I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a crazy week. I just returned from a slow paced weekend in the Bay Area visiting family and have been thrust into the vortex of too much work. Yesterday, I devoured a whole party size bag of gummy bears to cope with my anxiety, and oddly, it calmed me down. The writing prompt at the bottom of this blog post is inspired by my strange way of dealing with stress.
Another way that I stop myself from stressing out is sitting down to write. Luckily, I live in a writing school so I have ample opportunities to create a productive, inspiring writing structure for myself. Join me starting this Tuesday, March 5th, and turn your past heartbreaks into a hefty paycheck. Check out Hookups, Breakups and Miss Connections: Writing the Relationship Essay with Margaret Wappler (Editor of Dame Magazine, LA Times, Rolling Stone)! There are so many places to get essays about relationships published like Modern Love, LA Affairs, and Nerve.
I’m also very excited that next weekend award-winning mystery author David Corbett (Done for A Dime, The Art of Character) will be traveling from the Bay Area and joining us at the Pad for two fantastic classes. Developing Characters That Work for Fiction (Sat., March 9) will teach you how to craft compelling characters instead of plot puppets. And in The Spine of the Crime: Structure and Crime Story (Sun., March 10), you’ll learn the crucial elements of the major crime story types, a character-and-theme driven approach, and develop a mini outline for your tale!
You also won’t want to miss our panel on Fri., March 8th, Crime Scene Confidential: Writing the Belivable Mystery. Not only will I be serving my famous sangria (another great way to cope with stress in moderation), but this event will feature uber writers David Corbett, James Scott Bell (Plot & Structure, Deceived) and Bill Rabkin (“Monk,””Psych”). Get the scoop on the real life cases that inspired their crime stories and learn how to infuse your tales with suspense!
Below are a ton of fabulous class options below as well as a free writing prompt! See you soon.