The Page a Day Writers Group

Three Women, Three Genres, Three O’Clock

Posted on: October 19, 2010

Bins of puffy yarn beckoned yesterday, along with fabulous fabric swatches, candles, clothing, handcrafted jewelry, and books. The Grove http://thegrovesandiego.com is a tactile fantasyland, so when I first arrived my fingers were reaching out like greedy tentacles to the goodies all around me. None of these lovely items could compete, though, with “Three Women, Three Genres, Three O’Clock.”

As the clock struck 3 p.m., folks gathered for an hour or so of delicious bookish delight. I was riveted by the stories told by featured authors Judy Reeves, Drusilla Campbell, and Phyllis Pilgrim.

Judy Reeves shared the journey of her revised edition of A Writer’s Book of Days: A Spirited Companion & Lively Muse for the Writing Life. As a big fan of her original edition, I look forward to the treats and inspiration in the new version. Judy led us in a one-minute writing session, too. Amazing what you can get from just a minute. Try it!

Drusilla Campbell’s latest novel, The Good Sister, explores the complex web of postpartum depression and how it affects the lives of three generations of women. I took a writing class with Drusilla last year and am grateful for her insights into the process of storytelling. Drusilla shared a moving account from her childhood. She is gifted in her ability to leave an audience spellbound and wanting to hear more.

Phyllis Pilgrim discussed her memoir, The Hidden Passport: My Childhood Journey through Japanese Concentration Camps in Java. Her experience was a long-buried, taboo topic among family. She has shed light on a subject we don’t often hear about, and I look forward to reading her courageous account.

I hope The Grove continues to host these soul-nurturing, literary gatherings. These three authors present diverse themes and styles, and each captivated the small crowd in her own way. Inspiring!  Not only in listening to and reading their stories, but also in the message to write as only you can.

Ondine Brooks Kuraoka

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4 Responses to "Three Women, Three Genres, Three O’Clock"

Wish I lived there. I would be so happy to attend.

Looks like you were in Hawaii, speaking of happy places to be! Thank you for your comment; I look forward to reading more of your blog.

The Grove is a wonderful venue. It’s so good to be able to support an independent bookstore by attending marvelous events like this one.

Is my face green?

Thank you for sharing.

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The Page a Day Writers Group is a diverse collection of wonderful writers based in San Diego, CA. We've been meeting monthly since 2004. Our primary function is in-depth writing critique, marketing and brainstorming, but there's usually some wine, chocolate and ribaldry involved too. We write fantasy, humor, literary fiction, nonfiction, romance, thrillers and YA. Join us on our journeys to publication and the wonderland beyond!

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