The more you write, the better you get, and each time you start a new piece, there’s opportunity to become an even better writer.
“The trick is getting started,” says Ken Waldman, Alaskan author and musician, who will be conducting a writing workshop at the Blount County Public Library on Thursday, February 5, at 7 p.m.
“Four Writing Prompts: Begin Four New Stories or Poems” will be a session for writers of any age, experience and ability.
During the workshop, those in attendance will receive instructional ideas from Waldman and then will have the opportunity to begin four new pieces by using prompts that Waldman will propose during the workshop. There is no charge for the event which is co-sponsored by Blount County Library, Clayton Center for the Arts and South Arts.
More information about the workshop. Ken Waldman has been teaching writing since 1985 and has led workshops from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Barrow, Alaska; and from Freeport, Maine, to San Diego, California.
One of Waldman’s strengths is being flexible to tailor a session to whoever shows up. He says, “Guaranteed: Participants will leave having written at least one piece that surprises them (and which they couldn’t have imagined writing before coming that evening).”
He says attendees will also leave with resources to inspire them to take their writing to another level.
A 29-year Alaska resident, Waldman has eight books, including six full-length poetry collections, and nine CDs, including two for children. His live performance has been described by Austin Chronicle writer, Ric Williams, “Feels like a Ken Burns movie … always recommended.”
More recently, Shepherd Express Weekly in Milwaukee termed Waldman, “A one-man Prairie Home Companion,” and The Denver Post has called Waldman’s mix of music and words, “Renegade Americana.”
His last visit to the Knoxville area was in 2003 as a visiting writer at UT-Knoxville.
In addition to being a fiddler (with nine CDs), Ken Waldman is a former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing. He has six full-length poetry collections, a memoir (about his life as a touring artist), a children’s book, and over 400 of his stories and poems have appeared in such journals as Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Poetry Review, and Quarterly West.
Waldman says his show “appeals to anyone who enjoys traditional Appalachian-style fiddling, smart poetry, acclaimed storytelling, or Alaska. For those who enjoy artists who mix disciplines, Waldman is an artist to seek out. Start the winter evening in Maryville, then journey with Ken Waldman and his friends, Brian Vollmer and John Fabke, to Moose Pass and back to Margolies. Moose Pass is a small town on the Kenai Peninsula, thirty miles from Seward. A typical early February day has an average high temperature of ten degrees. Maryville will undoubtedly be warmer. We can all be grateful!
For more about Ken Waldman, go to his website, www.kenwaldman.com
Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.