Back in the workshop groove!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Five years ago, I moved away from Portland, Oregon, which took me away from an informal and much-loved writing group. It’s been a long time since I sat around a table and talked about fiction with fellow writers. Needing some fresh air in my writing life, I signed up for a class at the rave-reviewed The Grotto, a creative space in San Francisco that hosts all kinds of writing workshops.

What: The Craft of Developing Dramatic Emotions 

Who: Junse Kim, instructor and author

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m., January 28-February 25, 2015

Where: The Grotto, 490 2nd St., San Francisco

How Much: Inexpensive enough that I might make this a regular thing.

Next stop: Mexico

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
What: San Miguel Writers Conference
Where: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
When: Thursday, February 16 to Tuesday, February 21

Details: I’m attending the conference to see Margaret Atwood speak, and to attend a variety of classes. As I work through a period of writerly soul-searching, and to combat the predictable side-effects of omphaloskepsis, I’ve signed up for workshops on everything from humor writing to travel writing to poetry. Travel and curiosity, two cures for the foggy mind.

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Social media training for authors

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
What: Executive Social Media Boot Camp
Where: Online at Brazen Careerist U
When: September 6-30

Details: The organizers say, “Brazen U’s premier Executive Social Media Bootcampis a rigorous 4-week online course that will help you develop and implement a winning social media strategy–whether social media is 10 percent or 100 percent of your job.” I’m hoping social media can be 95 percent of the work I do to promote writing and writers. As they say, it’s better to learn to fish than to pay a publicist $10K to catch the fish for you.

Award-winning friend of mine to read in Portland, Oregon

Monday, September 13th, 2010
What: Strange Horizons 10th Anniversary Reading
Where: 5347 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, Oregon
When: Sunday, September 19th at 2 p.m., Case Study Coffee

Details: Participating Portland-area SH authors include:

Ken Brady
Tina Connolly
Brenda Cooper
Mary Robinette Kowal
Jennifer Linnaea
Ben Parzybok
Tamela Viglione (my good friend)

Should be a relaxed good time and a great way to meet and mingle with fellow spec fiction writers. No need to RSVP; simply come on by and enjoy!

*Strange Horizons: a respected online speculative fiction magazine; learn more at

Back on the wagon

Thursday, August 12th, 2010
What: Backspace Writers Conference
Where: The Radisson Martinique Hotel, New York City
When: Thursday, November 11 to Friday, November 12

Details: I’m attending the conference to meet with some agents who read THE IDIOT’S TALE (in some cases, more than once), and pitch SHAHIDA, which I hope will be much closer to finished by then. Backspace Conferences are the cream of the conference crop, so do consider signing up with me.

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