Popular writer to offer help, tips for blocked writers

Author S. Kay Murphy will return to Ridgecrest for the Wednesday, Aug. 7 meeting of Ridge Writers, at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church on Las Flores Avenue.

Back by enthusiastic demand, Murphy will explain why “It’s Time to Clean the Oven Again: The Truth About Why You’re Not as Prolific as You Should Be.” The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Beginning with an exercise, Murphy will guide attendees through what she describes as “a therapeutic discussion on what really keeps us from writing — and how to find your way around what’s stopping you.”

Murphy is author of three nonfiction books, including two memoirs: “Tainted Legacy” (about alleged serial killer Bertha Gifford, her great-grandmother) and “The Dogs Who Saved Me” (recalling six extraordinary canines who gave her hope and literally saved her life).

She began freelance writing 30 years ago and still contributes to national magazines and newspapers. She also teaches English and journalism at the high school level, and “despite being a somewhat reclusive introvert,” loves talking to writers and those interested in writing, because she holds a passionate belief that everyone has a story to tell.

A Southern California native and a member of the Inland Empire Branch of the California Writers Club, Murphy lives in the San Gabriel Mountains. To learn more about her, visit skaymurphy.com and attend the meeting. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Story First Published: 2013-07-17