What's good? — March 2019 / by Hurley Winkler

 

Each month, I share what’s been good in my life. Here are my top five pieces of good news for March.

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1) Finished my residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

In February and March, spent three weeks away at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where I studied under short story queen Bonnie Jo Campbell. My time there was fruitful, to say the least—I revised an old story, worked on some new projects, learned a ton, hosted a zine workshop and a talent show, and made some lifelong friends.

After spending so much quality time with the writers there, it was bittersweet to come home (but let’s be real, I missed my husband and dog SO MUCH IT HURT). I’ll always be grateful for the time I was granted to thrive creatively at ACA, and I’m already eager to return there someday. Fellow artists should definitely consider applying for one of their interdisciplinary residencies.

Photo from the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA

Photo from the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA

2) Accepted a spot at Lit Camp in Big Sur, CA!

A week after returning home from Atlantic Center for the Arts, I an acceptance letter landed in my inbox from Lit Camp! I’m so excited to study there with R.O. Kwon, Jonathan Lethem, and many other incredible writers, editors, and agents in what very well may be the most beautiful place in the world. I visited Big Sur for the first time in 2017 and have been dying to return ever since.

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3) Finished an enormous copywriting project.

For the past several months, I’ve been writing web copy for Favor, a new accessories brand. The website launched last week and I’m thrilled with the result! It’s my biggest copywriting project in years, and I’ve been lucky to work with on it with an incredible team.

Need a copywriter for your small business in Jacksonville, FL or beyond? I offer copywriting services on an hourly basis. Email me to get started!

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4) Discussed Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget at Babes + Books.

We had a great turn-out for our second Babes + Books meeting of the year at Social Grounds Coffee. This month, we discussed Sarah Hepola’s memoir Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. It’s clear from our discussion that this book impacted each of our members. I’m grateful for this group of women who are not only willing to read a book on a difficult subject, but who are also willing to get vulnerable during our discussions.

Want to join in on the book club fun? We’d love to have you! Our group meets every other month to discuss woman-written, woman-focused books. Sign up for Babes + Books, the official book club of Babes Who Hustle, here.

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5) Made my way through even more books.

It’s been another great month of reading for me. Still kicking ass on my #52booksin52weeks challenge! Here’s what I read in March:

If you’re a reading-tracking nerd like me (no shame), you can follow my reading challenge in real time on Goodreads.

Can’t wait to see what’s next for me in April!

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