Welcome to the Writers’ Room. Every second Monday of the month I’ll be sharing tips on writing and editing.
Today’s advice is simple.
TAKE LOTS AND LOTS OF CLASSES
Fact: I have learned more from the collection of classes (and there have been many) taken since finishing my MFA, than I did at grad school. To be fair the reason for that comes in part from readiness and repetition, but continuing to take classes has been the key to my development and successes as a writer.
Whether it’s Sandra Nichol’s brilliant workshop on Antagonists at an SCBWI conference, or a free Zanni Louise workshop on blogging (also via the SCBWI) which was inspiring, or a SCBWI webinar with Martha Alderson, The Plot Whisperer, they gave me insights, ideas and inspiration.
(Notice the SCBWI connection? Hm?)
There are a glut of writing classes out there these days, so I get that it can be hard to know if a specific class is worth the time or money. To help you out, today I’m sharing an upcoming workshop that I can guarantee will be top drawer.
One of the instructors is a friend – award winning author, Angela Cerrito. Angela’s most recent book, The Safest Lie has garnered a slew of awards and commendations worldwide including:
The SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
The Guardian’s Best Children’s Books of 2015
A Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers
National Jewish Book Award
A finalist for the 2015 National Jewish Book Award
Planet Esme Best Book of 2016
It’s clear that Angela’s got the chops. But her writing expertise is not the only reason I suggest you take this course. Writing can be a lonely soul-sucking experience filled with self-doubt. Especially while you’re submitting query after query, then drowning in the crushing silence of no responses, or the bizarrely uplifting thrill of a personal rejection. Encouragement, especially the sincere and generous kind, can mean the difference between continuing and throwing in the towel.
The first time I met Angela was at the Europolitan in 2015. We were both in Esther Hershenhorn’s workshop. Angela leaned over and penned a message on my paper. I won’t tell you what it was. But I saved it, because that note saved me.
I’ll be at the workshop and I’d love to see you there for a full day of learning and inspiration. And Euro folks… if you’re worrying about costs and hotels and such… we’re a great and friendly bunch in SCBWI NL. Don’t be shy to contact us at SCBWI NL and see if we can arrange a couch surf for you at one of our homes.
SCBWI NL WORKSHOP:
CHARACTERS IN PERIL: A WRITER’S WORKSHOP WITH ANGELA CERRITO AND LINDA CAMACHO
January 21, 2017
Creating Compelling Historical and Contemporary Fiction
For full details on the workshop and how to register, please visit the SCBWI NL website. You don’t have to be a member to attend. But honestly, if you want to write for kids, the SCBWI is kinda your best resource out there. That’s for next month…