Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
Three quick updates from my writing practice.
1. So, it turned out that the lottery gods didn’t look favorably on my attempt to gain a spot in an online flash-fiction class. But, almost immediately, a pal reached out and mentioned that she’d been following my kidlit updates. She recommended an online picture-book course that I might try, and I am! That class starts next week.
2. Speaking of kidlit: Another bonus of my “going public” about my nascent work in the field is that I’ve been invited to join a picture-book critique group. Even better: It includes some super-accomplished picture-book authors. I am going to learn so much. I just hope I can offer everyone there something useful in return.
3. In her latest “Electric Speed” newsletter, Jane Friedman highlighted Sarah Nicolas’s “Virtual Bookish Events” newsletter, which is a great place to learn about both free and fee-charging events aimed toward both writers and readers.
It is also a great place to list your own events! Which I managed to do just in time for inclusion in the latest issue:
Which is a perfect lead-in to reminder you that my next event—an appearance as featured reader for Jerusalism’s next virtual open-mic—is happening on Sunday. (Don’t worry—I won’t be subjecting anyone to a draft picture-book manuscript; I’ll be reading from Birthright: Poems.) Please join us, whether you’d like to read some of your own work, or “just” sit back and enjoy others’ presentations. Hope to catch you there!