Posts filed under ‘Writing Groups’
The passion for writing is pretty wide spread, so when a fellow writer and/or teacher contacts me about some neat project they’re doing to help inspire young writers, I’m so open to helping them spread the word.
E.M. Rowan, of E.M. Rowan’s Field Notes (Research for Beginning Writers) would like to share this info with you:
The Writer’s Book Club will be an online group—if you want, participate from the comfort of your home while wearing pajamas! No one will see you or even hear your voice. I’ll announce the book; approximately a month later, I’ll create a discussion post. Everyone is welcome to join in and comment as much as you want. My only rule is that you be respectful of the author and other people’s opinions. Feel free to calmly disagree with the author or readers, but I’ll delete comments such as, “This club sucks! I’m right and you’re wrong! This is the worst book in the history of the world!” You get the idea.
While brainstorming ideas for how the book club would work, Ellie had a great suggestion: ” . . . then on the blog we talk about what writing was good in the book, and what writing was bad, so then it’s not just about the story, but we’re studying it from a writer’s perspective. We could even take it deeper and read one book because the author is famous for giving good descriptions, and another that is good at story-pace, and one that is good at back story . . .”
I immediately pounced on this idea. How many book clubs study from a writer’s perspective? Maybe lots, I don’t know. But I like it, so I’m incorporating it. That does not mean you must be a writer in order to join the club. Anybody who wants to read books is welcome. We’ll still be discussing the story, characters, favorite parts, etc. But if you’re a writer, it’s like an extra bonus. I hope you’ll learn something new by studying each book.
The first book is Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater and the discussion begins on December 2nd.
NaNoWriMo is not some texting lingo, guys, it’s only the COOLEST, CRAZIEST, LARGEST project of writing across the globe.
You should be! National Novel Writing Month begins at the stroke of midnight on November 1 (after all the candy-munching goblins have scampered off to bed) and goes through midnight November 30: 1 month, 30 days, 50,000 words.
A Novel. In one month. Write it. Don’t edit it. Get it down on paper or computer. Upload it to the YWPNaNo site to be showered with riches and glory. OK, you’ll receive a cool certificate to print out and a rockin’ badge for your site, blog Facebook page, what-have-you, plus the bragging rights you’ll have that you wanted to write a novel and you did it!
I know you’re thinkin’ I’m crazy and you can’t do this.
Yes, I am and yes you can!
What’s neat for young writers, is the flexible word count limit you can select. On their site, they list your grade in school and how many words you should shoot for (for your goal.) There are character and plot discussion rooms, forums on settings and word war games. Wanna know more?
You have to sign up! It’s free. it’s fast, it’s FANtabulous.
You’re going to join me, aren’t you?
Be my buddy: register yourself then come back and click this link to get to my page and see what I’m working on!
Check back here later and I’ll be posting survival tips for NaNo. Cause it’s jungle out there…
I’m teaching Super Saturday classes again, this fall. Yep, the good people at Friends of the Gifted and Talented have invited me back to teach my two classes: Young Writers Workshop and Publish Me!
Wanna join us? Check out FroG’s site for full details and to register. But hurry – space is limited and my classes fill up quickly.
I believe writers can easily hibernate in their space and produce masses of material. Alone. In the quiet of their home. Or car. Or coffee shop. But, in order to write about life experiences, one must EXPERIENCE life! One example would be to get out and mingle with other writers. An event like a writing conference with classes to help your skills is just the thing!
Check out this event exclusively for Young Writers! Great line-up of experts and the price is less than you spent downloading itunes last month. Be honest. Go, have fun, learn lots and come back here to share your knowledge!
SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON YOUNG AUTHORS/WRITERS AT UPCOMING
The Write Time Teens ‘N Twenties Writers Conference (www.tntconference.com) takes place Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at New Technology High School in Bloomington, IN. Writers from 12 to 29, and then some, will mingle with peers, featured authors and book industry brass on a day featuring more than a dozen workshops, a publishing panel discussion, book signings and a “Meet the Faculty” event.
The conference will also feature the national launch of The Write Time: 366 Exercises to Fulfill Your Writing Life, written by conference keynote speaker Bob Yehling of Word Journeys, Inc.
Early bird registration for The Write Time Teens ‘N Twenties Conference will continue through September 10, at the low price of $20; “thanks to the generosity of our sponsors,” Burt said. “This is a price we decided to set so that every student and young author could easily attend.” After September 10, the price will move to $40. Discount lodging is also available at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, the official hotel headquarters of/for the conference.
Topics for workshops include novel building, getting published, branding and marketing yourself and your book online, social networking for authors, building a daily writing life, magazine journalism, playwriting, songwriting, universalizing personal experience, memoir, and writing fiction and non-fiction that reflects social issues.
Workshop presenters will come from all parts of the country. The presenters include: bestselling authors Dana Carpender and Bob Hammel; literary agent and Capitol City Young Writers president Verna Dreisbach; media/marketing specialist Selena Osterman, a former art director at 20th Century Fox who worked on popular TV shows Futurama, Stargate and Family Guy; Bloom Magazine publisher Malcolm Abrams; Women Writing for (a) Change founder Beth Lodge-Rigal; Bosse High School (Evansville, IN) creative writing teacher and novelist Missy Feller; and Nashville-based songwriter Randy Handley, among others.
The keynote speaker, Yehling, is an author, editorial services provider and workshop teacher. The Write Time: 366 Exercises to Fulfill Your Writing Life is his eighth book, and second to address writing. His other writing book, Writes of Life, won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2007.
Following the introductory keynote, attendees will participate in workshop sessions that last 75 minutes apiece. During lunch, Paul Burt will lead a panel discussion of publishers on present and future publishing opportunities. Verna Dreisbach will be meeting with authors seeking to market their work. After the formal conference ends, the two-hour “Meet the Faculty” will feature book signings by Hammel and Yehling, an open mic reading by conference participants, and live music.
Presenting sponsors for The Write Time Teens ‘N Twenties Conference include Indiana University School of Education, Bloomington Visitors & Conventions Bureau, the City of Bloomington, Bloom Magazine, Hirons & Company Advertising + Public Relations, Pen & Publish, Writer’s Digest magazine, The Writer magazine, Technology Service Corporation, Homewood Suites, United Commerce Bank, Women Writing For (a) Change, Bloomington Playwrights Project, and B97 Radio.
For more information, call 866-326-7768, 812-837-9226, or go to www.tntconference.com.