As you might be able to tell from my lack of posts, this year has been an absolute whirlwind. Seems like between work travel, personal travel, online writing classes, and my role responding to the recent Refugio Incident oil spill in Goleta, CA, I’ve barely had time to breathe.
And yet, glutton for punishment that I am, I finally pulled the trigger on a project I’ve been considering for a few years now. That project is a series of workshops to help writers explore and practice the various skills used in fiction writing.
I love teaching, and as time passes I find I love it even more. From wildlife skills workshops to the activities for the little kids I used to work with, it’s all fun. I flatter myself that I’m analytical enough to break down topics in helpful ways and organized enough to present it well. Paired with the sheer amount of instructional content on writing that I’ve consumed – why not try to help other writers?
That said, I don’t like the idea of telling people “the correct” way to write. In fact, I think far too much of the teaching available out there is overly prescriptive rather than developmental (excellent exceptions being the courses I took this year with Cat Rambo and at The Brainery – if you have the means and the time, highly recommended). Besides, I’m still working on my own skills.
Thus was born the Studious Wordsmiths Workshops.
Focused on discussion rather than lecture and filled with practice exercises to encourage exploration, my hope is that these workshops will help participants find what works for them and their stories. This is how I practice (minus the discussion aspects), this is the kind of class I wish I could take, and I hope the techniques will be useful to others as well.
So if you’re in Davis, California and this sounds interesting, stop on by!