I haven’t posted lately because I’ve been at a workshop: the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop at Hollins University. I wasn’t planning to do a workshop this summer, but I’ve been working on a novel and felt that I needed an extra push to get the revisions done. And Fred Leebron was teaching at the workshop, and I’ve missed a few other opportunities to work with him. So, it was something of a last minute decision–but I’m very glad I went.
The setting–Hollins University just outside of Roanoke, Virginia–isn’t the most beautiful spot in the world (i.e., it’s not a mountain top in Tennessee or Vermont), but it’s a pleasant campus, and convenient. This year’s conference had just four workshops–a few others that had been planned were cancelled–so it was intimate. But our workshop on the Advanced Novel was big–12 writers–which meant it was a lot of work (which isn’t a bad thing at a workshop). Fred is a great teacher, and every session of the workshop included craft discussion in addition to the manuscript critique, which I think is ideal. I learned a ton, and am excited to get back to work on the book.