Saturday, March 27, 2010

Writers Who Wine

Posted By on Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

“Are you going to throw rotten tomatoes at me if you don’t like it?” I joked to my new friends as I tried to tuck my face and shoulders behind a single-sheet shield of white printer paper.

“No, we’re not like that,” the writers sitting with me at the table laughed.

Taking a deep breath, I started reading aloud: “Sandra was a blogging virgin ….”

Thus began one of the most stimulating exercises I’ve participated in in a long time — meeting with a small group of local wordsmiths at the monthly gathering of Writers Who Wine at Blue Moose Café in Downtown Eagle.

Each of us presented the pieces we’d written based on the writing prompt of the month. We took turns reading out loud what turned out to be a collection of tales that ranged in style from limericks and short stories to soft erotica and even one impassioned ode to the female derriere.

Read aloud by the authors who crafted them, I found that slowing down and listening to each writer’s uniquely creative voice was reminiscent of sharing campfire yarns beneath tall pines and starry sky (even though we were seated around a long restaurant table.) A flurry of praise, constructive critique and supportive discussion ensued after each reading.

Three of the four authors of the new book Daily Erotica were present, and it was at the Writers Who Wine meetings that Elaine Ambrose, Gretchen Anderson, Rachel Hatch and Liza Long came up with the idea to collaborate on a book of 366 daily poems intended to gently fan flames of passion.

Rest assured, writers who prefer beer as well as teetotaler scribes are equally welcome to participate. See the Writers Who Wine Facebook page for next month’s writing prompt and meeting location.

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