OSWEGO TOWN, NY â€“ Calling all writers!
Give yourself the gift of time.
A cluster of writers has scheduled an event at Camp Hollis on the Lake Ontario shore in Oswego Town for Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will be hosted by Mary Slimmer and Jim Farfaglia.
The facilitator will be June MacArthur, the guest writer.
The â€œRelaxation, Reflection and Writingâ€ workshop will give participants the time to express themselves through one or more of the following:
- Finishing a poem
- Working on that book
- Composing a letter to that special someone
- Capturing the beauty of Lake Ontario
- Persuading others to consider different views
- Learning from each other as we share
- And â€“ learning something new from our guest writer
Participants are asked to bring a light lunch and a small item that fits into your pocket.
They may be asked to write about it. Or, it may be passed to someone else to write about it.
RSVP at 343-4404 by Sept. 27. Leave a message with your name and phone number. Checks for $25 should be made out to Clearpath Life Coaching to cover the cost of the guest, use of the building, beverages, cookies and other materials.
Participants should wear appropriate clothes.
Slimmer a former elementary school principal and Farfaglia, director of Camp Hollis, were sitting outside at the camp the other day discussing plans for the event with Oswego County Today.com
â€œJim and I have been friends for a long time and we were at a function together. The conversation evolved into writing,â€ she said.
â€œIt was sort of a creative arts function,â€ he explained. â€œSomehow weâ€™d gotten on the top of writing.â€
â€œYes, we did and I said, â€˜I write poetryâ€™ and you said, â€˜I write poetry, too,â€™â€ Slimmer recalled. â€œI was surprised to find out that Jim loved to write poetry like I do.â€
He hasnâ€™t shared any, she politely chided her chum.
â€œIâ€™ll do my best â€“ at the event,â€ he acquiesced.
At the previous event, she had told him that Camp Hollis would be a beautiful for people to write in.
â€œI had always thought about doing a workshop for teachers or kids here,â€ the former principal said. â€œAnd, then Jim said, â€˜why donâ€™t we do it?â€™ And, so that is how this all started. Both of us are really on task.â€
â€œWhen Mary says she will do something, I always know that she will follow through, Farfaglia said. â€œI try to do that as well.â€
â€œOnce I knew we were both interested, I knew this was going to happen, he continued, jokingly adding, â€œEven if weâ€™re the only two that are going to show up.â€
â€œWe are inviting people to come to Camp Hollis and weâ€™re giving them time to go anywhere they want to find a place to sit, mediate and write,â€ Slimmer explained. â€œIt doesnâ€™t have to be poetry. You can write a letter or whatever you want.â€
â€œI loved how Jim said it the other day. He said he had such a hunger for writing and reading,â€ she said.
â€œI would venture to say that we are hungry for that because of technology and our busy lives,â€ he said. â€œWe all are looking for a place to slow down and reflect â€“ have some time for ourselves. To have some time to reflect, I donâ€™t think we give ourselves enough time to do that.â€
Mary came up with the title of the workshop, he added.
â€œI donâ€™t remember that,â€ she said.
â€œWell you threw out some names that I liked. You came up with them and I kind of gave you some feedback,â€ he replied.
The organizers hope the weather cooperates.
â€œThe nice thing about the camp is if there is terrible weather we can go inside one of the buildings (with windows) or the pavilion where you could still get a feel for the camp, Farfaglia noted.
They are going to do a survey to see if all age groups can handle what theyâ€™d like to do during the workshop, Slimmer explained.
â€œWe want people to come who are serious about listening, learning and writing,â€ she said. â€œWe hope to have high school age and up; not just â€˜oldâ€™ people.â€
â€œWe really donâ€™t like to put an age on it. Because if there is a young person that has a passion then they are more than welcome to take part,â€ Farfaglia said.
It does involve sitting and listening for long periods of time, he added.
â€œSome of it will be workshop style. Itâ€™s not going to be free writing the whole day,â€ he explained. â€œThe participants will have to take some time where they are sitting and engaging in conversation.â€
Youngsters do have a lot of talent, the camp director said.
Camp Hollis had mini camp for 13 and 14 year olds. One of the projects was creative writing.
â€œThose kids wrote some poems and short stories that just blew me away. Itâ€™s just amazing how talented they are,â€ he said. â€œThey actually sat down on the lake shore to write. And, I thought what a great experience.â€
During part of the workshop, they will ask people to share their favorite poem word or their favorite word when theyâ€™re writing; like for instance loquacious, Slimmer said.
â€œI think that would be great. I know Iâ€™d like to build my vocabulary, and I think other people do, too,â€ she said.
â€œMary and I are sponsoring this event separate from my job here as camp director,â€ Farfaglia explained. â€œWe paid a fee to use the camp, just like any other group would. The small registration fee will be used to help pay for use of the facility and the guest writer.â€
For more information, call 343-4404.