Write-ins: 5 & 19 September

Drop-in gatherings for no-excuse writing.

Join us for a 90-minute stretch of focused writing in the company of familiar faces and perhaps a nosh or beverage.

We’ll keep the first hour dedicated to pens on paper, so bring your notebook/laptop and whatever writing project is on your front burner. Not working on anything specific right now? No problem. We’ll have a few prompts and writing ideas to get you rolling on something new.

For those who wish to share your work or your writing process, let’s discuss! We’ll lift the silence for the last half hour.

Thursday, 5 September 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brew Bakers
209 W Main St., Grass Valley, Calif.

Thursday, 19 September 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Broad Street Bistro
426 Broad St., Nevada City, Calif.

August Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Story

Nevada County Stories Roundtable

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Madelyn Helling Library
Gene Albaugh Community Room
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

A gathering of teachers, leaders, story facilitators, and community members seeking ways to promote and engage story in meaningful ways among members of our community. Together, we would like to create programs for our community and find ways to record and keep them.

Please RSVP by registering here to let us know we can expect you.

Going to any events? Let us know!
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Write-ins: 25 July; 8 & 22 August

Drop-in gatherings for no-excuse writing.

Join us for a 90-minute stretch of focused writing in the company of familiar faces and perhaps a nosh or beverage.

We’ll keep the first hour dedicated to pens on paper, so bring your notebook/laptop and whatever writing project is on your front burner. Not working on anything specific right now? No problem. We’ll have a few prompts and writing ideas to get you rolling on something new.

For those who wish to share your work or your writing process, let’s discuss! We’ll lift the silence for the last half hour.

Thursday, 25 July 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Broad Street Bistro
426 Broad St., Nevada City, Calif.

Thursday, 8 August 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brew Bakers
209 W Main St., Grass Valley, Calif.

Thursday, 22 August 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Broad Street Bistro
426 Broad St., Nevada City, Calif.

July Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Words

Word Jam

Sunday, July 14, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

10009 W River Street
Truckee, Calif. 96161

Open mic story performances. For more information, call 530-386-3901.

Storytelling

Sierra Storytelling Festival

Friday, July 19–Sunday, July 21
North Columbia Schoolhouse Educational Center
17894 Tyler Foote Road
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Award-winning nationally recognized storytellers bring their best to this must-attend event for all storytellers and spoken word performers. Tickets available at sierrastorytellingfestival.org or by calling (530) 265-2826.

Short Stories

Tim O’Connor’s Readers Theater

Sunday, July 28, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Miner’s Foundry
325 Spring Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Story time for grown-ups featuring selected short stories from the 1930s read by local actors. $10

Going to any events? Let us know!
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Tell Tailors Guild Meeting: 15 June 2019

"Quill and Ink" by 666queen666 is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0

Writers and wordies! Storytellers and scribes! Please join our next gathering of word artists. We’ll meet outdoors for some narrative games on Saturday, June 15th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. You’ll find us in the Amphitheater to the right of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

June Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Words

Tell Tailors Guild

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Madelyn Helling Library amphitheater
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Narrative games and a gathering of writers and storytellers — outside at the amphitheater at Madelyn Helling library.

Poetry

Word of Mouth

Sunday, June 2, 6:00–9:00 pm
The Stone House
107 Sacramento Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Poetry and spoken word open mic night.

Poetry Benefit Reading

Friday, June 21, 7:00–9:00 pm
St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
410 S. Church St.
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Poetry Crashers: “It’s Our Fault”

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm
Truckee Philosophy
10412 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, Calif. 96161

Nevada County Poet Laureate Chris Olander and The Poetry Crashers team up in Truckee for a tangled twist on traditional poetry.

Kate Haight’s Sketchy Ladies!

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm
Wild Eye Pub
535 Mill St.
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Wild Eye Pub’s monthly comedy night serves up sketches, improv, and stand-up. $12–$15.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

Write-ins: 16, 23 & 30 May

Drop-in gatherings for no-excuse writing.

Join us for a 90-minute stretch of focused writing in the company of familiar faces and perhaps a nosh or beverage.

