A DAY OF MORE STUFF AND LEARNING

Monday errands, lots of workshop stuff, getting ready to do a lot of writing later in the week.

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THE DAY

Made it to the WMG publishing offices just before 3:30 p.m. and then headed out to do errands like banks, mail, and all that. Including fixing a tire that had a slow leak.

Got back to WMG offices to work on workshops from 5:30 until 7 p.m.

Home to cook dinner, then in here to do workshop stuff. Second day of the two months of workshops crossing over. Always a lot for me to do, especially when I am also running the ramp-up to the anthology workshop this year and announcing the new coast workshops.

A crazy few days. No writing, heading to bed early.

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Yes, we have announced the following four coast workshops. And in 24 hours a lot of writers have signed up. The Historical/Time Travel/Alternate History workshop in September is limited to 16 writers and it is now half full.

Same with the Science Fiction workshop in April.

Master Class and Anthology workshop have numbers signed up and the rooms reserved in the Anchor are about a quarter taken.

So still lots of room, but pretty startling sign-ups in the first day. These workshops all will fill as they did last year.

— Historical/Time Travel/Alternate History workshop in September, 2016.

— Master Class. An intense business of publishing workshop. October 2016. (and yes, different from last year’s workshop of the same title.)

— Anthology Workshop.  Seven professional editors buying your stories. Late February 2017.

— Science Fiction Workshop. Taught by Hugo Award winning writer and editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch. April 2017.

Information under the Coast Workshops tab above. Write me if you have questions. These are invite only workshops so write me if you are interested and have not been invited to one before.

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Topic of the Night: Workshop Limits

This will be short so I will write it here instead of on a separate post as I do with longer ones.

Around the country there are all sorts of workshops for writers with different focuses. The four we just announced are more advanced workshops. And we do online workshops every month that are for all levels.

But there are lots and lots of writing workshops and conferences around the world.

Last year Kris and I and Allyson were guests at Superstars Writing Workshop, an intense three day workshop and seminar on business of publishing put on by Kevin J. Anderson and numbers of other special guests including Brandon Sanderson and David Farland. I think if you are interested in business, that would be a good one and there should be room. But don’t delay. It’s coming up soon.

And Dave Farland does in person and online workshops on craft on his own as well. He and I have a different approach to some things, but you can’t argue with his credentials and ability to teach.

Inside of science fiction there are numbers of workshops, and also inside of mystery genre. Some for beginners, some workshops for the more advanced. They are being announced all the time. (As I run across ones I think are good, I’ll announce them here.)

And going to conferences also helps with learning. I will be speaking and teaching at one romance conference this next fall. (I will announce it here this summer.) Many, many long-term professional writers do go out to try to help younger writers coming in.

The problem is that not only are many of the workshops limited, but we are all limited in what we can and can’t do for learning.

Limited by funds, by time, by travel abilities, by admission requirements, and so on.

So each of us, to find the places and the people can help us, must make all sorts of decisions working within our limitations.

What is nice is that in this new world, you can find major long-term professionals either teaching at a conference, at a workshop, or online. And that helps.

When I really got focused on writing in 1982, I had just finished a stint in law school. My attitude was that I would work as hard at my writing as I did in law school and spend the money just as I did in law school to learn where I could, even if I had to borrow it, just like in school.

It worked, but I didn’t have a family and could travel with almost no money and little food. I was young (in my thirties).

So we all do what we can with learning our craft and business. The key even with limitations is the focus.

The desire to learn. If you have that, the places to learn will present themselves even with both the workshop limitations and your own limitations.

Keep aware and keep having fun with your writing.

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THE YEAR OF SHORT FICTION: January
Story #1… A Long Way Down… 2,100 words
Story #2… The Case of the Man Who Saw… 3,200 words

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Totals For Year 3, Month 6, Day 11

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 843

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 9,300 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,200 words 

— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,900 words

— E-mail: 31 e-mails.  Approx. 1,900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 248 e-mails. Approx. 12,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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