The Launch of Studious Wordsmiths Workshops!


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!


My Norwescon 38 Schedule


I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that not only will I be attending Norwescon 38 April 2-5, I’ll also be sitting on a few panels and giving a reading!  So if you’re planning to attend as well (or if you’re in the Seattle area and want to hang out) let me know!

Reading: Between the Garden and the Thorns
Thu 8:00pm-8:30pm – Cascade 1
Faced with a monstrous enemy she cannot touch, a warrior must choose between the family she is charged to protect and her dying comrades. Dark military fantasy. Rated PG

Next-Gen Publishing
Fri 3:00pm-4:00pm – Evergreen 3 & 4
Tod McCoy (M), Michael G. Munz, Stephanie Herman, Annie Bellet, Kurt Cagle
Not quite New York, not quite indie. What are the new, hybrid publishing models all about and what can they do for your career as an author?

Ask the Experts: Biology
Fri 4:00pm-5:00pm – Cascade 3 & 4
Dr. Misty Marshall (M), Alan Andrist, David J. Peterson, Stephanie Herman
Writers, looking to fine-tune the details of your story? Our panelists will take your questions about biology, evolution, language, medicine and more!

Pantsers & Structure
Sat 12:00pm-1:00pm – Cascade 7 & 8
Tori Centanni (M), Stephanie Herman, G. Willow Wilson, Patrick Swenson, John (J.A.) Pitts
Whether you write with an outline or fly by the seat of your pants, story blueprints are a powerful tool to help you get unstuck.

Your Anti-Procrastination First Aid Kit
Sat 1:00pm-2:00pm – Evergreen 1 & 2
Nina Post (M), Jennifer Brozek, Stephanie Herman, Kevin Scott, Harold Gross, Gregory A. Wilson
Do you love to write but don’t get as much writing done as you’d like to? Conquer your fears… and your rough draft.

Backyard Conservation
Sat 5:00pm-6:00pm – Cascade 5
Annie Morton (M), Stephanie Herman, Christina Coonradt, DameRuth
Whether you have a large yard or a small apartment balcony, you can create a safe, welcoming space for wildlife. Join our experts as they talk about what you can do to help bees, bats, ladybugs, sparrows and other critters. (Kid friendly.)

Origami Folding
Sun 1:00pm-2:00pm – Olympic 1
Stephanie Herman
Folding paper into beautiful shapes.

Hope to see you there!

A Big Move!


Hi Everyone!

You might notice that The Wild Literati has suddenly jumped to a new host.  I felt like it was time for a bit of an upgrade.  So, here we are on WordPress, and hopefully the change is a good one.

Everything should have made the trip over all right, with the notable exception of my videos.  I’ll get those up as soon as possible, but for the moment, they’re missing.  If you find anything else that is missing or broken, let me know and I’ll get right on it.

Anyhow, enjoy!