WRITER’S WORKSHOP III, May, 2020: Story Structure, Difficult Choices, and Birds

The assignment for my creative writing class was a fun one: Write a story under 300 words that includes all the parts of ABDCE structure (more on that in the challenge), give your protagonist a strong desire, have your protagonist learn that he or she only has 24 hours to live, and give your character … Continue reading WRITER’S WORKSHOP III, May, 2020: Story Structure, Difficult Choices, and Birds

UPDATE: WRITER’S WORKSHOP II, April, 2020: Sally Packed Devilled Eggs, The “Deep-Holes” of Alice Munro

UPDATE: What have I packed? Spring, complete with coronavirus-driven sequestration, like everyone else. My spring also involves hundreds of newly started seeds for a garden and a young flock of chickens, the first three of which--beautiful Cuckoo Marans who lay dark chocolate-colored eggs--will arrive this week. I can't wait; more on that next week. For … Continue reading UPDATE: WRITER’S WORKSHOP II, April, 2020: Sally Packed Devilled Eggs, The “Deep-Holes” of Alice Munro

Writing Workshop II – The One Where Stephen Packs Something Unexpected When Sent to an Isolated Island to Make Hand Sanitizer… Join Us at the Cafe this Saturday for Week TWO!

When social distancing and stay home orders did not flatten the curve enough, they sent us all to separate islands based on our antigen contents.  Dr. F explained the reasoning, the conspiracy theorists plotted out the implications to the November elections, the President just peddled unproven drugs his son-in-law had stockpiled in January.  I just … Continue reading Writing Workshop II – The One Where Stephen Packs Something Unexpected When Sent to an Isolated Island to Make Hand Sanitizer… Join Us at the Cafe this Saturday for Week TWO!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 4: A Celebration and My #1 Writing Tip

We came, we saw, we measured—twice. We cut 10% of the excess—once. We twisted our opening lines to create grammatical tension. We have arrived. It’s Week 4 of the Writer’s Workshop, and that means it’s time to step back and celebrate our hard work. Next week, I will be back with some fresh points to … Continue reading WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 4: A Celebration and My #1 Writing Tip

“Cut Me, Mick, Cut Me!” The One Where I Take the Third Writing Workshop Challenge and Work the Opening Sentence, not-poetry, fan-fiction by Stephen

Good evening Baristas, friends, and guests of the Go Dog Go Cafe! Have you heard? Tanya Cliff has been leading a fantastic Writing Workshop every Saturday and we would LOVE to have you participate. Last week, Tanya discussed how to create an effective opening sentence by developing tension with a 'but' construction; like how good … Continue reading “Cut Me, Mick, Cut Me!” The One Where I Take the Third Writing Workshop Challenge and Work the Opening Sentence, not-poetry, fan-fiction by Stephen

WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 3, Curveball Challenge

Something to think about: Our talented writers have some amazing stories brewing in the Go Dog Go Café; but, the water is just getting hot, and we aren’t finished yet! Congratulations to everyone who has traveled this far in our first Writer’s Workshop journey. This week’s quote comes from a wonderful book for writers by … Continue reading WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 3, Curveball Challenge

“Cut Me, Mick, Cut Me!” The One Where I Take the Second Writing Workshop Challenge and Cut 10% off a Measure Twice, Cut Once Scene from Rocky, not-poetry, fan-fiction by Stephen

Good evening Baristas, friends, and guests of the Go Dog Go Cafe! Have you heard? There is a Writing Workshop going on every Saturday this month and we would LOVE to have you participate. Tomorrow we move on to the Third Week and it is time to show up with homework if you haven't gotten … Continue reading “Cut Me, Mick, Cut Me!” The One Where I Take the Second Writing Workshop Challenge and Cut 10% off a Measure Twice, Cut Once Scene from Rocky, not-poetry, fan-fiction by Stephen

“Cut Me, Mick, Cut Me!” The One Where I Take the Writing Workshop Challenge and Conjure Up a Measure Twice, Cut Once Scene from Rocky, not-poetry, fan-fiction by Stephen

Good evening Baristas, friends, and guests of the Go Dog Go Cafe! Have you heard? There is a Writing Workshop going on every Saturday this month and we would LOVE to have you participate. Throwing my support in the ring, so to speak, or should I say on the diamond... encrusted heavyweight champ's belt I … Continue reading “Cut Me, Mick, Cut Me!” The One Where I Take the Writing Workshop Challenge and Conjure Up a Measure Twice, Cut Once Scene from Rocky, not-poetry, fan-fiction by Stephen

WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 1, The Fastball

Something to think about:My stepfather, a custom home builder, taught me the basics of carpentry: “measure twice, cut once.” Sounds simple enough, but it takes discipline and an investment in time to slow down and repeat the measurement, and the power saw can be unforgiving. Many are the boards wasted by a few mismarked millimeters. … Continue reading WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 1, The Fastball