Since the flooding in my basement is finally under control (at least for now) and the laundry is under way and the dishes are done, I think I have time to start my initial preparations for the 2013 Glen Eyrie Writing Workshop. I am so excited about the workshop this year. This is will be the third year I’ve attended, and I always always always come away from it feeling encouraged, uplifted, and challenged.
The normal three leaders, Angela Hunt, Nancy Rue, and Kathy Mackel, will be in attendance this year, plus Bill Myers. I took Bill’s class the first year I attended, and it was wonderful. But this year I get to do something different. Nancy Rue is running a breakout session for advanced writers, ones who already have a manuscript finished. The space was limited (only 16 were chosen), and I got in! I feel so humbled and honored, and I can’t wait to get there and get started.
From what I understand, the class is going to cover editing and revising our manuscripts, receiving feedback, and instruction on proposals, agents, and marketing. I’ve never taken a class on these subjects before, so I’m just about giddy. I’ve been doing all these things on my own for years and years, but this is my first opportunity to sit in a class with others who are in the same boat and ask questions about the process!
Our assignment at this point is to come up with a question we’re struggling with in regards to writing in general, whether it’s how you handle the industry or how you handle yourself. In class, we’re going to get to voice those questions to each other. I’m so thankful for this. Most people don’t believe me, but I’m really a very shy person. I’m a terrible introvert. If I don’t have to talk to people, I won’t. I have always expressed myself better in written words than in spoken words. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned how to wear the extroverted leader facade, but I don’t like it. I’m perfectly content to sit by myself with a notebook and scribble away in silence from dawn till dusk. So having this opportunity designed into the class where everyone has to ask a question is wonderful, because I know that I’m not the only person who struggles with this.
Plus I’m also very excited to take a course from Nancy Rue, who has always seemed like a ray of sunshine at the workshops in previous years. She nicknamed me “Smiley” the first year I was there, and what’s awesome about this workshop is that it’s small enough that the presenters remember you.
In any case, I’ve got to get a hard copy of my manuscript (The Mountain Requires Blood) to take with me, so I can make notes on it. I’m eager to get feedback on it. I could have brought one of my other novels, but this one is dealing with a part of the writing industry that I know very little about. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’ve never written anything specifically for the Christian market until this book. So I’m eager to talk to some folks who have experience dealing with that area.
AND … it’s at Glen Eyrie, one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
But no matter how much I learn at this awesome place, it’s just a marvelous chance to be around other writers. Real writers just get each other. And real Christian writers get each other on a different level because we’re all there for the same reason, to bring glory to God and to introduce as many people as we can to Him.
I’m excited to get to work!