Tomorrow’s critique will be canceled and rescheduled for next Sunday. The MWW Director had a recent hospital stay and is still recovering. He should be better by next week, and we will post updates along the way. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Due to some new scheduling at my day job, I am going to have to readjust some things on the calendar for MWW. All Wednesday and Sunday activities will remain the same. Outside of this Saturday’s seminar, however, Saturday events and other evening events will be rescheduled. I will update the calendar as soon as possible once I determine when to hold the new events.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
J Boone Dryden
Wednesday, October 24, 7:00pm
Wauwatosa Public Library
7635 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI
Meet Pat Laffery, author of Anno Domina, and one of the Milwaukee Writers Workshop’s veteran members. He will give a reading from his newly-published novel and field a Q&A afterwards with attendees.
Sunday, October 28, 7:00pm
Zen Den, Intercontinental Hotel
139 E. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Pat Lafferty will sit in on a reading of his novel at the Books & Booze Meetup group and field questions from those in attendance.
You can pick up his novel at the All Things that Matter Press website or on Amazon.com.
Hey there. So we’re doing some adjustments to the website today and tomorrow to better direct people when they come to MWW.com. Please pardon our mess as we straighten up and please email me with any questions you might have: email@example.com.
Hey there everyone!
So here are a few changes we’ve made to the calendar/schedule:
1. We’ll now have “Workshop Wednesdays.” In order to make it easier to schedule your time around our workshops, you can count on workshops being at 5:30pm each Wednesday at Gravity Connect.
2. We’ll also have “Seminar Saturdays.” Each month we’ll have at least one seminar split between two Saturdays. Check out the calendar to see what we’ve got each month.
As we develop new programming and work to best suit our members, keep checking back here at the website.
Also, we’re working diligently on the issue with documents. I’ll update again when we’ve figured it out.
Here is a list of our upcoming events for July.
July 12, 5:30pm: Short works critique & discussion; Alterra Shorewood
July 14, 5:00pm: Passive vs. Active Voice; Gravity Connect
July 18, 4:30pm: Building Suspense; Gravity Connect
July 19, 5:30pm: Maximalism vs. Minimalism; Gravity Connect
July 25, 4:30pm: Point-of-View; Gravity Connect
July 29, 12:30pm: Plotting Your Novel–Starting With Nothing; Gravity Connect
July 14, 2:30pm: Delineating the Spec Fic Genre, Part 1; Gravity Connect
July 21, 2:30pm: Delineating the Spec Fic Genre, Part 2; Gravity Connect
July 21-August 1, 6:30pm: Summer Writers Intensive
The Milwaukee Writers Workshop is always trying to improve its services, and we hope that this will entice our growing audience.
For those interested in the Summer Writers Intensive, we will be starting up a summer short session of the Mechanics of the Story (check soon for updates). It will be for two evenings a week — Monday’s and Wednesday’s — for five weeks just before the intensive starts.
Here’s the fun part, though!
If you sign up now for both courses, you’ll get to attend the Mechanics of the Story course for free! Just visit the Summer Intensive page today and sign up, and we’ll waive the fee for the story course!
Two exciting announcements!!
The Milwaukee Writers Workshop is now offering a discounted subscription to Poets & Writers magazine (only $9.95 for a year) with an upgraded membership, which will be just $60 a year. If you’ve already paid for a Basic Membership, let me know, and we’ll get your set up if you’d like to upgrade.
The Milwaukee Writers Workshop will be hosting a 12-day-long writers intensive in July. The goal: write between 20,000-35,000 words and get lectures from both MWW and instructors in creative writing from local universities. We’ll be posting more information in the very near future. We’ll start accepting applications in May.
Contact J Boone Dryden for more information on either announcement.
So here’s a new series I’ll be working on. I call it the Writer’s FAQ. I think there are a lot of small questions that never really get touched on in writers books, because they focus a lot on larger topics like Theme and Character and Setting. So I’m going to work on some very specific questions sent to me by readers at my blog or given to me by members of this here workshop.
Q: How do I keep my writing fresh and inventive?
My answer to many questions like this is two-fold: read and write in equal parts.
In all seriousness, though, to keep your writing ‘fresh’ is to understand what is going on in the contemporary world of the style you’re writing. If you’re writing science fiction, for example, know what other science fiction writers are writing. That doesn’t mean go and buy every new book as soon as it comes out; it just means keep tabs on what’s popular, what’s pushing the envelope, and who is doing things that impress you. ‘Fresh,’ to me, means unique, and that means creating your own voice and finding your place in the world as a writer, within the context of your peers.
‘Inventive’ is a slightly different matter. They’re kind of one-in-the-same, but my interpretation of this word is that it means “outside the box.” I don’t know that this is always necessary, but it’s certainly a good way to go. Genres — of all varieties — begin to have tropes; it’s inevitable. Understanding those standards (tropes) and utilizing them to your best advantage, or in some cases doing away with them entirely, is the best way to make your writing inventive. Understanding takes knowledge, though, so I’ll go back to my original statement: read and write in equal parts.
I think some of the most Fresh and Inventive writing comes out of short fiction. So in the next week, go to the bookstore and look for some of the literary journals in the magazine section and pick up one in your favorite genre. See what those writers are doing. See what they’re not doing, too, because honestly not every writer is going to speak to you — even though they got published. That’s ok.
If you have a question for the Writer’s FAQ, send it to boone@milwaukeewritersworkshop or visit us on Facebook.