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Creative Writing, Tapping the Source: Exploring Our Wounds, Trusting Our Wisdom Flyer
Instructor: Cynthia Graham    Registration Required
Meeting Location: the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University

Date Time Instructor & Participant Meeting Notes ................................................


10:30am - 12:30pm

Report by Kit Lok: 7 writers on a cold day. Cindi told us briefly about the possible involvement of the program for Stockton’s Day of Scholarship, with her co-presenting with Lisa Cox and maybe a cloth line for samples of our writings. We are excited about the possibility. One of the ladies said she will even take leave that day.



Congratulations to Time to Tell participant, Belinda Manning for her work titled: The Long Journey Home, selected as one of the winning entries to the 21st annual New Jersey Wordsmith Competition. Her piece will be presented by members of the Unlimited Potential Theatre Company during the Joyce Indik NJ Readers Theatre on Saturday, May 30th at 2:00pm at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick. Encouraged to submit her work by her instructor, Cynthia Inman Graham, Belinda is thrilled by the honor. We all wish her great success.


10:30am - 12:30pm

Report by Kit Lok: Only seven braved the cold, six read. Most of us brought our Scar project embroidery and poem, as well as other poems from the class for Cindi, who will display them on the clothesline for the Day of Scholarship presentation with Lisa Cox. She encouraged us to turn up and read our poem that day. Cindi also told us about the possibility of our participation in the SCOSA May Festival. The festival is always well attended. Maybe we can do a clothesline display there too.


10:30am - 12:30pm

Reported by Kit Lok: The sun was smiling and bestowing its warmth again today. Maybe that was why only 6 of us were at the workshop. Everyone read and we had more time for critique and suggestions. Also allowed Cindi to update and discuss with us at length our upcoming readings at DOS and SCOSA May Festival. We all voted to stay on at Noyes, but may occasionally meet at Stockton should we know in advance that there may be conflicting events at Noyes. Cindi and I went out for lunch after the workshop and enjoyed a lovely chat and sharing about our travels and writing experiences.


12:15 - 12:45pm

Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hanging.... SCOSA Time to Tell Creative Writing Group Hangs Their Work on a Literary Clothesline.

March 25th at 12:15 pm in Campus Center Meeting Room 1 Dr. Lisa Cox (SCOSA's Research Chair) explored the Power of Autobiography Groups as part of Stockton's 15th annual Day of Scholarship. Dr. Cox introduced Cynthia Inman Graham, Writing Instructor, and members of SCOSA's Tapping the Source: Exploring Our Wounds, Trusting Our Wisdom Creative Writing group read selected works. If you missed this presentation we will be repeating it at SCOSA' s Successful Aging Festival on May 13th.

Reported by Kit Lok: Our first time participation at Stockton University Day of Scholarship went very well, though a bit rushed. All SCOSA-Noyes aspiring writers who attended read. Cindi strung the clothesline from the dropped media screen. It provided a nice backdrop to the presentation. Lisa and Cindi gave a short introduction. And then we all enjoyed the delicious hot buffet lunch provided. Marilyn also attended and read at the Tour of Poetry reading at 4.30pm facilitated by Emari. She was one of 4 participants who showed up. 12.15pm – 12.45pm session DOS-SCOSA Writing participants:Belinda Manning, Lucy Jerue, Meryl Barer, Marilyn Weisman, Gay Laubert, Cindy Weinberg, Kit Lok. the readings, both prose and poems, covered a range of subjects, from memories of a father’s feldora, shredding of residents’ files, ode to rice, to search for spirituality. Gay Laubertg, who read her piece about making spinach balls ended the session by treating us to some of her homemade spinach balls.


10:30am - 12:30pm

 7 attended



10:30am - 12:30pm

Reported by Kit Lok: Overall our first SCOSA Read Out was a resounding success. 30 attended. 13, including Cindi, read a variety of poetry and prose (2 – 3 items each). A good representation from the Noyes and Northfield workshops. Started at 1.15pm, ended 2.50pm. Thank you very much to SCOSA for the opportunity and you for all your help. We hope this showcase will become an annual event for us as part of the SCOSA Festival.


10:30am - 12:30pm

 Reported by Kit Lok: We spent part of Saturday, May 16 morning discussing the rest of the series while Cindi is away. Decided that:
- Group will continue to meet at Noyes on June 6, July 25, August 29. 10.30am to 12.30pm
- Cindi supplied a set of prompts, one per month, which Kit or Meryl will scan and issue to the group, 2 – 3 weeks prior to each meeting
- Group to have an extra meeting on June 20, at Stockton. Meet at fireplace in Great Hall Campus Center, then adjourn to quieter spot nearby.
- Cindi will email to inform group of her absence during June – July, back on Aug 29.Reported by Kit Lok on 5/20: I managed to get us the same training room for our extra summer 7/11 meeting. So group will continue to meet at Noyes on June 6, July 11, July 25, August 29. 10.30am to 12.30pm. See you in June with your inspired piece from Cindi's prompt posted by Meryl.


10:30am - 12:30pm

Reported by Marilyn Weisman: The workshop this morning was a small group. It consisted of myself, Audrey, Lucy, Meryl and Gay. I brought a sign in sheet and had everyone sign it. We presented our pieces based on Cindy's prompt from a photograph and also presented Cindy (the groupie member)'s piece which she had e-mailed to us as she was not attending. After we all read, it was suggested that we keep copies of each of our pieces in Cindy's absence (this is Cindy the teacher) and to give them to her upon her return. 
We went over the remaining prompts so that everyone had a copy and was aware of what was to be done. At this point, without consulting my calendar or pages I don't remember when the next meeting is. Meryl will be sending through a copy of the list of prompts to everyone on the mailing list before the next meeting.


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10:30am - 12:30pm

 From Kit Lok: Below are links to a great interview on NPR recently with Ursula le Guin (at 85 or 89) talking about writing, aging, publishing, etc.

 Report:  http://www.npr.org/2015/08/29/435549081/ursula-k-le-guin-steers-her-craft-into-a-new-century

 Video: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=435549081&m=435741179

 Acceptance speech: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/11/20/365434149/book-news-ursula-k-le-guin-steals-the-show-at-the-national-book-awards


10:15am - 12:30pm

There will be two changes for the Scosa writing workshop at Noyes Museum on Saturday, September 26. Because of overlap with other museum activities:

1. Workshop will start at 10.15 am (instead of 10.30 am). Please be on time. Ends 12.15pm.
2. Venue: Gallery 4 (instead of Gallery 1). Just chairs, no tables. Noyes will provide clipboards.

Free Chinese cultural performance to celebrate the harvest moon.

** So do bring a pack lunch and stay for the 1pm show.

See you on 9/26.


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Tour of Poetry for Seniors  Flyer

Location:   The Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield - Registration not required