“The most powerful words in English are ‘tell me a story,’ words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity and art itself.” Pat Conroy wrote these words in 2010, and today, when the arts are under attack—when not even Bert and Ernie are safe—they read more like an omen than a salvation. Without access to the arts, will we lose access to our humanity? How long can we survive without each other’s stories?
For nearly two years I have had the privilege of working for Rivendell Writers’ Colony, a nonprofit writers’ residency based in Sewanee, Tennessee. One of our primary goals is to provide writers with a space in which to imagine, create, and examine. While the organization itself is still quite young, the property, Sewanee, and the Cumberland Plateau boast a rich history. Today, we are a haven for storytellers.
“Tell me a story” is an invocation. A request for connection, and thus an opportunity for deeper understanding. This week I had the opportunity to share with Brevity Magazine more of Rivendell’s story and our commitment to supporting writers, no matter what happens in D.C. Click here to read the full story.
Only one week until the start of this spring’s 8-week creative writing workshop*!
Tuesdays, April 11-May 30
To learn more or sign up, click here.
*You don’t have to live in Nashville to participate. Videoconferencing is available.