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I'm so excited about the new Summer Writer Series -
A Southern State of Mind
If you love all things Southern Writers do best then ready those laptops, keyboards, pens and sketch pads for a world of southern inspiration headed your way.
What's the difference between Southern Writers and all the other writers of the world?
I get asked that question frequently. At conferences, on panels, on the radio, over coffee and in classrooms. My answer is what it's always been. Everyone knows how much I love ALL writers. And I champion writers from around the world. I love the way that writers from other countries and backgrounds can teach us truths that we would never understand otherwise. BUT on the Southern Question -
I once told a group of students -
It's like this. When I read a writer say from New York they are so smart that I can hear their brain ticking. That's what I'm thinking when I'm reading whatever wonderful thing they have created. They are so smart. So smart. But - when I read a Southern Writer I feel their heart beating. It's just that simple for me. There is something raw and primitive, earthy and eternal about their writing.
But what IS IT that makes Southern writers so . . . Southern? So incredible? Besides being born and bred here of course. I mean - what's in the water? The dirt? The DNA? And how can those of us who are southern draw deeply from that well within us? How can those of us from other parts unknown tap into those magical literary waters? Well, that's what we fixin' to find out.
It's why I'm so excited about focusing down on this Series teaching Southern Writing. Creative Non-fiction or fiction, short stories or essays, novel or screenplay - there is something essentially magic about Southern writing and that will be the inspiration and the focus.
IT'S THE GREATEST OFFER I'LL BE MAKING ALL YEAR because designing this workshop has been years in the making. It's just a simple equation. Hot southern writers plus one hot, hot, hot summer writing series, personal mentoring, and creative writing review.
YOUR SUMMER SERIES PACKAGE includes:
* 7- morning creative teaching conversations. Sessions will use the worksof classic and contemporary Southern Authors of both fiction and creative non-fiction.
* 7- Recordings of sessions for you to keep, own and review.
* Your personal pages read with comments and feedback
* Personal mentoring conversations to set your primary writing goals and to review your series progress.
Hot, intense and also loads of productive and inspirational.
Register now and tap into that Southern State of Mind.
Reading list and weekly synopsis of each class after registration. Schedule your consultation and get your pages selected for reading! Space is limited. Register now!
JULY - HOT SUMMER Morning Session Times and Dates:
Tuesday July 10, 7AM-8AM
Thursday July 12, 7AM-8AM
Tuesday July 17, 7AM-8AM
Thursday July 19, 7AM-8AM
Tuesday July 24, 7AM-8AM
Thursday July 26, 7AM-8AM
Tuesday July 31, 7AM-8AM
Personal phone calls begin first week of July.
Your creative pages for reading and review due on or before July 15.
Suggested Southern Reading list and details to follow.
This is going to be so incredibly supportive, inspirational, funny, wise and wonderful. Limited capacity. Watch for full details Monday, July 2. Registration will begin Tuesday, July 3.
It's still dark outside. The rooster down the hill hasn't even signaled it's morning yet. If seems only fair and natural to go by his time. But Daylight Savings Time somehow hasn't caught up with us. Our extra hour of sunlight is keeping me up later. But I still have to rise at the same time. Only now, I rise in the dark. Look out. It's still dark. Get coffee. It's still dark. And in less than an hour the Phone Booth Writers will gather for the continuing writer series. Since I lead that conference call waking up is a really, good idea.
Today's conference call class is focused on "telling it true." That means telling your truth your way. What does it take to do that? Everything. It takes the kind of bravery that every writer needs when they approach the page. And that holy reverence that means you respect yourself and you respect your story. And, one more thing - that you respect every reader that will find their way to your words.
The Phone Booth Writer Series continues to explore the worlds of both fiction and non-fiction in unique ways, with a creativity geared towards the individual - that means you. Your personal gifts, goals, and dreams for your writing life.
The Rooster crows! Dawn approaches. The story continues!
Join us on Tuesday mornings at 7:00 Central for Non-fiction classes and Thursday's at 7:00 Central for Fiction. For more information write to River Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every week I think I can't love teaching this Phone Booth Writer Series more - but then I do. This morning we focused on the infusion of Atmosphere in the power of a novel. The kind that permeates the story with all of its molecules charged with the essence of the story that will set the tone throughout the story.
We discussed how a reader sent a note to me this week about how she loved that I had written that "words have destinies." Something I had actually forgotten writing but there it is in black and white and yes - it is something I strongly believe.
Words indeed have destinies. Those we say and those and write. It's a strong responsibility but a good feeling. Knowing that somewhere your words have a place they are meant to be and as a writer - they have readers they are meant to find.
The Phone Booth Series is dedicated to helping you as a writer form your words, focus them down to what they are meant to say and work towards their completion and publication.
Remember to respect yourself, your writing and your story. And to find the true mood, the through line of the molecular structure of the story.
Want to know more? Love to participate in a great writing community at the convienience of your life and your time?
Email: River Jordan at email@example.com for more info and details on the Phone Booth Writer Series and the best options for you and your writing life.
