One of the ladies I met through the memoir writing class sent an email to share of a great writing workshop being offered at the college. Thankfully I was on vacation and able to go. Authors Ira Wood and Marge Piercy conducted a workshop on memoir and autobiographical writing at SUNY Oswego campus at the new student center. I registered for the workshop, contacted Amy and made arrangements for my daughter ~ everything was set.
After a brief visit to the parking office for our temporary pass, we journeyed to the campus center. We found parking in the lot next to the student center, which we were VERY thankful for. I remember having to leave an hour before class “back in the day” to make sure I could find a parking space in the minimal parking for commuters. The Lord left enough spots open so we wouldn’t have to walk a great distance. Thank you! We reminisced at the changes throughout the college with the current renovations, new roads, blocked roads and the beautiful student center we would spend the next few hours in. Once out of the car we had to navigate from the parking lot to the student center using the “Pedestrian Detour”! Oh my goodness…as one of the directionally challenged, this could be an exciting day.
I was to see brightly colored signs directing us from the parking lot through one of the buildings, to bring us out on the other side. We obeyed and followed the detour signs. While transitioning through the brightly painted hallway was the sign above, “Pedestrian Corridor”. These two words together triggered my sillier side and I started saying them together using different voices until I found the one I liked. Amy was just laughing and when I saw this sign yet again, I said with a victorious voice, “That is a blog photo if I ever saw one!” Proof we traveled through the “Pedestrian Corridor” (of course said with my silly, sci-fi voice) and lived to tell about it.” We laughed and laughed, we hoped to learn a lot at the workshop but if not, we knew we were going to have fun!
Two hours of learning, a working lunch and the return trip through the P.C. made for a fun and educational day. Some of the information was a review from our memoir writing course, thanks to Bob Comenole!! He’ll be teaching more writing courses through the River’s End bookstore – be sure to check their site or visit the store. http://www.riversendbookstore.com. I also learned a tidbit of new information.
I added a couple books to my wish list too:
1) So You Want to Write (2nd Edition): How to Master the Craft of Writing Fiction and Memoir by Marge Piercy and Ira Wood (Aug 1, 2005)
2) The International Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses by Dustbooks
God has called me to write for Him and I have decided to obey and be the best writer I can be. This requires attending writer’s workshops, conferences, writer’s groups and classes. I’m thankful for God’s provision – for the free workshop at SUNY Oswego, affordable courses near home and writer’s groups open to new people. I’m also thankful for Him the connections he makes with other local writers, we didn’t know were there. Other closet writers…it is time to let the world know! We’re writers!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323