Daily Archives: June 25, 2012

Bigger Picture Blogs SECOND Birthday Celebration {Round One!}

If the best gifts, indeed, come wrapped in skin complete with beating hearts and souls, then we aremost definitely the recipients of two amazing presents this week as we celebrate the Bigger Picture Blogs community’s SECOND birthday!

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Two fabulously warm and inspiring women who are passionate about what we do best around here at BPB — community and creativity — have joined as community leaders.

Corinne, who writes at Weaving in the Ends, is the kind of writer who doesn’t simply tell; rather she shows us honest glimpses of her life that in turn reflect back the very pieces of our very own lives. Her honest writing about motherhood, love, every-day life and the seashore make us feel like she’s the friend whose invited us into the comforts of her home for a cup of tea and good conversation. Her creativity spans beyond the written word, too; she’s a fabulous knitter and has a knack for capturing the essence of a moment through photograph.

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Learn more about Corinne.

Corinne is one of the original founders of BPB, and we are beyond glad to welcome her back! She will be encouraging our creativity through developing stretching Writing Me prompts as well as facilitating future Writing Circles.

Founder and writer at Redhead Reverie, Brook gives us honest and often-hilarious glimpses into the very-full life she leads. As runner and mom the mom of two boys, she’s no stranger to action, and she shares the action-packed details of her busy days as well as the deep thoughts penetrating her mind in such genuineness that we leave her space feeling like we’ve just had a conversation rather than simply read words on a screen. Brook works full time at a job that allows her the space she needs to thrive in other areas of life, too, and spends her weekend soaking up time with her family and waiting for Hawkeye football season to rev up.

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Learn more about Brook.

Brook will be encouraging us to get creative every Monday by sharing inspiration and feeding us enticing prompts for #BPCreates over on the BPB Facebook page.

It’s with absolute delight and joy and definite celebration that we welcome Corinne and Brook. Please extend a very warm welcome and go say hello if you’ve not already had the opportunity!

Also, don’t forget that this week we’ll be celebrating our birthday both Wednesday and Thursday. Connect with other like-minded writers and artists and challenge your creativity by getting involved in the festivities !

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Why You Should Join Writing Circles

This post is written by Adrienne of My Memory Treasure in response to her experience in participating in one of our recent Writing Circles

It was about six months ago that I discovered the Bigger Picture Blogs. Through some linky or other I stumbled onto Alita’s page…fell in love with her!… and then started reading each of the bloggers that contribute to this site. I feel so grateful to have found such a sensitive, supportive and creative community!

When I first saw the dates for a writing circle, I was immediately drawn to the idea! But, as quickly as the thought had come that said, “Yes! This looks amazing” there was another thought right behind it. And this thought sounded more like, “Oh, you can’t do this. Just because you have a blog, doesn’t make you a writer. You’re not good enough or experienced enough for this.” So, I tried to swallow the desire to join in, but it kept resurfacing…so I did it! I signed up!
And I am so glad that I did!

Here are the top three things I’ve loved about my experience with the writing circles. They are:

1. Motivational. Having a deep, layered writing prompt has pushed me to dig into my heart and write from a vulnerable part of myself that I didn’t even know was ready to express itself. I have been inspired by the specific direction and guidance given and have loved having the goal of a date and time to get me writing.
2. Safe. The time we spend together reading and critiquing and encouraging each other as writers has been so rewarding. The feedback has been so constructive and helpful and the positive reinforcement has fueled my desire to keep writing. Most importantly, the atmosphere created is respectful and very safe. It was hard to jump in the first time….after that, I just wanted more!
3. Efficient. I really appreciate this! Given how busy we all are, I have to really commend the way this is run! Not only is everything super clearly communicated on the front end, but the meeting itself starts on time, is long enough for everyone to feel heard and fully participate and doesn’t drag on. I’m not sure I can think of when I’ve felt more of a reward for time invested.

I’ve put my name in the mix again for some of the upcoming writing circles. If you’re considering it, let me encourage you to hop on board! THANKS to all who have invested in making these times available ~ my hopes of finding and defining my voice as a writer are being nurtured here. And that is a wonderful gift!

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We still have spots open for these upcoming Writing Circles:

  • Poetry Thursday August 9, 2012 8:00 pm CT
  • Life out Loud August (date TBA) 
  • Fiction – Short Story Sunday September 16, 2012 8:00 pm 
  •  Fiction October (date TBA)

 Live. Love. Write.