Hey everyone! If you’re looking for a group of people with whom to share your writing, meet us at Allyn’s Café on Columbia Parkway at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 12. We’re a great group of people who give constructive, gentle criticism. If you want to read your material, bring seven minutes’ worth to read, $5 for the kitty (more if you want to eat). The meeting is usually over by 4:30ish.
I hope we see you there! We’ll be in the back room.
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I was invited on a Writing Blog Tour by Trudy Krisher (check out her blog at www.trudykrisher.blogspot.com). I’m ashamed to admit that I was on deadline when my “whistlestop” came, so I hope the train didn’t leave the station without me!
Trudy invited me to answer some questions about my work and writing process. Here are my answers.
1) What are you working on?
I just finished a book for the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing called University of Cincinnati College of Nursing: 125 Years of Transforming Health Care. The book will be published by Orange Frazer Press in time for the college’s 125th anniversary celebration in November. I really enjoyed learning about how UC’s nursing college was formed by a group of Cincinnati’s leading ladies, then went on to become the first to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing, and is now leading nursing education by offering online nursing degrees and using technology in nursing.
2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
So far all my books have been in the genre of nonfiction, but I have written for both adults and YA. I’d say that my work differs in that no matter what I write (I’m finishing up my first novel now), I want my readers to come away thinking, “Wow—I didn’t know that! That was interesting!” One of my supervisors also told me once, “That sense of humor of yours is never very far from the surface, is it?” He didn’t mean it in a good way, though. Incidentally, he is in my last book, Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati, but I won’t tell you who he is.
3) Why do you write what you do?
I write what I do for a variety of reasons, but often it’s because I’m asked to and I find the topic interesting. The College of Nursing book will be my eighth book. That means that half of the books I’ve published now were my idea and half were the publisher’s (or client’s) idea. But I have to find it interesting, or I wouldn’t be able to stick with it for an entire book.
4) How does your writing process work?
In almost every case—whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, magazine article or book—I start with a bubble map. I get all my existing ideas down on paper. I get all my “gaps”—my questions, or lack of knowledge—down on paper. Then I start researching, organizing or writing from there, depending on what type of work it is. But I always start with a bubble map. I have about 20 bubble maps going right now for books, essays and articles that I’d like to publish someday. It’s also a good exercise if I find myself stuck in traffic, or a boring meeting, or waiting in a doctor’s office without anything to read. When I finally get to the writing step, I tend to write nonfiction directly on the computer (because it’s less of a visceral process and more of an intellectual one for me). But with fiction, I tend to write it longhand, on lined paper. I spend a bit of time thinking about what type of writing implement I feel like that day. Then I think about what writing position and lighting I want to be in. It’s very organic.
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Hey everyone! We’re meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Allyn’s Cafe on Columbia Parkway in Cincinnati’s Columbia-Tusculum area.
The goal of the Writing Workshop Workshop is to provide a gentle, constructive environment in which people can have their work critiqued and can critique the work of others. Bring seven minutes’ worth of material to read, $5 for the kitty, and extra money if you’d like to eat or drink. All genres are welcome!
If you’re new to the workshop environment, feel free to attend and not read until you get your “sea legs.”
See you Sunday! We’ll meet in the back room.
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Hey folks! The Writing Workshop Workshop is still set for 2 p.m. today at Olive’s on Ludlow in Clifton’s gaslight district. We’re sad that today is Olive’s last day; they’re closing to become a music venue. So one of our topics will be to discuss where to meet in the future.
Another topic today will be this past week’s Antioch Writers’ Workshop and next year’s headliners.
For newbies to the Writing Workshop Workshop, we are a friendly group where you can bring any genre of writing to learn the arts of critiquing and being critiqued. Bring seven minutes’ worth of material to read out loud and $5 for the kitty (more $ if you intend to eat). And bring a friend!
Our future meetings will most likely be August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14, pending everyone’s availability.
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Mind and Matter: Interior Writing in an Exterior World
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Wendy Hart Beckman and Tina Neyer
This one-day workshop will help you:
- Get in touch with your inner writer,
- Organize your thoughts,
- Craft, mine, and polish your writing, and
- Explore avenues for publishing.
Wendy Hart Beckman is a published author of seven books and experienced presenter on how to effectively edit and publish.
Tina Neyer is a writer and mediator working with a diverse population to aid in the telling of personal stories.
Workshop Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Friars Studio, 1605 Main Street in Cincinnati
Price: Only $100 for a full day of instruction and lunch
Limited to 30 people!
Box lunch provided by Venice on Vine
For more information, contact Tina at email@example.com or Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Registration:$100.00 covers all instruction and lunch
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Olive’s on Ludlow
$5 for the kitty
7 minutes’ worth of material to read
It all adds up!
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Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati has just hit the streets. If you want to hear a little bit about the book, check out the interview I did with Mark Perzel on WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition on May 16, 2014.
Founders and Famous Families starts with a look at the geological forces that made our city the sinus capital of the world that it is, then touches upon the native peoples who were here before the European Americans started arriving from New Jersey, New York and New England. The founding families in Cincinnati have been joined by new faces and new names, but many of them still remain to become the foundational families of the future.
On Wednesday, May 28, we will be holding the official book launch at the Cincinnati Museum Center at 7 p.m. I’ll talk about Nicholas Longworth as part of their regular Insights Lecture Series in a presentation called “a Glass of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, and Wow!” The talk will be followed by Q&A and coffee reception/book signing.
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