For my second “Craft Club” column for Catapult, I interviewed the incredible poet José Olivarez about his poem, “My Family Never Finished Migrating, We Just Stopped.” Check it out here!
I’ve just started a monthly “Craft Club” column for the Catapult community page in which I’m interviewing a diverse set of a contemporary writers about the craft choices they made while working on a single short story, essay, or poem.
Each of the pieces we discuss is available online so that folks can read along each month. In the first installment, I interviewed Frances Lefokwitz about her wonderful essay “Survivor” from The Sun. Here’s the link.
Please join me on Sunday, October 27th from 2-3:30 pm central time for a free 90-minute workshop on writing memoir. I’ll share some of the tips that helped me get my first draft onto paper, as well as suggestions for refining your draft and finding the heart of your story. You’ll also get a chance to practice with a few generative exercises.
This class will be held on the easy-to-use Zoom platform, and it’s designed for writers at all levels. Sign up here and I’ll send over log-in information and instructions the week of 10/21. There are a limited number of participants so please sign up early! If you can’t make this class, please add your name to my mailing list to hear about future opportunities.
This workshop is made possible in part through funding from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
I’m excited to be speaking at Rice University at 4 pm on Friday, November 8. I’ll be talking about the two months I spent with Pentecostal communities in Southern Nigeria, and how, for me, research is often a portal for going deeper in personal narratives.
The event will be in the Kyle Morrow Room at the Fondren Library.
Know anyone in Yoakum, TX? If so, please send them my way. I’ll be there on Saturday morning, October 5th, giving a free presentation on how to write vivid scenes.
This is sponsored by the Texas Writes program – a great initiative through the Writers’ League of Texas that brings writers to rural libraries for a half day of presentations and panel discussions. More details below…
I’m excited to teach a six-week memoir workshop for Catapult starting on January 7th. If you sign up, you’ll come out of the class with:
– A community of peers embarking on similar projects
– Thoughtful feedback from the instructor and your peers on two excerpts from your memoir-in-progress
– Over a dozen prompts designed to help you generate new material when you’re feeling stuck
– A revision protocol that opens up numerous possibilities for strengthening your draft
– A sample query letter and a book proposal template
– A letter from the instructor offering feedback, possible directions for revision, and a personalized reading list
– A 30-minute, one-on-one virtual conference with the instructor to go over your questions and identify goals for the next six months
Only a few spots left: register today.
Ruminate magazine invited me to judge the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize this year, and I can’t wait to read the submissions. The deadline is November 15, 2018, and the grand prize is $1500 and publication. More info is available here.