Preparing for a New England Winter: New Classes, Reading Lists, and Projects

Blog, Classes & Workshops

It’s that time of year where I naturally begin to line my plate with plenty of projects. Winter in New England can be long, so very cold, and dark. It’s the perfect recipe for creating, reading, setting yourself up for the next steps, and set some goals. Trust me, it makes the freezing temperatures not feel so rough.

Current Projects

This winter I plan to really push forward on my novel revision, and get that baby ready to head out into the world. A piece of advice for fellow writers: have other projects on the side. When I feel lost, like a hit a wall in my revision, I pull out an old short story that needs work, one I haven’t looked at in a long time, and fix it up. It gives me some instant satisfaction all while staying productive. In the end, it keeps me feeling creative, and often inspires me to get back at the novel and move forward.

Read, Read, Read!

Winter is the perfect time to tackle that book list! Curl up, get cozy, and get inspired by some of the great books out there right now. For me, I’m already starting on the winners and nominees of the National Book Award, like Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing. I like to keep a short story collection in there as well. Right now it’s Grace Paley’s The Collected Stories, and The Granta Book of  the Irish Short Story.

Write and Learn

Taking a class is a great way to stay inspired in the coming months. Local art and writing classes will keep you feeling motivated, as well as relieving stress. For me, I’ll be teaching three different courses at GrubStreet! I’m offering a one day seminar on writing for teens and middle grade children, a three hour session for teens in the Young Adult Writers Program, and a ten-week course on Novel Writing. Follow the links below for more information.

Young Adult Writers Program: “I Can’t Believe They’re Not Real!” – Creating Memorable Characters

How to Start a YA/Middle Grade Novel

Novel in Progress

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