Any way, the rest of the day more than made up for that small oversight. Volunteers were cheerful and helpful--a winning combination.
The Inner Life of our Words: Writing and the Human Spirit (1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Panelists: Marita Dachsel, Tim Liburn and Jane Munro
Moderator: Andrew Rippin
Is there a relationship between poetry and the inner life? And if there is, what form or direction--or directions--does it take? Does writing and reading probe the spiritual life (or lives) of the self, another person, a community, or even an age? Can poetry be a catalyst to discovering and expressing not only "what we know" but "what we want to know"?
This was a thought-provoking, mindful discussion. So mostly I just sat there captivated and mesmerized. Here's what I heard...focused on...
Something that you've been reading knows you deeply and through this experience you've been made stronger.
Anything truly attended to is spiritual practice.
The act of making art is key.
Something is growing inside me
Occupying my body
I don't know what it is
It absorbs me
Between me and it--there is commonality but difference
General discussion about the muse and general agreement--amongst the panelists--that she/he/it doesn't exist.
writing is hard work
writing is the courage to waste time
Poetry is how she figures out life and a way to answer questions that she has
Poetry makes a life that is identifiable out in the world that is close to her inner life.
Writers and poets are making sense of things not recording things
Not everything I write needs to be read by another
From a member of the audience: I need to be centred so that life flows through me. Life flows through me onto the page. Our gift is to listen to the soul. A surprise of the writing process. The whole purpose of writing is connecting soul to soul.
Asked panelists to comment on soul.
Panelists replied by saying that her words were beautiful but that they had problems with the terminology she used--namely, 'soul'. One panelist said that she equated 'soul' to 'creativity'.
Sharing my author journey...
Brief Encounters: 15-minute critiques or creative work (12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.)
Between the morning and afternoon panel discussions eight Victoria writers are available for brief, 15-minute one-on-one sessions with aspiring writers looking for advise about their poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, children's literature, or young-adult fiction.
Thanks to Dede Crane and Robin Stevenson, I return to my revisions feeling guided and challenged. It was a pleasure sharing my writing with them.