GUALALA COMMUNITY WRITING PROJECT
Several folks have asked about recording the work. ABSOLUTELY-We would love that.
Two things about this:
1. Hearing the voices of the KGUAWriters community is terrific and adds a very human touch to all the writing.
2. With prompts, especially, sometimes "writing' your story into a mic rather than sitting down to "write" is sometimes easier for folks.
Think of all the times we 'talk to ourselves' when we are alone. These are stories.
Prompts lead to spontaneity so recording a response without too much thought might be a terrific way for folks.
Most mobile phones and devices have recording mechanisms built in. Apple recorder. Notes. Android. Facebook Messenger. Within these are automatic send icons to email addresses.
There are also a host of free recording apps to download and use. Also, with an icon to send. Just go to app store and search for recorders. Choose a free one.
A good gauge of time is 3 minutes or less.
PRESS the record button on the app you are using.
Record your story.
End. And upload to send to email@example.com
Beginning on Saturdays, I download the recordings, file them as as audio documents. Note them as audio and send them to the KGUA file.
On Monday's the audios are all lined up and we play from there.
A hard copy back up is good to have in case it needs to be read\ but not required.
For anonymous writers, your name will not be identified but if you are concerned about vice recognition, then stay with the written doc.
Give it a try. It adds awesome diversity in delivery.
Message from Mark S. Gross
I started a writing initiative, KGUA Writers, in Gualala and environs in collaboration with Peggy Berryhill's KGUA-FM, 88.3 radio.
I took my experience in prompts and workshops to set up a simple program that will build community, give everyone a sense of inclusion and being thought of, and get folks to write, regardless of level—from novice to novelist.
I've also tied in a Facebook Group Page KGUA Writers. The response has been awesome and heartwarming.
It works like this:
On Monday I post a prompt on Facebook, and it's announced on KGUA during Peggy Berryhill's Monday morning program, on the Point Arena Update Facebook page, and Gualala Trading Post.
The feedback has been amazing and writers have heard about it in Portland and San Francisco.