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:

Screenshot from Sarah Nicolas's virtual-events newsletter.
Screenshot from above-mentioned newsletter, spotlighting my own upcoming event.

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!

an open spiral notebook with a pen resting on a blank page, plus a text label that reads, "Midweek Notes."

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