I’m totally stoked for the Writers’ Institute at UW-Madison this coming weekend. The past few years I’ve been there as a student, this year I’m thrilled to be one of the instructors.
There’s a wide brushstroke of workshops to choose from. For some that means learning how to incorporate the first rule of writing—show, don’t tell. For others it means wielding the sharp-edged blade of write tight—trimming the fat. And then there are those who will:
- master the do’s and don’ts of a query letter
- take the opportunity to pitch their project to a literary agent
- familiarize themselves with constructing a writer’s platform
- learn how to leverage social media
- have their work in progress critiqued
- discover the in’s and out’s of a book proposal
- start blogging, or become even more proficient at growing their current blog
Rain or shine, it’s going to be fantastic! In fact, it’s going to be write as rain.
What’s your favorite writing weather?
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
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Guess I would say I am an all season girl.
Anytime is my MO
Kim – “All season” is fantastic! (Unfortunately for me, if it’s nice outside, the great outdoors beckons)…
As I can understand from my little english,that sounds great for you 🙂
Dimitris – Your english is great!
Break a pen/pencil Laurie!!!Have a great time.
My favorite writing weather is a cool morning and whenever I am inspired by something I have come across in one media or other.
Roamer – You’re “break a pen/pencil” comment made me laugh! “Cool morning,” I like it 🙂
Have a great weekend, enjoy yourself, they are honored to have you.
Katrina – Thank you for the well wishes 🙂
Sounds great, and a lot of fun as well. It must be an unreal feeling for you to go from student to instructor at the same place, well done. 😀
Magsx2 – thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!
I know you are a great instructor, just from your blog posts. I love to write in any weather (or should I say, OUT of any weather?). I suppose the most productive times have been when I lived in New England, and it snowed yet again, and I was ensconced up in my little writing space, with the dog warmng my feet, typing away.
Roughwighting1 – (1) snow outside + (2) little writing space + (3) dog warming feet = fantastic equation for writing!
I know that this is a big event for you and you look forward to being present every year. To be a presenter this year is awesome! Congratulations. Learning by teaching, teaching to learn…
It is the weather in my mind that I have to clear on many occasions for writing. many time someone else writing is a jumping off or jumping in place.
Jeff – “The weather in my mind.” I just may have to
stealborrow that great line from you 🙂
You are more then welcome to “borrow” my line! Smile!
Laurie. I am so very excited and proud of you! I cannot wait to hear all about your writing and speaking adventure in Madison. “Break a lip!” I do not have a favorite weather for writing. However, my favorite writing space is outside on my 3 season porch where I can enjoy the season, especially when it rains and the raindrops tap dance on the metal roof. Best wishes for a safe and successful journey! 🙂
Sheila – “Break a lip!” I love it 🙂 Your three-season porch sounds delightful!
Enjoy your weekend! It sounds amazing!
This isn’t a season but my favorite time to write is right after getting out of the shower. For some reason, that’s where my best ideas arrive. 😀
(Love your quote!)
Pamela – The nice warm shower water must stir original thoughts and creative ideas for you 🙂
I can write in showers of sun or rain. Your writers’ conference sounds wonderful. I dream of the day when I can attend. Until then…
Leanne – “Showers of sun or rain.” Love it!
Your presentation sounds great. Those are all things I’d like to know more about!
Meg – Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂
no weather – all weather, but after 2 cups of coffee – some devotional time, the computer calls, and i’ve been found thatched-headed and in pj’s at noon; like I’m headed there now!
Sorrygnat – I love the term, “thatched-headed.” And jammies ’til noon sounds delightful 🙂
thanks; thatch-headed is over used by me, but so applicable! hugs
Good luck I hope you enjoy your teaching session Laurie!
Beth – Thank you for the well wishes 🙂
Laurie, you GO, girl! I can just see you having a fabulous time–and sharing so many helpful hints with all the participants there. Do you know what you are going to teach already? What your main focus will be? My favorite writing weather? Let’s see–Creative Weather. (Which includes just about everything, even snow in April.)
Kathy – I’ve been asked to talk about: query letters, the manuscript critiquing process, and blogging. I think it would be wonderful to hear the news predict “creative weather.”
I want to go to Madison RIGHT NOW. Except I can’t leave the patient. Alas. Thank you for doing this, Laurie, for being who you are and sharing your beauty!
Kathy – You just put a face-splitting grin on this mug of mine 🙂
Good luck at the Writers’ Institute, Laurie, and congratulations on getting to teach there, too. 🙂
Dana – Thank you for the well wishes 🙂
This is great news, Laurie. I love to teach writing. Have a wonderful weekend, Laurie. Wish I lived close enough to attend!
Kathy – I will, indeed, have a wonderful weekend — thank you. Madison is one of my favorite towns. It’s clean, safe, and has loads of interesting shops and restaurants.
I guess for me it is rain. When there is no chance of doing work outside, it is much easier to relax and write inside, without having all those outside jobs calling to be done.
Have fun on your weekend.
Ted – I hear ya! When it’s nice outside the sunshine beckons me to come and play. Hence, my best writing weather is rain and snow.
Laurie I don’t really have a favourite kind of writing weather but I do have a favourite time of day which is early in the morning before other thoughts, ideas and experiences take the edge off day. All the best at your workshop and I just know it is all going to be exquisite!
