For the week of 3/1/2021

Multiple Day Events


Tuesday


Wednesday


Thursday


Friday


Saturday and Sunday

8K Weekend

Saturday, March 6, 2021
8 AM Central
8 PM Central

Sunday, March 7, 2021
8 AM Central
8 PM Central


Find more events by checking out these events lists:

Midcontinent Library Writing Events
New York City Library Writing Events


“Fictional” Character

Brainstorming and freewriting about your character have proven to provide better writing if done before outlining. This exercise has been modified from the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.


Tags: #Brainstorm #Freewrite #Writing #Character


A. Brainstorm 20m total

5m Choose

YOUR TURN: Pick a person you know. Fictionalize the name, which will also give you license to alter other characteristics, if you so desire. *1

5m Describe

YOUR TURN: You have five minutes to describe this person as you can. Use sticky notes. Don’t write whole sentences. These are just ideas *2

5m Organize

YOUR TURN: Group these sticky notes into categories. Do you see a trend? Did you use all of the senses? Did you write down words that are very specific?

5m Let it linger

YOUR TURN: Take a break and make yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or just do a little cleaning, letting your character linger in your mind while you do something mundane.

B. Freewrite 25 m

Keep in mind that there is no editing aloud in freewriting. It’s like doodling for the writer. No rereading, no spellcheck.

Freewriting

YOUR TURN: Let everyone in your house know that for the next 25 minutes, you will be busy. Short of a death or frozen pipes, just frown at anyone who comes near you. Put on noise cancelling headphones. Set a timer up that ticks. When you feel the footfalls of your progeny, point at the timer. Do whatever it takes. Just write in a white heat and don’t stop.

Sometimes the bad writing just has to come out before the good writing will.

Now that you’re done…

Bookmark this page in case you need some prompting for your characters.

*1. If you’re having trouble picking a name.
*2. If you’re really stuck… try these questions….

For the week of 2/22/2021

Multiple Day Events


Monday

Hmuya Mani Rick Two Dogs

Pȟetá Kailepí” (Rekindling the Flame)
Monday February 22, 2021
7-8 PM Central


Tuesday


Wednesday

Edward Star Comes Out

Pȟetá Kailepí” (Rekindling the Flame)
Wednesday February 24, 2021
7-8 PM Central


Thursday

Emmanuel “Bull” Black Bear

Pȟetá Kailepí” (Rekindling the Flame)
Thursday February 25, 2021
7-8 PM Central


Friday


Saturday and Sunday


Find more events by checking out these event lists:

Midcontinent Library Writing Events


Miro: Getting Around

Miro is a virtual whiteboard. As collaborators, you will be able to view and edit the board.

1. Choose which version of the software to use: Lite, Free, Team, Business, or Enterprise.

  • If you create an account, we will be able to see your name by the cursor on the board. Here is a list of the pricing. There is a free plan available.
  • If you don’t want to create an account, that’s totally cool! View and edit the board by getting an invite to a specific board. This level of access is called Mirolite.

2. Navigate

The video below will show you how to navigate. After the video you should be able to:

  • zoom in and out of the whiteboard
  • open and use the map to fit the board to screen
  • jump to a frame

3. Notes: Close and reopen the notes on our miro board.

notes

4. Notes: Resize the notes to a size that is best for you.

Resize

Prompt: Pretend you can write.

This writing prompt is from the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I’m going through it with the Leawood Creative Writing meetup. But I’ll sneak you a peak at this prompt.

  • Tune in to the source of the magic(pg 8).
    • Choose a work of fiction that you cherish. In a single sentence, try to state the major reason why you love reading this work.
    • Then list several ways with which you think the author achieved this effect. The reasons don’t have to employ any fancy terms and they don’t have to make sense to anyone but you. You’re simply trying to tune in to the source of the magic.
  • Write one word at a time (21).
    • YOUR TURN: Return to the work of fiction that you chose as a favorite. Get your hands on a copy of this story, then pick a passage that you especially like. Write out a page or so of this section, word for word, just to let yourself feel what it might have been like to create that particular arrangement of words. You may gain some insight into how the author did what he did. At the very least, you’ll see that everyone does it the same way—one word at a time.

I wrote out an entire chapter of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. It helped me to look at the ratio of action to dialogue. I wonder what kinds of things you’ll notice when you copy down one of your favorite writer’s words.

If you purchase any of these books from Bookshop.org, I get a portion of the money. If you buy from Amazon, Jeff Bezos lines his pockets. If you buy your book from a local bookstore like the Booktable in Chicago (they can’t do online orders anymore), then my friend Eddy gets to keep his job. You can also buy from Powell’s books. This is a link to a used copy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

What magic do you want in your writing?

Tune in to the source of the magic.

Choose a work of fiction that you cherish. In a single sentence, try to state the major reason why you love reading this work.

Then list several ways with which you think the author achieved this effect. The reasons don’t have to employ any fancy terms and they don’t have to make sense to anyone but you. You’re simply trying to tune in to the source of the magic.

Gotham Writer’s Project

Beyond the Door

This book is a book that is now in the public domain. A group of volunteers put it together and uploaded it to the kindle store for zero dollars.

Kudos to the robot who “writes stuff” for finding this gem. Tell them thank you if you happen to run into them.


If you like this kind of content, please, for the love of all that is holy, bookmark this page and submit free books when you find them. I’m collecting these for high school kids and teachers who cannot afford to purchase books for the classroom library. Use the form below to enter your findings so that I can easily use your entry as a “todo” in my list.

#18 2021 Detain

A retired air force reservist

Knew that flex cuffs would need to be purchased

To restrain legislators

And all the trump haters,

He’s released and the FBI’s nervous.