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Here is the poster. While I adore the one with everyone's name, I think that given the social media age, we need to go with the more unified image. Also, names do tend to shift as festival time approaches so this lets me get this out now! Here's what I'd love to have happen. Please share this from your own FB pages. And please send it to friends. What I think we can do: create a "swarm" of gold Asheville Wordfest posters. I had thought of making it happen all at once, but that's a bit too much. But a swarm of goodness can accumulate. Please also tweet the website: www.ashevillewordfest.com if you are tweet-savvy.  Please also post clips from the schedule, so people can see this is a festival of ideas and creative energy and stories and humanity. Thank you so very, very much! Swarm away!

One of the arguments we often use for not writing is this:   “I have nothing original to say.  Whatever I might say, someone else has already said it, and better than I will ever be able to.”  This, however, is not a good argument for not writing.  Each human person is unique and original, and nobody has lived what we have lived.  Furthermore, what we have lived, we have lived not just for ourselves but for others as well.  Writing can be a very creative and invigorating way to make our lives available to ourselves and to others.

We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told.  We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them.
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Note:  A wise professor of mine once said, “Life is too important to begin with analysis; we must start with the stories.”  He is right.

My forthcoming book is a part of my story.

Buy Facing a Lonely West.

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