Monday, June 22, 2015

Inspiration from Junot Diaz

Writing Update

I should be further along in the memoir but I'm happy with my 130 pages.

I've been taking two writing classes simultaneously, I don't know what I was thinking but I survived, mostly because the Novel II class (where I'm working on the memoir) had a 4 week break, we start back up this Thursday for four more weeks.

My CNF class just wrapped. I workshopped 10 pages (one piece) and 25 pages (3 pieces), the last piece is ongoing and will be my next memoir. In this class we had to write a flash (500 words) piece every week. So I have 8 flashes and got a total of four pieces workshopped. I'm going back to another CNF class at the end of July.

It's been crazy taking two classes (a lot of reading, critiquing, full time job & 2 hour commute), I used the Novel II class to work on my memoir and the CNF (Creative Non Fiction) to develop other work that is not in the memoir. When I complete my first memoir, I will be close to finishing the 1st draft of the second book/memoir/creative non-fiction.

I've started submitting work - fingers crossed my stories find a home.

As much as I love to beat myself up for not doing enough, I have to say I'm pretty pleased with myself.


PS - I've been taking these classes at Writing Workshops Los Angeles
My teachers (Seth & Chris) are fantastic, I wholeheartedly recommend this place.