|Writing workshop to feature local authors|
|Written by Deborah Stone|
ShareOne-A-Chord Academy of Music in Monroe has a special place in Katherine Grace Bond’s heart.
The school, which offers music lessons to teens, regardless of their ability to pay, has been a blessing in the life of Bond’s son.
"The program is wonderful and it has given my son such joy," says Bond. "I wanted to find some way to thank the people involved in the program and enable many more kids to be similarly blessed. I took a look at what I could offer in the hopes of raising some money for them."
The Duvall woman, who is a well known published author and writing teacher, decided to hold a workshop for writers and would-be writers in the community. And she enlisted five equally talented friends to help her in the endeavor.
Among them is Molly Blaisdell, of Woodinville, an author of educational books for children.
Blaisdell, who has been writing professionally for 10 years, has written over 30 books, including the widely popular "If You Were a Quadrilateral," an informational picture book for preschoolers. She was inspired to write after taking a children’s literature class in college.
"I was majoring in chemistry, but I needed to take a lit class," explains Blaisdell. "I naturally took one that focused on kids’ books because I had read them all when I was younger. I loved the class and my professor is the one who encouraged me to be a writer."
The local woman says she writes for the younger set because she’s basically young at heart herself.
"I gravitate to my childhood and where you gravitate to is important as a writer," she adds. "I also just love writing for kids because it’s the win-win of all situations. I get to open up the world to children and present new ideas to them."
Although Blaisdell’s specialty is children’s books, she has opted to do a session for the workshop on journaling.
"I journal all the time and I always have," she says. "I want to expand people’s ideas about journals and show them that journaling is an art form that anyone can do."
In her workshop, Blaisdell will explore different types of journals and provide an interactive forum that includes written exercises and dialogue.
"I think the workshop structure is one that will help fuel participants’ creativity," she adds. "I know that the collaborative nature of a workshop can really open people up.
" It’s exciting and for me, as the instructor, it’s such a satisfying experience. No matter what I give, I always get more out of it."
Bond will offer a session on personal experience writing at the workshop.
She explains that the emphasis will be on helping participants find a place to start when it comes to writing about their lives.
"It can be overwhelming initially," she says. "I want people to know that they only need to bite off just a little bit. They can start with one memory and then go from there."
Also interactive, the workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to do some writing exercises to explore the creativity within them.
Bond has written or contributed to more than 20 books, including bestseller "Legend of the Valentine," "Peculiar Pilgrims" and three poetry collections, "Considering Flight," "Yielding to Calliope" and "The Sudden Drown of Knowing."
She has over 130 additional publishing credits in short fiction, poetry, essays and articles and is a frequent conference speaker throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Her focus is on writing for young adults. She says, "I love this age group – their inquisitiveness, their minds, their humor and how they look at the world. Plus, I’m still a young adult in spirit, even though I’m 47!"
For Bond, when writing is most pleasurable, it’s akin to reading. She enjoys working with words and has always had a passion for language. But, she struggles with finding the time to write.
"I do multiple things," she explains. "I’m a mom, I teach writing at Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe and at the Attic Learning Community in Woodinville. And I speak at conferences. I juggle all of these things and sometimes it can be challenging to carve out enough time to write."
Bond hopes the upcoming workshop will inspire people and provide them with the understanding that they don’t have to be a professional to write.
And of course she also hopes it will raise some money to benefit One-A-Chord Academy.
What: All-day writing workshop with sessions in fiction writing, journaling, songwriting, writing for children, writing your life and creative process groups. Learn from award-winning authors, songwriters and artists, including Janet Lee Carey, Margaret D. Smith, Molly Blaisdell, Katherine Grace Bond, Heidi Pettit and Dawn Knight.
When: Saturday, March 27th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Monroe Community Chapel, 23515 Old Owen Rd., Monroe, Wash.
Cost: $25 (additional donations welcome)
To register, contact: email@example.com
For more information about the workshops, contact: Katherine@katherinegracebond.com