Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

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Writer Replay Ep. 7: The Penny Drops

August 19, 2010


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Writer Replay Ep. 5: Better Read Than Wed

July 13, 2010


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Speaking of Echelon Press

October 2, 2008

Conferee Gayle Carline, whose debut novel, Freezer Burn, is out next year from Echelon Press, posted on her own blog a nifty summary of what she walked away with from LA6’s “Intuitive Structure: Exploiting What You Know” workshop. It was conducted by Trai Cartwright, who joined us for the first time in Irvine, and, according to all the latest feedback, rocked the house.

In a nutshell, Gayle pretty much had a partial meltdown about her book, its sequel, all future books, and the state of American literature as defined by that Horace’s arse in Oslo (see previous post). Then she had a refreshing cocktail with us and all was again right with Irvine. Or at least as “right” as Irvine can get — which, frankly, is pretty extreme right, if you know what I mean.

Anyhow, read Gayle Carline’s blog here.

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Hedge your bets and Beat the Book!

September 16, 2008

Wes and I have long sought to provide a conference rotation schedule that would enable writers to attend one SCWC with only an idea or raw draft, then, over the course of a year, by tapping into subsequent SCWC events — utilizing the workshop leaders, read & critique troubleshooting, etc. — yield a firmly polished manuscript in 12 months. Whether starting with the San Diego, L.A. or Palm Springs conferences, the routinely available touchstone to the community would be in place to expedite completion of a commercially viable book.

Managing three quality conferences a year in effort to achieve that aim, however, is tough. Takes a lot of time to put on a good conference, let alone three. But I think we’ve come up with a solution that we’ll be debuting in a couple weeks in Irvine. It’s called Beat the Book, a private year-long “workshop” brought to us by one of our favorite workshop leaders, Marla Miller, and her colleague and friend of the conference, Lynn Vannucci.

Get the Beat the Book skinny here and let us know what you think.

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