An invitation to an unusual kind of book club event

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Back at the beginning of the summer I participated in a different kind of book club event. Instead of gathering over wine and crackers to discuss a book we’d read, a group of bloggers sat at their computers and wrote a post inspired by a fantastic book written for writing mothers.

It was so neat to see how everyone responded to the prompt that I’m thrilled to be participating in a second event organized around this truly inspiring book. I’d love it if you would join me.

On September 23rd blogging moms (and dads I hope!) will be posting their response to the following writing prompt taken from Lisa Garrigues’ book Writing Motherhood.

First Words and Other Firsts: Open any baby diary and you will find whole pages devoted to firsts: first smile, first words, first friends, first birthday. Why are firsts so significant? Because they represent a beginning. Because they push us beyond what is familiar and comfortable. Because they jolt us out of the numbness or everyday life and bring us back to our primitive selves when we saw a world through a child’s eyes. Keeping in mind that first experiences do not end with babyhood, write about a first: the first day of kindergarten, the first day of college, the first grandchild. Or simply begin with the writing start “the first time” and write down the first thing that comes to mind.

Inspired? Sweet! I can’t wait to read about your memorable “First”.
Leave me a comment below letting me know if you will participate and I will enter you in a drawing to win the book. (Please note: you MUST comment before September 23rd to be eligible for the giveaway.)

On September 23rd publish your post on your blog and run back here to share your link. (I’ll add them to my post throughout the day.) If you don’t have a blog, but still want to participate, let me know, we’ll figure something out! To make things even more fun Lisa Garrigues will be going from blog to blog leaving comments.

I hope you’ll join me. I’d love to see what that prompt moves you to write.

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