Blue Ridge Community College Bookfest

My BW and I have just returned (well actually it was Saturday evening) from the Blue Ridge Community College Bookfest in Flat Rock, NC.  It was a wonderful experience, far surpassing any expectation that we had.

It was both a “fest” for readers and an opportunity for writers and wannabe writes to network and attend workshops.  On Friday I attended a session lead by Maggie Bishop entitled Write Now! and then a second session with BRCC instructor Jennifer Parrack-Rogers and Katie Winkler on Connecting the Reading Heart and the Writing Mind.  Friday evening found me at a mixer and reception for the authors and then a very sobering evening session with Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with the story of Picking Cotton, a case of rape conviction based on mistaken identity.  Saturday started off with a keynote conversation with Terry Kay.  Wonderful.  There were a number of Saturday sessions in parallel tracks that I could have taken but I chose the “Writer Only”.  As we moved through the day, each 45 minute session dealt with another aspect of writing and the business of writing. 

In addition to the educational sessions, there was an opportunity to meet and talk with over eighty authors in the large auditorium.  Malaprop’s bookstore was also there to sell  the author’s books.  This was a great chance for me to meet potential speakers for our writer’s club.

By the time 4:00 rolled around, We were bushed, We got in the Highlander and headed down the mountain.  Glad we went and planning go back next year.

Published in: on June 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm  Comments (3)  
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ed2go Writing Courses

The fact that Annie has been admitted to Naropa University for MFA studies inspired me to sign up for an online writing course. The online courses are given by but through South Piedmont Community College (SPCC).

Several years ago I took two of these courses, Travel Writing and The Craft of Magazine Writing with Eva Shaw through Central Piedmont.  I thought that they were great and was considering taking one of them again when I discovered some of the other offerings.  I was excited to find two offerings around fiction and novel writing so I signed up for Write Fiction Like a Pro with Steve Alcorn with the session beginning December 9th.  The class consists of two lessons a week for six weeks.  Once a given lesson is posted, you have two weeks to finish the assignment.  The classes are interactive in that the other students as well as the instructor get to review and critique your work.  I think that the $79 fee (paid to SPCC) is extremely reasonable for what you get.  I still have all of my syllabus and notes from the previous courses.

Wouldn’t it be a blast if some of the critique group were in this same session?

Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 9:14 am  Comments (8)