Yes, you can read books – and there are many with excellent tips to improve the craft of writing. In print lets you read, reread, and highlight with those neon markers.
However, sometimes the writer in you may yearn for some good old-fashioned instruction, with new ideas and new ways to get it. Take a class!
Here’s a list of some great resources that came from a dozen local writers sharing at our September Writers Lunch. Each of these comes with a personal recommendation by one or more of our attendees. (Some may have a membership fee, course fee, or no fee. Check the website.)
Face-to-face in the Tucson area:
Deborah Knox https://www.lifeworktransitions.com
Ethel Lee-Miller https://etheleemiller.com and Penelope Starr https://penelopestarr.com/Penelope_Starr/Upcoming_Events.html How to Survive a Public Reading/Telling of Your Work: A Workshop for Writers (in the works- of course we’ll be promoting this soon!)
Janson Literary Services, Inc. – https://www.janwrite.com Chandler Community Center Downtown
Lisa Peck-McDonald – Finding Your Spot in the Writing Marketplace https://i2pregister.antiochla.edu/product/writing-marketplace/Antioch
Marge Pellegrino https://margepellegrino.com/journal/
Traci Moore https://www.traci-moore.com
Story Circle Network – has online classes and online writing circles https://www.storycircleonlineclasses.org/index.php
Romance Writers of America https://www.rwa.org
Pima Community College –https://bannerweb.pima.edu/pls/pima/az_tw_subcrse_catalog.p_subjcrse_list?p_subject_code=WRT
Writers Studio – Tucson https://www.writerstudio.com/courses/tucson/
AZ State University https://piper.asu.edu
Pima County Library – perhaps renewing the Writers in Residence program. Also check the individual libraries https://pima.bibliocommons.com/locations/list/
Learning Curve https://www.thelearningcurvetucson.com
Literary Arts Network lists literary and art events. Free Yahoo group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/litartsnet/info
Writers Digest https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com
Gotham Writers Workshop https://www.writingclasses.com
I’m sure there are many more. Feel free to add details, new sites, and your recommendations by commenting.
Thank you, Audrey Sher, Bee Bloeser, Deborah Knox, Hal Cabot, Joan Lisi, Lisa Peck-McDonald, Michelle Cabot, Nan Andres, Penelope Starr, Susy Plummer, and Phyllis Seltzer.
Success is ours!!
The next Writers Lunch is Monday, November 14th.
Ethel Lee-Miller is an author, editor, storyteller, Toastmaster, and lover of words and people.