…of Rice Continuing Education class/the basics and/or draft stage and Writers’ League of Texas Summer Retreat: Just a reminder that I’m available to talk. The notebook has my contact information. and you can contact me through this site.
I’m now also offering a more deliberate course about the draft of a novel in the spring at Rice University’s Continuing Education Department. You must have 30,000 words or it will do either of us no good.
I will continue to offer the basics in the fall at Rice.
Begin Morning Pages from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way or Dorthea Brande’s
Becoming A Writer.
Read my blog about other ways to journal.
Do an Artist’s Date every week, again, from Julia Cameron.
The important thing is some kind of movement around creativity.
I am available for consultation and have kept old student lists, so can help you form one. I have definite opinions about what works and doesn’t. See Anne Lamont’s chapter on Writers Groups in Bird by Bird. For a novel, it’s pointless to endlessly critique the draft. Also beware critique for critique’s sake. On big creative projects, encouragement is most needed. Beware those who hog the time and/or are too negative.
You have the right to choose whom you want to be in a writers’ group with. You have the right to help form the purpose. The purpose of the group is important to know.
Spectrum Center in Houston has a Writing Center that several former students have liked. The Writers’ League out of Austin offers classes all the time in Austin, and if it continues its Summer Writing Retreat, that’s a deal and a wonderful pick-me-up and get me started again.
Poets & Writers’ Magazine is always listing markets for all kinds of writing.