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Writer School – Day One

Four hours of school yesterday, focused on the essential skill of manuscript critique, which will be much used, developed, and honed over the next eleven months, as we workshop each other's work. I've been doing manuscript crits with my online…

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Writer School – Day Zero

Yesterday was the orientation for the 2014 session of The Writer's Studio. Students, mentors, program director, mentor assistants, all assembled in one room, looking at each other with all the friendly awkwardness of new acquaintance, and mostly listening to the…

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Head in the Clouds

In August 2013, I was let go after fifteen years on the job. "Restructuring", that watchword of the new millennium, post-financial-collapse, was to blame. (Actually, twenty years ago, when this happened the first time? That was restructuring, too. I wasn't…

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