Writing for Change Conference offers Inspiration

One of the unsung and if -you- are- lucky benefits of being a member
of WNBA is that Linda Lee, a long time WNBA member is also the
coordinator of volunteers for the Writing for Change conference in
SF. She gave me the opportunity to volunteer at the conference. Not
only was I royally treated by having meals in the beautiful setting
of the Kabuki Hotel, able to hear the powerful keynote luncheon
address by Mike Farrell, but I served as a monitor for five
workshops. I was jazzed by several workshops, but being an older
Berkeley kind of gal, (shocking to turn 60 this year!) I feel a
little like I am not quite up to the task of trying to present myself
or create my “platform” as a sophisticated, great hair, huge
broadband kind of gal, which often seems necessary in the writing
world. (I don’t even dye my hair!) So I was blessed with the magic of
serendipity to have found myself in the workshops of Susan Griffin
and China Galland, whose work I have read and admired for years.

I can remember hearing Susan Griffin read poetry in the Full Moon
Cafe in the Castro in the early 70s. Forty years later, her hope and
and vision for what is possible in this ever-evolving project of
democracy filled my eyes with tears, especially because of the last 8
years of this country being thrown so greatly off its democratic
path. Even within this, Susan has found a way to uphold our best
traditions, our best selves, and the most humane possibilities for
the future. This was a joy to behold especially after having been in
China Galland’s workshop. The take away from this beautiful and
deeply spiritual woman, was about listening to her heart to find her
way in the writing, using her nose to get the story that needs to be
told, and trusting her intuition about what she is being called to
do. Yes – we have to market ourselves, yes- we need to build a
platform, but mostly we need to write from our hearts, let our
intuition guide us and let our owns souls speak. These two women took
their vision and ideas seriously, spoke from their hearts and their
souls, and their books have changed the world. May we all have the
courage to do this.

Micky Duxbury, author of Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family
Ties Through Open Adoption,(Routledge 2007)
www.mickyduxbury.com

Why I joined the WNBA-SF Chapter

I joined WNBA in 2007 when I attended the annual Author’s Showcase at the Mechanic’s Institute Library. I am a teacher, writer and lover of books, so the organization is a good fit for me. I am presently working on a novel of the Crime Fiction genre. Writing is a struggle but as I have learned through the many published authors I have met through WNBA it is only half the battle. Being a writer today means understanding how to market your work and networking with like-minded people. In the short time I have been with the organization, I have met a variety of creative women who have inspired me to move forward with my work and get over that dreaded “writer’s block.”

Patricia Costello

Good things happen when you volunteer!

“Why volunteer on a committee or serve as a board member when I can just
be a card-carrying member?”

Working with talented WNBA members has further my career beyond my dreams.
To give you just a few examples:

While being the coordinator for the WNBA exhibit at a book festival, I
got to develop relationships with readers, booksellers, media folks,
fellow authors and WNBA members.
. While I was treasurer for our chapter, I gained organizational and
budget-management skills, and, I had the opportunity to work with the
national treasurer who was a kind mentor.
. While helping other committee members at our fundraiser in November last
year, a new member who is a school teacher saw me in action and invited me
to speak to her class.

You too will have similar success stories when you volunteer your time,
energy and talent for this supportive group we belong to; the personal
rewards are priceless.

Teresa LeYung Ryan, author of Love Made of Heart
www.LoveMadeOfHeart.com

Teresa LeYung Ryan is Co-Chair, Literacy Liaison Committee