I’ve rented a writing room of my own, a seven minute walk from my home, in Moshav Beit Zayit. Inside are a desk, sink, toilet, fridge and tea kettle. Outside, a cozy deck overlooks a plant nursery. Two tables that seat fifteen people fit on the deck. Olive and lemon trees border the deck on one side and a trampoline on the other. Beyond the trampoline live two horses. On the horizon the jagged pines of the Jerusalem hills comb the sky.
What more does one need to start a new venture?
Welcome to The Writing Pad, first cousin to The Writing Gym. In Beit Zayit, ten minutes west of Jerusalem, I plan to organize monthly writing events for Anglo-Israeli writers.
The summer 2013 season opens with Joan Leegant (www.joanleegant.com) on May 22nd leading a class on “Letting Language Drive the Narrative” (Sold Out!) followed by Ilana Blumberg (http://www.aauw.org/2008/11/07/meet-ilana-blumberg/ ) on June 20th (details available at the end of April.)
Local and visiting writers will give all-day or half-day master classes.
Let the wild rumpus begin!
If you would like to receive updates about the monthly programs at The Writing Pad, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will add your name to my mailing list. Events fill up quickly, so don’t obsess for long.
If you are a visiting writer with extensive teaching experience, feel free to contact me months before your visit with an idea for a master class.
I look forward to helping create a nurturing environment for Anglo writers in Israel.
I look forward to sharing this glorious green corner of calm with you.
Now, excuse me while I run over to The Writing Pad to say a Shechechiyanu.