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Writing the Pleasures at Muse House begins April 3

Still time to join us for:
Delight! Writing Down the Pleasures, Wednesdays 2-3:30 pm. April 3- 10- 17-24; May 1-8-15-22, 2013. Call 267-331-9552 or emailmusehouse-center.org
 Let’s celebrate the small joys in life!
 This workshop aims to sharpen writing practice by framing  life experiences into 250-400 word essays in your unique voice and style.  The class is inspired by English playwright, critic and author J.P. Priestley, who savored the pleasures of “gin and potato crisps,” of playing with grandchildren, of being recognized!
Each session led by arts critic, essayist and poet Lesley Valdes will include a Priestley reading for inspiration, a prompt to get us going, the sharing of assignments. By workshop’s end, you will have learned the uses of anecdote and imagery. The pleasure of discovery that writing practice unveils.  You’ll have vivid essays of your own.
Muse House Center for Literary Arts, 7924 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19118 267-331-9552 or Lesley Valdes at valdeswrites@gmail.com

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Dear Friends,

Sadly, since mid-September I’ve been off the air on WRTI, 90. 1 FM, a part-time gig I was privileged to enjoy for precisely one decade. I thank you for your listening & reading support. This blog & its earlier version (NotesfromPhilly@wordpress) were begun to document the WRTI scripts when they were removed from the radio website in favor of podcasts only.

I’ve plans to expand the blog into a website so please stay tuned.  The hope is to use it to explore my passion for working with writers (and readers!) of all levels.

For the past two years,  I’ve been working with a few individuals as a writing coach in my home studio:  short-story, creative non-fiction, journalism, beginning poetry.  The process is reciprocally invigorating; it takes me back to my days as a piano and music appreciation teacher only now the lessons are literary.

My workshop in the very short essay: Delight! Writing the Pleasures, (based on the miniature reflections of J.B. Priestley) will be offered in January at the Muse House Center in Chestnut Hill; it is also expected at the South Philadelphia (Fuomo) Branch of the Free Library. I would love to see you here,  there or in my Alder Street Studio.

Finally,  I have embarked on Warren Wilson College’s low-residency MFA Program for Writers in Poetry. For me, a conservatory graduate, Warren Wilson is the Juilliard or Peabody of writing schools, a daunting challenge for the third act of this critic’s life.

Here’s to writing practice!

With cordial thanks, dear readers,

Lesley