We’ll keep the first hour dedicated to pens on paper, so bring your notebook/laptop and whatever writing project is on your front burner. Not working on anything specific right now? No problem. We’ll have a few prompts and writing ideas to get you rolling on something new.

For those who wish to share your work or your writing process, let’s discuss! We’ll lift the silence for the last half hour.

Thursday, 16 May 2019
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
City Council
233 Broad St., Nevada City, Calif.

Thursday, 23 May 2019
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Updated Location:
Caroline’s Coffee
128 S Auburn St., Grass Valley, Calif.

Thursday, 30 May 2019
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Broad Street Bistro
426 Broad St., Nevada City, Calif.

May Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Poetry

Word of Mouth

Sunday, May 5, 6:00–9:00 pm
The Stone House
107 Sacramento Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Poetry and spoken word open mic night.

It Started with the Wild Horses

Saturday, May 18, 4:00–5:30 pm
The Open Book
671 Maltman Drive
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Join poet Ingrid Keriotis for a reading and book launch of her poetry.

Storywalk

Dreamers

Through Monday, May 6
Harmony Books
130 Main Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Read Yuyi Morales’ picture book Dreamers as you stroll through downtown Nevada City. Begin at Harmony Books and follow the cues to find where to read next.

Workshops

Drop-in Creative Writing

Wednesdays, 3:00–4:00 pm
ej gallery
408 Broad Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Local poet and literary editor Iven Lourie hosts creative writing sessions inspired by art.

Boot Camp for Writers

Sunday, May 5–Tuesday, May 8
Reiki Kitchen Event Center
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Join C. S. Lakin and Catharine Bramkamp for an intensive 3-day scene mastery writing workshop. $360.

Riding the Dragon

May 10–June 28
Fridays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Inner Path
200 Commercial Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Teens and adults are invited to dive into this 8-week poetry writing course designed to get the ink flowing, expand your skills, and deepen your appreciation. $360.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

Mandatory Honesty…

…for twenty-five minutes at a time

My colleagues have made compelling arguments that writers need to simply write. This is, admittedly, hardly a revolutionary position – the problem of “butt in chair” is well-known in writing and in all creative endeavors. The fact that we’re still able to express new perspectives on this problem speaks not only to Monique and Jeff’s curiosity and bravery but also to the stubborn intractability of the creative struggle.

As a writer, I’m no less filled with fear, indolence, and self-doubt, but I am perhaps more eager to believe in systemic fixes for these problems of the human heart. One such fix that’s worked for me is an approach to work known as the Pomodoro Technique®, which is at its core simply a series of commitments to focus on a single task for 25 minutes. There are more details, of course, and you’ll find a complete explanation at the website of its creator, Francisco Cirillo, but for me the brilliance and power of the approach lies in this commitment. No multitasking, no checking email or the news, no cop-outs – just do one and only one thing for a short while.

Twenty-five minutes is a magical duration: about the length of a 70’s sitcom, it’s not long enough to be scary, it’s not even a half-hour—but it is long enough to make real progress. (Just think about how much trouble Laverne & Shirley got into in one episode!) Pomodoro® further mandates a 5-minute break at the end of the work session, which is about enough time to reflect on how much fun that was, do some stretches, get some coffee, and let your fingers and brain relax from the swirl of creation. (Speaking of which, hang on, time for my break.)

The mandatory breaks are just as important as the work periods, as they give you the endurance to complete a series of four work sessions, at which point you take a thirty-minute break. During this longer break, there’s time to look back on what you’ve just accomplished and be amazed – it’s a positive feedback loop that not only feels great but also charges you up for the next round of four sessions.

There is one final requirement, though, an ingredient without which I’d have nothing but unchecked boxes on a post-it note: honesty. You must honestly commit to the singular focus, and hold that focus through discomfort, doubt, and distraction. You must have the self-awareness to see when you’re straying from it (like I just did, wanting to stop composing and search for the image I’d like to have two paragraphs up), and the discipline to get back on track. And then, when you’re done, you must honestly give yourself the credit you deserve for successfully engaging with the perennial and intractable problem of human communication, one bite-size chunk at a time.

Check out his website, give it a try, and let us know in the comments how it’s working for you.

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