Here we are in the month of September and fall is quickly closing in on us. Why is it that summer always seems to go by so quickly and winter, even though it averages the same length of time, drags on and on and on?
With it being September it also means it is time for my local writing group to begin its monthly meetings.
I belong to the Monadnock Writers’ Group. We meet the third Saturday of every month in the lower portion of the Peterborough Library.
Our group meets from September to June, and then we take a break for the summer months. All but two of these meetings are visited by a guest speaker and are open to the public.
September’s guest speaker was Joni B. Cole.
She is the author of Another Bad-Dog Book: Tales of Life, Love and Neurotic Human Behavior, which is not a book about dogs. This book is a book of personal essays about people. She spoke of how she has found her book of essays located in the dog book/pet section of book stores instead of amongst the other essay books. This was not of her doing and was surprised to find this accidental marketing happening to her book.
Joni is a writing instructor and speaker at conferences. She is also the author of Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive, and is known as the creator of the “This Day” series, which includes Water Cooler Diaries: Women across America Share Their Day at Work.
Joni published many magazine articles and essays in several literary journals and frequently contributes to The Writer magazine. In 2011 she was a Pushcart Prize nominee and has been a guest on CNN and many radio and news shows.
You can learn more about our speaker by visiting her website: www.jonibcole.com
She was able to give us a few writing tidbits. One of which was about writers’ block. She said, “One should not always follow a linear path when working on a manuscript. It is much easier to write the scene that is on one’s brain. This makes the writing process much easier and enjoyable.”