* HAPPENING NOW - The new 9 week Writing Series kicks off this week with two options for classes.
The Non-fiction workshop series will begin Tuesday, February 27 at 7AM via a free Introductory conference call for one hour with a focus on Non-fiction & Creative-Non-fiction. This will include the actual style of prose, voice, and as well as business aspects such as proposal preparation, finding an agent, and reaching your audience.
The Fiction Workshop Series will begin Thursday, March 1 at 7am via a free introductory conference call for one hour with a focus on voice, setting, place, dialogue, plot, as well as the business of selling and promoting your work.
Both workshops are taught in small group format in a comfortable, intimate setting. Each student receives a one-on-one call to discuss your writing background, interest, goals and dreams of where you would like your writing to take you.
If you are ready to make space for your writing, wanting to learn in a comfortable environment that fits into your busy life and lifestyle - this could very well be the perfect place for you to join in. It's as simple as coffee in your pj's, laptop or pen in hand, and a phone call. 100% of students have agreed - Yes, this is the way to study the writing life for me.
The cost for the entire 9 Week series including personal consultation:
$279.00 in advance or two payments of 149.00
Payment is made by credit card or paypal through Paypal link to right.
It would be my delight and honor to be a part of your journey forward in your writing life. This is the kind of rich, learning experience I wish I had years ago as I worked to complete my first novel and wondered what my next step should be.
Students are from all walks of life, of different ages, professional backgrounds and a wide range of writing experiences. All have created a more respectful place in their lives for their writing and grown in the process.
The Backstory: About four months ago I began this new experiment in teaching. I've been teaching writing for fifteen years but the concept of teaching an intimate writers group by conference call was a new undertaking. The concept of a weekly mastermind call with a focus on business goals and innovative learning not new because I had been a participant in such a call for two years. I understood the concept and knew the results which were life changing and rewarding.
So the concept of teaching a new Writing Series by conference call and with the addition of some one-on-one calls began. The new Mastermind Writing Series, was born. It has featured everything from discovering your authentic writing voice to the publishing business specifics. It's also featured some incredible authors guesting in including Joy Jordan Lake, Bren McClain, Patti Callahan Henry, Michael Morris and others. (I have recordings of them in the bay to edit and share.)
When our series completed, 100% of those involved decided to continue with another series. Calls taken place every Tuesday at 7 am with an enthusiastic, educational, inspirational method of taking your writing seriously.
I knew when I invited author Bren McClain to join us on The Mastermind Path to discuss her rewriting process that students were in for a treat. What I didn't know was how much I would be laughing during the discussion. It was with particular pleasure that I had the opportunity to visit with Ms. McClain because I KNEW the path she had walked to achieve publication of her first novel.
She tossed five years of work, kept one line and started over. Ok, that may be a deep simplification of the process and just as soon as I edit down our visit so that I can post it here I will. But that is the core point. To honor the story, to tell the story asking to be told she didn't give up on her character - or herself.
This woman happens to write in a chapel. One she built in a bit of walk/crawl space beneath her stairs. To enter as she puts it she has to bow a little and that puts her heart and mind in the right place. Bowing to the Divine muse and the power of story before she begins. With due reverence and respect for this thing we do.
On all that writing advice? This is when you simply hear me laughing and laughing as well as some of the evil laughs of the students. Bren shared when she first wrote her novel she kept showing it to people and taking whatever advice they gave her. Put more purple in the story? Sure. We need stripes. Okay. No, make that Polka dots! Got it! Until it went all the way around to - we need more purple in the story. The analogy is one of the funniest I've ever heard and of course hearing her tell it. Those in The Mastermind Path have already procured a loooong unedited and fun listening copy but I promise, sneak back here later and I'll try to pop up some audio outtakes.
We didn't stop at rewriting because Bren's story about her road to publishing is so inspiring in that it's no moonbeam fa-la-la publishing accident. It took years of working the ropes, honing her abilities, attending writing conferences, taking classes and working with writing critique groups. Which led eventually to being the last book that Pat Conroy published with his imprint (the imprint continues) prior to his passing away. A whirlwind and storybook finish to a long, arduous journey.
Ms. McClain deserves every ounce of success that finds its way to her, One Good Mama Bone, and her forthcoming novels. From one storyteller to another - my hats off to her.
You can find more about Mama Red, Bren McClain, her writing journey, awards, and advice - here.
Last weekwe were richly joined on The Mastermind Path: Following Your Muse and Finding Your Audience by author Joy Jordan-Lake. It was a great visit!
I loved most our discussion which really began with talking about capturing place, setting, and location of the story. All of this led to pondering the question - to research or to write? When is researching just a way to delay the process of actually writing the story? When can you simply add a small detail with a note (mentally or otherwise) that place-marks that spot and keeps you on the path of writing the story?
Writers have a lot of obstacles to overcome on a regular basis including demands or needs of family or other occupations but the greatest obstacles we have to work against are those that so easily lead us astray. What might those be?
The great commandment for writers might began -
Thou shalt not surf the internet while calling in research in the writing process.
