A part of being a writer is doing writerly things like going to coffee shops, writing a museums and going to writing workshops that will feed into your creative and professional life. So last Sunday, I went to FuenteCo's Urgent Narratives hosted by my writer friend Patricia Coral.
I left with pages upon pages of urgent writing. When they said that the workshop would be "generative", they didn't lie. It was wonderful writing out my worlds and hearing the work of the women who shared the space with me. Patricia did a great job of sharing her own personal experiences with writing, making us feel comfortable and building a sense of community among women who had just met.
Advice that I will take with me are that writing should first be for you. Yes, I am a playwright. My work is meant for the stage, but that doesn't mean that the writing process is not a part of my spiritual practice. I also learned to write in the stream of conscientiousness. To let the thoughts and characters speak on the page and don't interrupt them. At least in the first draft. Lastly, I learned that all writing is not meant to be shared. Sometimes its just for you.
I wrote a letter I'll never give to my crush, a note to my mothers and about 8 pages of stream of conscientiousness that may or may not turn into a play.
All in all, FuenteCo puts their all into creating a space where writers and artists learn, grow and build community. I will be going to more of their events in the future.