When Oakland parents bid their kids farewell, they share and bond over the experience like any other new empty-nesters. What’s unique is this trio started curating the experience and ultimately produced this bittersweet tome of loss called Writin’ On Empty.
Whether you are an empty-nester or not, the writing really grabs you. Editor/writers Joan Cehn, Risa Nye, Julie Renalds and 23 contributors have created a heartwarming snapshot of this separation experience. Their book is an anthology of “how it feels” when kids leave home.
In the Montclarion (register here), Ginny Prior explained the genesis was a newspaper ad: “Thinking it would help to talk with someone, [Julie Renalds] ran a notice in The Montclarion advertising a discussion group and got seven calls in three days.”
Julie met Joan first, when they shared sorrows with other local mothers. Then Julie thought they should write a book, and Joan asked experienced author Risa for help on the tome. The rest is local Montclarion history in the making.