LA Writing Project Writing Marathon

This morning, the Los Angeles Writing Project Summer Institute held its annual Writing Marathon. We met at Jameson Brown Coffee on Allen Ave in Pasadena and walked over to the Gold Line station a block or so north.

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The train station platform is very…Southern Californian.

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Our first stop was Memorial Park in Old Pasadena. (My first date with Marlene ended here while I waited for my train. I lived in Koreatown then, and we’d met for dinner at the late lamented Gordon Biersch at One Colorado.) After we walked over to the park, fellows chose writing prompts from a bag that Shahe had brought; then we spread out and wrote for about 15 minutes.

In the middle of our writing, the bells from nearby St. Andrew Church rang out for ten o’clock.

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An old man came by and fed pigeons.

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I wrote a draft of an introduction to the piece on Gay’s Lion Farm that Romeo Guzman invited me to write for the El Monte/South El Monte history reader he and his partner Caribbean Fragoza are putting together under the banner of the South El Monte Arts Posse (SEMAP).  After we wrote for about 15 minutes, we reconvened and shared our writing.

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Next, we rode the train to the Mission Street station in South Pasadena, and walked along El Centro to the South Pasadena Public Library.

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We passed Firefly Bistro, site of the rehearsal dinner for our wedding (and many Valentine’s Day dinners.)

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Outside the library, Shahe passed out prompts. Ravy pointed out an unusual tree.

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Inside the library, I noticed this:

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I was seduced by the 50-cent book stands.

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After writing at the library, we headed to Olvera Street on the Gold Line (via Union Station), and enjoyed lunch together at La Golondrina.   While we waited for our food, we shared our writing once more.

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After lunch, we head back to Allen Avenue.  The train pulled away and we walked back to our cars.

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2 thoughts on “LA Writing Project Writing Marathon

  1. Hey Michael,

    Los Angeles Writing Project has been an awesome experience. This week has allowed me to reconnect with myself as a writer and also learn along with other teachers. I really appreciate the mentorship fellows like you in welcoming us to the #LAWP community. Looking forward to the next few weeks and taking this writing enthusiasm back to my own classroom.

    1. Thanks, Jose! I appreciate your contributions to the group very much. It’s pretty neat that we’ve been working together face-to-face and online, often at the same time!

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