The most important people at Kindling Words are you–the attendees. The power of our retreat comes from the ideas we bring to the conversation, and the ideas we generate together. We are the tinder; we are the logs. We choose speakers to be matches, to ignite fires in our minds and hearts . . . but it is up to us to carry the glow.
Kindling Words East speakers (for this year, we’ll have one author, one illustrator and one editor) each approach the theme from their own experience and perspective, delivering inspiring ideas that make a lasting impact on our work.
The theme for 2024 is based on this quote from Julia Alvarez:
“For me, the writing* life doesn’t just happen when I sit at the writing desk. It is a life lived with a centering principle, and mine is this: that I will pay close attention to this world I find myself in. ‘My heart keeps open house,’ was the way the poet Theodore Roethke put it in a poem. And rendering in language what one sees through the opened windows and doors of that house is a way of bearing witness to the mystery of what it is to be alive in this world.”
(*for KWE purposes, we think of “writing” in this quote to mean all creative pursuits – including illustrating, editing, etc).