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Squam 2012, part 3

monogram stitching(Me, stitching. Photo by Jessica Marquez, who has a book coming out soon!)

I leave for Squam again in a little more than three weeks. I’ve heard the “vibe” at the September session is quite different than the gleeful fiber-fest that is June, which is just one of many reasons I’m looking forward to the experience. The September session has painting and mixed media classes, jewelry making, and some rather “woo woo” stuff as well. I must say, I’m very excited for the “woo woo.”

Most exciting of all, though, is the writing workshop I will be facilitating on Saturday morning. I’ll tell you more about it afterward, but here’s a peek at my prep:


The workshop is called “No-Stress Storytelling.” I’ll be building on some of the exercises we tried out in my library sessions to get everyone creatively limbered up. Of course, they’ll be coming off two full days of art workshops, so some people will be ready to go, but others will need a bit more encouragement. The prospect of a blank page can be paralyzing, especially when you have a nasty little voice in your head telling you you’re not a writer, who do you think you are, blah blah blah. The beginning is a tender spot, and I want to honor that. So: there’s no pressure. No one else is going to read what you write, unless you choose to share it. You are a writer–a writer is someone who writes, not just someone who has published a book or gets regular bylines. And so forth.

Squam is usually on the surface of my thoughts, no doubt because I’ve been working on my embroidery from Rebecca’s class:


Bonnie put this photo of me (with Rebecca and Jeanne) on her blog, and it made me laugh. (See why below.)

embroidery transfer

Now check out my art club yearbook pictures:



(That’s also me in the top left, holding my “Birth of Violet.”)

I like to think I’ve grown a great deal since Mr. Heusser took those photos in 1998/1999, but it’s comforting to see that the best parts of me–that passion, that single-mindedness–those I get to keep forever.

(Squam, part 1; Squam, part 2; Anne’s post on Squam 2012.)


1 Comment to Squam 2012, part 3

  1. crazyliberalkate's Gravatar crazyliberalkate
    August 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    The chicken is looking AWESOME!
    You do seem to be slightly farther away from the table now–not completely hunched over 😉

Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.