Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Announcing Adult Classes (the kids classes are forthcoming)

December is a friendly, convivial beast. Every year. Between the celebrations, darkness, and snowstorms, there is never enough time to write.

Create the time now by signing up for my monthly write-ins. Commit to your writing time in advance. Or if you need that wetting of your writing whistle that exercises bring, sign up for Improv. Everyone could use a good "Yes, and..." now and then. Or if your project is well underway, find the "right" (in the Zen sense of the word) midset to approach your draft. Or set yourself a deadline on the road to finished project by signing up for Approach your revision or First Pages.

All my classes are designed to support the writing process. They provide actual writing time through idea generating exercises and energize and focus your writing in an low key setting. Think yoga mindfulness without the need for yoga pants (but you can wear them if you want). Plus my studio boasts a fabulous community. AND you know writing is good for you.

Check out the descriptions below and then link through to my buy page to sign up today.

All Adult Winter/Spring classes in the studio are on Wednesdays from 7 - 9 pm:

Write-ins: let Tina be your writing dominatrix, because you know you don’t have one at home. Tea and schedule/timer provided. BYOmalt liquor and red bull (or other writing enhancements). Work Schedule is as follows: 7:00-7:15 social 7:15-7:45 writing 7:45-7:50 break 7:50-8:20 writing 8:20-8:25 break 8:25-8:55 writing. First Wednesdays from January - May (except in the cases of January and April). January 9, 2013, February 6, 2013, March 6, 2013, April 10, 2013, May 1, 2013, Buy all 5: $50, Drop-in (assuming there's space):$15 I have space for 5 writers

Improv for writers: loosen up, have fun, learn how to find your narrative drive. This is a writing exercise class, pick up your pen and get limber. Come play on the page. We will spend most of our time writing, and these are serious muscle building exercises, hone skills of forward motion and attention. Writing IS your mindfulness activity. Stop the preciousness. 3 Wednesdays, January, 16, 23, 30th: $45. I have space for 5 writers.

Approach your revision: Is it time to dig-in to your draft? You don’t have to do it alone. Because your inner critic lurks for you and resistance is her weapon, this class will help you take the right attitude for revision. Face the messy verdancy of a zero-draft with the help of your friends and a 3 step process: read, respond, write. We will discuss the necessary mind/process for revisiting drafts. We will discuss the tiny segments of prose that make beats on the page. We will plan our attack. As a recovering over-reviser, Tina has the steady hand and wise-mind to set your revision energy on the right path. 3 Wednesdays, February 13, 20, 27th. $45 I have space for 5 writers.

First pages: get your first pages ready for this class. Do you need a deadline? Would you like some feed-back to get off and running? This is your class. Tina will look at the first 20 pages of your projects. We will discuss openings, what they need and don’t need, read our first 500 words out loud and get started for real, together. 2 Wednesdays, March 13, 20th. $30

Hope to write with you soon. Find the buy page right through here!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Time to Update

What do I mean? That I finally have time to update? That it is about time I update? That NOW is the time to update? Not sure. All of the above. Whatever the time, I'm declaring my intentions!

First: This is the place where people can find out about me and my classes. It might not be the best mode for communicating that, a regular website might be better, but that involves a learning curve and this is what I have for now. I'd much rather be planning classes and writing than playing with HTML. That's just me. So for now, there will be intermittent posting and mostly it will be about writing classes. I do spend time at TPR more frequently. Generally twice a week. You are always welcome to come see me there. Or join Dianne on Mondays. As always, time requests, encouraged.

Second: The prompting of this post was the end of our Zero Draft Class. We met for the final time last night. Words have been written (by hand and by keyboard). Ideas have been fleshed out (not just the students' but my own). Narrative arcs have been revealed (not just for our stories but also for ourselves). I've learned much about the administration of a good writing exercise (Thanks be to great feedback). And it seems like I have forced plenty of epiphanies along the way (I'm like a labor and delivery nurse. I don't do the work but I can certainly make or break the experience). Hooray to beginning our bodies of work! Yay to establishing writing practice and reconnecting to youthful curiosity. Adults write so differently than the youth, but we can find our way back to those blissful musing journeys of the imagination. That is what I hear we have gotten closer to as a group. I know I can say that for myself.

Third: I have given up on writing that finished YA and that unfinished MG. They currently stand as failed experiments. I'm not sorry I failed at them. Those shelved drafts and finished products are still beautiful if misshapen. I have tried to make them right, but I couldn't do that while always trying to "fix" them. I didn't find the beauty in the things that actually make them beautiful. I didn't love them enough. It's time to embrace deformity in the things I write, in myself. It's time to be curious about why the deformities are there and what they are trying to say. The embracing is what is difference between my current writing and the writing in those old projects. I couldn't understand what the old drafts wanted to be, because I was always trying to please my readers, the market, an unknown editor, a known editor, anyone. (Please someone be pleased.) Now I am pleasing myself, a person made up of invisible, internal deformities. And perhaps the writing is all the more beautiful for the ways it fails to please. Because not only do I understand it better, but also myself. At least the failing makes it possible to pick up something new the next time and fail again. Fail better. (Samuel Beckett said that first.)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012