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It’s time to settle in and finish my novel while the snow comes and goes in my yard. Winter is my favorite writing time and now I’ve finally found writing mentors (Jack Remick & Bob Ray) who gently, expertly nudge me in the right direction – I think I’ll actually finish this year. Please God! Which reminds me; Jack Remick’s novel, BLOOD http://blood.camelpress.com/?page_id=14 comes out on January 15th. Very exciting!
If you need a little help or a push to get your project done, (like me) then consider taking a winter class. Here in Seattle we have so many to choose from. I will only recommend those I’ve taken myself and or are by instructors who I feel are worth your hard earned money.
If you want an in person classroom experience, then consider Nicholas O’Connell at the The Writer’s Workshop. He teaches several classes, and this winter, beginning in just a few days he’s teaching Follow the Story.
This writing course will run January 12 to Feb. 23 on Wednesday evenings (and two Monday evenings, January 24 and 31) from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 221 of the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood (4649 Sunnyside Avenue North).In addition to the classroom work, Nick schedules individual conferences with each participant, one-on-one and suggest ways to improve their work. The cost will be $550 per person. I’ve taken a few of Nick’s travel writing classes and have really enjoyed them, learned a lot and felt encouraged. To contact Nick – firstname.lastname@example.org
Another local writer and instructor (Mostly on-line these days) who loves to mentor writers is Gloria Kempton. My first ever writing class was with Gloria at Bellevue Community College about 11 years ago. Gloria who wrote, Write Great Fiction: Dialogue, Writer’s Digest Books, among many other books, is an excellent instructor and intuitive critiquer (I know that’s not a real word, but I like it). Check out her on-line and ongoing classes and get yourself in writing shape this winter. Her novel writing classes range from $365-$950 email@example.com
Gloria’s on-line classes can also be found at http://www.writers.com/
most classes there are in the $300 price range. I love Gloria, she’s a good teacher and is dedicated to encouraging her students in their creative process. Check her out for your winter on-line class or her personal critique services. http://www.writersrecharge.com/
If you don’t want to commit to a class then consider another fun and inspirational ongoing event; the Fields End Roundtables on Bainbridge Island. I know the cost of the ferry is going up, but it’s still a worthwhile event. Check them out at http://fieldsend.org/Roundtables.html#jan And remember the Fields End conference is coming up in April. It’s a lovely little conference at one of my favorite Pacific Northwest locals; the Kiana Lodge http://www.kianalodge.com/main.html Talk about a gorgeous place to get inspired!
To find writing conferences and workshops in your area check out your local writer’s organizations or http://writing.shawguides.com/ or check out this list of organizations that I found on the net http://www.ebookcrossroads.com/writers-associations.html
Now get to work!
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