Events

Eastside Writing Room – November and December

laptop with writing and coffee mugThe Eastside Writing Room has been meeting weekly since February  2013. That’s some nice longevity. When the pandemic shut down in-person meetings, colleague Paul Zohav kept us connected digitally with Zoom. I began hosting zooms last summer and we got used to and enjoyed those little black box meetings. Creativity flowed.

Life changes have taken me out of the driver’s seat with my beloved Eastside Writing Room.

My stroke created new priorities- like resting, gathering a cadre of medical help, and healing. What do to about the EWR? I should have known without a doubt that our writers are determined along with being vastly creative. Sally Lanyon and  Penelope Starr have been hosting our weekly zooms since September and will take us into the New Year.

So YES:

EASTSIDE WRITING ROOM – Zooming EVERY TUESDAY 11:30 AM – 12:10 PM  AZ time – we don’t change clocks ever!! Our group is open to all adult writers. Share your writing intentions with the group and then write wherever your writing spirit takes you. Group support keeps us accountable and inspired.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. I’ll connect you with our hosts.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a mic. 

Events? Hiatus!

A stroke sure changes your “social” calendar. My days are filled with meeting with incredibly talented and caring medical practitioners- my regular doctor, physical therapist, cardiologist, neurology practitioners and soon speech therapy. Each holds a special place in my life now- along with individual yellow folders filling up with tips, ideas, exercises.

Time spent with friends is one of the best prescriptions for healing.

Hank and my sister and her Joe are like a fresh daily elixir.

My gratitude to internet, digital, and online creatives is immeasurable. When you can’t get out like you want to, bring the world to your desk.

I’m writing blogs for the present, and snippets for the future.

Storytelling and writing programs are on hold for now. But with the ideas that keep crossing my radar, I know I won’t be able to stay away too long.

Meanwhile, I wish each of you many creative moments, events, and accomplishments whether writing speaking, singing, painting, flying, cooking-  that list can be endless. Enjoy!

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a mic. (back soon)

Odyssey Storytelling-We’re Back-Live!

If you’ve heard rumors of an in-person Odyssey event, it’s true. After more than a year of Zooming to stay connected, we’re taking baby steps to be totally back! 

YOU’RE INVITED!!!
 A special evening of food, fun, the August Show, a pool, & friends – in person!

WHAT: A Post-Pandemic Pool Party & Fundraiser
WHEN: Saturday, August 21   6:00-10:00 PM
WHERE: At the home of Roscoe Mutz, our curator for the August “Wasted” show.
WHY: Because we can, and we need to see each other from head to toe 

HOW MUCH: $21.00. Registration required. Patreon members- Your current membership gets you in free. Of course, donations are accepted.
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/odyssey-wasted-a-special-pool-party-fundraiser-event-tickets-165077807165 

**Bring a lawn chair for show time. Street parking. Safety: masks are optional for vaccinated folks but we ask that you social distance. Event will be strictly outdoors.

AND WHAT DOES THAT GET YOU?:  Entry, food, 2 free drinks, swimming in the pool, the live August show, Odyssey mask, and seeing each other. More to come, but isn’t this enough to get you started?

Get out those shorts, pants, bathing suit, tops, and find those sandals or sneakers ( the good ones, not the house stuff you’ve gotten used to wearing for 16 months). We’re ready!!!  All we need is you!

Ana Montañez, Executive Producer Odyssey Storytelling
Become a Patreon member today: https://www.patreon.com/odysseystorytelling
stories@odysseystorytelling.com

Eastside Writing Room – Still writing


I have come to love those little boxes that show faces of friends and family. This one is part of my Eastside Writing Room- which has been a Zoom Room for the last year and a half. In May 2021 we started our journey back to the physical world with once a month in-person meetings. So now we’re hybrid- Zooming every week and Zooming and in-person once a month. Tuesday, July 27 we get to see each other head to toe. And we’ll write too. What a deal!! Thanks to Paula Brown Hank Miller, Penelope Starr, Elizabeth Murfee Dino DiConcini, Bee Bloeser, Author, Speaker Sally Lanyon Pamela Alexander

Odyssey Storytelling- July 2021

Thursday July 15: Odyssey Storytelling’s July show is in the works. Our theme is “Mother,” which can hold a whole spectrum of stories.  Sharon Schneiderman hosts four tellers with true stories about, or being/having/knowing a mother, Mama, grandmother, mom. The taping is done and the show will air July 15 on Odyssey’s You Tube channel. The podcast will be available after that on the Odyssey website. Join Sharon, Mary Jo, Miles, Jeremy and me for stories about Mother.

So pleased to be able to share “Dancing with My Mother,” a true story of my mom’s resilience and “gumption.” Come join us!!

