Last week I took my rough draft essay about my mother’s maternal grandmother, Esther Toby, through the revision process. I was able to do some additional writing to deepen the piece.
I’d like to turn my attention to a piece of writing I started last week with a Hummingbird prompt. It’s about all the clothes I made when I was in high school through my first professional years after college. I was quite the designer! Gowns, bathing suits, feet pajamas, suits, dress shirts for men. My high school guidance counselor wanted me to go to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan. I didn’t think I was creative enough. I never applied. But I wonder what might have happened if I had.
I have four, maybe five, planned Amherst Writers & Authors sessions this week. Plenty of time to develop this piece, any new writing about Esther Toby, and begin something new. I also want to begin to send out my piece about my maternal grandfather, Avram Mendel. And, as time permits, I want to restructure my Esther Toby essay and get it ready to send out next week perhaps.
And FYI, Emily Stoddard of Voice and Vessel is offering Throughlines, a two-week workshop about revision, again this month.