Do you long to write, but just can’t seem to work it into your life? Do your writing resolutions last about as long as your New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym? Whip your atrophied writing muscles into shape this summer with this generative class for beginning or experienced fiction and creative nonfiction writers. We’ll do lots of writing in class, focus on practical ways to make writing an integral part of your life, and maybe even attend a community literary event for inspiration—whatever it takes to get words on the page. Register here: Great Smokies Writing Program
I think AWP (annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs) will be chill this year. I don’t have a new book out so I don’t have to self-promote. I have an agent, so I don’t have to corner agents in the ladies’ room and push sample pages under the stall door. I’m not famous, so I don’t have to don dark glasses and act put-upon. I’m a 52 year old woman at whom no one is looking (power of invisibility) so I don’t have to spend money on new clothes. I’m meeting up with friends from LA so I’m bound to get a taste of the town. In looking at the panels I’m interested in, they fall into a few categories, all passions of mine: 1) diversity (how to write diverse characters and teach diverse students); 2) how to better teach creative writing; and 3) community-based writing programs. Oh, and at least one on adapting novels to screen because it is California and dreamin’ is free. Last but not least, I’m staying in a nice hotel, something you other busy moms out there will appreciate. To borrow a cliche, it’s all good. See y’all in LA.