The last afternoon at Art Links was dedicated to novels and poetry. Wuhoo! I was scheduled to take part in the novel reading session and Q&A. However, I came earlier to watch the poets do their thing. I always liked watching them “perform” their poetry because it is such a unique, creative and emotional form of expression. There were several who took the stage hailing from the U.S., Australia and from Greece. All different forms and types of poetry, some using background images. I write very little poetry but I truly enjoy seeing what kind of prose writers put together and how they choose to present it.
Then us writers took the stage for the novel reading session. Athens-based writers including Jessica Bell, Catherine Pavlou and Annia Lekka. Jessica read from her latest work which is a very good psychological thriller, The White Lady. Catherine Pavlou read from her social science fiction novel, And Then There Was X and Annia Lekka read from a work she is looking to get published. I read from my romantic comedy, of course. I’m still not so used to reading my work but it went fine. I could work on my pacing ;)
The entire session offered a nice mix of different types of writing. Then, we sat on a panel and answered a few audience questions about the ways we write and how we went about publishing our work. I think something always stands out in my mind when I listen to authors speak about their goals for writing and how they write. There isn’t a right way! We all write differently, inspired by different happenings and experiences. We just need to find what all works for us. Finally, I like this piece of advice given to me which I now like to give out:
You need to set realistic goals and expectations to define what means success for your book.
So overall it was a great afternoon at Art Links. It accomplished what it meant to do – celebrate creativity – in what happens to be one of my favorite forms, the written word.