The second workshop this last week was a short story focused workshop lead by me and Tekno Books editor Denise Little. Thirty professional writers attended and it was great fun. And a lot of work. And I learned a bunch and had some wonderful discussions and conversations.
Writers came in from 13 different states and Canada. Florida, Texas, Maine, and lots of places in between. It’s always a stunner to me when we go through the room and people introduce themselves and say where they are from. Some of these people feel like old friends now, yet this group of friends is spread all over North America.
Denise Little came in from Wisconsin. I can’t begin to express my gratitude to her for taking the time and energy every year to do this and work so hard and for such long hours to give everyone fair feedback. A lot of us have worked for her, and sold her many stories, so she says it’s like getting 30 of her writers together all at once. Not sure if that’s a dream or a nightmare for an editor, but she sure seems to love it. And we love having her here. Thanks, Denise!
And wow, what a fantastic bunch of stories. You put thirty professional writers together and have them write short stories and it takes a long, long time to read all of them. But what enjoyable reading. Fantastic stuff. Often, and I do mean often, my entire comment about a story was “Wonderful. I’d buy it.”
And Denise would say the same thing more times than not. You will see a lot of these stories in books and magazines over the next year or so, that much I can promise.
Next up is the marketing workshop in two weeks, then in April we’re doing a Character Voice workshop. After this last week I’m tired, but excited about the new workshops coming up. I’ve got a ton to learn.
New Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing chapter up in a day or so.