Today is the sixth and last weekly session of the short story workshop series I have been participating in at the Writers Grotto, at 2nd and Bryant. Led by Elizabeth Bernstein – editor of The Big Ugly Review among many other literary accomplishments – this series has been a great kick-in-the-pants to continue working on some story ideas that I had allowed to languish. Getting the opportunity for expert critique has been helpful but more, it has somehow also provided both inspiration and confidence in my ability. The group has been great from another standpoint . Only two of us in the group are gay and it’s made me realize what a bubble I live in here in Queeristan. It doesn’t change what I’ll be writing about, in fact on the contrary it’s made me realize even more that every story has its interest, its importance, and its audience.
I will miss these Wednesday nights!