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My next genre writers group session starts on April 10th at the Carnegie Center for Literacy. They run 5:30-7:00pm.

Sign up here.

Some Jason-centric items are up in the Revive the Drive (Apex Magazine fundraiser) store.

Hey, guess what? I sold a story to Speculate! magazine. This was one of those rare instances where the story was bought by the first place I submitted it!

The title of the short is “Free Coffee, Courtesy of the Telford Nature Explorers.” It’s about many things: rest stops, coffee, cryptids, big pharma, fear of flying. Here is a very short snippet.

To be honest, Jack was surprised Telford had much of anything, let alone a Nature Explorers group and a rest stop. Few cars passed by on US-HWY 2. No houses, strip malls, gas stations, or other signs of civilization marked the lonely stretch of highway—just yellow lines and innumerable mile markers ticking off the passage of time and distance. Snow-capped mountains could be spotted far off to the west while driving over the occasional gentle rises in the road, but otherwise the view was all dirt, road, and shrubbery.

It is slated for publication in the June issue. Naturally, I’ll be crowing about it on the blog when it comes out.

Writing SF/Horror Writers Group Spring 2016 Session

Join me and other genre writers for our Spring 2016 session!

Please note that the start date of the session has been moved up one week due to a schedule conflict.

Sign up here!

  • Venue:
    The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
  • Time:
    5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Meets On:
        Mondays, April 11 – May 9
  • Address:
    251 West Second Street
    Lexington, Kentucky, 40507
    United States
  • Cost:

Join a lively, diverse group of genre writers looking to improve and expand their abilities in the form of short fiction. This is a chance to limber up as a writer, get feedback from others, and gain confidence in an affirming atmosphere.

Carnegie Center Writers Group: SF/F/Horror

Happy Sunday everybody!

I’m late with this reminder (it was a busy week), so I do apologize…

I’m leading a formal 4 week long writers group starting tomorrow at 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Carnegie Center for Literacy in Lexington, KY. The cost is only $48.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this should be an excellent way to get feedback on the direction your novel is heading.

Signup here: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/spring-sci-fihorror-writing-group/?class-name=Sci-Fi/Horror%20Writing%20Group&class-price=$48

I hope to see you there tomorrow!

Signup for my SF/Horror/Fantasy Writing Group

The next session of my science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers group runs June 22nd-July 27th at The Carnegie Center for Literacy in Lexington, KY. That’s Mondays starting at 5:30pm and ending at 7:30pm.

SIGNUP PAGE: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/spring-sci-fihorror-writing-group/?class-name=Sci-Fi/Horror%20Writing%20Group&class-price=$72

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Sci-Fi/Horror Writers Group SPRING session

Carnegie-sub-pages-logoI’m leading a Spring SF/Horror writers group session at the Carnegie Center for Literacy in Lexington starting this coming Monday. It is a six week session, 2 hours per session, 5:30-7:30pm.

You can register here: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/spring-sci-fihorror-writing-group/?class-name=SPRING:%20Sci-Fi/Horror%20Writing%20Group&class-price=$72

I’ve been asked how I run my groups. I started to write up some commentary, but then I found these methods from a post titled “How to Build a Writing Group in Your Community” by Jane Friedman that describes my philosophy spot on.

Structure. In some groups writers read their material aloud, but I’ve found that e-mailing work in the days prior proves more productive. First of all, it gives readers time to think about the material before offering feedback, and second, it presents work in the same way it’ll be seen by editors and agents.

Feedback. Some groups elect to have writers sit silently while receiving feedback, but this may limit the constructive dialogue that can happen. The trick is for the writer not to become defensive, and for the readers to stay focused on what the writer is seeking to accomplish rather than what they would do differently themselves. If the dialogue remains honest, open, and patient, it will prove useful to the writer’s process.

For the first session, writers should bring something to read for the group to critique. All following sessions, writers will be expected to email their work to the group at least 3 days prior to our meeting if they wish to receive feedback.

I hope to see you there!