It's so nice to be home! Darling Husband and I had a lovely afternoon yesterday, the kitties were super excited to see me, there was even a block party (not for me, but fun to catch up with everyone.) Today I got up, poured my tea (oh, the joy of having the tea already made when you arise) and settled in to work. I haven't been alone for a few weeks, and as cool and fun and everything has been, the travel and interacting for days on end has gotten to this introvert.
Nothing fixes me up like a nice day puttering around cleaning, doing laundry, and listening to podcasts, then writing! After a fun call with CC, in which we refined a bunch of the ideas I worked on last week, I am cleared to start writing this book. Which is good, because I'm antsy to create.
Speaking of creating, I received a cool email this morning from Chapter 16, Tennessee's premier online literary magazine, which you really should be reading, because they review all the best books. Here's a link! Chapter 16 came into existence when all of the local newspapers dropped their book coverage (boo-hiss!). Sponsored by Humanities Tennessee, and run by the indefatigable Margaret Renkl, it's a veritable treasure trove of book info. Today, she did a roundup of the upcoming workshops and conferences that are great for writers of all stripes, and I asked for permission to share. Get thee writing, people!
It's summertime and the living might be easy somewhere else, but here in Tennessee summer is the time when writers flock to conferences and workshops to hone their craft. Here's a list of upcoming opportunities across the state, the location where each is held, and the dates of the event. Please keep in mind that registration deadlines for many of these workshops are right around the corner, so take a moment now to click anything that looks interesting.
Sundress Academy for the Arts summer writing retreats (Knoxville, dates vary beginning 5/26)
Classes at The Porch Writers' Collection (Nashville, dates vary beginning 6/2)
Clarksville Writers' Conference (Clarksville, 6/2-3)
Mountain Heritage Literary Festival (Harrogate, 6/9-11)
Manifest Voices, a free workshop for teens (Chattanooga, 6/12-24)
Humanities TN's Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop (Harrogate, 6/18-24)
Utopiacon (Nashville, 6/22-25)
Humanities TN's Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop (Lebanon, 7/9-15)
Crosstown Arts' Zine Workshop (Memphis, 7/15)
Belmont "Writing for Your Life" conference (Nashville, 7/18-19)
Tennessee Writing Workshop (Nashville, 7/22)
Killer Nashville International Writers' Conference (Nashville, 8/24-27)
I'm off to a retirement party this afternoon, and then the week stretches before me, unformed, perfect for diving into a new story. I can't wait!