Writers At Work 20th Anniversary — Julia Gibson

Writers At Work 20th Anniversary — Julia Gibson

Knowing Terry has changed my life in so very many ways. Her workshops stretch me, her friendship enriches me, her writing expands me, and she’s introduced me to people who have become vital for me. Two of them and I have been whatever we are for twelve solid years. We have no official name or even a decent descriptor. Affinity group, accountability cadre, support team – none of these words do justice to what we are and what we do. Every Monday morning (about 600 of them to date), we check in by Skype or phone to help each other set intentions and goals, contend with psychological and spiritual barriers, celebrate milestones. We only rarely critique each others’ work, but we critique each others’ work habits and habits of mind. We tell the truth gently and fiercely. We raise the bar and encourage the crashing of barriers. We want the best for one another. We discuss productivity, positivity, strategizing, networking, artistry. We’re comrades in the struggle toward becoming better writers and humans. Without our Mondays, I’d be lost in the forest of my tangled mind. They’re my untanglers, my wranglers, my navigators, my guardian alligators. Thank you, Terry, for making us possible! One of us calls us the Rah-Rahs. Rahh!



15th Anniversary Spotlight — Julia Gibson

Each day for the 15 days leading up to the WAW Open House (October 7, 2012, 2-5 p.m.), we’re going to feature a current or former participant who’s completed a major project (book, film, album, academic credential). We’ll find out what they learned that helped them with their work.

Julia Gibson, One Page At a Time, Women At Work
Project: THE COPPER HAND (Tor Books 2013)

From Terry’s workshops I learned the necessity of community.  Writing is so solitary, and we like that part.  But without my writing compadres, several of whom came my way through Terry, I would have lost heart long ago.  Over time I’ve built a robust collection of critiquers, taskmasters, commiserators, tipsters, technowizzes, guiding lights.  Not all of them are writers or even readers, but they encourage me to succeed.  Who’s on your list of writing buddies and cheerleaders?