Every week I think I can't love teaching this Phone Booth Writer Series more - but then I do. This morning we focused on the infusion of Atmosphere in the power of a novel. The kind that permeates the story with all of its molecules charged with the essence of the story that will set the tone throughout the story.
We discussed how a reader sent a note to me this week about how she loved that I had written that "words have destinies." Something I had actually forgotten writing but there it is in black and white and yes - it is something I strongly believe.
Words indeed have destinies. Those we say and those and write. It's a strong responsibility but a good feeling. Knowing that somewhere your words have a place they are meant to be and as a writer - they have readers they are meant to find.
The Phone Booth Series is dedicated to helping you as a writer form your words, focus them down to what they are meant to say and work towards their completion and publication.
Remember to respect yourself, your writing and your story. And to find the true mood, the through line of the molecular structure of the story.
Want to know more? Love to participate in a great writing community at the convienience of your life and your time?
Email: River Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and details on the Phone Booth Writer Series and the best options for you and your writing life.
* HAPPENING NOW - The new 9 week Writing Series kicks off this week with two options for classes.
The Non-fiction workshop series will begin Tuesday, February 27 at 7AM via a free Introductory conference call for one hour with a focus on Non-fiction & Creative-Non-fiction. This will include the actual style of prose, voice, and as well as business aspects such as proposal preparation, finding an agent, and reaching your audience.
The Fiction Workshop Series will begin Thursday, March 1 at 7am via a free introductory conference call for one hour with a focus on voice, setting, place, dialogue, plot, as well as the business of selling and promoting your work.
Both workshops are taught in small group format in a comfortable, intimate setting. Each student receives a one-on-one call to discuss your writing background, interest, goals and dreams of where you would like your writing to take you.
If you are ready to make space for your writing, wanting to learn in a comfortable environment that fits into your busy life and lifestyle - this could very well be the perfect place for you to join in. It's as simple as coffee in your pj's, laptop or pen in hand, and a phone call. 100% of students have agreed - Yes, this is the way to study the writing life for me.
The cost for the entire 9 Week series including personal consultation:
$279.00 in advance or two payments of 149.00
Payment is made by credit card or paypal through Paypal link to right.
It would be my delight and honor to be a part of your journey forward in your writing life. This is the kind of rich, learning experience I wish I had years ago as I worked to complete my first novel and wondered what my next step should be.
Students are from all walks of life, of different ages, professional backgrounds and a wide range of writing experiences. All have created a more respectful place in their lives for their writing and grown in the process.
The Backstory: About four months ago I began this new experiment in teaching. I've been teaching writing for fifteen years but the concept of teaching an intimate writers group by conference call was a new undertaking. The concept of a weekly mastermind call with a focus on business goals and innovative learning not new because I had been a participant in such a call for two years. I understood the concept and knew the results which were life changing and rewarding.
So the concept of teaching a new Writing Series by conference call and with the addition of some one-on-one calls began. The new Mastermind Writing Series, was born. It has featured everything from discovering your authentic writing voice to the publishing business specifics. It's also featured some incredible authors guesting in including Joy Jordan Lake, Bren McClain, Patti Callahan Henry, Michael Morris and others. (I have recordings of them in the bay to edit and share.)
When our series completed, 100% of those involved decided to continue with another series. Calls taken place every Tuesday at 7 am with an enthusiastic, educational, inspirational method of taking your writing seriously.
I knew when I invited author Bren McClain to join us on The Mastermind Path to discuss her rewriting process that students were in for a treat. What I didn't know was how much I would be laughing during the discussion. It was with particular pleasure that I had the opportunity to visit with Ms. McClain because I KNEW the path she had walked to achieve publication of her first novel.
She tossed five years of work, kept one line and started over. Ok, that may be a deep simplification of the process and just as soon as I edit down our visit so that I can post it here I will. But that is the core point. To honor the story, to tell the story asking to be told she didn't give up on her character - or herself.
This woman happens to write in a chapel. One she built in a bit of walk/crawl space beneath her stairs. To enter as she puts it she has to bow a little and that puts her heart and mind in the right place. Bowing to the Divine muse and the power of story before she begins. With due reverence and respect for this thing we do.
On all that writing advice? This is when you simply hear me laughing and laughing as well as some of the evil laughs of the students. Bren shared when she first wrote her novel she kept showing it to people and taking whatever advice they gave her. Put more purple in the story? Sure. We need stripes. Okay. No, make that Polka dots! Got it! Until it went all the way around to - we need more purple in the story. The analogy is one of the funniest I've ever heard and of course hearing her tell it. Those in The Mastermind Path have already procured a loooong unedited and fun listening copy but I promise, sneak back here later and I'll try to pop up some audio outtakes.
We didn't stop at rewriting because Bren's story about her road to publishing is so inspiring in that it's no moonbeam fa-la-la publishing accident. It took years of working the ropes, honing her abilities, attending writing conferences, taking classes and working with writing critique groups. Which led eventually to being the last book that Pat Conroy published with his imprint (the imprint continues) prior to his passing away. A whirlwind and storybook finish to a long, arduous journey.
Ms. McClain deserves every ounce of success that finds its way to her, One Good Mama Bone, and her forthcoming novels. From one storyteller to another - my hats off to her.
You can find more about Mama Red, Bren McClain, her writing journey, awards, and advice - here.
Phone Booth Writer Series Student Amy Bacon Shares why this writing series is the perfect fit for her writing life.