Upcoming Event: Panel at NerdCon

I’m excited to announce that I will be presenting a panel at the first Rocket City NerdCon. I’ll share photographs and stories from my experiences at Clarion West and Kij Johnson’s Beginning Novel Workshop at the University of Kansas. I’ll discuss the benefits of residential writing workshops and compare them with the experience of gettingContinue reading “Upcoming Event: Panel at NerdCon”

Prepping for a Workshop: (Not So) Minor Characters

In going through some books the other day, I found one of my favorites from my undergrad days. It wasn’t assigned in class. I found it through researching, following the paths of different writers during my crush on the Beats. Joyce Johnson’s Minor Characters Joyce Johnson is in the background of the cover photograph, behindContinue reading “Prepping for a Workshop: (Not So) Minor Characters”

Ready, Set, {Pause}, Workshop!

In workshops where there are a large number of participants, the critique from each member most likely has a time limit. At Clarion West, we had seventeen people plus an instructor critique each story. To make sure everyone was able to speak about the story, each person was allowed a maximum of 3 minutes forContinue reading “Ready, Set, {Pause}, Workshop!”

Deep South Con 50: Novel Workshop

Deep South Con 50 didn’t officially start until Friday, but for myself and my fellow novel workshop participants, our convention experience started Thursday night with a lecture by editor Lou Anders of Pyr Books.  Lou’s talk, “Using a Character-Based Screenwriting Formula for Novel Writing,” was fantastic. I had listened to his talk about using screenwritingContinue reading “Deep South Con 50: Novel Workshop”

Deep South Con 50: Anticipation!

This weekend is Deep South Con 50. This convention is held in a different location in the south each year. This year, it is returning to Huntsville, where the first Deep South Con was held. I’m already very impressed with the organization and promotion of this convention. They’ve got an active Facebook page, a beautifulContinue reading “Deep South Con 50: Anticipation!”