Smeeks Writing Class Brings Back Candy-Coated Memories
I was there to lead a writing workshop, in which participants were placed in front of a tableful (and then a storeful) of candy and asked to write down their memories. It was one of the most delightful evenings I've had in a long while. (Though we did miss local journalist and New Times contributor Deborah Sussman Susser, who was supposed to co-teach but fell ill.) Participants ranged from the Light Rail Blogger to a stand-up comic, with other writers, artists and creative types in between.
Smeeks' Georganne Bryant (she also owns the neighboring boutique, Frances) and her staff created a sweet feast -- Bit o Honey, Mary Janes, red licorice, malted milk balls, gum dops, gumballs, even candy cigarettes and candy buttons -- and everyone at the table seemed to have an opinion (and a memory) to go along with each offering.
Funny, considering this was a seemingly upstanding group, that most of the memories seemed to focus on one thing: crime.
Back to crime. Almost everyone had a childhood story about stealing candy -- some more intricate than others. One particularly vivid recollection ended with a Big Hunk sliding out the bottom of a pair of homemade jeans as the young theft fled a 7-11.
I hope Georganne checked her inventory before she went home last night!
All must be well, because we're offering the class again. There's already a waiting list, but if you are interested in paricipating in an upcoming workshop, call Smeeks at 602-279-0538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org