“Writing and Editing: Quick Fixes and Recommended Readings. Perhaps you want to write a memoir, a collection of poems, or a young adult novel, but you’re not sure which guidebooks are best for you. Which classics of the genre would most help you? Which literary journals are the best to consult to see what’s being published now? Whatever your writing project is about, Kimmy Beach can guide you toward the best writing guides, literary journals, book publishers and—most importantly—other books to stack up on your To-Be-Read pile.We’ll round out the morning with a fun editing exercise, which you can use in your future writing to determine which words can stay and which need to disappear to brighten your work.By Friday, the 8th of April, please provide Lauranne [or whoever it might be, Lauranne} with your name and a one-sentence description of the current project for which you’d like further reading guidance. For example, your sentence might read, ‘I am writing a young adult fanstasy novel in which a young girl defeats an evil queen to free an oppressed land.’ Or ‘I am unclear about my project, but I feel it might be a memoir about my time as a caregiver.’ You needn’t be sure exactly what your work is about. Kimmy simply needs a vague, one-sentence idea of your project.”KIMMY BEACH has published five books of poetry, is completing the first draft of a novel, and has a novella forthcoming. She has been teaching, editing, and mentoring emerging and established writers for over ten years with nearly a dozen guilds and organizations. Kimmy is a professional manuscript evaluator, and edits for literary presses across the prairies. She is currently serving as the 2016 Coach in Residence for the Canadian Authors’ Association’s Alberta Branch and is the Alberta/NWT Regional Representative on the National Council for the League of Canadian Poets. Visit her at kimmybeach.com or follow her on Twitter @kimmy_beach
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The next Learning Tuesday (July 6th) will be an interesting evening. I am asking everyone to write, ahead of time, a 500-1000 word story with the title My Cousin May. That’s all I’m giving you. The rest is up to you. It can be a story, a poem or a performance piece, hey, it can even be a song. Let’s have some fun, shall we?
Learning Tuesday, August 1st. Book it, Dano!
Everyone is to bring along a favourite book. You’ll have a chance to tell us why you love the book, AND you get to read an excerpt (or two, depending on time) from that book and tell us a little something about the author.
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