Greetings and Happy New Year! Some updates for writers and those who love them:
A) NEXT WORKSHOP STARTS JAN. 24
Winter 2011 Bang the Keys Writing Workshop will take place in Park Slope Brooklyn. Six Monday nights at 6:15.
Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 28 and Mar. 7. $275
To feel the vibe, of the workshop, the book, and the whole she-bang, watch this short vid:
B) THE BANG THE KEYS WRITING EXERCISE APP IS HERE:
If you are a writer, you have surely said these words before: “I wish I had more time to write.” In fact, you probably said them while simultaneously emailing a pal, Googling to find the complete cast list of “Nashville”, and texting your family about dinner while sitting in the café you escaped to in order to get some “time alone to write.” If this 21st Century portrait fits you, then please, check out my new APP available NOW on itunes:
(No, it’s not a play on ceviche or carpaccio. It’s dozens of writing exercises you can do on your iPhone, iPad or iTouch.) $2.99.
It’s the perfect complement to my book, Bang the Keys: Four Steps to a Lifelong Writing Practice.
C) UPCOMING 1 DAY WORKSHOPS:
In honor of my favorite holiday, Ground Hog’s Day, I’ll be doing two writing workshops, for writers who don’t want their disappointing writing histories to repeat themselves.
Sat. Feb. 5 from 10-4 in Chelsea, NYC. $180
“Break New Ground”
Ready to break bad writing habits and become a more disciplined scribe and a better craftsman? Turn that high-powered perception on yourself, Dr. Lecter, and face the monsters within. You know – the ones who say, “Do a status update now and write your story later” or “Your script is tight and camera-ready,” when you know it’s still missing some magic. The emphasis will be on mastering your own writerly character flaws, and capturing fresh, thrilling energy on the page. Break the cycle and write with maximum verve and efficiency. If you feel like a hamster on a habitrail, please contact me at JillDearman@gmail.com for more info. Squeak!
Thur. Feb. 10 from 6:30 pm to 9:30pm in Chelsea, NYC /$95
“Meditation for Writers”
It was hard enough in the old millennium just to find time to write,
what with family, work, and other demands. But now with the temptation
of Twitter, Facebook, crackberries and blogs, what's a multi-tasking
scribe to do? This workshop will provide modern as well as classic
meditation techniques to keep your mind on your writing, not on your
text messages! In addition to uncovering new ways to focus and tap into your creativity, this workshop will also provide soulful and practical techniques and support for writers who are prone to depressive or anxious mindsets. (Okay, who isn’t raising their hand?)
Sign up for both by Jan. 29 and pay $250 (save 25 clams).
See my latest Barnes and Noble.com column on self-editing tips for writers.
And consider this:
Winter Editing Special:
In honor of the ongoing recession, I will be offering a discount on my editing services this fall. Whether you are working on a short story, novel, nonfiction book, essay, book proposal, screenplay, memoir, play, book of poetry, or a genre bending cookbook/political thriller, please feel free to contact me to get precise info on a package for you.
E) New Service: Creativity Coaching. As always, I offer writing coach services to individuals. But now I am beginning to work as a Creativity Coach. Are you struggling to find the time and space to express your artistic inclinations? Are you a dabbler – interested in many forms – but unsure which one you wish to focus on? Have you gone through a recent life change and are now experiencing a renewed desire to explore your creative side and see where it leads? Or are you just curious and ready to create more and talk about it less?!
For everything else: www.bangthekeys.com