April 6 at 8:00 pm The Works Writing Salon
I will present “What Was I Thinking: The Neurology of Writing Resistance or What the Hell Is Going on in My Brain When I Want to Write But Can’t” at Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.
The Works is “a lively ongoing conversation about writing…. Each night three writers give separate 15-20 minute presentations on writing issues that interest them; after each presentation, the floor is opened for general discussion by your host, Lightsey Darst.” Also presenting on April 6 will be Maria Damon on “Micropoetries” and Patrick Hansel on “How to Make a Point without Grinding an Axe.” For more info, go to http://www.lightseydarst.com/theworks.html
Please come and bring a writer friend!
August 16-20 Madeline Island School of the Arts
I’m thrilled to offer a 4-day fiction workshop at the Madeline School of the Arts. This Sudden Fiction workshop will show you that you don’t have to outline or plot the whole story before you start writing; you can discover what happens as you write. If you started a story and don’t know where to go with it next, or have characters in mind but don’t know what happens to them, or just want to see what stories are bouncing around in your subconscious, this four-day intensive will give you plenty of inspiration, exercises, and time to get the characters and story out of your head and on to the page.
Click here to learn more about the inspiration, encouragement and downright fun you can expect in this workshop. The Madeline Island School of the Arts campus is located approximately one mile from the ferry landing at the historic Sandstrom Dairy Farm and features state-of-the-art classrooms, lodging with bath ensuite, orchards, gardens and walking trails.
I’m pretty tickled about this, so I’m going to brag just a little. My article, “The Writer’s Brain: What Neurology Tells Us About Teaching Creative Writing,” was published in the online academic journal Creative Writing: Teaching Theory & Practice. You can find a PDF of the article on the Clips page of my website or go to CW’s website and select Issue 2 from the Journal menu button.