Saturday, May 09, 2009

Wild Woman of Queens: Notes on Urban Creativity from across the East River.

Blurry Angels by Sandra Lee Schubert 2009

Sandra Lee Schubert

Wild Angels

Here is a short tribute to the Wild Angels. On May 7 we held our ninth reading of our collective works. I have facilitated the group for the whole nine years. Next year will be the last for the group. It will be a perfect ten year run. The group has hard core members who come back year after year.

We first met on Sunday after Church service. It was more free flowing back then. It has evolved to a series of classes led by an instructor with a yearly theme. There is a focus, lessons to learn and homework to do. A couple of the writers chafe at the structure, while others revel in it. The structure helps. The best part is watching writers who have not written before blossom. Or, writers taking up their pens again after a hiatus. The work is authentic. It comes from the heart and that transcends style and technique.

This past season our instructor, Kathleen Cromwell, had us begin each session with fifteen minutes of proprioceptive writing with Baroque music playing. The technique both infuriated and inspired the Wild Angels. We ventured into monologues, plays, prose, political writing and poetry.

At the end we were gifters of words. We shared our work with each other and our corner of the world.

Some people our prolific writers without the support of other writers. But some of us love the community of sharing our work. A good group will keep you focused and inspired. Most of all write and share your work. I look forward to reading it.

Sandra's e-course leads people to be their creative best through telling their stories. She is a creative vagabond, a poet, writer who co-facilitates the Wild Angels Poets and Writers Group at the historic Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.Writing for Life: Creating a Story of Your Own. Visit her blog: Email her sandraleeschubert(at) or @writing4life via twitter.

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