Author Ann Elia Stewart blogs about writing
I know there's a community of writers out there in WITF land. How? Because 1) I live within its lush, verdant landscape; 2) I facilitate a creative writing workshop twice a year at the Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill and it always fills up within a day or so; and 3) A book entitled "A Community of Writers" -- an anthology of short stories written by twenty-three of the workshop's participants and illustrating the decade-long dialogue I maintain with area writers -- is available on-line at www.sunburypress.com, amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. If you buy or download a copy, the library benefits from all sales.
So this blog is for you: writers and those who want to write but maybe are a bit timid to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard. I want this to be a dialogue, not a monologue. Feel free to ask me anything about writing and I will answer to the best of my knowledge and experience. Or I will direct you to other sites chock full of writerly advice.
But I do not want to limit this blog to just writerly advice because, frankly, you could find that just about anywhere. Writing involves having lived life. Even if you're fifteen, with your whole life before you, you've lived. And if you have the inclination to write, you have something to say. I know this how? I also teach three days a week at the Capital Area School for the Arts in Harrisburg. Five high schoolers eager to write, willing to learn, and having a lot to say. They range in age from fifteen to eighteen. And their take on life is beyond their years.
As for me, I've been writing since I was nine, published at fifteen in my high school newspaper, then again in my college newspaper, and when I embraced the professional world, publishing creds have included daily newspapers, weekly magazines, countless (and byline-less) advertisements and marketing materials, speeches, short stories and novels. I know where stories originate. They originate from life.
I'll let you in on some of my own experiences and how I turned them into fiction if you are willing to explore your own. With me, right (write) here. And well, we'll just take it from there!