Writers At Work 20th Anniversary — Pablo Alvarez

I came to Writers At Work a bit nervous; I was new to the area (I had just moved to Atwater Village) and I had never participated in a writing workshop.  As a participant in Writers At Work, I realized that the commitment involved in the project of writing is similar to the commitment of a lasting friendship.  For the writing to take shape, one must first show up and be open to the possibilities of critical feedback.  I learned at Writers At Work that crafting the story involves serious focus and a healthy, loving approach.  Not only did I progress in my craft but I also began to build lasting friendships with socially conscious and loving people committed to the act of writing.  More than 10 years from my first writing workshop, I remain friends with some of the participants of Writers At Work. I have built solid friendships through my participation.  I continue to meet with three of the participants that I shared space with at my first workshop.  We continue to meet often for “writing dates,” dinner, walks, and community events.  We keep each other on a path of writing while sustaining a lasting friendship.



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