Are you trying to get yourself motivated to get some writing done? Join the Wild Burro Writers Group! This group includes poets, biographers, memoir writers, essay and fiction writers...as well as your very own newsletter writer - me! The group is organized simply. Read something for 5 minutes. The group will critique. Listen and critique the work of everyone else. If there's time...we do a quick 5 minute spur of the moment writing exercise. (These, for obvious reasons, are not critiqued.)
The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 5:00 pm at the store, 503 North River Street in Hot Springs.
Want to come but don't want to come empty handed? Here are some writing ideas from Natalie Goldberg who wrote Writing Down the Bones; Freeing the Writer Within:
1. What is the best meal you've ever had? Have you ever been on a quest to find the best of your favorite mean. The best lluevos rancheros I've ever had were in Taos, New Mexico. I've been searching for a comparable dish ever since!
2. Have you ever owned a pet? If so, what was its "personality?"
3. Give my your morning. Waking up, breakfast the paper, the dogs, the morning rituals...be as specific as possible.
4. Write about leaving. Approach it any way you want - write about leaving the house this morning, your divorce, leaving home for college...whatever strikes you.
January 2010 - 6:30 pm All Star Grill. The Wild Burro’s Books and Booze Readers Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.
The Wild Burro Readers Club meets on the fourth (last) Tuesday of each month. The group meets at 6:30pm at the All Star Grill in Hot Springs.
Junot Diaz's fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review and The Best American Short Stories. This is his first novel and it won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was selected as Time's #1 Fiction Book of the Year.
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love.
"Astoundingly great." --Time
"Genuis...a story of the American experience that is giddily glorious and hauntingly horrific..." -- San Francisco Chronicle.
For those of you who don't know, I'm afraid that this particular reading group is run by a benevolent dictator. Me. I pick the books. But frequently my choices are influenced by my customers and book club members. :)
Always 10% off of the current month's bookclub selection.