Sunday, April 15, 2018

Words & Taxes


April is so many things.


National Poetry Month,
middle spring,
tax time...

Somehow the confluence of rhythmic prose, daffodils, and mathematical percentages always leads me to reconsider the path of the fiction writer.

Do you have a particular time of year when you wonder what and what-if and whether you should keep on logging word after word in hopes of creating a story worthy of sharing with the world?

January, maybe? Are you a New Year's Resolution-maker?

Or perhaps each November you delve into the dizzying challenges of NaNoWriMo.

I believe that taking an honest look at your writing life is a worthy practice. Not for every day, but occasionally, at that certain season. And I hope that you find the desire to keep going still burns like the sting of writing that tax check or digging your hands into newly-thawed soil


I do.






Monday, April 9, 2018

FREE CLASS THIS SATURDAY AT KCLS WOODINVILLE: THE BOOK BUSINESS with Rory Shay


Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Second Saturdays Writing Program at Woodinville Library 

17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville 


Join management consultant and science fiction writer RORI SHAY for a lively discussion of how to understand your manuscript’s place in the market, and identify its genre and readership. Give your work an honest analysis and use this information to research best agents, and create a submission plan. Come ready to write, discuss and plan.


This workshop is free and registration is not required. 

For more details, click here



Sunday, February 4, 2018

FREE CLASS THIS SATURDAY AT KCLS WOODINVILLE: ONE-PAGE SYNOPSIS WORKSHOP with Kimberly Derting


SATURDAY, March 10, 2018

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Second Saturdays Writing Program at Woodinville Library 
17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville 


Kimberly Derting
ONE PAGE SYNOPSIS INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP  with Kimberly Dertingthe amazing author of THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE series and much more! 


BRING YOUR ONE-PAGE SYNOPSIS—whether it’s ultra-rough or close to complete—to submit (anonymously) to the group. After a lively discussion of what makes a strong short synopsis, you’ll hear yours read aloud and receive constructive feedback for making it more compelling…more powerful…more pitch-able!

This workshop is free and registration is not required. For more details click here.

 
 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hold on...and on...and on...

I've been writing my way into 2018 with an idea on the verge - something rough and only partly formed - an idea on which I've nearly given up half a dozen times. In the past, I've found myself walking away, letting such ideas go, giving up the fight. But this one...? I've written character profiles, plot outlines, log-lines and pitches; twisted and turned and glared at this idea from many different angles. Are these characters, this plot, this writing journey enough to make a novel? Can I make it so? This time, I've decided to hang on (sometimes only by the skin of my teeth) to this idea and this advice:

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Because, as the great Margaret Atwood also notes: 
"A word after a word after a word is power."

#amwriting

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.