Writing is often described as a solitary activity, which is both true and misleading. Many aspects of the work of writing are best done (for most of us) in solitude, though there are exceptions to every rule. But even the most reclusive of writers needs other people to do her work: editors, agents, publicists, dog walkers, baristas, family members, printers, postal carriers, etc.

Today’s post at Positive Writer highlights some of the most essential members of a writer’s team: Four People You Positively Need in Your Writing Life. It’s a quick read, but if you can’t come up with a name for each category, you owe it to yourself to spend a little time thinking about who you might recruit. Because good writing is most definitely not a solitary activity.

When we participate in a critique session, whether giving or receiving, we want to make the best use of everyone’s limited time as well as provide and come away with the most useful information. We can do both if we keep the essential things in mind.

Writing professional Janie Sullivan has posted a great article about the art of literary critique on her blog, Center for Writing Excellence. The key thing to remember is that a critique is an opinion, rather than an edit. Be sure to read the whole post (which is brief and wonderfully concise) because the devil is in the details, as we all know.


Chuck Sambuchino, editor of Guide to Literary Agents and Writer’s Digest’s Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, will be the featured presenter at a workshop in Louisville on Friday 6 February. Entitled “How to Get Published,” the day-long event will include sessions on publishing options, queries and pitches, critique, and marketing. Agents and editors will be also available to meet with authors throughout the day.

For more information and registration, visit http://kentuckywritingworkshop.com/.

Book coach and publishing expert Peggy DeKay will lead a workshop on self-publishing Saturday, 17 January, from 2:30-4:30 at the Village Branch of the Lexington Public Library. To get more information or make reservations, call 859-246-1607.


business card graphicThis Saturday, 13 December, two ECWG members will be at book signings in the area, just in time for holiday giving.

Evelyn Christensen will be at the Half Price Books on Tiverton Way (off Nicholasville Road) in Lexington from 2-4 p.m.

Chris Kelder will be┬ábe at the Half Price Books on Sir Barton Way (off Man O’ War at Hamburg) in Lexington from 1-4 p.m.

Take some time on Saturday to stop by one or both of these events and say hello!

caution signOnce again, paranormal romance author Jami Gold has posted some terrific tips for fellow writers. This time she tackles story flow at the sentence/paragraph level, where it often goes undetected by authors. A writer’s knowledge of the story tends to neutralize the jarring effects of small cause-effect reversals before the brain even registers them. Jami offers some practical ways to bring them to our attention.

The post (Cause and Effect: Understanding Story Flow) does a nice job of explaining how and why small speed bumps in our writing can have an undesired effect on readers. It then outlines a handful of techniques for locating potential speed bumps in our work. Best of all, the post discusses how selectively breaking the rules, with intent, can expand our writer’s toolbox.

This Thursday 9 October, past ECWG member Jesse Sisken will speak at the Tates Creek Library in Lexington about writing and publishing his novel, Cavanila’s Choices, the first in his Minoan Gold Trilogy. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. Call 859-231-5500 to register.

On Saturday 18 October, ECWG member Christopher Kelder will take part in the second annual Local Kentucky Author Book Bazaar at Bakery Blessings & Books, 1999 Harrodsburg Road in Lexington. The event, which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., features authors reading as well as signing and selling their books.

ECWG facilitator Jennifer Barricklow will lead a pair of writing workshops at two Lexington Public Library locations this week. The first will be held at the Eagle Creek Library on Wednesday 9 October, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; the second will be held at the Central Library on Saturday 11 October, from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Both hands-on workshops will explore using tarot (and other pictorial systems) as a tool for writing. Neither workshop is a requisite for the other. The second workshop will feature different techniques from the first and will allow more time for writing and practice. Call 859-231-5500 to register.


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