Minutes from April 1, 2019 Meeting

April is National Poetry Month! At our next meeting, Monday, April 8th at 5pm, if you have a favorite poem or find one you like over the course of your reading this week, please bring it along to share with the group. We’ll also do some found poetry exercises—words and materials will be provided, so no pressure! On Monday we wrapped up our diverse fiction discussion by pointing out that no one discussion is going to do the trick. The topic is vast and complicated—we’re talking about the full range of human experience, after all. We picked up a few threads from last week … Continue reading Minutes from April 1, 2019 Meeting

What About Us

A poem I wrote in 2007- April 14, 2007 What about us? The reason why we search for love is simple. We want to be exceptional to someone, Even if the world can’t see out specialness We want someone who can. We need someone to think we’re important And to miss us when we’ve gone away. we cling to that person who thinks more of us them we do of ourselves but the world neglects us, rejects us, deflects us. So I have to know- What about those of us who are not exceptional, great or special? The normal, hum-drum, … Continue reading What About Us

The Poetry is Coming

Hello Creative Writer, April is National Poetry Month so lets get the poetry flowing. If you’re like me then poetry might not be your strong suit. You might even feel as though this is a genre that is completely and utterly for other people, magical people who can make their poems feel touching rather than cheesy and eloquent instead of childish. When I was a very young writer I started out writing poetry and I was unafraid. I was fearless because I wasn’t judging myself against anyone else. I hadn’t read an epic poem; I’d never even dived into the … Continue reading The Poetry is Coming

Minutes from March 25, 2019 Meeting

Yesterday we began our discussion on diversity in fiction. You may recall that we touched on this topic a little when we discussed character development and especially cultures in worldbuilding: the more varied perspectives you bring to a work of fiction, the stronger it will be, because it will reflect reality; the more realistic your worlds and your characters, the more immersive your fiction will be. In yesterday’s meeting we discussed how that kind of argument fails to get at the deeper truth. “It will make you a better writer” is a handy way to incentivize inclusion, but that should be … Continue reading Minutes from March 25, 2019 Meeting

Minutes from March 18, 2019 Meeting

Sounds like everyone made good use of their time off! A couple of us have been working on unfinished novels and a couple more have been editing finished work, but we still had brain space to tackle a few difficult questions yesterday. Over Spring Break a question about finding an editor turned into a discussion about knowing when your work is ready to be put out into the world. We continued that discussion in the meeting yesterday and managed to tie it to another question, how things become canon in a work of fiction, sparked by J.K. Rowling doing that thing … Continue reading Minutes from March 18, 2019 Meeting

A Conversation About Publishing

Hello Creative Writer, During the Spring break there have been no meetings but that hasn’t kept us from having writing on our minds. We have been working diligently on our Prompts but Nick also posed a question to the group… Nick: “Hey, If a writer is beginning their writing career, where do they inquire about finding an editor for their manuscript,or who edits manuscripts for new writers? Thanks.” Heather: “That is an interesting question.” Vinzeal: “Locally, I use Ron Fisher to edit my stuff. Depending on the material, he would charge less than half the national average. I know for novels … Continue reading A Conversation About Publishing

Minutes from March 4, 2019 Meeting

Yesterday we wrapped up our workshop from last week and did a little brainstorming with the writers. Afterward we talked about the four basic types of writing: expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive writing. The first three types are crucial elements of fiction writing, and exposition was a frequent topic in this workshop—some of our stories could have benefited from a little more of it, others from a little less or some fine-tuning of what was there. It’s not always easy to tell when you need more exposition to fuel your story and when your exposition is bogging everything down. There … Continue reading Minutes from March 4, 2019 Meeting

The New Age of Writing

I was just reading an article about how the invention of the Ball Point Pen changed the world of writing and how a remarkable amount of people are now deciding to go back to Fountain Pens.  For me.. I love the act of writing in whatever form it may take but the invention the the Ball point pen wasn’t a bad one. It gave us the ability to keep our pages cleaner, not to have to worry about spills or smudges and you don’t need to refill them because they are mostly disposable and last a surprisingly long time. For … Continue reading The New Age of Writing

Minutes from February 25, 2019 Meeting

This week’s meeting was our first workshop session. There wasn’t enough time to cover all the stories in an hour, so we’ll be extending the workshop to next week to fit in the last couple stories. The love story challenge proved pretty versatile; the stories were varied in tone and each one seemed to take the theme in an entirely different direction from the last. It was wonderful to have a chance to bring so many different writing voices together for each piece. We did a bit of brainstorming with the writer of each story discussed, and the writers had … Continue reading Minutes from February 25, 2019 Meeting

Work Shopped Story Revision

Thomasa Pridgen Feb 2019 Love Story for Creative Writing Workshop He touched her arm and she could instantly feel the heat. She craved his touch so it wasn’t that she didn’t like, she did- a lot, but she could feel herself start to boil and she wondered if he would notice, if he could read the thoughts racing though her mind. She imagined him grabbing her and pulling her into him and the thought made her smile. She looked into his eyes knowing that if he never let go she would simply float away and somehow she’d be perfectly happy … Continue reading Work Shopped Story Revision