Saturday, February 9, 2008
WOWSIE BOOK CLUB
On Thursday, I met with a Mother-Daughter book club in Matthews, NC. And wow - what an experience. The girls, who are in 6th grade, have been meeting for 4 years. The moms take a hands off approach - meaning they sit around the edge of the room and let the girls, who sit on the floor, do their own thing.
Mykayla and Jenny were our lovely hostesses. Mykayla facilitated the discussion by asking the girls to choose slips of paper on which were typed the names of various characters from BLUE. Then she instructed the group to answer question from the viewpoint of the character they'd chosen.
What was your saddest moment in the story?
What was your happiest moment?
What is your best character trait?
There were more, but that's what I remember off the top of my head. Mostly I remember how breathtaking it was to sit there and listen to those girls put themselves into my character's shoes. To name their emotions and discuss their qualities and then, eventually, to answer for themselves as well as the characters.
It was a humbling experience that breathed new life into my own characters for me!
The Q & A time was fabulous too. The girls are so bright and articulate. It was pure pleasure to be with them.
Mykayla and Jenny provided heart shaped cakes, strawberry ice-cream, and candy. Lois, who invited me in the first place sent me home with a bag of cookies and a bottle of water for the road as well as a lovely basket with potted daffodils and johnny jump-ups.
But before we disbanded we posed for a group shot.
Thanks everyone - you made my week!