Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fearing Less

Since Labor Day, I have been gathering family stories and researching and writing. And writing. And writing.

The words in the books on writing have become more than theories. I get how they work. And why. Where I once "knew" about Anne Lamott's "1-inch frames," now I can peer into my own frames and see things worth describing. I'm no longer afraid I won't find the story. I just keep showing up, confident the story will find me.

This confidence was born over four magical days in the Green Mountains of Vermont at Crescent Dragonwagon's Fearless Writing workshop. Crescent will weave similar magic November 12 through 14 at the Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The $895 fee includes three days of instruction from Crescent, lodging, and three meals a day.

To quote Crescent, "Fearless teaches students how to harness the anxiety generated by chaotic or unknown conditions or apparently immutable limitations as a powerful creative force."

I still have anxiety. I'm still surrounded by chaos. But now I wave to my limitations as I pass them on my way to work.

If you're interested, I highly recommend checking out Crescent and Fearless. You can find more information here.


Carrie Wilson Link said...

"But now I wave to my limitations as I pass them on my way to work." WOW, that's huge! Yea!

kario said...

First of all, I love the photo - you look absolutely gorgeous!

Second, bravo! I am so excited to see you leaping at these new opportunities as they whiz up to you. Can't wait to see where they take you! said...

I am SO GLAD you went to the workshop and I look forward to reading your masterpiece. It's gonna rock.

You both look gorgeous n the photo!

Jess said...

You look great, that was my first thought, too. I am so glad you got to do that workshop, sounds awesome.

I have been dying to go to Vermont lately. For sure in the next year it will happen.

You are amazing. xoxo

Deb Shucka said...

The picture brought tears to my eyes. You are so beautiful and radiant. Just like your writing. It's so nice to know there's a teacher like Crescent out there should I be led in that direction.

Amber said...

" I just keep showing up, confident the story will find me."


Is that you?? Because I never get to see pics of you on here! Beautiful.