Well, at least it’s raining at the ol’ Thrasher Studios Homestead. Maybe you have some autumn sun? At any rate, if you’re like many writers, the cooler temps and shorter days send you inside to create stories more often. That’s why on Saturday we reviewed the 7 basics of a writing education. The things you should be doing to give your literary life a good foundation.
Upcoming workshops include:
October 18: Poetry is Not a Luxury
November 15: Where to Submit your Work (Note, in our workshop, I mistakenly said November 22. That’s incorrect. The third Saturday for November is actually the 15th.)
December 20: Blog to the World
There’s been questions about whether or not we’ll keep this Saturday schedule. The answer is: Yes, for the foreseeable future.
Today’s prompt is to get you ready for our next workshop. I want you to go check your bookshelves, your e-reader, the library — wherever literary sources are available to you, and find a book of poetry. It doesn’t have to be anything specific. It doesn’t have to be sonnets. It can be anything. There’s tons out there. You could pick up McSweeneys or ZoeTrope All Story. Heck, grab your kid’s Dr. Seuss book, if need be. Do, however, go out of your comfort zone. Find something new. Find your alma mater’s literary magazine and check that out. Then read it. Study it. Really examine it. Journal about it. Find the meaning between the lines and words and the white space. Breathe it for the next month or so. Keep picking it up. Memorize it if you like. Learn it. Know it.