You’re Invited Inside for a Peek

The Writing Nut publishes a blog about writers and their writing space and rituals. July 9 she featured me with pictures of my writing work space, including my 5′ nutcracker, and some of my thoughts about finding time and the rituals of writing. The blog can be found http://www.thewritingnut.com/wednesday-writers-workspace/wednesday-writers-workspace-welcomes-nancy-ellen-dodd/

 

Conventions of the Screenplay

For those of you interested, tomorrow starts my 8-week online screenwriting class, “Conventions of the Screenplay,” through Screenwriters University. See the full description at:
http://swu.register.fwmedia.com/Course?CourseId=7016-4&utm_source=SUPromo&utm_medium=wid&utm_campaign=kahsuwid022014

My Upcoming Conferences

GLAWS – February 8-9, 2014
The Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society – Genre LA
Los Angeles Valley College

http://www.wcwriters.com/sponsors/sponsors.html

San Miguel Writer’s Conference 2014 – February 13-17

Conference on Creative Writing at Pacific – June 20-22
University of the Pacific – Stockton Campus

Teaching New Online Class

I am teaching a new Writer’s Digest 12-week session, “Creative Writing 101,” starting October 17, 2013. If interested, go to the following link for more information:

http://wdu.register.fwmedia.com/Course?CourseId=1120-2&utm_source=WDUPromo&utm_medium=wid&utm_campaign=wdukrwid101113

Can You Really Become a Writer?

Read my blog posted on the Writer’s Digest website and find how you can go from a wannabe to a writer.

Available Classes

For those of you asking where they can take a class from me, here are a few of the classes and workshops I have scheduled.

Writer’s Digest University Online – “Creative Writing 101″ August 22 thru November 14. This is a 12-week course.

Screenwriter’s University (part of Writer’s Digest) – “Conventions of the Screenplay: Formatting, Dialogue, Imagery and Genre” August 29 – September 19. This is an 8-week course.

Writer’s Digest West 2013 Conference – “The Writer’s Compass: Using Story Maps to Build Better Fiction”September 29, 9:00-9:50 am.

Conejo Valley Writer’s Group – October 12.

GLAWS Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference – October 12-13.

Conejo Adult School – 2 classes over 2 Saturdays, October 19 & 26, “The Writer’s Compass” 9:30 am to 12:30 pm,  and “Seven Stages of Revision” 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Writers of Kern, Bakersfield – November 2 & November 23, contact me for more info.

So. California Writers Association Workshop – January 18, 2014, contact me for more info.

San Miguel Writer’s Conference, San Miguel, Mexico – February 12-17, 2014.

Time To Write

One of the faculty at the Graziadio School at Pepperdine suggested starting a group to encourage academic writing. Several of us thought it was a good idea. He referred me to a great book, How to Write a Lot, by Paul J. Silvia, PhD. The book is actually about developing a plan to write directed to psychologists who need to do more academic writing. However, it’s a small book, written at a very readable level, and has several ideas useful to all writers for getting your writing on track and staying there.

I write about writing time and issues and I read a lot of information on this topic, but this book had basic suggestions I thought were useful and applicable to all types of writing. If you are serious about writing, but having a hard time getting/staying on track, this book might help you.

He offers information on starting an academic writing group, which might help your with your own writing group. You will also find a free pdf on guidelines for critique groups.

Happy writing.

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