Minutes from February 11, 2019 Meeting

This week’s meeting focused on the query letter. The topic can be a little mystifying, but Thomasa’s been querying her novels for a while now and was able to break down the process for us: its importance if you’ve chosen the traditional publishing route, how to research and choose agents who are both trustworthy and a good fit for your work, how to write a query letter, and how to approach a contract once your letter is successful. You can get the handout from the meeting here. It includes a formatting guide and a sample query letter broken down and … Continue reading Minutes from February 11, 2019 Meeting

Minutes from February 4, 2019 Meeting

Yesterday we talked about our writing goals: what we’re looking forward to accomplishing this year, what we’re doing to stay on track, and whether we’ve had to reexamine our goals. Last semester’s character talks have inspired us to really focus on character development in all of our projects, as well as finishing projects rather than simply focusing on word counts, and we’re looking forward to more inspiring craft talks and opportunities to experiment with new forms and genres in the months to come. Thomasa recommends Pinterest for storyboarding your projects, which helps if you don’t have space for a corkboard … Continue reading Minutes from February 4, 2019 Meeting

Becky’s Grave

[Challenge: Write a horror story based on a bit of local paranormal history.] Another cat. Another drape of dew-sodden fur over a worn headstone, blood sticky on the granite. Hardened black drips of candle wax make a witch-ring about the grave. Another Halloween. I never understood the part about the cats. A real witch would never. Whatever it is they want from me, living cats draw ghosts aplenty; that poor carcass will only draw flies. I want to bury the wretched thing right now; I can touch things, if I want enough. But any activity on my part would only … Continue reading Becky’s Grave

If you haven’t begun..Begin

Hello Creative Writer, In cause you haven’t noticed it’s now November and we are leaving behind the creepy challenges for a slightly bigger one.. NANOWRIMO Have you ever tried to write a novel? Well, have you ever tried to do it in one month. November is the time to push yourself, even if an entire fully realized novel isn’t the end result, the idea that writers all over are also putting butts in chairs and pens to paper, or fingers to keys to creative. I personally have never undertaken the official challenge- with work, school, social engagements, and more there … Continue reading If you haven’t begun..Begin

The Guy from my College Creative Writing Course

Hello Creative Writers, Ok, so when I was in college I took a creative writing course and I absolutely loved it. It was one of the main reasons I ended up deciding to pursue an English degree. I was just thinking about this a moment ago, reminiscing on that time, when I recalled a classmate of mine. We’ll call him George, for the sake of simplicity and privacy. George was a brilliant writer. A bit pretentious, yes, but aren’t we all at that time in our lives. He was a voracious reader and had already read all the greats before … Continue reading The Guy from my College Creative Writing Course