Some of my best memories from college are sitting in a professor's office, usually by the light of a small lamp, and talking openly about classes, projects, plans for the future, and life in general. Every faculty member was required to be available to students during office hours -- but while some professors begrudged those who knocked on the door, my writing teachers were always open to whomever showed up, and greeted me with grace and genuine interest.
At the time, I thought I would have my MFA and be on the tenure-track by 30. Life sometimes slips away from us ... But it always gives us a chance to step back onto the path of our heart and into the work we are designed to do.
So when I started thinking about revamping my business -- focusing on my real work and the light that I offer the world, I fondly remember those college memories. And they are the inspiration for how I can give back to others.
Introducing office hours feels one part academic and one part soul-engaging. I'm setting aside time in the week to be available on a first-come, first-serve basis: open to talking about writing, craft, creativity, life, ritual, and anything else that you want to share. This is YOUR time to ask questions, learn more about the work I do, find some answers to your curiosity, and connect in a meaningful and low-key way. Through a snippet of time together, you'll have a better picture of your work, your writing, and maybe even a next step in your creative journey.
Office hours will run twice each week: Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm Central, and Sunday evenings from 7-9pm Central. You don't need to sign up for a time slot, but if you know you want to connect and have a limited time, you can sign up here for a 15-minute time slot. Office hours are held on Skype, by chat or voice call -- my username is sara.blackthorne. If you’ve got something you’d like me to review with you during office hours, send me an email and we can chat to arrange that.
I do hope that you will take a moment to stop by and knock on my virtual office door. More than just a chance to work together, I'm looking forward to connecting with more writers and creatives in our online community, and bringing that connection into the rest of the world, too.