Three Fairfield women join Monica and Caroline in the studio this week to share examples of free writing done in classes led by Rae Bird, and writing groups that sprouted from Rae's classes. Pictured at the mike, from left to right, are Mary Ellen Maguire, Laya Hawthorne and Sallee Garst Haerr.
According to these women, Rae Bird helps to create a safe space for women to develop their creative voice, being supportive and encouraging while pushing her students to go deeper. The focus is on free writing and sharing the result, not critiquing, although the women acknowledge that there is a time and place for critique groups. The works the women read on air are honest, intimate, and remarkably polished considering they are only lightly edited.
Once we have the show archived, we will also post the manuscripts on writersvoices.com so listeners can read them as well. In the meantime, enjoy these wise and melodious voices of Fairfield Women Who Write.
Imagine devoting a year of your life to a single interest, determined to learn everything there is to know about it. And writing a book about it while you're at it. A very funny book. A New York Times bestseller even. Imagine that even before the year is up and the book is finished, your project is optioned as a movie. And you'd be played by Ben Stiller maybe, or Jim Carey, or Steve Carrell. Not a bad way to spend a year!
A.J. Jacobs, author of "The Year of Living Bibilically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible" and "Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Pefection" (do you sense a theme here?) will join Monica and Carline this week on Writers' Voices. Jacobs is an editor at large of Esquire magazine and a frequent contributor to other national magazine and NPR's Weekend Edition. He will be speaking March 14, 2013 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant Iowa at 7 pm. (check iwc.edu for details). Hear about some of the funniest things that happened while he was trying to follow the rules in the Bible as literally as possible, and how seriously he took the command to be fruitful and multiply. Jacobs speaks candidly about why the book is not offensive to believers even though it has a humorous perspective.
Tune in Friday at 1pm or Monday at 8 am as Monica and Caroline welcome another powerhouse of feminine wisdom to Writers' Voices.
For over 20 years, former Fairfield resident Meryl Runion has owned and operated a training and information service company. In addition to designing, marketing and presenting customized seminars, Meryl worked as an independent contractor for the World Plan Executive Council, presenting personal development training on their behalf. For eight years, Meryl contracted extensively for SkillPath Seminars, teaching management, communication, conflict management and personal development classes worldwide.
Meryl's clients have included IBM, Lockheed Martin, the FBI and Honeywell and she has provided close to a thousand workshops, keynotes and other presentations across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.