For tickets:
Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1QoGtJYz0
The Facebook event has both Patreon and Eventbrite links as options.

The Eastside Writing Room- July

Our world is opening up and the Eastside Writing Room is a part of that.

July – we’ll be Zooming every Tuesday 11:30 AM-12:15 PM to state our writing intentions, then write (at home, at the cafe, in the park)  for at least our usual time of two hours – or more. The weekly zoom check-ins are a certainly a boost to me to keep seated and write after we’ve finished our zoom. We’ve been Zooming since April 2020 when the pandemic tried to stifle our writing spirit.

Adult writers welcome. This group is not for readings, or critique. It’s a subtle but powerful “cheerleading” session. “Here’s my plan for today and what I want to do.”  Raucous virtual applause. Nods of agreement, choruses of “Yes, you can do this.” “What a great idea!”  “How will you start?” – all that and more to stir up the writing energy. If you are a writer, dabbler, published, just starting, and this interests you, contact Ethel

Mark your calendar: July 6, 13, 20, 27- writing day.

Hybrid meeting – July 27- Zoom 11:30 AM-12:00 PM and continuing the meeting by writing in person at my home. Contact Ethel if you are interested. Attend one or the other, or do both.

“Finally, one just has to shut up, sit down, and write.”  Natalie Goldberg 

I’m reading the 30th anniversary edition of Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. This was the first book I read on writing in the early 1990s. Her essays still sing with sincerity and strength.

Eastside Writing Room- June 2021

We’re going hybrid! Zoom and In-Person. 

EVERY TUESDAY

We’re still meeting virtually every Tuesday at 11:30 to check in on ZOOM with writing intentions. Updates welcome via email  in the afternoon. Members and interested writers will get the Zoom invite.

TUESDAY JUNE 15 11:15 AM  

We’re adding one hybrid meeting again this month. The energy at our in-person meeting in May was like a fresh breeze around my dining room table. In-person at Ethel’s house scheduled for our fully-vaccinated members on TUESDAY JUNE 15 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

HOW IT WORKS

Two hours of quiet writing time. Wireless networking available. Hostess provides beverages. Feel free to bring a snack.  Here’s the hybrid part: We’ll begin around the table and with a Zoom room open at 11:30 AM-12:00 noon. Ten minutes of writing talk, stating intentions for the two-hour writing session, and then writing on your own project—longhand, computer etc. This group is not for instruction, sharing, or critiquing. It’s solely for writing.

In-person. Remember how good this feels? Commit and claim your two hours just for you and your writing.
Set your writing intention in a quiet, serene atmosphere. No interruptions. No cell phones. No fee. Our table will be ready or you can work in the living room, or on the patio.

Interested? Contact Ethel

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. She writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure joy of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a mic. Now that she is FV (fully vaccinated) she is looking forward to expanding her world.

Eastside Writing Room- May 2021

THE EASTSIDE WRITING ROOM May 2021

We’re going hybrid! We’re still meeting virtually every Tuesday. NEW TIME: 11:30 to check in o ZOOM with writing intentions. Updates welcome in the afternoon. Members will get the Zoom invite.

AND… We have one hybrid meeting scheduled for our fully-vaccinated members on TUESDAY MAY 18 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

In-person at Ethel’s house. Two hours of quiet writing time. Wireless networking available. Hostess provides beverages. Feel free to bring a snack.  Here’s the hybrid part: We’ll begin around the table and with a Zoom room open at 11:30 AM-12:00 noon. Ten minutes of writing talk, stating intentions for the two-hour writing session, and then writing on your own project—longhand, computer etc. This group is not for instruction, sharing, or critiquing. It’s solely for writing.

Remember how good this feels? Commit and claim your two hours just for you and your writing.
Set your writing intention in a quiet, serene atmosphere. No interruptions. No cell phones. No fee. Our table will be ready or you can work in the living room, or on the patio.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. She writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure joy of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a mic. Now that she is FV (fully vaccinated) she is looking forward to expanding her world.

Eastside Writing Room- April 2021

laptop with writing and coffee mugThe Eastside Writing Room of professional writers, published, unpublished, and lovers of words has been meeting virtually for a year. And still writing, We meet each Tuesday via Zoom at 11:00 AM AZ time and check in to state our intentions for writing during our Tuesday time.

We’re looking at the possibility of becoming hybrid in May. One meeting a month in person, and all Tuesdays via Zoom. More info to come.

If you are writing – a book, journal, poetry, songs, screenplays, and would like the camaraderie of sharing your dreams and intentions, join us on Tuesdays. I send a Zoom invite each Sunday for the Tuesday meeting. It’s a great time to connect virtually with other like-minded folks who love the power of words.

Contact me here if you are interested. Geographical distance is no barrier in Zoom.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic.