Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday Afternoon at the Studio

As I write this, I'm working at the Northern Colorado Writers Studio. Every Tuesday afternoon I'm here, keeping the coffee pot full of water and ready to chat with any of the writers who drop by. Sometimes I work in the main room when I'm here, as long as no classes or meetings are in session.

Today the memoir critique group is meeting in the main room, and one other writer is working in the quiet room. I'm alone in the library.

The library has a wall of windows that looks out on a little courtyard and beyond to a shopping mall. It's overcast today, and a few piles of snow remain in the courtyard. The glass is cold to the touch.

In addition to the bookcases and books in this room, there is a table with four chairs on one side of the room, and a conversation corner containing four comfy chairs and a coffee table on the other side. This is a good place to work most of the year, but toasty in summer because of the south-facing windows.

Once every two months a new, local artist is invited to show his or her work. Paintings hang in each of the rooms. Of the three in the library, two are in acylics featuring tones of brown, tan, and cream--restful colors. One has a white cat sprawled out in front of a dark wood cabinet. The third picture appears to be pastels on textured cardboard. It's more colorful than the other two, and the texture draws the eye.

Today I chatted with two members about their current projects. One is focusing on all things related to journaling. The other is exploring the world of blogging and writing articles for other websites and blogs. One of the things I love about this organization is the member diversity -- writers of all ages, in all writing-related disciplines, and with all levels of experience.

I still have another 90 minutes before I leave the studio for the day. I'm going to spend that time visiting as many blogs and reading as many posts as I can. See you tomorrow.

8 comments:

Helen Ginger said...

Patricia, it sounds very interesting and engaging. Do you go there just because you want to or are you also working a shift there?

Helen
Straight From Hel

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like an enjoyable time in a lovely setting!

Jan Morrison said...

what a pleasant picture you paint!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Sounds like some low-key fun with pleasant people!

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder
Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen

Terry Odell said...

That sounds like such a wonderful place to be.

carolynyalin said...

I love working in the library, especially on a sunny day.

Kerrie said...

Pat,
You painted such a lovely picture of the studio. :-)

pam2spicy said...

Pat,a nice description. Thanks for letting us peek into your day.