Posts made in May, 2015

2015 Camp for Creative Writers Presentation Schedule

2015 Camp for Creative Writers Presentation Schedule

Monday: David Martin – Emma Vinchur (8:30-8:45) – “Let’s Get Organized: How to Take Notes” Escape from AlcaJazz (8:45-9:45) – “Jazz and Composition” Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00) Snacks (10:00-10:15) Small Groups (10:15-11:30) Auditorium (11:30-12:00)   Tuesday: “Metaphor” Martin – Emma (8:30-8:45) – “Our Lives Depend on Metaphors” Julian Adair (8:45-9:45) – dance, music, rhythm, photography Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00) Snacks (10:00-10:15) Small Groups (10:15-11:30) Auditorium (11:30-12:00)   Wednesday: “Metaphor” Martin – Emma (8:30-8:45) – “Inspiration and Discipline” Maria Harding (8:45-9:30) – “Living the Mozart Effect” Writing Reflections (9:30-10:00) Snacks (10:00-10:15) Small Groups (10:15-11:30) Auditorium Readings (11:30-12:00)   Thursday: “Metaphor” Martin – Emma (8:30-8:45) “Writing Goals” Michael Campbell (8:45-9:45) – “Song Writing: Lyrics and Life” Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00) Snacks (10:00-10:15) Small Groups (10:15-11:30) Auditorium Readings (11:30-12:00)   Friday: “Metaphor” Martin – Emma (8:30-8:45) “Mean what you say. Say what you mean.” Louder than a Bomb (8:45-9:45) – “Slam Poetry Wonders” Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00) Snacks (10:00-10:15) Small Groups (10:15-11:30) Auditorium Readings (11:15-12:00)   Register For Camp Today! Register online, click here. Share...

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10 Non-Writing Suggestions for Writers

10 Non-Writing Suggestions for Writers

# 10 ALWAYS carry and use recording devices Paper and pen are the most obvious and low-tech tools to collect random thoughts. Many cellphones have a built in voice recorder; some have “note” capturing capability. (See your owner’s manual. Find it online if you don’t have the hardcopy booklet, or go to your cell carrier’s store and give the poor trainee check-in person the thing they crave the most; a chance to show how techy superior they are to us mere mortal users). You can also text or email yourself. There are many “apps” that can be found to record and organize your thoughts and your time, which is also important for you to schedule writing sessions. I’m jealous of writers who carry a beautiful journal and nice pen. My thoughts are often recorded on receipts, coupons and napkins. The jottings are thrown into a container that is sifted through, occasionally. Eventually some of the legible concepts are transferred to my computer and cellphone, where they buzz around like mosquitos at a screen door. This blog originated as scribbles of words that stuck fast, before they could be slapped away by the flyswatter that clears my mind quickly for the next unattached swarm of thoughts that riddle my over active brain. # 3, 4 & 5 were written on an empty junk mail envelope. # 1, 6, & 9 were fitted on to a small corner left on a yellow legal pad. Some of it was lost on a fast food napkin. If it’s found and the original ideas were better than the culmination here, I’ll do an update to this blog entry. My perpetual disorganization is so frustrating. I hope that you are not plagued with this horrible affliction and that you have a beautiful journal and fancy pen that never leaks and always marks on any surface!  # 9 Read, Read, Read Reading is to a writer the daily jog of a marathon runner. You must be in shape, inspired, and practice a lot to have the endurance required to complete the race, a book, a poem, etc. Reading makes me want to write. Reading anything stimulates the brain and provides information that can make your writing more complete. Reading best sellers can help with “market research.” Plus if you love to write, you probably already love to read, the trick is finding the balance between the two.  # 8 Invest in a formal education Take writing classes, find a writing group, or come to Fine Lines Summer Camp. Invest time, if not money, because you need to never stop learning to develop your craft.         Informally planning time to write is good but a degree or...

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