Hey you.

Just a quick reminder that starting November 18, I’ll be teaching a 10-Week Short Fiction-Writing Class. It will be in Austin, Texas. It will awesome. And registration closes next week!

So if you’ve been wanting to register, but haven’t yet, get in touch today. Contact me through the Contact section of this site. Full details below!

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This is a course for writers of any experience level who want to…

– Become an expert at writing a compelling plot for a story
– Create rich, developed characters, backstory, and dialogue
– Master the art of description, details, and showing; not telling
– Learn to develop and trust your own writing style, voice, and narrator
– Write
– Write
– Workshop each other’s work
– Receive verbal and written feedback from myself and your classmates on your story
– End up with a polished and reviewed complete short story or single chapter of a longer work
– Read & learn from some of the best short stories

In this class, we will focus on writing short stories. (Fiction – between 1,500 and 10,000 words.)

That means, we’ll be focusing on creating new work during these ten weeks. If you find as you are writing that your short story is actually a chapter in a longer work, that is also acceptable – but you’ll need to let us know the greater context before we read yours. If you find that your short story is actually a memoir – we can talk about that.

We will spend the first four classes of the course learning various elements of storytelling, reading a short story per week on each theme, and creating the bones and details of our stories. Then, we’ll begin working on writing the stories themselves. And then we’ll workshop.

Here is a detailed breakdown of our time together:
– 2.5 hours per week
– Each Monday for 10 weeks –
(first five classes): Nov 18 – Dec 16
(HOLIDAY BREAK): Dec 17 – Jan 6
(second five classes): Jan 6 – Feb 3

– Cost: $600
– Tuition is nonrefundable
– Maximum number of students accepted: 8

*Cost Breakdown: $50 per class + $10 per week for editing, reviewing, & reading assignments

*Class cost also includes supplies, including: copies of the short stories we’ll be reading, notebooks, pens, & snacks

Please let me know if you are interested as soon as possible, as I will only be taking a small number of students and spaces will fill quickly! Class members will be invited to join a private FB group upon enrollment and will receive an email with complete syllabus.

About Me:
I am an author, illustrator, and facilitator from here in Austin. I’m the author of seven books, including the bestselling Peter Able series. I’ve been writing and editing professionally for the past ten years and have been teaching classes on improv and creative writing for the past three.

More information at…
www.NatalieGrigson.com
www.facebook.com/AuthorNatalieGrigson
www.amazon.com/Natalie-Grigson/e/B00ZSNTXX4

I’ve just finished writing the curriculum for my upcoming creative writing workshop and I’m so freakin’ excited. It will be each week for 10 weeks starting in October.  Our focus will be on short story, but first chapters of longer works will also be accepted.

In this in-depth 10-week course, you’ll…

– Become an expert at writing a compelling plot for your story
– Create rich, developed characters, backstory, and dialogue
– Master the art of description, details, and showing; not telling
– Learn to develop and trust your own writing style, voice, and narrator
– Write
– Write
– Workshop each other’s work
– Receive verbal and written feedback from myself and your classmates on your story
– End up with a polished and reviewed complete short story or first chapter of a longer work
– Receive resources and support on publication
– Read & learn from some of the best short stories from the past 100 years
– Get to spend 2.5 hours a week learning & writing in a cozy home downtown, sipping tea and eating chocolate, with badass people

 

If this sounds like something you’re interested in – please let me know! I’ll only be registering up to 8 people. 

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I’m going to ask that you forgive this post ahead of time- there may be typepos, there may be sentences that just sort of…

And there may be some things that just plain make don’t sense.

I’ve been writing all morning, not working on the edits two book too, like I told myself I wood; but working on a short story for an upcoming writing competition.

If you’re unfamiliar, a writing competition is a little something that writers do from time to time when they A) Need some quick money, B) Need some inspiration to get the writing juices flowing, C) are avoiding working on what they’ve actually said they would work on, or D) All of the above.

I’d say I’m pulling a solid D right about now. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Tangent: Recently I read a book, and somewhere in there, the author told me that this kind of behavior is okay. That there is no perfect plan or schedule for creativity, and that it will just unfold as it wants to. She’s a published author, this lady, so I know she must be right. (Fact: Published authors are always right. So take these words as infallible.)

(Actual Fact: I’m also a Fiction writer, and my line between reality and fiction is fuzzy at best. Take these words as signposts to a truth somewhere very far off in the distance.)

Anyway, if I am to believe this other author, who is NOT a fiction writer, and so must, as a rule, be correct (right?), flitting from one project to the next, from writing, to painting, to teaching, to blogging… well, it’s just all a part of the process.

The only thing you really have to go on is the feeling you get during and after you’re doing what you’re doing. NOT before – we all know how much we dread the things we love before we do them. Who knows why, but I’ve often put off writing, painting, and yes, when I was little, sleeping and bathing, for as long as I could, only to find that when I did, I was much better off. (Except for that one time I got shampoo in my nose. I still don’t know how this happened.)

If you find yourself in that magical, creative, nothing-else-exists zone doing – what – gardening? Painting? Writing? Programming a computer? Whatever it is that gets you there, follow that. It doesn’t matter how it comes to be – whether you’re flitting from one project to the next, or seeing one through until the end. That’s that “bliss” that people are always talking about following.

And in a very meandering way, I’m just trying to say that for me, writing is that place, be it a short story competition, a book, a comic, or a blog post, that reading back probably won’t make much sense. But you know what? It feels good. So here we are.

Follow your bliss. Write, read, create, discuss, play… Do it for the sheer joy of doing it. Do it because you love it.

It’s not a contest.

Unless, of course, it’s a contest.