Writing in Community is a book of inspiration and encouragement for writers who want to reach deep within themselves and write to their fullest potential. There is magic in a successful writing group. This book helps writers tap into that magic, and with gentle wisdom and humor, experience unprecedented breakthroughs in creativity.
Lucy Adkins grew up in rural Nebraska, attended country schools, the University of Nebraska and received her degree from Auburn University in Alabama. Her poetry has been published in various journals and magazines which include Rhino, Red Wheelbarrow, Northeast, South Dakota Review, Concho River Review, and several anthologies including Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace, Women Write Resistance,Crazy Woman Creek, and the Poets Against the War anthology. Her chapbook, One Life Shining: Addie Finch, Farmwife, was published in 2007 by Pudding House Press, and her non-fiction book, Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer's Block and Transform Your Life, co-written with Becky Breed, was published by WriteLife in 2013. She also co-writes a blog of encouragement and inspiration for writers which can be found at www.writeincommunity.com.
Too often we feel powerless in the face of injustice which surrounds us--when the world goes the wrong way. When we see our country caught up in corruption and greed. Holding a pen in your hand and using it to express what you value, what you hold dear in your heart is one of the most effective ways to make a difference in the world. Let's put hopelessness behind us. Let's not allow cynicism to take hold. Let's write.
Writing in Community
In 1963, a young black man taking part in a non-violent protest against segregation in stores, restrooms, and at lunch counters, was arrested and thrown into the Birmingham City Jail. Behind bars, taunted by guards, and chastised by the white clergy for his leadership role in the protest, he picked up his pen, and using the margins of newspapers and whatever scraps of paper he could find, began to write an impassioned call for justice. This, of course, was Dr. Martin Luther King writing his now-famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Page by page it was smuggled out to became the philosophy for the Civil Rights movement in the United States, and went on to set the standard for non-violent protest throughout the world. It is now considered a classic of writing at its most powerful.