Since I’ve met with Janet, my goals have been shifting a bit. I’ve decided to focus more on writing. I want to write more often. I want to devote much more of my day to writing and reading. I just started reading my book club book yesterday, and I am 1/3 done. I hope to finish it by the end of the week. (I have to finish it by a week from Wednesday anyway.) It’s The Last Stand, and though it’s a little dry, I am enjoying it. It seems to be matching Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, in that it’s not glorifying U.S. Soldiers and vilifying the Native Americans. It’s also giving a really neat perspective into the U.S. side, which I got little of from reading the other book. I have four other books that I just got from the library this week: Poor Women in Rich Countries, All Labor Has Dignity, Toil and Trouble, and Poorly Made in China. I’m hoping to read the last one first (after I finish the Custer one). I don’t remember where I got all of these from, but I know I got some ideas from the union paper.
Random aside: I can’t stand watching movies with really bad acting or really bad dialog. If the movie has both, it’s a crime. Brian says my movies are predictable (my 19th century drama/romances). But some of his are a crime!
I’m really excited about a new development on my career path. I signed up for an on-line writing course! (It’s a course through Writer’s Digest University; I found it through SCBWI — Society of Book Children’s Writers and Illustrators.) It perfectly fits what I’m looking for:
Do you have an aptitude for writing that you’ve never had a chance to develop? Perhaps you write memos and reports for work, but yearn to try something more creative. In this workshop, you will explore your writing interests and discover your personal aptitudes for writing. You will be introduced to a wide variety of categories of writing, and learn basic techniques to improve your narrative skills.
This workshop provides an introduction and overview to a number of types of writing, from fillers, to short stories, to books. You’re encouraged to experiment with a variety of forms with the goal of discovering your own writing path.
Required Book: Keys to Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers
Workshop Length: 12 weeks
This workshop will consist of six two-week sessions. Each session will include online lectures and associated textbook reading assignments, along with a writing assignment related to the session’s topic, which will be submitted to the instructor for private review at the end of the first week of the session. During the second week of each session, work will be posted for group review and feedback. Throughout the workshop you will be able to participate in asynchronous lecture discussion and encouraged to take advantage of ongoing informal discussions and posted self-directed writing exercises. Each session will also include a “Writer’s Glossary” to help you become familiar with terms related to the craft and business of writing. (2.4 CEUs)
In this course you will learn:
The fundamentals of grammar and mechanics
Using description and sensory detail to enhance your writing
How the principles of creative writing apply to both fiction and nonfiction
The types of short nonfiction, including fillers, research articles, personal experience articles, how-to articles, books, and memoirs
The different categories (genres) of fiction, and the various fiction forms, including short stories, short-short stories, novellas, and novels
The importance of revising and rewriting
Who should take this course:
Individuals who have always been interested in writing but have found it difficult to dedicate the time and/or weren’t sure how or where to start
Beginning writers who want to explore multiple disciplines to discover what writing style they enjoy most
Those looking to kick start their writing with the help of a Published Author”
More to follow later! Starts Thursday!