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Jot IV – Mark Your Calendars

Originally posted on Josh Mosey | Writer:

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My writers group, The Weaklings, met recently to discuss the next Jot Writers Mini-Conference. I thought I’d tell you what we know so far.

Jot IV or Jot 4 (which one do you like better?) will take place on Friday, September 12th at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, MI from 7pm – 11pm. The price, as it has always been, will be nothing. The value will be considerably more (hopefully).

At the moment, only a few of our speakers have been confirmed. We’ll have veteran Jot speaker and editor at Discovery House Publishers, Andrew Rogers, and we just signed on blogger and Houzz.com writer, Alison Hodgson. We have two more speakers that we’re still bullying into agreements, so stay tuned for those.

For past attendees, we’re excited to announce that Baker Book House has agreed to expand the stage area of the store to accommodate our…

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How To Create An Effective Word Count Goal

Originally posted on Part-Time Novel:

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Think about the last time you failed at a goal. Be it to land a job, run a triathlon, swim a mile, write a book, etc. Whatever it is, it weighs on you. It can be a mocking, dark cloud. You might have failed from lack of effort but those usually don’t hurt. I am talking about one that hurts, and hurts bad. Not a mosquito bite, but a side swipe by a car.

I’ve been side swiped on and off for the last seven years. Okay that might seem a bit dramatic but the stings have been there. I’ve gone through spurts where I have written a lot, and not written at all. This is not what a novelist does, I told myself. Novelists write every single day. They get up and write when they don’t feel like it. They write when they are tired and when they…

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Announcing Flavorwire’s 2014 Short Fiction Contest

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FYI Writers

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Flavorwire is excited to announce our 2014 short fiction contest. For the second year in a row, in honor of May’s National Short Story Month, we’re offering a prize of $500 for one outstanding short story. To enter, simply send a story of 5,000 words or less — in the body of a message, not as an attachment — along with a brief author bio and all relevant contact information to flavorwirefiction@gmail.com by Friday, May 16. Flavorwire Literary Editor Jason Diamond will judge all entries and announce the results on Monday the 26th. We’ll publish the winning story, along with a handful of honorable mentions, on Flavorwire throughout the final week of May.

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A Follow Up To Matthew Landrum’s Poetry Workshop – Reading Recommendations

 

Thank you all for coming out to Jot III. We had a great lineup of speakers. I enjoyed running into old friends and making new ones. A special thanks to those who attended my poetry workshop.

I was asked by one of the authors in attendance to give some book recommendations. As this question invariably makes me draw a blank, here is a more thorough list than the one I gave that night. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it represents a few books I love and can recommend to any reader whether they be neck deep in verse’s pool or testing the waters with a tentative toe.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next Jot in September.

Writing Every DayLi-Young Lee – The City in Which I Love You
Louise Glück – The Wild Iris
Franz Wright – Walking to Martha’s Vineyard
Claudia Emerson – Late Wife
Seamus Heaney – The Spirit Level
Alicia Stallings – Olives
Michael Longley – Gorse Fires
Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill – The Pharaoh’s Daughter
Paul Muldoon – Horse Latitudes
Rebecca Lindberg – Love, an Index

- ML

A Killer First Line And A Killer First Page

Originally posted on Part-Time Novel:

Jot is done. The conference was a blast and not because my writers group put it together, but because it was packed, I met several new writers, learned a ton and was encouraged to write. Among the speakers was keynote Tracy Groot. She shared her ideas on pop lit.

During an interview with her on the Jot Conference blog, she listed six things that a good pop lit book, (or all good books) should have:

  • A killer first line
  • A killer first page
  • Action, action, action
  • But not TOO much action
  • Lovely little details
  • Stuff to think about

I am beginning the next book my Seven Sages series and have a fairly solid idea where I am going with it. I drafted it years ago and split it into two books. Because I already have a good idea of what must happen to get my characters through the book…

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Last Minute Jot Information and LiveStream

Hello writing friends. I wanted to inform you of a few last minute details regarding Jot.

  • The parking lot may fill up quickly. If so, consider parking in the TCBY parking lot instead of the one by La Cantina, unless you want your car towed. This is the safest parking lot nearby.

If you cannot make it, there are two ways to join us:

See you in a few hours!

The Weaklings

How to Get the Most Out of Jot

jotI’ve read it in writing magazines and on blogs and websites of famous writers that going to writer’s conference is one of the best things you can do if you are serious about being a writer. Writing conferences are part education, part encouragement, and part filler of that elusive creative well.

If you’ve been to Jot, I hope you’ve experienced these things.

Writing can be a lonely process. This is not just true for us amateurs but for professionals too. In the book CS Lewis: Eccentric Genius. Reluctant Prophet., Alister McGrath points out that Tolkien (older and well respected in higher education circles of his day) timidly showed CS Lewis one of his poems he had been working on. Lewis approved of it so enthusiastically, he showed him more. In part, because of that encouragement we now have The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Being around other writers is essential to our success.

So, how do you get the most out of a writer’s conference that lasts for only one night? Pull a bit of your hidden world out of your pocket, be bold and share. Ask the presenters questions. Take notes and attend Matthew Landrum’s Poetry workshop (limited spaces available) even if you are not a poet.  Get to know the person next to you, and share a little bit about your work. You may find a kindred spirit, and even if they are a poet and you are writing a memoir, you will find a friend and also affirm aloud what you are: A WRITER.

Every time I leave a writers conference I am buzzing with so much energy I cannot sleep. If that is you, use that energy to write when you get home.

Don’t miss out on this great event. Come ready to learn. Come ready to meet other writers, and come with you notebook or laptop and commit to getting some words down on the page.

The Weaklings thank you in advance for coming out for this free event.

If you have questions about the event, please post them below. We’ll try our best to get them answered before tonight. Or, write them down and bring them with you.

If you cannot attend, I’ll be live tweeting the event. You can follow me @parttimenovel. We may also have a live stream up and if so, I’ll tweet or post the link here on the blog.

See you tonight!