Feed Your Writing: Take a class if you can

Looking for something to get you in gear where your writing is concerned?  Consider taking a class.
I thought of this because my friend Anya Achtenberg teaches a class called Claiming Our Stories: Working with the Power of Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction. The class is through Writers.com and starts June 15th.
I haven’t taken a writing class in ages and I am so tempted to sign up.  I won’t.  I have four deadlines this month and school is out.  But I’d love to take this.  I interviewed Anya when I wrote an article on drawing on your life to feed your fiction and was amazed at her insight.  In fact, the interview was how Anya and I met.
Anya impressed me as a deeply intuitive teacher and writer and I know I’d benefit from the class.  Anya also teaches workshops on writing for social change.  I’m a bit jealous of those of you who can sign up.
Not that I’m whining about my summer time with my son.  Our tennis game is improving — it actually looks a bit more like tennis and a bit less like fetch with two people and no dog.  And he’s writing his own story.  Where many adult writers fear critique, he asks me to read each day’s writing as he finishes.  He has grown up commenting on my writing so he seems to welcome at least gentle feedback.
Instead of a writing class (sigh), I’ll have to fuel my writing with a few how-to books.  At the moment, Gail Carson Levine’s Writing Magic is sitting on my shelf as is Jack Bichham’s Scene and Structure.
Even in the busy, heated days of summer, take the time to feed your writing.

June: Goals, goals, goals

Apparently threatening to alter my goals was just the encouragement  I needed to get myself writing — I managed to clock in 7199 words last week.  Hurray, me!

It didn’t hurt that I had an article due to my editor at the Institute of Children’s Literature.  I also got some work done on my article for WOW, due later this month. The boys also went to a Scouting event for two full days.  Two full days of writing and crocheting.  Bliss.

I’d like to think that I’ll get just as much done this week but it isn’t likely.  We have a wedding Saturday and I won’t have any time on my own.

I do  plan to get my blogs written although this one is late.  In the summer, deadlines have to take priority.  Sorry!

And I need to finish the bio that I am working on but that won’t add to my word count.

I will work on two more articles on writing.  I’d like to think I’ll get some time for picture book writing, but I suspect that will have to wait until next week.  Fingers crossed!