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Writer's Weekend, Day 2

Today was the day of many panels, some monofilament sharp, some much less so. I heard an excellent morning panel on credentials by power trio Melissa Singer, Anna Genoese, and Evan Fogelman. That was followed by Lee Lofland, a former police officer speaking on CSI-style criminal procedure, autopsies, and how search warrants really work. Other panels were rather mixed; not all of them clicked, but that's the odds.

I spoke on two panels, "There Is No Story Fairy: Writing Myths" and "Calling Young Writers". I think I was batting about .500, which seemed about par for the day.

I met Guests of Honor Jim MacDonald and Debra Doyle, both very friendly and approachable folks. Jim is the deeply amusing person responsible for Atlanta Nights by Travis Tea. It's a first novel like no other.

My pitch is in the morning, so of course I'm rewriting it. I'm leaving out some of the subplots because there's just not room to talk about EVERYTHING.



Jun. 11th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
i didn't feel like Hg and i were particularly useful. approaching the subject from radically different viewpoints is interesting, but not particularly helpful for the listener seeking direction. in my dreamworld, we would have had everyone bring some work and workshopped it. i'd be happy to talk about the drama aspect with words and pencils and trial and error sometime.

i'm sorry i missed hearing you read. C enjoyed it.
Jun. 12th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I do want to talk over the drama part with you sometime. I've never gotten serious about line reading craft; my speaking skills come entirely from small-group game performance. Tough crowd, those Cthulhu players.

Oh, I'll read again I'm sure. I'd forgotten how much fun public performance is, and how much fun that book is. I liked it so much I pitched it in the appointment I had shortly thereafter. They asked to see a partial. :D

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