For seven years I've been organizing and hosting Why There Are Words in Sausalito. When I started the reading series back in 2010 I had a modest goal of getting twenty people in the room to hear a handful of area writers read their work, whether published or a work in progress. I had no idea that the seventh year would bring an expansion of the series to five other cities: NYC, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Austin, and Portland. I had no idea that I'd go on to found WTAW Press. Tonight, Jan. 12, 2017, is a special night in the WTAW organization's history, as I host the anniversary celebration and announce the Press's first authors and titles we'll publish this year. I can't wait!
WTAW Press is excited to offer its first class beginning Jan. 1, 2017: January Jump-Start Online Poetry Experience. Enrollment is open now. Read all about the course and sign up while the openings last.
I'm honored to be "In the Spotlight" at the AWP website. In my interview I answer questions about my writing process, current projects, my office, and much much more. Please check it out and see what you think!
For the past three weeks I've been running a crowdsourcing campaign for WTAW Press and the expansion of the Why There Are Words reading series to five other major US cities, and doing this has been an illuminating experience. The still above is part of a video put together by the talented Ryan Shiver, and if you need video for any project, I recommend contacting Ryan. Go to the "Why Ask Why?" campaign website and see what I mean. And while you're there, show WTAW a little love, please!
As of today, with just 9 days remaining, the campaign has raised $11,658 from 159 backers, 78% of our $15,000. I'm so grateful to our supporters.
I've learned so much through this experience, and I'd be happy to share that information with anyone who's considering running a crowdsourcing fundraiser. The biggest take-away? People are a puzzlement. As if we writers ever truly forget that fount.
I've been surprised and moved beyond measure by generosity that I could never have anticipated. And I've been baffled by odd and unpredictable responses too, none of which seem publishable in this forum.
Please check out the project and lend your support! You can play a role in making sure that the books that filter to your nightstand aren't those that one of the big 5 have decided are what you should read, based on the corporate bottom line. With my gratitude in advance!
Check out my interview at The Rumpus in which I discuss what kind of manuscripts I'm looking for at WTAW Press, why I started the publishing arm of Why There Are Words.
I talk about why I started the reading series in the first place, sharing a reason that's surprised some people.
And I share a little bit about my writing self, too, revealing an anecdote about my past that I don't believe I'd ever shared before.
Thanks to Marisa Siegel and Allison Landa for the interview! Allison is an incredible interviewer.
Posting this here for all the writers with their butts in their chairs over this long holiday weekend, especially those putting the final touches on their manuscripts to send to WTAW Press. Only 11 days left until the submission period closes.
The manuscripts I'm receiving at WTAW Press are amazing. Less than a month left for submissions, so if you're sitting on a full-length book manuscript, don't! Go ahead, knock my socks off!
Editors Panel at Writers Forum:
July 21, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
$15 at the door
I'll be one of a panel of editors. Editors will describe editing styles. Then participants will assemble in small groups. One editor per group. Editors will travel from group to group, meeting with all participants.
Editors: Amanda Conran, Elaine Silver, Peg Alford Pursell, Shirin Bridges, Vicky Mlyniec, Karen Hart.
Come on out and chat about your project and find an editor that suits you.
Today is the day! WTAW Press is open for submissions! Guidelines are on the website and also on the Submittable page where you can send your fabulous book to us.
Already I'm struck by the quality of manuscripts I've been reading this morning. This is going to be more exciting than I already thought it would be!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of talking with Elizabeth Stark and Angie Powers of Story Makers Show. A podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.
We cover a lot of territory, discussing my own writing, editing, the Why There Are Words reading series, and the WTAW Press launch, and more. You can find a description on the same page where you can click on the link and give it a listen.