Letter to the Editor

Writers can rejoice now

Monday, May 14, 2012

Way to get the creative juices flowing! In the past week, CCN published two columns geared to area writers. First, an Editorial seeking columns or blogs from local writers. Is this the brainchild of the new Managing Editor, Kristal Kuykendall? What a fabulous opportunity for those of us seeking the elusive blend of inspiration and opportunity! I've already started working on some ideas.

More recently there was a column by Alison Taylor-Brown, a recent addition to the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, who will develop a new Community Writing Program. WCDH has long provided a retreat for writers from far and wide. PoetLuck meetings offered monthly at WCDH are always inspiring and motivating. Increasing support for local writers, regardless of experience, is a welcome addition to our already creative environment.

I've had the pleasure of working with Alison in small writing groups and workshops. She is both highly educated and well seasoned as a writer. She will undoubtedly create a supportive environment for local writers who crave some direction. Her next column will address "how the critical voice stifles the creative voice." This topic will resonate with lots of writer wannabes who, like me, question the worth of their writing.

I retired five years ago with the intention of writing, but had no idea where to start or how to stay with it. I am thankful to both CCN and WCDH for reaching out to those of us who have stories up to our ears and are simply looking for a way to share them.

-- Ann Hopkins

Eureka Springs