Textures: Fur, Fuzz, Cold Sheet Steel

Apologies for not posting these last few weeks. The burden of planning programming at the library is heavy on my mind. Still, the workshops at the library continue to be successful. AND Nanowrimo is coming in only a few days! I had been considering either another long narrative project for November or some version of […]

Get Your Fill of Writing Workshops

The month of September is filled with writing workshops at the Bixby Library. I’ve given up the reins of the Thursday workshop for a few weeks again to Kris Johannesson MFA to lead the writers through what she calls “Writing Horror.” Three one-off writing workshops are taking place, too. On September 6th, Joni B. Cole […]

Zine Results (8)

Our eight week session has come to an end, and on its final night we made zines, mini-books and pamphlets. RESULTS I neglected to capture a record of all the results of our group’s work last night, but here are a few of the blank templates I made, a journal of mine, and my finished […]

What do you need to make a zine? (7)

Our penultimate workshop session for the summer met last night! We discussed revision and preparations for making books next session. Zines, pamphlets, journals, whatever you want to call them, we will be making book objects next week, so that we can fill them with our own writing! TECHNICAL IMAGINATION David Madden’s┬áRevising Fiction introduces the concept […]

What is Revising? (6)

Our writing workshop group at the Bixby Library embarked collectively on individual writing projects several weeks ago. Each writer has produced a respectable amount of work to this end, and each seems to feel as though they want to write more. No one has a complete draft yet, so we plan to continue to write […]

Writing Week (5)

Camp Nanowrimo month is almost over! So, we’re approaching the end of our “production” phase for this summer’s workshop. During Thursday’s session, we spent a lot of time listening to what people have written so far, giving a little feedback, and writing more! PERFECTIONISM For those writers who haven’t been as productive as they had […]

Unstick Your Project (4)

It’s easy to get stuck on a project. The morass of writer’s block is especially threatening in the midst of a sprint like Nanowrimo. There are a few strategies to prevent, heal, or steamroll this danger, though. So don’t worry. PREPARATION A lot of anxiety and unproductive hours can be circumvented with preparation. Banishing your […]

Structure for Short Projects (3)

There are lots of ways to organize structure in your writing projects. You could indefinitely enable your procrastination habit just by doing research on structure. So, I’ll try to keep this a fairly short post and still give you a few interpretation. Structure can apply to just about any form of writing, although some forms, […]

Concrete Details (2)

The second session of our Eight Weeks to a Book Object Writing Workshop at the Bixby Library marked a return to full strength in participants. WARMUP Our first exercise of the night was a warmup exercise to help getting our brains in writing mode. With a three minute timer, we each listed as many words […]

Eight Weeks to a Book Object (1)

So it begins! Our summer workshop will step through the process of a writing project. We’ve got eight weeks to create a book object. That means by August 17th, each of us will have created from start to finish a book that we can give as a gift or keep as a souvenir of our […]