The Forgotten Discipline: Fiction Craftsmanship
This presentation offers the rudiments of craftsmanship unique to fiction – basic reference materials, formatting, copy editing, and wording and structure, with a primer on the construction of dialogue.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00pm. Lexington Park Library, Meeting Room B
Presenter: Tom Glenn, author of Friendly Casualties and No-Account
Join us on November 25 for a critique group session. Bring one to five pages of something you would like critiqued by your fellow writers. And think about some questions you may want the group to answer about your work. For example, you may want to ask if your first line engages the reader? Are there grammar issues? If you would like written feedback, bring several copies of your work to distribute.
If time permits, a write-in will follow the critique session.
November 25 – 6:30-8pm, Lexington Park Library
Please note: All meetings will be at the Lexington Park Library from 6:30-8pm on the last Tuesday of the month. There is no meeting planned for December.
The mind was demystified at our October meeting. It was a scientific exploration of self-discovery — we learned some really cool technical stuff, along with logical reasons why we do what we do. There is always a method to our madness. If you missed the meeting, we’re hoping to schedule another visit with Julia Bates in the spring.
All future meetings will be on the last Tuesday of each month at the Lexington Park Library. Next meeting: Tuesday, November 25 – Critique Group and Write-In at Lexington Park Library.
When we sit down to write, what tools do we place before ourselves? Favorite pencils, yellow legal pads, a laptop, pens with just the right kind of drag across the line? And that most mysterious tool, our minds. When we look at recent research about the brain, most of it new within the past 15 years, what can we learn about practices that would strengthen our use of that more mystical concept of mind? Are the brain and the mind the same thing? Do we gain insight into how to approach the experience of writing if we look from both perspectives: the scientific and the literary/traditional/metaphoric? Do we want to have our concept of mind demystified? What new habits might we take on as we wrestle with the task of writing?
Guest speaker author Alix Moore kicked off our September meeting by asking attendees about their struggles with writer’s block. She then took us on a “field trip to creative flow,” an exercise designed to recreate a moment when we were completely immersed in an activity. By focusing on the positive feelings (emotional, physical, and mental) associated with this immersion, Ms. Moore explained, “The goal is not to get over writer’s block; the goal is to get writing again.”
Ms. Moore went on to explain that when we are feeling blocked, one of the following four places in our lives is not in balance: physical, mental, ego, emotional. An example of a physical block is a cluttered or ugly work space. The solution: Take the time to clean up, organize, and beautify. An example of a mental block is the intrusion of “hamster-wheel mind,” requiring an effort to settle ourselves mentally. An example of an ego block is procrastination, which may require affirmations or physical movement to get us writing again. Finally, emotional blocks can be dissolved simply by honoring the emotions.
After her presentation, Ms. Moore kindly stayed afterwards to answer individual questions. If you were unable to attend and want to learn more, check out http://www.alixmoore.net/.
Don’t miss our next meeting . . . Thursday, September 25 (6:30pm) at Leonardtown Library.
Featured Guest Speaker: Ms. Alix Moore, BA, MA, will discuss “A New Understanding of Writer’s Block.”
Ms. Moore is a teacher, trainer, and published author. Her first book, Tapping the Well Within: Writing from Your Source of Effortless Creativity, Deep Wisdom, and Utter Joy was published in 2011. In 2013, Apprentice House published her work The Gift: How My Horse Taught Me to Teach the Toughest Children. Ms. Moore will self-publish four new titles with her own publishing company, Rising Moon Press, in 2014.