wVw is a community of memoirists, poets, fiction writers, and story-tellers in the Hudson Valley region of New York state. We believe that everyone has a story, real or imagined, worthy of recording as written word. wVw provides safe and structured writing practice for experienced and beginning writers. The Workshop experience is at the core of the wVw community. wVw is an affiliate of Amerherst Writers and Artists.
Barbara Taylor Martin was a native of of Florida and lived in upstate New York. She combined a love of gardening, creative writing and crocheting with various volunteer projects in the Hudson Valley area. Her strong spiritual background came from a very loving family who inspired many of her stories. Barbara published a collection of family stories, Porch Ladies, 2009, and the stories, Buttermilk and Allan Street, in the Wallkill Valley Writers Anthology 2011. The following poem appeared in Porch Ladies.
What Matters Then
What matters then
is the beginning, the dash and the end.
We can't know the beginning
or the end, but we know the dash.
That time between
born year and died year blank
What is my dash, how long has it been, will it be
and what am I doing with my dash?
Have I cradled it and nursed and cherished it alone?
Have I shared it with others?
Was it kindness and gentle behavior, or
harsh and threatening?
Is it giving and receiving, planting and watering,
stifling and choking, clawing and grabbing, punching and shaking?
On these pages are part of my dash,
the good, not so good, the extreme,
the sad, the happy and sometimes ugly.
The path that I encountered,
that was determined for me.
Sometimes I navigated or I coasted.
Sometimes I crashed or
arrived safely in a few places
I expect that will not change.
The beginning I could not control,
the end I do not know,
between is my dash.
Barbara Taylor Martin passed away November 15, 2013. Her smile and her humor. She was a great story teller and friend. She is missed by her fellow writers.
We write in a safe, respectful environment where writing can develop as your art.
- Write in workshop
- Read to each other what we have just written, when we choose to do so
- Honor one another's work by listening deeply, giving each writer our full attention
- Respond to one another’s writing emphasizing what is strong and what we remember
We meet together for three hours. During that time, there are two writing, reading and response periods with a break for refreshments.