We're at the mid-point of August, which means we have about six weeks to go before the world premiere of Joe Powers, Writing Instructor. The fact that I can even say such a thing still feels kind of surreal to me, but there it is.
For those who may have missed it before, starting in September I will be offering a writing class through the University of New Brunswick. The primary focus will be on horror, but I will spend some time on mystery and noir as well.
I feel I should state at this point that I am fully aware I don’t know everything there is to know about writing. Nobody does, and there are surely plenty who have been around and know as much as or more than I do. I still write and submit work to editors, and frequently get shot down just like everyone not named King or Koontz. And I'm certainly not above - or opposed to - learning more myself!
I don’t profess to have all the answers. Only some of them. For beginners, I can help with getting started, establishing rituals and practices that will serve you daily. For those more advanced writers, I can share some insights on the submission and publishing aspects, dealing with editors, and such. For anyone with a desire to write and a tendency toward the darker side of fiction, I can share some of what I’ve learned about what does and doesn’t work, and what’s most likely to catch the eye of a prospective editor or publisher.
Again, this is by no means a comprehensive and exhaustive how-to; such a course would be impossible to offer. There are a million variables in the writing game, and some of the specifics that work for me might not for someone else and vice versa. And even if such a course were possible to teach, I'm pretty sure I'm not the guy to teach it. I can, however, cover many of the basics that are more or less universal and will help writers to improve their craft.
The first round starts on September 26th, and space is limited. For anyone in or around the greater Fredericton area interested in taking the course, or if you know someone who might be interested, here’s a link to the course website. To sign up just click the “register now” button at the bottom. Hope to see some of you there!
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