Sierra Writers revved up again |

Sierra Writers revved up again

Returning from its summer hiatus, Sierra Writers gets right off the mark with an evening devoted to writing techniques developed by best-seller Natalie Goldberg.

Teaching the hands-on session is local writer, Patricia Dove Miller. She calls it “Gold in a Wild River: A Writing Practice Workshop.”

Miller said that Goldberg, who wrote “Writing Down the Bones “and “Wild Mind,” has authorized her to pass along the techniques that were a part of Goldberg’s four week writing workshops in Taos, N.M.

The techniques, says Miller, help quiet the inner critic, delve into the unconscious, and increase creativity. They can be used among other things to overcome writer’s block.

Miller has taught writing and meditation retreats at Zen Mountain Center in Idyllwild for six years, at the San Diego Writing Center and at the Shiho Center for Creative Arts. She now teaches locally. Her work has appeared in “Tidepools,” “Fallbrook Haiku Society Anthology” and “Into the Deep End.”

Bring plenty of paper and pens to the Wednesday workshop.

A local organization created to celebrate and support writers in the community, Sierra Writers, customarily meets the second Wednesday of each month at the library. Topics range widely, as do speakers. Two of the nationally known ones were New York Times best-selling authors John Lescroart and Pam Houston.

The rest of the year schedule for Sierra Writers:

” Cindy Munoz is calling her Oct. 8 session, “Loops, Groups, Blogs: Writers Enter Cyberspace.”

” Nov. 12 is the second of the two “Open Read” sessions Sierra Writers does each year. This is a chance to have a few pages of your writing read aloud and anonymously; constructive comments are encouraged.

” Toward the end of the year, Sierra Writers begins soliciting stories for its 9th Young Writers Contest which includes grants of hundreds of dollars in cash prizes to the winners.

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