October 10, 2019
National Novel Writing Month is almost here! The group discussed tips on how to get started in NaNoWriMo, the difference between being a "pantser" or a planner writer, and information on the accessibility of the contest's website.
NaNoWriMo and Other Novel Writing Resources:
- Official website of NaNoWriMo. If you sign up on their site, you'll receive regular motivational emails during November and you can find out about virtual and local events.
- Baty, Chris. No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. This book is by the founder of NaNoWriMo. Baty describes how he began NaNoWriMo and gives lots of tips and pep talks for writing a novel in a month.
- Countdown to NaNoWriMo - How To Plan For The Month from Writers Write
- DeSalvo, Louise. The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity. If you're not a NaNoWriMo fan--or even if you are--this book discusses the value of writing slowly, creating work over a longer period of time. DeSalvo offers tips and strategies for getting to know yourself, your process, and your writing more deeply.
- Ray, Robert J. and Norris, Bret. The Weekend Novelist: A dynamic 52-week program to help you produce a finished novel...one weekend at a time. This book is aimed at writers who mainly have time to write on weekends, showing how you can complete a novel in a year.
- Wiesner, Karen S. First Draft in 30 Days: a novel writer's system for building a complete and cohesive manuscript. Wiesner describes how to write a detailed outline that actually becomes your first draft.
August 8, 2019
Author of the Star Powers series Lisa Rose joined us this month to share her tips for writers. Lisa's stories are often inspired by her daughter who is visually impaired, and she describes herself as a "fierce advocate for inclusion." She also hosts the monthly Missing Voice Picture Book Discussion Group on Facebook that promotes diverse picture books.
Lisa Rose was the guest speaker for this month's Writers' Circle discussion. Lisa is the author of the Star Powers chapter book series about a second-grade girl who wants to be an astronaut and just happens to use a wheelchair. Her website is lisarosewrites.com.
Resources mentioned during the show:
- Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a professional organization for writers and illustrators of books for children. It offers international and regional conferences as well as local and online workshops and events. Its publications offer tips on craft as well as information on publishing opportunities.
- Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
- Seedlings Braille Books for Children. Their mission is to offer quality braille children's books free or at a low cost.
- Peanut of Blind Faith Farm by Jim Thompson
- During National Novel Writers Month (or NaNoWriMo) in November, writers around the world strive to write a 50,000 novel. Sign up on the NaNoWriMo website to receive inspiraitonal emails and learn about local events.
July 11, 2019
We started off the discussion by sharing our six-word memoirs. We then discussed strategies for working through writer's block. Many helpful tips were shared!
- StoryADay hosts StoryADay May, where participants try to write a story each day during the month of May. Year round, you can sign up for Write On Wednesdays to receive weekly prompts and short lessons. StoryADay also hosts an accountability group.
- Furious Fiction, hosts free monthly challenges.
- National Federation of the Blind Writers' Division hosts an annual contest and offers a monthly magazine.
- The Handy Uncapped Pen, a blog/community for writers with disabilities or with neurodivergence.
- Magnets and Ladders: Active Voices of Writers with Disabilities
- Six Word Memoirs
- If You Can Talk, You Can Write: A Proven Program to Get You Writing & Keep You Writing, by Joel Saltzman
- Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distractions, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life, by Bonnie Friedman
June 13, 2019
This month we held an open-ended discussion with many great questions and tips shared. Topics ranged from six-word memoirs, writer's block, and accessible writing websites and technology.
- Six Word Memoirs
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott
- The Write Practice
National Federation of the Blind Writers' Division
- President: Eve Sanchez
- Home: 208-339-2430
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://writers.nfb.org/
- Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/stylist_nfbnet.org
May 9, 2019
This month we picked up where we left off in April and discussed how to write a query letter to literary agents or publishers. Then we discussed some things to remember when writing for children, whether that's picture books or young adult novels.
This month we continued the discussion of how to write a query letter and then talked about how to write for children.
April 11, 2019
As April is National Poetry Month, we spent some time talking poetry. Then we discussed how to write a query letter to a literary agent or publisher in an effort to get them excited about your writing.
March 14, 2019
In this discussion we talked about tips for beginner writers.
Check out these resources from our facilitators and fellow writers:
Content shared during discussions is for general information purposes only. We encourage you to thoroughly consider if any resource or suggestion is a good fit for you. The inclusion of links does not imply a recommendation or endorsement. The opinions expressed by the participants are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hadley.