A busy fall for me, and I’m hoping to see some writers out and about at these gatherings…
The Flathead River Writer’s Conference – September 27th & 28th in Kalispell. For more information check out the Authors of the Flathead website www.authorsoftheflathead.org
The Montana Romance Writer’s Conference - October 4th & 5th in Bozeman, MT. Montana RWA Conference
And I’m also teaching these courses through Flathead Valley Community College:
The Write Business (6 weeks)
Develop the business skills necessary to help your writing career succeed! Whether you aim to be an indie author, find or keep a traditional publisher, freelance, blog, serialize your non-fiction or fiction, or take Hollywood by storm, you are an entrepreneur. In addition to the creative work of writing, you need to track finances, prioritize key resources and activities, identify and utilize avenues to get to your readers, and build the support of an unofficial but highly effective board of directors.
Mondays Oct 6 – Nov 10 3 – 5:30 p.m. $249
BUS 9240A AT Bldg Rm 206
Editing Tips & Tricks(1 session)
No one wants to be responsible for a piece of writing riddled with errors, but we often read and re-read a document not sure what we’re even looking for. Armed with specific editing tools, you can sign off on more polished writing in less time. Leave with a checklist to shift your focus from merely reading to quickly and accurately spotting and fixing writing and grammatical errors.
Oct 7 BC Bldg Rm 118 COMM 9029A
Novel Challenge (5 weeks)
Celebrate National Novel Writing Month with fellow writers and take a big bite out of your novel in 30 days! First class meeting in October will be to strategize our attack. The weekly November classes will be to discuss the craft of writing and the challenges of keeping the words flowing for all thirty days of November. When we have reached our goal, we’ll spend the last evening celebrating and looking ahead to revising.
Mondays Oct 27-Nov 24 6-8:30 p.m. $74
ENGL 1107A AT Bldg Rm 205
For more information and to register, click on FVCC…
Happy reading & Happy learning!
Heading to the beach? (or hiding in the basement where it’s cool and the children won’t immediately find you?)…
The Do-Over is featured in a Kindle Countdown deal (’cause you’ve already spent hundreds of dollars on popsicles this summer
For one more day and 56 minutes… 55 minutes… 54 minutes…
Happy Reading & Happy Summering!
Workshops for Summer & Fall 2014!
June – October 2014
Flathead Valley Community College:
Everyday Creative Writing (4 weeks)
Ever want to try writing an article, a poem, a story, or even an entertaining letter but wondered what to write about and how to begin? There’s inspiration everywhere: at the dinner table, in newspaper headlines, even on the back of a shampoo bottle. With guided exercises, it’s easy to capture everyday creative writing.
Wednesdays June 4 – June 25 6-9 p.m. $69 ENGL 1095A AT Building Room 202
To register: http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html
The Writer’s Club – Grades 3 – 5 (2 one week sessions to choose from)
Develop a love of words. Expand your creative side with a wonderful portfolio of writing to take home at the end of the class. Plot stories, have fun with poetry and create a book cover. On the final day, treat your family to a reading and book signing. Bring a notebook and also a snack if you wish.
Session one: Monday – Friday June 16 – 20th 1 – 4 p.m. AT Bldg. Rm 202 $74
Session two: Monday – Friday June 23 – 27th 9 a.m. – Noon AT Bldg Rm 203 $74
To register: http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html
WRIT 95 – Developmental Writing (3.0 credits) Tuesdays 5:00 – 9:20 p.m. June 10 – Aug. 12th
To register: http://www.fvcc.edu/
Additional writing classes at FVCC:
Writing the First Novel with Dennis Foley http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html
Scrivener with Dennis Foley http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html
Break Into Magazine Writing with Becky Lomax http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html
Flathead River Writers Conference – Kalispell, MT September 27 & 28th www.authorsoftheflathead.org
Montana Romance Writers Conference – Bozeman, MT October 3 – 5th Montana Romance Writers
(This post appeared originally on Montana Women Writers)
I lost my mother thirteen years ago, and my oldest daughter is about ready to graduate from high school. Mother’s Day has never felt more precious to me than it does this year.
Mothering is a complicated business. The day-to-day of it can range from mildly irritating to “I want to run screaming out of this house.” And those are some of the good days.
But the great days… ah, the great days. They will make your life.
My mother certainly gave me mine. My drive, my focus, my anxieties, my arranging flowers from the garden, all gifts from my mother. And, of course, she taught me how to be a mother in the same way I’ve taught my daughters, who have made their own internal list of what they will repeat and what they will do TOTALLY differently.
What is so particularly sweet about Mother’s Day this year, is the understanding that my full-time job, which I have done with all that I am, is about to be a part-time job at best. To be accurate, the hours have been diminishing for some time now. My girls, 18 and 15, have their own lives in addition to the one we share as a family. But while my hours as Mom have been cut, I’ve been bringing the same level of energy, heart, worry, and enthusiasm to the business of it.
The shift I’ve been gearing up for is the same one my mother had to make. What will our relationship look like when we get to define it ourselves? When the days of signing permission slips and sending lunch money are in the rear view mirror, what’s ahead on the highway?
For my lovely, funny, energetic Ava, there is an entire lifetime ahead with all the joy and complexity the world offers.
For me? I’m old enough to know that I don’t know. But my wish is to hold this Mother’s Day close to my heart and to know that every day after is just as precious.
Happy Mother’s Day
Happy Valentine’s Day!
But sometimes the real gifts are the ones we give ourselves. And by “give ourselves” I mean fight for and carve out of however crazy your life can be.
Here are 5 ways to put a little more heart in your holiday:
1. Nap. Naps are awesome and often overlooked as one of the yellow brick roads to happiness.
2. Eat chocolate. I know you love chocolate. We all love chocolate, and we’re all going to eat some in the next day, week, minute. What I’m saying is eat the chocolate already. Don’t fuss about it or “earn it” just eat it.
3. Call that girlfriend you don’t get to talk to very often. It will make your day. It will make hers.
4. Cross one thing off your to-do list that you haven’t done and will never do. You know the one… make kale chips, floss teeth after every meal (you’d have to if you ate kale chips), do your own taxes.
5. Embrace gratitude. You think I mean for others, right? Nope. We do plenty of that. I’m suggesting that a wonderful gift is to write down 3 things you are grateful for about yourself. Not what you have or what you do but who you are.
I am, for example, funny. Alone in my head, I think I am hilarious. Since I write at home with only a dog, it makes me a great co-worker. Is that number two? Well, in case it’s not, I’ll also be grateful that I am pretty good at saying no, a handy skill, and I nap.
So this Valentine’s Day weekend, a three day for some folks, treat yourself with a little heart!
And to celebrate… Plan On It is 99 cents on a Kindle Countdown weekend!
And Hollywood Beginnings is now an audio book (in case you really do get tickets to Paris and need something to entertain you on the plane!)