Thursday, December 13, 2007

Taos Toolbox

All right, are you a Clarion, Clarion West, Odyssey, or Viable Paradise grad who still hasn't broken all the way into a writing career? Are you looking for a workshop that won't be too basic for you but will help you along the next steps towards getting those first contracts?

I HIGHLY recommend Taos Toolbox. This year Walter Jon Williams and Kelly Link will be running the show. Walter is one of the most polished writers I know. One could learn a lot from just reading and analyzing his prose, picking apart how he controls mood and ambiance, how he carefully doles out information to the reader to build suspense or a mystery. Here's a chance to learn from the man himself. Kelly I have met on occasion, but don't know, personally. She's brilliant. Head over to her site, or pick up an anthology with one of her short stories in it and you'll see what I mean. She fits rich imagery into improbably small wordcounts and with simple language makes the mundane magical.

The workshop is also in the Taos Ski Valley. The location alone will improve your writing. I'm putting a more permanent link to the workshop on my page (if it's not there, it's because you're reading this after the workshop apps period closed). Surf on over to their site and check it out.

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