Thursday, August 10, 2017

Registration Now Open for Year of Your Book Fall Session

Register now for Year of Your Book fall session at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center. Newcomers welcome! Use the CONTACT ME form to send me an email if you'd like more info. I'm always happy to hear about your project and answer your questions.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Grant for Writers With Kids

If you're a writer who's raising one or more kids, check out the Sustainable Arts Foundation grant. Deadline August 31.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Is Your Writing Good Enough? Part II

Recently I heard from a reader who saw my last post, Is Your Writing Good Enough?, and wanted to work with me. She wrote that she appreciated how I'd pinpointed an issue she was dealing with—thinking/feeling/knowing that her writing isn't "good enough"—but that she was curious how I, as a teacher, would actually go about helping a writer resolve it.

I told her that my (incredibly uncomplicated) secret is that 98% of what I do  as a teacher is to encourage, cajole, and nudge writers to keep putting words down. Not to stop because their writing isn't "good enough," but instead, to keep going, until it is.

To some people this sounds too disappointingly simple to be true. They want the secret formula: multicolored plot diagrams, trifold boards with index cards, exercises in dialogue and characterization and suspense, essays by great authors about their own process. I work with all of those things in my classes, along with giving feedback on writers' prose. I love doing all of that. But mostly, problems in writing are solved just by making yourself sit down and put words on a page for a certain amount of time every day. 

If you're having trouble doing that, which lots of people do, I'll talk in my next post about some strategies for making it easier.