What Is Writing?

I will be facilitating a second six-week class trying to demystify writing in general and taking the fear out of sharing your written words. The interactive Take the Fear Out of Writing class will begin Monday, June 3 at 1 p.m. at The Commons at Central Hall, Dover-Foxcroft, ME. It will continue weekly through July 8. Participants should bring their laptop, journal, or notebook.

During the sessions, I will address the different types of writing, including how to communicate through words, expository writing, narrative writing, persuasive writing, poetry, and creative writing. Some basic rules (and exceptions), style and grammar, spelling, context, syntax and how to create effective sentences, paragraphs, characters, plots, sub-plots, and themes will be woven into the syllabus.

At the first session last fall, I introduced a class project, challenging participants to brainstorm and research for collective and individual contributions. Depending on interest from this session’s participants, I will again guide the class to continue the story that was developed then. The combined story they created is available at https://wisdomfromafather.com/2019/02/26/writing-101/.

But most of all,  the emphasis of the class will be “fun”. Writing doesn’t have to be daunting. We write all the time. Why not make our communication more effective?

I was a reporter, editor, and publisher for over 50 years in five states, most recently as publisher and owner of the Reveille/Between the Lakes, official newspaper of Seneca County, NY. I retired part time to Dover-Foxcroft in 2015 and full time in 2017. I am currently president-elect for Kiwanis Club of Dover-Foxcroft and active with Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church and The Commons at Central Hall.

I’ve published a Christian fiction novella, Heaven Shining Through, and a journal-type non-fiction book, Wisdom From a Father … one father’s thoughts on life. I am currently completing a rewrite of Heaven Shining Through, converting it into a full novel. A summer launch is planned.

Contact me at wisdomfromafather@gmail.com or The Commons at (207) 343-3018 or info@centralhallcommons.org for more information or to register.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Patience … is a habit of mind and heart that grows out of inner peace.

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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8 Responses to What Is Writing?

  1. Writing’s not my avocation,
    it’s my job, O Reader Dear,
    and it’s not beneath my station
    to write what you wanna hear.
    You want to hear there’s hope in pain
    and I surely can attest to that,
    but on the other hand it is a strain
    to write on “Brainpower Of The Cat”.
    So I guess there are limits here
    on the truth I can express,
    I can help you find a hipster beer
    but not “How To Wear A Dress”.
    If I have helped you out at all,
    please pin me to your Facebook wall.


  2. Jim Matthews says:

    Too bad I am in Jersey… Can I do an on line study????
    Vaya con Dios,


  3. Bruce R. Matthew says:

    I enjoy writing. Usually, I just write from my heart. I’ve been told I have the gift of words. The ability to write articulately. The words just seem to flow. On occasion, I have writer’s block, and everything seems to come out wrong. Then I know it’s time to take a break.

    Don’t allow fear to stop you from writing. Remember that practice makes perfect. If you do something often enough, you will get better and better with your efforts.



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