Sunday, July 15 was not just another day.
Once again, the writers of Pearl Buck Writing Center gathered to share, compare and contribute in an exchange of thoughts seldom exhibited in today’s atmospheric angling over petty tiffs.
Aspiring novelists and future masters of the short story seem to magically rise above the tawdry, and so, that Sunday was no exception.
A voice reads. The group listens. Near magic in the air, but also a kind suggestion offered now and then. A visitor would have felt amazed at the exchange of constructive thoughts, never sardonic or dubious comments, were the rule of the day.
The Writers Guild members come as one each month in surroundings of bucolic nature, and perhaps that lends to the success of the session, and its excitement for intonation, rhyme, the written, yet heard voice, always rising above mere grammar and tired technicality.
We listened as Jane Bleam told of her struggles as a new widow dealing with a rebellious child – balancing hard choices with real love. Suggestions encouraged more dialogue and clarification of the timeline.
The continuing saga of Melissa Triol’s heroine was praised for its pacing and dialogue. Listeners wanted more inclusion of setting in the scene.
On the light side, David Werrett shared a laugh-out-loud recollection of his attempts at flying in his school playground. Commenters wanted to see in print the “sounds” he used to accompany his reading of the adventure.
Jennifer Klepsch brought a chapter that showcased her feisty young heroine Jesse’s experience at an archery range, competing with her more accomplished parents. Several listeners loved Jesse’s self-reliant, yet imaginative personality.
If you are a writer, you missed much. But we missed more. We missed you.
Our next session is August 19th at 1 pm. Try to be there!