We’re excited to launch this new blog on our site as a forum to share our writers’ work, introduce our instructors, and share our thoughts on the writing process. This week, I’m thinking about Toni Morrison again since watching the moving documentary about her life as a writer, “The Pieces I Am.” Have you watched it yet? As usual, Toni’s words and novel excerpts caused both inspiration and envy. As the writer Crystal Wilkinson wrote, “Toni Morrison makes me want to both write forever and never write again. And it’s always been this way.”
But I also like what Toni has to say, “People say to write about what you know. I’m here to tell you, no one wants to read that, cos you don’t know anything. So write about something you don’t know. And don’t be scared, ever.” The film is filled with gems like these… and moments where the brilliant author shares how she fit writing into her busy life early on as a mom to two young boys and job as a full-time editor at Random House. Her friends explained how she wrote at traffic stops and whenever she could fit it in. She wasn’t scared, ever.
We hope you’ll submit your writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each month we’ll have a theme. Keep your submission to 500 words or less. We welcome any genre or form of writing! This month’s theme is CLIMATE. Deadline is November 1st. Use this theme as a prompt to write something new or look over your works-in-progress to see if something you’ve started could fit within this theme. We’ll begin publishing the work here in November. Stay tuned!