Being in the “mind of winter,” as Wallace Stevens says.
That means that this is the time for my Haven Blog Writing Series. I love that I have this platform and I want to share it with you.
Last year the theme was Breaking Points. It was an honor to watch as many people found haven with one another through story sharing– from their most scary and painful, raw and real places. Heart in hand, good, bad, and ugly. Thank you to those brave participants.
This year, the subject is: LONG AGO: Community.
I’ve shared my essay called “Filling Station” in the blog post below and on Huffington Post 50. I would love for you to share a fond memory: of community connection just where you least expected it. A time when you felt profoundly part of the collective We. A time when a random act of kindness stopped you in your tracks and reminded you what it is to feel true gratitude.
For the next weeks, I will choose a story to feature for a few days on These Here Hills, depending on how many submissions I receive and their content. You will have a chance to respond to the comments that may come in, and I will be monitoring from the background, as I focus on book-writing in this most sacred time of my writing year. In other words, These Here Hills are yours for the month of January. And I will link your pieces to my cyber presence to help share your work, so please include your links to blog/website etc.
To that end, within this series, I will be running a contest. The winner of the Long Ago: Community series will receive a scholarship to a future Haven Writing Retreat in Montana of your choice.
Please keep submissions under 1500 words and send them to Laura@Lauramunsonauthor.com. I will run this series through January and possibly through mid-February.
Look back, find photos, wax nostalgic, know that you are safe, and share share share.
As with my retreats…I’ll have your back at These Here Hills.