On Friday, October 7, Inprint is launching a new program, the Inprint Writing Cafe. From 9 am – 12 pm on the first Friday of every month, we will transform our workshop/meeting/readings space into a writing cafe, where all writers can come and spend the morning writing in the pleasant Menil neighborhood with the company of other writers.
We are proud to present this essay, which came our way a few weeks ago and celebrates the power of people coming together as writers, by Ernie Williams. Ernie Williams, who works in the HVAC industry, has taken a number of Inprint workshops, in several genres, but he has found his deepest connection with the personal essay.
A room in an old house. A well-worn wooden floor. In the center of the room stand two substantial wooden tables, surrounded by twelve chairs. The pale green walls are adorned with posters advertising literary events of long ago. The late afternoon sun peeks through the blinds, bathing this silent space in a harsh light. When this room sits empty, it is nothing, just four walls and a ceiling. But when people enter this space, it becomes something else entirely.
Five years ago I sat in this very room, and as a group of strangers slowly trickled in, I wondered just what I had gotten myself into. I pretended to be something I was not, and these people were sure to expose me as a fraud. But that didn’t happen. Over the course of ten weeks I fell in love. With writing. Everything changed. It didn’t matter if people found out I didn’t know what I was doing. I discovered I could mine my own life and create something worth reading. Continue reading