I’ve been participating in a Lighthouse Writers Workshop for the past couple of months. The workshop instructor was Erika Krouse. We met each week in a Boulder coffee house to discuss and share our stories.
I always get so much out of workshops. The variegated feedback I receive on my own stories is invaluable, but so is reading and offering feedback to other writers. I learned so much from everyone in this workshop. And most important, the weekly meetings helped keep me thinking about and actively engaged with writing.
As a closing activity, Erika asked us to send her a list of five to ten books that have changed our lives. Below is the list I shared.
I would have included The Art of Happiness and The Words of Gandhi, because these books profoundly changed my life. I could have included Hop on Pop and Frog and Toad, because these books introduced me to the joy of reading stories.
But rather than spiritual texts and sentimental [...]