My First Creative Writing Festival

What kind of writer are you?

Jerry Roth
3 min readApr 25, 2019

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Those who write are writers. Those who wait are waiters.
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One day, while searching for the New York Times crossword puzzle in the Lifestyle section of our local Sunday newspaper, I came upon an article titled “Fire up your pens and laptops for a writing weekend at American River College”.

The author called it the “Sixth Annual Creative Writing Festival”, and apparently there was no need to prove you could actually write before you could sign up.

The timing of this news piece was immaculate since I had been struggling for over a year to return to the book I started two years ago. I had been hoping to find a writing club or a group or a class to help motivate me. This news article literally fell into my lap. I guess Napoleon Hill was right — all you have to do is, “Think and Grow Rich”.

I am 64 and haven’t been in a classroom since 1984, so when I typed the URL, “www.summerwords.com”, into my laptop and paid my $95, I was instantly hit with a wave of nostalgia. It felt good. I felt younger. I assumed I would be the oldest kid in the class but I didn’t care, I was excited. And I was more than a little surprised when I arrived to find over half of the 120 attendees were my age or older.

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Jerry Roth

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