Terrill – In our house we refer to that time of day as “The butt crack of dawn” — extremely early! Thank you for the well wishes 🙂
I write best on dark cold mornings when staying indoors makes me feel safe, wanted, cared for, and my imagination is free to zing me all over the place. You are absolutely going to ROCK this weekend, Laurie. I so wish I could be a part of it but my guess is that they are going to invite you to return again and again so I will get my chance in the next couple of years.
Barbara – “…my imagination is free to zing me all over the place.” I love it!
Your plans sound fabulous..
I get the most done when it rains…anything gets done when it rains…when the sun is out – heaven help me…I have a similar feeling to the first day of snow and missing school.
Now every once and awhile we have a summer of daily sunshine ( occasionally a heat wave) and then I just have to bucket myself to the chair and stick to it…and just about the time the rain returns, I am in rhythm and ready to go…
I took a course in La Jolla California one quarter of wintertime….I barely passed, if I had not had an oral exam, I am sure I would have failed the course…too sunny; relentlessless perfect
Patricia – I grew up within a stone’s throw from La Jolla. Did you know that Dr. Seuss lived there?
Any day is a good day for me to write Laurie. I especially love sitting in a coffee shop, smelling the beans roasting, watching the patrons file in and out, listening in on conversations while sipping a warm beverage. Enjoy the conference Laurie. . . .if only I could be a fly on the wall as you present!!
Alison – I’m right with you on the coffee shop aspect of things. It’s a great place to people-watch and for creative seeds to be planted 🙂
Laurie, I would have to say a rainy day when my feet are nailed to the floor inside. Writing springs from you like water from an Artesian Well, it trickles from me like the pump needs a new seal. I know you are going to have them thinking, tapping the keyboard and taking notes like harvesting the Fruits of the Season. You are going to step smartly with all the classes you’ll be teaching, but one thing I do know. You’ve had it under control since before the the New Year dawned. Good times ahead! Maybe I’ll just come with Barbara K, just to keep you on your toes.
Sandi – You crack me up! I’ve SEEN your articles published in both newspapers and magazines!!
That’s so cool that you are an instructor. You have so many talents!
Mary – Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂
Love that you write, “rain or shine” :)…and that you are so truly enthusiastic about it!
Anne – If I were any more excited than I already am, they’d have to issue me a ticket 🙂
Sounds wonderful… I hope you have a great time!!! My favorite writing weather is when it is raining! Trimming the fat is tough…a skill for sure! 🙂 🙂
Terri – I promise to do a “trimming the fat” post between now and summer.
Oh no… I was speaking of myself learning to be more succinct. But if you mean a post on how to trim the fat off of words that would be brilliant and enjoyed. There is a writer that I like, Rick Bragg, he says a lot with a little!! 🙂
Terri – Yes, that’s what I meant. I’ll post a piece about my thoughts on trimming the fat from writing, as well as some helpful hints that others share at the Writers’ Institute this weekend 🙂
Perhaps you can write a post on how not to mangle a reply!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a FANTASTIC time!! 🙂
I recall your visit to the seminar last year as well. I love that photo–it has a painterly quality with the balance and the bluish green umbrella. I’m sure you will enjoy another fruitful workshop, and look forward to hearing about it. My favorite weather to write is when we under siege from a steady rain. There is a reflective, melancholic element that brings my deepest emotions to bear on my subject.
Have a great time my friend!
Sam – “Under siege from a steady rain.” I love the way you said that, and followed it up with, “There is a reflective, melancholic element that brings my deepest emotions to bear on my subject.” A great one-two punch!
Hi Laurie, just thought I’d stop by and say ‘Hello’!
I’m still getting to know you, but it seems as though you are going to have a great time this weekend.
As for me – well, I don’t think I have a particular writing weather. Come to think of it, I don’t have a particular writing time… or topic, for that matter! I seem to write whenever…
Have a good day today!
Hi Laurie! Wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. The post will go live tomorrow around 4:00 p.m. CST. Thanks for all you do – I like your sayings!
AirportsMadeSimple – Thank you so much for the honor. I leave in the morning for the Writers’ Institute at UW-Madison and will be gone until next Monday. Have a wonderful weekend (and thank you, again).
My pleasure. Have fun at the conference!
Wishing you a fantastic time, Laurie, with good writing and teaching weather for this weekend! I rarely notice the weather when writing – if an idea pops into my head the weather is good. 🙂
Barbara – Let me assure you that I’m having a complete and total blast! And eating on State Street where practically every nationality of food is represented is beyond delicious!
It will be informative and enlightening for you to come back and tell us all about it; meanwhile have a blast!
Sorrygnat – I just put the finishes touches on tomorrow’s post. I’ll have it out there by 7:00am Central Standard Time.
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Can’t wait to read how it went!
Kathy – I just put the finishes touches on tomorrow’s post — WRITE TO THE TOP! I’ll have it out here by 7:00am Central Standard Time. Suffice it to say I had a complete and total blast!
Way to go girl
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anytime, anywhere is my time
I do love the energy of the rain though
if it is nice out I m out in the gardens or making faerie houses, but I think
I am writing in my head as i go along
I am working with a friend to create my own tarot cards with the farie houses and gardens
I write what i am thinking, the weather, what i see and hear…
slow going, but I am enjoying the challenge…
so I guess thats it, I write anytime even when I am not holding pen and paper
and it is writen in my thoughts
I would love to take one of your classes there !
LadyBlueRose – Oh how I admire (and envy) the “anytime, anywhere” writing heart!
Don’t mind as long as it’s not too extreme – which gives me peace to be as mild or extreme as I like on the page.
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