Random Writing Quote:
“Here is a lesson in creative writing.
First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.
And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I'm kidding.
For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I'm kidding.
We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding.
If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
Speaker: Stuart Horwitz
Date: March 18, 2017
"Finish Your Book in Three Drafts"
You may have asked yourself while writing: How many drafts is this going to take? Stuart Horwitz, nationally known expert on structure and revision, thinks the answer is three -- provided you know what draft you’re in and what action steps to take between drafts. Horwitz's Book Architecture Method has helped bestselling writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books through a wonderfully efficient process, signing with top literary agencies and sealing deals with coveted publishing houses. Accomplished and aspiring writers alike will learn the secrets of how to reach the finish line through an engaging presentation which will provide examples of the Book Architecture Method in action.
Stuart Horwitz is the founder and principal of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors based in Providence (www.BookArchitecture.com). Book Architecture’s clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields. His first book Blueprint Your Bestseller (Penguin/Perigee), was named one of 2013’s best books about writing by The Writer magazine. His second book, Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula, appeared in May, 2015 and became an Amazon bestseller in two categories. His third book, Finish Your Book in Three Drafts, was published in June, 2016.
Upcoming speaker for April 15, 2017:
Speaker: Matthew Quirk
Matthew Quirk is the New York Times bestselling author of Cold Barrel Zero, The Directive, and The 500, an Edgar nominee and the winner of the Thriller and Strand Critics Awards. His novels have been translated into 20 languages and optioned for film.