher last spring:
We are a neon sweatband because we are unique.
We are suspenders because we hold each other up.
We are like an old, shining piece of valuable jewelry because we have something to give.
Here are some different ways you can participate and support support our work:
- You can sponsor me here! Or any of our amazing featured writers participating this year, like Ron Rash, Lamar Giles, Constance Lombardo, Cindy McMahon, or Alexandra Duncan, to name a few.
- You can join us at our write in at West End Bakery on Sunday, November 15 from 1-3pm. You can write to fun and inspirational prompts or work on your personal writing in the company of local authors. It’s family- friendly and free to attend with favors and activities for kids.
- Spread the word! By reblogging, reposting, or telling your friends, you can make a big difference.
I was lucky to be so encouraged with my creativity growing up, and I really believe that everyone should know how valuable their voice is. Thank you for your support!
Satuday, I’ll be participating in Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community’s second annual “Write-a-thon,” and it’s just what it sounds like. We’ll be writing for miles.
Metaphorically speaking, that is. You’re invited to join me in committing to log some serious “butt in chair” time and write as much as you can on November 8. If you live around Asheville, you can join us for a write-in and celebration at West End Bakery (find out more about the event here), or you can write from the chair, sofa, bed, or porch swing of your choosing.
You can also sponsor me by finding my face here!
We SO appreciate any support you are able to give!
Asheville Writers in the School and Community is a non-profit organization that places writers like me in residencies in classrooms and the community to empower people to share their stories and ideas through creative writing. Last spring, I got to facilitate Family Voices, a family literacy program at Hall Fletcher Elementary School. I visited third grade classrooms and helped the students write creatively about themselves, their families, and their communities, and then I got to facilitate those families coming together to eat and share stories and create poetry at our bilingual Family Nights.
Here is a line from a collaborative poem that one of the classes wrote:
“A community is being loved, called beautiful, and most of all do not stop dreaming and do not give up. Keep on hoping.”
If you care about supporting creative writing opportunities for youth and livelihoods of local writers or just need a push to sit down and write, please check out the Mountain of Words Write-a-thon!
The Write-a-thon is like a walk-a-thon, but rather than walk, you get to sit in a chair and write as much as you can for two days: Feb. 28 and March 1. No one will be keeping track of how much you write… it’s just a personal push. And if you happen to raise some money along the way, it will help Asheville Writers in the Schools to place writers like myself in teaching residencies in public schools.
If you live in Western North Carolina, there are lots of opportunities to gather with local participants for some writing community and chances to meet some published writers. But even from afar, you can participate and gain some writing solidarity in the Write-a-thon!