I loved where the group went with this. Part confessional, part self-realization while laughing. Yes, that little spark of - I wonder what flowers might be blooming in the Spring of 1805 in Atlanta, Ga to the three hour rabbit trail you just took that ended with you ordering new knock-out roses for your garden. We resurrected the old-fashioned idea of going to a library or City Hall to the records department for research. Some feet on the floor and out the door research time that feels like honest to goodness research - not cheating on a test. Research can be all consuming and a wonderful thing. There are writers that thankfully spend years on research before writing their works but does your tiny little curiosity about that fashion women wore in 1938 really justified your four hour google search?
Writers possess a wonderful curiosity. It's one of the qualities that makes a great writer whether that's over ancient artifacts or the emotions of the human heart but that can also be like a sugared up kid in a candy store. Distracting and ultimately potentially destructive.
When it's time to actually dig into the story consider setting a timer, logging yourself off the internet, and enjoying the pure, pleasure of doing what you do best - creating the story. Yes, there are all kinds of apps you can buy now and programs you can launch that will kick you off for x matter of minutes but your own self-discipline following the love of your characters and creations might just be the higher path to follow and one that serves you better in the long run.
(Signed copies of award-winning author, Joy Jordan-Lake's most recent novel, A Tangled Mercy may be bought and ordered at Parnassus Books, the local Indie store in Nashville.)
You know those moments, days, events where you touch something and it exceeds your expectations? This series has been one of those things. Infused with a life of it's own and as inspirational to me as it is to the writers signed up for the series.
Two of the introductory class recordings can be found on this page. Other classes will not be posted but sent directly to enrolled students after the call for their notes.
This Tuesday 11/21 at 7am we officially begin the 7 week series. There are only 2 spots still available. If you or someone you know would benefit email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday we will begin walking The Landscape of Vulnerability.
Yes. I don't know of a greater word that describes the creative process. Who dares to put their art, painting, music, words out there to be loved - or criticized? The secret is in the discovery of who we are as artists and exploring the shape of our muse. Of being honest and taking our truth to the page. And in that - being fearless.
Whether it's fiction or non-fiction, novels or memoir, writing 'the truth' is about being honest and comfortable with who you are and giving yourself permission to tell the story that is wanting to be told. With power and presence.
This series is going to be an exciting, fun, glorious adventure. I do so hope you can join us.
A few people have asked - Conference Call? What is that? Something from the dark ages? I get that. In the age of instant facebook, video, youtube, instagram live, snapchat from the moon, jetson type calls with your Mom - it all seems so visual doesn't it. So - here you go. My 7 simple reasons why.
1. Reaching Readers who might be Writers in the Rough -
This recent comment in an email I received from a writer named 'Amy'. "
River Jordan! Whaaaaat?! I'm so excited to read about this opportunity to learn from a true master of storytelling. Thank you for offering this course across the miles to a somewhat frustrated author in Rowlett, TX."
I hear you, Amy. Sometimes I'm frustrated too. It's one of the reasons I teach. To keep myself focused on why I continue to tell stories.
2. The Vanity Project.
I don't want to concentrate on my hair or the shade of my nails or my lipstick. I want to concentrate on the message coming out of my mouth. Sure, I could not be the least bit vain and show up sans makeup with a ball-cap but let's get real. I ain't doing it. And, you don't want me to.
3. The Magic of Radio.
For ten years I hosted a radio program. I continue to produce radio both live and recorded. I believe in the power of it. Of the intimacy of voices in the dark. Of the delicate way that we can tell how someone feels by the sound of their voice, the tone of their words, the timbre of their truth.
4. The Story.
I have absolute confidence in my ability, gift, experience - call it whatever you will - to teach you via conference call and connect with you one-on-one via telephone. When I say absolute - I mean absolute.
Phone conferencing gives me the opportunity to instantly reach across the miles and connect with people across the globe. Some have phone access but no internet. The world wide web is a wonderful thing. When my sons were both deployed being able to video conference with them on rare occasion was amazing. Then sometimes the screen froze and they might have been talking but I couldn't hear them. Freeze. See. Freeze. It happens even when you aren't worlds away. Speed, uploads, downloads. Meanwhile - dial a number and bam - you're in. Calling from your great-grandmother's party line? We don't mind. It's just fine.
6. Dancing cheek to cheek. Face to Face.
I love to teach classes in person. I teach at conferences across the country and at workshops and events in Nashville every chance I get. But not everyone can get to Nashville. And I can't always hop a plane to Texas or Montana or Portland. And, did I mention that parking is not an issue? Ok, one more time. Parking. Not an issue.
The Mastermind Path: Following Your Muse & Finding Your Audience
A real life rubber meets the road blend of creative and artistic infusion combined with the practical side of the business of publishing such as finding an agent and/or a publisher and marketing your work.
This is the last week to tune in for free intro for this series 11/14/17 at 7 am central. One on One conferences have already begun with enrolled students.
Phone Booth Writer Series Student Amy Bacon Shares why this writing series is the perfect fit for her writing life.