Our bookshelves are lined with writing advice books: Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg, Ralph Keyes, Brenda Ueland, and many others.
I took a few fiction and poetry writing classes during my graduate school years, studying with Gordon Henry, Judy Troy, and Natasha Tretheway.
Back then, I gathered in coffeeshops and homes with friends and classmates to share fiction and poetry and hybrid prose.
And now, I'm in a writing group with four other women. We meet once a month to share our writing and provide insightful, productive critiques.
And the part of me that's been quiet, and mostly solitary, and shut up in academic prose, soars.