Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Ready for a summer writing reboot? Crayons optional!

This week, I dropped off a shiny new backpack full of notebooks, paper, pens, pencils—and crayons--for my church’s annual school supply drive. It made me want to go back to school. OK, not to go back to the boring parts of school. Just the parts where you show up for awesome instructors, in classes full of wonderful people who are all excited about the very same thing – writing!--that excites you. Maybe even with a fistful of bright new crayons in hand!

August 5: Writers in need of readers? Writing Workshops Dallas offers a seminar this Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m., on how to build a wildly-engaged readership (with more joy and less stress!), led by multiply-published author Mary DeMuth. Cost is $60 ($45 for current and former WWD students), at Writing Workshops Dallas. Oh, you’re out of town and don’t want to travel to hotter ‘n’ hell Dallas for a writing class? Check out the live stream option to beat the heat. 
Want more classes about writing? Check out the Writing Dallas Workshops site for August and fall classes for all stages of writing in fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting and more! 
August 7: Wondering about the SMU Writer’s Path program? Registration for fall classes in the program opens August 8, but in the meantime, check out a free information session next Tuesday, at 7 p.m., in Room 115 of Dallas Hall on the SMU campus. See the site for registration.
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August 11: Rail Riders -- Deep Ellum Blues. If you thought writing classes were only for kids, adjust your attitude. Here’s one with a minimum age requirement – 21 years. This is a reboot because the first Rail Riders (August 4) sold out so fast. Hop aboard Dallas’s DART rail as poet/singer/teacher Lisa Huffaker guides a group of writers through the complex history of Dallas’s Deep Ellum neighborhood. 

Participants will venture on foot into Deep Ellum’s cafes, bars and cultural venues, tour its visual art and historical locations and more, while writing poetry and performing impromptu readings. This Dallas Writer’s Garret event is free, but space is limited, so sign up now at Writer’s Garret. Rail Riders are responsible for buying their own tickets, food and drink expenses. Meet at the Mockingbird Station (5307 E. Mockingbird Lane) promptly at 3:30. Additional questions? Call 214-828-1714 or contact Emmy at

August 24-26: OK, this is not a class, but it’s definitely bookish – Dallas Public Library’s semi-annual sale. Billions and billions of books. Or at least, thousands, maybe tens of thousands of books for all ages, audio and visual materials, and more from the library’s vast warehouse. Hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, August 24; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. August 25 (Saturday); and (Friday), from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., August 25 (Saturday); 1-4 p.m. August 26. At the library’s Central Branch, 1515 Young Street, Dallas. 

August 25-26: Take your book-length story from premise Story 360, with author/editor/instructor/agent Lorin Oberweger. Early bird pricing now available: one-day (August 25 or 26) $139; both days, $249. Sorry, Dallas, readers, you’ll have to travel for this one, at eConsortium Offices, 2401 Fountain View Dr., Suite 920, in Houston, Texas. Classes run 10 a.m. -4:30 p.m. daily. Cost includes lunch and all workshop materials. For registration and additional information on this and other Story 360 workshops, including September’s Breakout Novel Intensives in Tampa, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas, see the Free Expressions site

October 13-14: Wait – that’s not still summer, is it? Officially, October is fall, aka, State Fair season, but don’t wait too long to get your tickets to this year’s Writers in the Field, a hands-on research opportunity for writers. At the Amber Inn Academy of the Arts, Mansfield, Texas. Cost of a weekend pass is $65 (fully refundable through August 13). See the Writers in the Field site for details.

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