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Come write your story (one of your stories) at CityWrite on October 19. (You can do better than Glenn.)

September 30, 2013 by Reader's Connection

Mayor Ballard’s office has issued a proclamation recognizing CityWrite and declaring October 14-20 the Indianapolis Week on Writing. So I’m going to write.


I, Glenn Halberstadt, Imperial Buck Hare of the Reader’s Connection blog, was born in Indianapolis at the crack of dawn, October 14th, 1965. I was wrapped in a blanket and placed atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.


citywrite_inHold up a second. Do you have a story to tell? I mean a real story? On Saturday, October 19th, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., you can come to Central Library or the Glendale Branch or the Fountain Square Branch, and write a story, as a part of the CityWrite program.


All of downtown reverberated with the ringing of the great city gong. Lava-lamps, as though signaled by elves, splattered their innards on suburban ceilings as far north as Carmel and deep into Greenwood.


citywrite_inNo one will want you to make up a phony “life story.” A facilitator will be assigned to each of these libraries to help guide participants through the writing process and offer prompts to get ideas flowing and out on paper.


Solemnly the midwife came forward and mounted the round gunrest. She faced about and blessed gravely thrice the tower, the surrounding city, and the awaking International House of Pancakes diners.


citywrite_inThe focus is on authenticity (“authentic” being the opposite of Glenn) rather than technique, grammar or spelling. CityWrite sessions aren’t supposed to be like an English class.  They are supposed to be about starting conversations, sharing stories, and reinforcing the belief that everyone has a story to tell and that telling it will benefit everyone.

A group of children, frolicking in the splendorous fallen leaves below, caught sight of me, and were awestruck. One little girl levitated. She ascended to my eye-level. We peered long and deep, and have grown old together. She has become the bearer of my wreath of woes.


CityWrite_Library_squareEnough of that. You’ve been living a real life, having real experiences–unlike Glenn, apparently–so come write a real story.

The Mayor’s Office really has recognized CityWrite and the Indianapolis Week of Writing. Only true thing Glenn said. In early 2014 a CityWrite anthology will be published featuring writing from 2012 and 2013.

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