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2012 Readings & Workshops

March 21: Berkeley, 4:00-6:00 pm: Ashby Village reading and book talk, Jewish Family and Children's Services, Suse Moyal Center, 2484 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

May 10: Oakland, 3:30-5:00 pm: "Conversations at AgeSong," The Terrace Room, 1800 Madison, Oakland

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Next Best Thing

My friend Judy Reeves, who bills herself as a writer, teacher, and writing practice provocateur, has tagged me for the Next Best Thing—a project in which writers answer questions about their latest work, and then tag a few more writers who do the same, and so on. I'll be getting to the questions soon, but in the meantime, a few words about Judy.

I met her through my brother, who lives in Barcelona. Funny how you sometimes have to go far away to meet people who live nearby. Judy is the author of A Writers Book of Days (among other books). Culling knowledge from the hundreds of writing workshops Judy has taught, A Writers Book of Days suggests a writing prompt for every day of the year. Good prompts, too, ones that dig deep. It's a great teaching tool, as well as a way for writers to get started, shake things up, or go where they never intended.

Judy is also the co-founder and former Executive Director of the nonprofit literary center San Diego Writers, Ink. I've had the chance to both read and teach there. It's a great space and a great group of writers. The Center offers workshops, readings, writing groups, space for community writing, and a lot of special events.

I've already lined up the writers I'm going to tag for my Next Best Thing post. Now all I have to do is answer the questions myself. Until then, check out Judy's answers to the questions about her new novel, All That Isn't Singing.