Wow, so much Word-nerdiness, so little time. Let me give you an update on all the writing-related things I’ve been up to that have kept me from posting on this blog.
First, I joined the planning team for the Wordstock Festival here in Portland. Once a year, Wordstock puts on a literary extravaganza that rivals any that I’ve been to save the AWP Conference. Hundreds of writers and exhibitors plus a seriously respectable line up of workshops, film showings, and other events during the festival and throughout the year! Wordstock started as an organization that supports teachers with workshops that help them learn new ways to teach writing. There are also workshops for kids and for writers. The festival supports what is Wordstock’s year-round mission to bring better writing education to the people. It’s a fantastic organization and I’m so pleased to be a part of it.
This weekend, I’ll be roaming the tables at the Oregon Convention Center. I even get to introduce Sergio Troncoso and Eduardo Halfon on Saturday evening! To see a full schedule go to: http://schedule.wordstockfestival.com/ Also, follow @wordstockfest for updates and contests!
My other big undertaking is writing for the fledgling writing site www.LitReactor.com. I will be contributing craft articles on par with the blog posts that I wrote here to accompany my classes. So, if you miss Writer’s Cramp, check out my column on LitReactor. These people are real pros, and I’m happy to rub virtual elbows with a seriously impressive list of writers. The site is a spin-off from the Chuck Palahniuk fan site which included sections for writing workshops. LitReactor expands this into a full on, interactive writing community available online to anyone anytime. It’s freakin’ sweet. My first column, about brainstorming for your NaNoWriMo book, will be up next week, so read it, please! Then two other columns—one about writing endings and the other about non-linear narratives—will be up later this month. I’ll post links as soon as they are up. Or you can follow @litreactor on Twitter or on Facebook.
I hope you are writing and getting ready for NaNoWriMo. I sure am. This month will get me totally amped for it, that’s for sure. Happy Writing!
- Wordstock: Like Comic-Con, But With Actual Books (wired.com)