Apr 02 2018
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Letter from the director: April 2018

Dear writers,

I don’t know where you are in the world right now, but in the Northeast U.S., spring is taking its sweet time to arrive. The waiting truly is the hardest part, and that’s what I want to talk about as March closes and April opens: how the creative process so often feels like delayed gratification.

Maybe you are waiting to take a writing class, attend a retreat, or join a group. Maybe you’re waiting for the perfect title or image to arrive, or the plot of a story to crystallize in your mind, or the strongest possible metaphor to take shape. Maybe you’re waiting to feel like “a real writer,” or to be told you are one by someone who has read your work and whose authority and expertise you respect.

Stop waiting. As kindly but firmly as possible, I want to urge you not to wait anymore. We can’t control when spring will spring, but we can control our own creative output, our commitment to writing, and our perception of ourselves as “good enough.” We can control how often we make it to the page or screen and how focused we are when we get there. In fact, you are the ONLY one who can control those things about yourself.

Don’t wait. Whatever it is that you aren’t acting on, with regard to your writing, act on it. The only difference between aspiring and established writers is that the latter write more than the former.

Think spring, outside and at your desk, and happy writing,

Stacia M. Fleegal, Director