As a writer, I know that what I do is often a solitary profession. You spend most hours of your day in front of the computer trying to create the perfect wording for your audience. Sometimes we need the support of other writers to help inspire us to keep on creating. If you feel like your creative juices need a little jump start or you are just looking for people who share your passion, then check out these upcoming writing and author events.
Writing retreats are a great place to get moral support from your fellow writers and to find inspiration that might be evading you. If the rhythmic language of poetry is your thing, there is a poetry retreat at Bowman's Hill Wildlife Preserve in New Hope. On Saturday, May 31 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, poet Susan Gerardi Bello will lead you in a morning of quiet reflection, nature walks and impromptu writing.
Another writing retreat is happening in June down the shore in Atlantic City. Shore Thing Writing Getaway will take place on Saturday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Dante Hall Theater of the Arts.
Are you looking for a writing group to join that meets on a regular basis? The Rittenhouse Barnes & Noble hosts weekly meetings in the Café on the second floor. Meet with other writers for inspiration and constructive criticism. The meetings will run Tuesdays through the month of June at 7 p.m.
Another great way to help your own writing process is to learn from the experience of published authors, poets and playwrights. You can hear journalist and writer Andrea di Robilant discuss his most recent nonfiction book Chasing the Rose –An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside and his search for a mysterious rose on Sunday, June 1 at 3 p.m. at the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill.
See words come alive on stage at the Hedgerow Theatre in Media during the one-man performance, The Border Ruffian: Mark Twain Speaks by Tom Teti. Excerpts from Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, andHuckleberry Finn as well as his essays and lectures will be included to give a glimpse into Twain's life. The performance, running through June 22 will take place Thursday, June 5 and Friday, 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. More dates and times can be found on the theater's website.
Gain insight into writing for the stage at the New Play Frontiers program at People's Light & Theatre in Malvern. Six playwrights will give staged readings of their work as well as share the experiences and discoveries that inspired them. Featured playwrights include Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Kate Fodor, Karen Hartman, Dominique Morisseau and Kathryn Petersen. The readings and discussions will take place on Monday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
A little later on in the summer, the Ryerss Museum in Fox Chase is sponsoring Poets on the Porch as part of the 4th installment of the Fox Chase Reading Series on Saturday, July 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Poets scheduled to read include Diane Sahmo-Guarnieri, Hayden Saunier and Mel Brake.
The most repeated advice you will hear through your writing journey is that to become a better writer, you need to read, read and then read some more. Get some new additions to your summer reading list and help other readers with their choices at The Book Club Café at the Willingboro Library, located at 220 Willingboro Way on June 11 at 10:30 a.m.