Tea and calligraphy

January 26, 2007

The MCLA workshop has a new name and day!

The MCLA workshop has a new name and day!

Come to the Tea and Calligraphy workshop at Inkberry. Enjoy a cup of tea and good company and bring a piece to read and workshop; it is free! Workshop your poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction with fellow student writers outside of the classroom. Whether your aim is to finish a work in progress, revise a draft, or read your work for a class or publication, this forum will connect you with other college aged writers who can help you grow as a writer.

The workshop is hosted by Inkberry Workshop Facilitator intern, Sarah Russell, for more information contact her at Sarah@inkberry.org


Poems. Short stories. Memoir. Sudden Fiction. Novel excerpts. We love to read and discuss them all. (Guest post from Bill Belcher)

November 1, 2006

The novelist Mario Vargas Llosa said, “Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.” Jessamyn West said, “Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer.” Still…

It’s true—writing is hard work, and it’s done alone. There are no water coolers, no staff meetings, no corporate conferences, and no team building exercises to guide from one chapter to the next. Still, there are resources like Inkberry that help to bring kindred spirits together. And, there are times when a writer needs to come out from behind the desk and talk to other writers, get feedback, and discuss the craft. That is where Thursday Night Critique comes in.

On the first and third Thursday night of every month, a group of writers meets at Inkberry to discuss their work, tackle writing exercises, solve problems, and have fun. It’s free and open to writers of all levels and all genres. So far, this season has been wonderful—full of new faces and new work from workshop veterans. Poems. Short stories. Memoir. Sudden Fiction. Novel excerpts. We love to read and discuss them all. So, if you are compelled to come out of isolation and participate in workshop or if you just want to hang out, feel free to drop in on Thursday Night Critique. Email me at bill@inkberry.org or just show up. (Upcoming dates: Nov. 2 and Nov. 19.)

Friends, Writers, Inkberrians: lend us your ideas

February 8, 2006

I got to the office early this morning — Inkberry board meetings happen at 7:30am, because that’s the only time we can all manage to meet — so I was already well-caffeinated by midmorning, and my mind has been racing.

Today I’m thinking about our next online workshop — The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Creating Your Career As A Writer, taught by Jill-of-all-writing-trades Linda McCauley Freeman. Specifically, I’m thinking about publicity. And that’s where you come in: I want to know how you would get the word out.

The thing is, I think this is the kind of class everyone on our mailing list should be interested in. What writer hasn’t wrestled with the question of how to get her/his work into the world, and how to make a penny or two doing it? I’m just not sure how to get that across.

We’ll do the obvious — a press release locally, an email sent to our mailing list (following up on the postcard calendar we sent out earlier this year) — but I wish I had an innovative and clever solution. One that will reach a broad, internet-based audience — after all, the workshop is entirely online, so anyone anywhere can take part — and, ideally, one that’s free. We operate on the proverbial shoestring at Inkberry, so much as I’d like to hire skywriters in every writers’ enclave in the nation, that kind of thing is Right Out.

Where would you look, online, for information about such a thing? If you were interested in an online workshop designed around helping writers make money with their words — and you didn’t already know Inkberry, so you didn’t know to look here — where would you go? Reply in comments, or send an email to info at inkberry dot org — I’d love to know what y’all think.