In the last few days, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to three friends about where they go for feedback on their writing. Their answers were different, just as they are different. One is enrolled in an online class, and the other two are in several writing relationships. One way to get feedback, of course, is through the Writing Workshop Workshop at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 21, at Olive’s on Ludlow. (more…)
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We had a great Writing Workshop Workshop yesterday at Olive’s on Ludlow! In addition to our old regulars, we had a “new” regular show up and welcomed back a long-absent face to the fold. Even better, the long-absent face was accompanied by the rest of her body, too. She’s been busy while she’s been away and has self-published the first installment of her work using Lulu.
Our next meeting will be on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Please feel free to invite friends. Just drop me a note to let me know how many to expect!
If you’re looking for a welcoming group of writers with whom you can share your writing and get a good, gentle (but honest) critique, please join us at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at Olive’s on Ludlow in Clifton. All genres are welcome!
Bring about seven minutes’ worth of material to read and $5 for the kitty. (Come early if you want to enjoy Olive’s breakfast buffet.)
See you Sunday!
Want to know more about us? Check out these links:
Where Do We Learn to Criticize Others?
(Please note that the dates in that last one are from previous years.)
Attention writers! Are you looking for a place to share your writing? A great bunch of people from whom you can get insightful, constructive criticism? A really good hamburger or vegetarian dish? Then please join us on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at Olive’s on Ludlow.
Bring $5 for the kitty and more for your tummy, and about seven minutes’ worth of writing to share. Or you can just bring your ears if you’d like to sit in on a meeting before you venture into reading your own work. Either way, we’d like to see you there!
Posted in General, Writing Life, tagged critique, editing, fiction, get published, manuscripts, process, punctuation, Sisters in Crime, Speaking engagements, style guides, traditional publishing, writing, writing workshops on September 15, 2012 | 3 Comments »
Today I’ll be talking with the Sisters in Crime of Columbus, Ohio (SiCCO). Don’t you just love that acronym?
We’re going to talk about how to get your writing in the best shape for submitting it to editors and agents (and contests, too!). I read some great stories and can’t wait to meet the authors. Some of the things we’ll be discussing are manuscript format, action verbs, punctuation and style guides.
For example, did you know that you’re supposed to put only one space at the end of a sentence and after a colon? Do you know when that standard changed? In the mid-1980s. Want to know why? Well, you’ll have to invite me to talk to your group to find out!
If you listened to the Watergate mess, the phrase “expletive deleted” holds a certain connotation. When President Nixon finally released the tapes from his secretly recording all conversations in the Oval Office, we were shocked at the language he used. As a testimony to the more delicate ears of the 70s, the language he used was not allowed to be broadcast so whenever he swore, “expletive deleted” took the place of his cursing. Well, we should also delete our expletives in everyday writing. Yes, @#$%^&, I’m talking to you! (more…)
As often happens this time in July, I’m in Yellow Springs, Ohio, attending the Antioch Writers’ Workshop.
I’m about to reveal to you one of the worst-kept secrets: if you volunteer to work at a writers’ workshop you can often get in at a reduced price or for free. For me, working as a workfellow at Antioch is like getting to go on a writing retreat with some accomplished writers + getting a physical workout — all for just the cost of my hotel room!
The words are flying fast and furious this hot summer! I hope you’re part of the whirlwind.
I have two quick notes for you:
The next Writing Workshop Workshop is at Olive’s on Ludlow on Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m.
My reading at the Wild Fig was postponed until July 20 at 7 p.m. I hope you’ll join Tina Neyer and me for the debut readings from our books in progress! This will be the first time the general public hears from my novel.
See you soon, I hope!
Don’t rush into those Memorial Day barbecues too fast! We have a Writing Workshop Workshop coming up on Sunday first!
- Sunday, May 27
- 2 p.m.
- Olive’s on Ludlow Ave. in the Clifton gaslight district
- Be there or be square!
Bring about seven minutes’ worth of manuscript to read or your ears to listen and $5 for the kitty. Spoiler alert! Elaine might be joining us again after a long absence, so please be there to help us welcome her back.