Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 7, 2010 - Expanding the Site and the Member's Area

It's been too long in coming, but the latest Newsletter is finally here!  Read about the new look of the site, the Introduction to Fiction and Poetry Blog, and our Expanding Member's Area.  And, of course, we have new articles on Setting, Voice, and the Narrative Poem.  Click to Read More...

Happy Writing!
Ryan

Saturday, March 6, 2010

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

January 29, 2010


Greetings Fellow Writers!

Here in Birdland it's been a busy week - I've just started Spring Semester, but the weather doesn't feel at all like spring.  At least not with several inches of snow falling on a Saturday.  So to overcome the cold, we have some exciting new articles to keep you writing:


In Poetry... Follow the adventures of Sam the Gerbil as he provides material for an Elegaic Narrative Poem: Starting the Narrative Poem and What Is a Narrative Poem?
These articles introduce a new section of the site, our Introduction to Fiction and Poetry Blog.  These posts are inspired by the undergraduate class I teach here at Hopkins, and they provide tips and literary terms drawn from works by well-known literary authors.

In Inspiration...
 Looking for a good read?  Tired of the bestseller rejects in the checkout aisle?  Then visit our Inspiration Page for links to good books worth reading.  This week, we feature some key recommendations in Nonfiction, along with an article on The Importance of Reading Nonfiction.

We'd Like to Know...
Do you have a favorite book from childhood?  Have you discovered a new author who really know how to write?  Tell me about it.  I'll post your recommendations for your fellow writers (with your name and website as well, if you like).  Just think of it as a book club without all the hassle of having a club.

Friday Freewriting Prompt:
Did you love all your classmates in grade school?  Do you look back on the days of wedgies and swirlies with a kind of hopeful longing?  No??

Well then, Let's Get READY to RUMBLE! with today's Friday Freewrite: Iguanas vs. My Little Pony.

New! in the Members Area
We've had a few of our members post some very good freewrites, and I'd like to invite everyone to do the same.  If you haven't joined our Member's Area yet, then sign up now to take advantage of our upcoming class survey.

Happy Writing!
Ryan




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Friday, January 22, 2010

January 22, 2010 - My Novel Just Ate My Cat


Greetings Fellow Writers!

Yes, we've just reached the Third Week of 2010 - I'm feeling worn out already.  How are you doing today?  Is your new year off to a good start?  Have you had a chance to do much writing?

If you haven't written much yet this year, I encourage you to take a look at today's freewriting prompt below - fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent of that desire to to clean the bathroom.  And if you're working on a novel or another long piece of fiction, we have two article links below you'll be very interested in - Curing the Urge to Write and Researching Your Material.

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My Novel Just Ate My Cat
Do you feel lonely?  Unappreciated?  Financially Unstable?  As if your life is no more than a slow death by papercut?  Then you might be a writer.  Visit Ryan's Blog for for information regarding the treatment of Deteriorative Autoimmune Writing Disease of the Liver.

New! at 1-2-Writing
Research.  It conjures up notions of boredom and term papers.  But it doesn't have to.  In fact, it's one of the best ways to bolster the realism in your fiction.  Find out more about How to Thoroughly Research Your Material.  (Or just use Wikipedia - it's quicker...and free...)


Friday Freewriting Prompt
Are you ready for 15 minutes away from the humdrum of modern life?  Then take this quick meditation in memoir, Opening the Door.

New! in the Members Area
As always, you can post your freewriting exercises, poems, and stories in our Members Area for feedback and discussion.  Not a member yet?  Then Click Here to Join - membership these days is Completely Free!  (As an Added Bonus, you'll get More Than You Pay For!)

Happy Writing!
Ryan




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January 12, 2010

1-2-Writing Newsletter - January 12, 2010

Greetings Fellow Writers!

After a long period of reduced activity, the "New and Revised" 1-2-Writing returns to provide workshops and inspiration for 2010.  For links to all of our new features, please visit our homepage at www.12writingworkshopsonline.com.  And please pardon our dust as you stop by - a great deal of the revised site is still under construction, but we'll have more up and running soon.

New! 1-2-Writing Members Area
For those who have taken our Summer Freewriting courses, we've decided to expand this program into our Members Area on the website.  Through the Members Area, you'll receive weekly freewriting prompts as well as access to our Creative Writers Support Forum.  In addition, throughout the year we'll be offering additional workshops free of charge to our members (and we all know how cool free stuff can be).  To sign up, just fill in the form from our homepage or reply back to this e-mail.

Upcoming Classes
For January, we're bringing back the weekly freewriting prompt starting this Friday.  Every Friday, all our members will receive a prompt to inspire some fun writing over the weekend, and then you can post your work for comments in the forums.

Starting next Monday the 18th (Martin Luther King Day), we'll have a one-week "intensive" freewriting course.  We'll have three freewriting assignments (10 min each plus some additional "prep" to get everyone ready to write) for the 18th, 20th, and 22nd.  Space is limited - the course fee will be $20.  Visit our Registration Page to sign up.

New! at 1-2-Writing
Starting a Novel?  Visit the creative writing blog too read tips on Starting Your Novel.
Do you write Poetry?  Learn tips here about Writing in Meter.
Considering a Master of Fine Arts?  Then you'll want to visit our MFA Resource Page.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or if you'd like to see something new posted on the site.

Happy Writing!
Ryan