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.


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

  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:)

  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.

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

  5. Very cool - enjoy!!!

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

    Tess - Thanks! Will do.

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

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

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

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

  11. Thanks, Debs, Linda, and Christine!


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