Thursday, April 14, 2011

Free Is Good (Especially When It Comes to Writing!)

The Nebraska Book Festival is coming up in May. Thanks to the miracle of Facebook, I saw they were offering free writing workshops and of course, I had to check it out.

I'm happy to say I'm enrolled in Nebraska author Timothy Schaffer's writing workshop called "Geographies of Fiction." Here's a short bio and intro:

"Timothy Schaffert is a fourth-generation Nebraskan whose central Nebraska farm has been in his family for seventy years. Three of his four novels have been set in that landscape, and a sense of place, and of the relationships that inform rural communities, have been integral to the development of his fiction. In this fiction-writing workshop, Timothy will offer writing exercises and lead a discussion on how writers use place to portray character, to further the plot, and enhance story and theme."

This is just about as perfect as it gets for me since I have recently realized I am big on "place" in my fiction and in my life. I'm quite excited about it.

Best of all? It's free.

I'm also considering signing up for a weekend workshop at the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference in June. Timothy Schaffer is also the director of this conference, and there are lots of great workshops available that week. I probably can only afford one workshop over the weekend, but hey, since my birthday is in June, this should be the perfect birthday present to myself.

11 comments:

  1. Wow, sounds perfect! Free workshops? Yum! Enjoy!

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  2. What a great opportunity! I would love to take a writer's workshop too. And free...icing on the cake!

    I'd like to read some of your fiction sometime Melissa. I need a few pointers. My last piece took me hours and hours to write. I was very frustrated with it.

    I made some bread and felt better-now if I just had some Nutella to go with it. Or forget the bread-straight Nutella would work:)

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  3. Jill - I'm quite excited!

    Valerie - Oh, Nutella...I think I gained 5 lbs. eating that stuff one time. I never again bought it because I can't stay away from it. It must be the fact that it's made in Northern Italy and that is where I am from...or maybe it's because it just tastes REALLY GOOD.

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  4. That definitely sounds like a workshop custom-made for you. There's nothing like hearing the seasoned pros share their wisdom.

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  5. Very cool - enjoy!!!

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  6. Joanne - It's been years since I've been to a writing workshop, so this will be great!

    Tess - Thanks! Will do.

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  7. How fantastic, a free writing workshop. Sounds wonderful.

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  8. That sounds like a great workshop, Melissa! I hope you have a great time and get everything you want out of it.

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  9. Me again...realized I left the wrong URL next to my name. (was my face red!)

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  10. How exciting! What a lovely birthday present to yourself. Enjoy!

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  11. Thanks, Debs, Linda, and Christine!

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