I confess. I’ve been frolicking in Key West, attending the Key West Literary Seminar and teaching a short story workshop, escaping some very cold January temps in Minnesota. Tomorrow I head back to the frozen north, where the forecast is for a balmy 34 (above), and then down to minus thirteen by Thursday night. Oof-dah. Beautiful full moon tonight over the water . . .
Moving on, I wanted to let you know about a few upcoming events:
This Thursday, Jan. 31st, I’m doing a guest post on Jungle Red Writers, a website hosted by eight mystery writers. I’ll say a few words about THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION. The gist of my post is that, despite the title of my novel, I am more interested in the questions the book raises than providing any answers, such as who-done-it. Mystery/crime novels are a specialized genre I know nothing about. I do think ANSWER has suspense, so maybe I slip in under the wire. If you comment, I’ll be sure to respond. Unless, of course, you want some answers . . .
On Feb. 20, I will be giving a publication reading for ANSWER at 7:00 at Subtext Bookstore in St. Paul (165 Western Ave., 651-493-3871). Pray for good weather–no sub-zero temps, no blizzards. I’d be delighted to see you there. There will be books for sale, and hopefully refreshments–Trader Joe wine, no doubt, and the ubiquitous cheese and crackers, unless I can come up with something more imaginative–like grits. . .
This spring I’ll be teaching an on-line course for Stanford on writing the book-length memoir. The course is entitled “The Forest and the Trees: Getting a Great Start on a Book-length Memoir.” Right now they still have their winter courses posted. You’ll be able to see a course description and tentative syllabus at some point, but I don’t know when. Registration opens on Feb. 25. I believe there are 17 spots available. I’ll put more information under “events” on my website as I have them.
And way next August (yes, winter will pass), I’ll be teaching a creative writing workshop called The Art and Craft of Creative Writing for the Madeline Island School of the Arts from August 19 – 23rd. I loved teaching there last fall, and blogged about it. This upcoming workshop will include everything I know about writing . . . won’t matter whether you’re doing fiction or memoir, I will tell you all I know and then some. Hope to see you there!