Today’s Workshop Leader | True | 15 February 2017

Many thanks to editor Matt Potter at Truth Serum press for selecting this story to include in the True Anthology, first published 15 February 2017.

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“Today’s Workshop Leader” appears in the first anthology from Truth Serum Press, True.

As many writers do, I workshop often because it’s a great way to connect with other writers practicing the same form and, if I’m lucky, I also get some practical feedback from a really great instructor. Can all those conditions be met in one place at one time? Yes. Yes, they can.

Being an abstract-random learner, I met my dream workshop leader that summer.  I dedicate this story to the life-force of awesomeness who goes by the name Arlaina Tibensky. This story is an homage to one wonderful workshop I had at Gotham’s 8th Avenue headquarters, and is also an exercise in how to have dialogue tag action.

Ogotham-fiction-2-workshopne day, my workshop notes looked like this sketch. So, it’s fun to go back and remember my classmates and their likes and looks. I remember one day just watching what my shopmates did with their hands as they talked. And that’s really what this story is about. What hands do when an artist speaks.

I got a lot of great feedback on the full-length short stories I was able to workshop, by the way, and two have gone on to publication!  “Jean, 1947” was published in Change Seven magazine, and “Don’t Upset the World’s Best Second-Rate Writer” went to Soliloquies Anthology.

This story, “Today’s Workshop Leader,” is the flash fiction about writing those stories, and the advice I got about world-building and characterization.

Thanks as weimg_0008ll go to my fellow classmates Chad, Amy, Ray, Yvonne, Thomas, Karly, and Jenny. Workshopping online has its pros and cons, and I used it often, but there’s really no substitute to sitting at a table in the real world and hearing the music, having the laughs, passing the papers around.

Plus: New York City. Inspiration by the square foot.
As of now, the story is available in a paperback edition.  Here is a link for more information.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I feel sometimes like I’m whistling in the wind with these posts, but I like to rememory here. :o)

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