We started Day 2 bright and early with energizing yoga taught by Elissa Lewis. Our belief is that yoga can clear and prepare the mind for writing during the day. Elissa rounded out yoga with brief foot massages.
The first writing class began with “What’s at Stake?” In the first part of class, we discussed various spheres of risk in literature, including the personal, professional, political, and social. In the second part of class, writers brought in their work to workshop with a focus on “what’s at stake,” and we enjoyed giving feedback on fiction, nonfiction and poetry pieces. After class, we had free writing time, and then the group went into town for a cliff walk!
The cliff walk was inspiring, with the steep bluffs edging down to the green, blue, and grey ocean. We passed the mansions on our right and surfers and seagulls down below on our left.
After we returned to the house, Jade Sylvan taught the second part of “Writing Yourself Naked.” Then, writers met with the faculty for one on one manuscript consultations. After dinner in Newport, we ended the night with performances (including a xylophone rendition) of our work showcasing the elements of voice we had developed from the Your Voice workshop.