About five weeks into my first writing workshop, I asked one writer – a shy one – if she wanted to share. She declined. I said ok and moved on.
“No,” said Sterling.
“What do you mean no?” I asked.
“I want to hear her story.”
“It’s not up to you.”
“I want to hear her story.” He looked around. “I want to hear everyone’s stories.”
“That’s not how it works.”
“Yes it is. I paid to be here and I want my money’s worth.” He crossed his arms and waited.
This was not good. As facilitator, it was my role to keep the environment safe. Protect the writer!
Just before I could act she adjusted her scarf, smirked a little, and began to read. It was a beautiful piece. For the remaining weeks of the workshop, everyone shared everything. We became a close-knit group.
The idea for Sterling was born in that moment.
Everyone has stories, and we want to hear all of them.
Sterling 3: All Stories Matter. Now available in Store.