by Marilyn Friedman
When I first met Judy three years ago at the Southern California Writers conference, I was thrilled to meet my writing idol. “I loved your book! It helped me so much. It was so hard to get back into writing, but I felt like you were cheering me on every day with your terrific writing prompts,” I told her.
|The fantastic Judy Reeves
“I was cheering you on!” Judy replied. I took several of Judy’s seminars at the conference, and she further impressed me with her knowledge of writing craft. In just a few minutes, Judy helped me fix an essay that I had been struggling with for months. Armed with Judy’s editing suggestions, I polished my essay and one week later, read it at a literary variety show. I not only got a standing ovation but was later contacted by a literary agent who’d heard about my piece from a client who’d attended the show. If you take Writing Reboot: Rescuing Your Crashed Creation, Judy can work her literary fix-it magic on you too!
While you are anxiously waiting for Judy’s classes on the 12th, I recommend watching these short interviews to hear her helpful tips on writing craft and practice and learn the harrowing story behind “A Writer’s Book of Days.” You can sign up for one of Judy’s classes or any other class by clicking “Buy Now” at the bottom of the class descriptions at the links below, by calling 323-333-2954, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to grab a spot before they are full!
In honor of Judy’s visit, here’s a November writing prompt from “A Writers’ Book of Days
.” I chose this prompt in particular because it reminded me of the intense feelings that can sometimes accompany family visits on Thanksgiving and the holidays. Make a list of 5 things that come to mind when I say, “This is not my home” (after Elizabeth Bishop). Pick one. Now write down a sensory detail (smell, taste, sound, touch) to go along with that situation or place. Set the timer for 10 min. and write, and make sure that you include the sensory detail in your piece. You can repeat the words, “This is not my home” several times if it helps kickstart your imagination. When you are done, post your write in the comments of this blog!
Comment on this blog! Write what comes to mind when I say, “This is not my home.” If you post your story in the comments of this blog, you could win a free class!