Handling the Material: Art Techniques, Guides and Processes

In the blink of an eye rubber hits a road, a hand hits the mat, grabs hold of brush or pen as the wrist turns into a twist. Arms do the heavy lifting, the torso pivots. If this were the theater (and it is) the director would shout, “Action!” The whole body is engaged. This is about seeing the thing through. Now is the time to move the idea out of its cerebral cave into the bright light of creation. What necessary implements are needed to complete the task? Continue reading “Handling the Material: Art Techniques, Guides and Processes”

The Language of Water: Poetry on Buses

Image courtesy of avocadogirlfriend on flikrBy Library Staff

Do you have a thirst for verse? Well, there’s a way to quench it! The Poetry on Buses Public Art Program, a partnership between 4Culture and Metro Transit, invites poets of all inclinations to submit a poem around a particular theme.  The 2016 theme is “Your Body of Water” and the Office of Arts & Culture, Sound Transit, Seattle Public Utilities, King County Water and Land Division and The Seattle Public Library are also taking the plunge. Continue reading “The Language of Water: Poetry on Buses”

Courier and Lives: For the Love of Letters

~posted by Rebecca K.

“We have never talked together the way we have sometimes in letters. Why do I meet people better in letters?” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Letter from Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo van Gogh, 1881

A previous post talked about why handwriting is good for your health. Today let’s explore the enjoyment of writing and receiving letters!

What makes a handwritten letter so special? To a recipient, a penned letter demonstrates that someone thought about them and took the time and effort to create something with their hands for them, an even more special gesture in this age of typing and technology.

On the writer’s end, writing by hand can be regarded as a meditative act. “With so much hurry and pressure in our lives, we sometimes forget it’s perfectly alright to slow down and take pleasure in what we do,” writes Jennifer Williams in Writing Personal Notes & Letters. Since you can’t backspace and automatically erase and revise what you’re writing, you tend to think more deliberately and carefully about what you want to convey before putting pen to paper. Continue reading “Courier and Lives: For the Love of Letters”

The Novel: Live! 36 authors to create a novel in six days

Here’s your chance to read it as they write it: Tomorrow morning at 10 sharp, novelist Jennie Shortridge will write the opening lines of a new novel, something she’s certainly done before, but never in so public of a space. This time, Shortridge and 35 other local authors are writing on stage in The Novel: Live!  — and you can follow along online or in person to see this collaborative novel take shape. 

This novel project was launched by the Seattle7Writers, a group of novelists who have been kicking butt raising money for various nonprofits (The Novel: Live! project benefits 826 Seattle and Writers in the Schools) and creating pocket libraries.  As the countdown to the live novel writing project nears, we asked The Seattle7 to share their favorite writing books:

Tune in tomorrow to The Novel: Live! website to watch the creative process unfold in Seattle!

Gearing up for NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a creative frenzy in which tens of thousands of ordinary people around the world sit down in coffee shops, at kitchen tables, and in classrooms to compose their own 50,000 word novels in 30 days.

Nanowrimo is not about producing brilliant writing, but about finally putting that great idea you had into words and seeing it through to the 50,000 word finish line. The project is specifically designed to help amateur novelists defeat their two greatest enemies: writer’s block and procrastination.  No one gets through the first draft of a novel without falling into a plot hole or cranking out some corny dialog, and that’s perfectly okay! All you have to do to succeed at NaNoWriMo is to keep writing. As an added bonus, some participants report that they’re too busy sending pirates after their heroes to overeat at Thanksgiving and can even escape kitchen duty by cultivating an honest aura of scholarly dedication! 

Come December, participants have Continue reading “Gearing up for NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month”