Monday, January 8, 2018

FREE CLASS THIS SATURDAY AT KCLS WOODINVILLE: Writing to Make a Difference with Laurie Thompson

SATURDAY, January 13, 2018

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Second Saturdays Writing Program at Woodinville Library 
17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville 

Laurie Ann ThompsonWhether you write fiction or nonfiction, the subjects and themes of your work can help you make a powerful connection with your community and world. Exploring these deeper elements enriches both your writing practice and the shape and style of your manuscripts. Join award-winning author Laurie Thompson (TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, BE A CHANGE-MAKER, EMMANUEL’S DREAM) for a discussion of writing as an act of empowerment—and a series of writing exercises to help you feel a stronger connection to your work-in-progress.
Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive cover 

Emmanuels Dream cover with stickerThis workshop is free and registration is not required. For more details, click here.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Resolutions...? Rats!

It's 3:58 pm on January 1, 2018. I've done the grocery shopping, gone to the gym, and thought (a lot) about writing. I'm intimidated already. My unspoken New Year's writing resolutions feel unreachable before I even open a Word file. I have the urge to run the vacuum cleaner which, to anyone who knows me and my lack of interest in housekeeping, is a clear sign of avoidance.

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Are you with me? Have you clicked your way here to my website because it's as close as you've been able to get to actually writing today? Computer on, searching, scouring, reading as if the more keys you touch the more you can pretend to yourself that you're getting something done, or at least trying?

Admittedly, I am in a meta-state of denial because, obviously, I am writing this blog post. But it doesn't count. As much as I value sharing my thoughts via this cozy little web nest, these words move me no closer to the goal - 'The End' - in old school Times New Roman typed after 70- or 80-thousand other words with a plot, characters, and setting. Hold on...

Image result for phone callBetween the ellipsis above and this sentence, I did something else:
I called my sister (an amazing fellow-writer) and promised her 250 words by end-of-day. A gentle, palatable page of text from my current WIP. I've created accountability and a won't-quite-make-me-vomit-in-terror goal.

On this very first, terrifying, possibly depressing, uncertain, odd, numerically fraught day of 2018, I challenge you to phone a friend, make a promise, and write - even 50, even 20, even 5 - work-in-progress words.

Also, if there's time, enjoy the cute picture of a rat hiding beneath a book.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Make a Merry List

Gift yourself with this quick writing exercise.
On a rumpled scrap of wrapping paper, jot down...

Three things that sparkle
Three things that bring joy
Three things that inspire you
Three favorite toys

Three incredible authors
One favorite phrase
Two books that you'll read soon
Your plan to amaze

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Will You Write for Christmas?

Every year around this time, as I frantically bake cookies and wrap presents for the family, I vow that I'll give myself the gift of writing time. Sometimes, it's overwhelmingly difficult to tear myself away from the kids and the fun to pound out those words. I want to be all things to all people. I want everyone else's holiday to be perfect, which means doing an epic amount of 'mom-ing.' So, will it happen this year? Will I start my usual New Year's resolution in advance? Will you?

Here's hoping!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017


First Page or One-Page Synopsis Interactive Workshop 
Free & Open to the Public
SATURDAY,  December 9, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville, WA

Join Second Saturdays favorites Sara Nickerson and Holly Cupala for an interactive workshop. BRING YOUR ONE-PAGE SYNOPSIS OR FIRST MANUSCRIPT PAGE to submit (anonymously) to the group. You’ll hear it read aloud and receive constructive feedback for polishing your piece.

This workshop will be FRIENDLY, POSITIVE, ANONYMOUS (for submitting writers) and CONSTRUCTIVE. Please consider taking advantage of this exciting FREE opportunity which is usually only available within expensive writing retreats and conferences. BE BRAVE!

Below are some guidelines to help you prepare. If you have additional questions, feel free to email me at stasiakehoe (at) msn (dot) com.

  • ONE (1) copy of your the first page of your manuscript OR your one-page book synopsis (approx. 250-400 words) formatted as follows:
  • Text should be double-spaced
  • 12 point, legible font such as Times New Roman or Courier
  • FOR FIRST MANUSCRIPT PAGE: DO NOT include name, book title or genre on the page
  • FOR ONE PAGE PLOT SYNOPSIS: DO NOT include name; DO NOTE genre and estimated completed ms length
  • When you arrive at the library, a number will be attached to your page and you will be given the corresponding number on a form designed to help you keep note of the feedback you receive.
  • Each page will be read aloud by one of the panelists
  • This will be followed by professional feedback identifying the Best Sentence on the submitted page; the most enticing element of the plot, sense of characterizations, clarity of genre, and (if applicable) thoughts on an element which perhaps feels confusing or distracting to your goal of preparing this material to submit to editors or agents.
We will try to get through as many pages as possible. If time allows, the workshop will conclude with some general discussion of the way agents and editors read submission. If you submit, you are GUARANTEED to leave this workshop excited to revise and empowered by what may be your first experience sharing your work with the professional writing world.