Here’s the link.
We’ll be splitting the video up as soon as possible. Until then, feel free to watch as much or as little as you want.
Jot II begins in a little over a week. Last year was a tremendous success. Not because the presenters spoke well or the conference achieved a certain level of attendance but because it created a community of writers. Attendees left humming with excitement about their projects, gained a newfound boldness to start writing again, or decided to put words on the page for the first time.
When I think about my ideal writing locale, I used to imagine a cabin in the woods with a cup of coffee on a wide mahogany desk and for some reason it’s snowing and there’s a crescent shaped moon outside my window. However, this old dream has faded.
Why you ask? Because when I surveyed the advances in my writing career, I realized I grew most when I was around other writers.
Most of the Weakling members meet about once a week. We update each other on our lives and then sit in silence and write. It might seem strange and yes we could do the very same thing in the comfort of our own homes and save a buck or two on coffee, but there is something intangible and beautiful about having a writing community. Communities lend support when we are down, give encouragement when need it, and direction when we are lost. Having people around you who are passionate about the things you are passionate about is worth more than a remote cabin and countless hours alone. Even if the cabin is on a lake and you have your very own Starbucks.
Now on to Jot. The reason you should attend is plain. It’s a place for writers. It’s a place to gain encouragement and excitement and even a few tips for free. Our hope is that it you will meet other authors, learn about the craft, and have time to get words on the page.
Hope to see you there!
Interview with Chad Allen from the first JOT conference.
September 13th 2013 – Baker Book House, 7pm
Welcome and Opening - Josh Mosey (5 minutes)
Session 1: Submitting to Literary Journals: An Editor’s Perspective – Matt Landrum (15 minutes)
Session 2: After Grammar: The Meat of Fiction – Bob Evenhouse (15 minutes)
Session 3: Interview with Author, Jessie Clemence (20 minutes)
Jessie is the author of There’s a Green Plastic Monkey in My Purse: And Other Ways Motherhood Changes Us
Session 4: What Every Writer Can Learn from Comic Books – Sam Carbaugh (15 minutes)
Session 5: Panel Discussion – How Do You Form and Sustain a Writers Group – Weaklings (20 minutes)
Writing Time to Follow
You read it correctly. We’ll be having another JOT: GR Writers Mini-Conference on Friday, September 13th, 2013. We’re working on the outline for the evening now and will be posting updates here as we get things finalized. Here’s what is set in stone:
When: Friday, September 13th, 2013 at 7pm
Where: Baker Book House
What: We’ll be focusing on the same three key goals we focused on for the first JOT conference – Meet. Learn. Write.
Our first goal is to provide writers with an time to meet each other and strengthen the Grand Rapids literary scene through a fun community event.
Our second goal is to provide excellent content for writers to learn something about the craft or the industry.
Our third goal is provide busy writers with space and time to actually write and not just talk about it. We’re all busy, but by attending JOT you are insured some quality writing time in a beautiful local book store.
Cost: Totally FREE.
Who: For sure The Weaklings will be there (Josh, Matt, Bob, and Andy) along with some friends in the publishing industry and writing community. More to come!
We’ve got a lot planned for JOT this September. Watch this space, and our Facebook page, for updates. We’ll be posting them as we’ve got them. Hope to see you there!