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I have learned a valuable lesson about writing this year as a result of teaching writing workshops. This led to a breakthrough in writing poetry that has transformed my poems in the past few months. Here is what I have learned.

“Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds” at The Writers Studio!

I am so excited to announce that my proposal for a workshop on writing speculative fiction and poetry, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror, was recently approved, and the class is now listed and available for registration! This new 6-week workshop is titled "Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds" and it uses The Writers Studio method of persona writing and critiquing. It begins Saturday, July 27, 2019.

Summer Writing Workshops at the Writers Studio!

The Writers Studio Tucson is holding eight-week writing workshops again this summer, and there are two options for the beginning level: I'm teaching Workshop Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 12:30pm starting July 20th.Lela Scott MacNeil is teaching Workshop Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 9:00pm starting August 7th. Registration and the full list of courses including all … Continue reading Summer Writing Workshops at the Writers Studio!

Supporting Professional Payment Rates in Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Fiction Markets

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America sets the minimum payment rates for professional short fiction markets. In September, this rate rises from 6 cents per word to 8 cents per word. Interesting to me, because I'm submitting stories to these markets... Current cover art for Beneath Ceaseless Skies One of my favorite magazines … Continue reading Supporting Professional Payment Rates in Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Fiction Markets

Review: Horror 101: The Way Forward edited by Joe Mynhardt

Horror 101: The Way Forward edited by Joe Mynhardt explores a tremendous territory of information, advice, and experience with essays written by many different creatives who work in the genre. These essays are organized into four main sections about the horror genre itself, the artistic opportunities in horror, writing horror, and building and maintaining a career in horror. There are some very useful commonalities to be found between various essays, but there are many differences, too, and even contradictory information. I love that. I found this mix especially inspiring because it underscores just how much room there is for you and me to explore the genre as singular readers, writers, artists, and enthusiasts. Even when I told myself I would absolutely *NOT* emulate what a particular essayist has done in their career, I loved learning about their experiences and how this only proves how wide open horror is.

Review: Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

Book cover of Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting That You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder, with a cat on the cover hanging from a frayed rope The tone and humor might be a little dated, even insensitive and problematic at points, but there's no question that Save the Cat by Blake Snyder is a book packed with useful, easily digestible, but comprehensive information. Ostensibly written for screenwriters, I think novelists and short stories writers will find this book equally as beneficial. It might even have a thing or two to teach poets.