I'm just back from an evening at the pub and I'm super-stoked! Nope, I did not have any alcohol... but I'm participating in a writing workshop this weekend, and the instructor is none other than the wonderful Lee Weatherly! Yup, the very same Lee Weatherly who wrote these amazing books (among like 40 others):
I couldn't believe it when Lee tweeted about teaching this course a couple months ago! I mean, we're talking about Zurich, Switzerland! I never would have expected her to come here, or that this sort of English writing scene has been existing right under my knows without my knowledge!
participants and instructors, but I'm glad I went through with it! I needn't have worried because everyone was really nice and I enjoyed talking about books and publishing and WIPs, and Lee was so friendly!! I'm looking forward to working with this diverse group of people for the next two days :)
The course focuses on revising, which is something I've been struggling with for a year now. Drafting is fun, but this revising stuff... hard work!! I'm having problems with structure and I feel like I can't get an overview of what I actually have, and how to make it better. You know, pacing, plot, character arcs and development...
I'm so angry at myself for having a completed manuscript and just letting it lie around for more than a year now! I want to polish it and start querying agents and try to get something out there! So I'm really glad that query letters and writing a synopsis is also something we'll touch on in the course.
Anyhow, I need to get myself to bed now so I'm in good form tomorrow :) I'll write a post about the course after it's over. Gosh I'm so excited... and I've said it about a gazillion times... and I've used way too many exclamation marks in this post. Oh well.
Have you guys ever taken part in any workshops or writing classes/seminars? What were your experiences with the other participants and the authors? Did it help you with your work? I'd love to hear some about it!