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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Writing Salon

The first ever Rouge Wave writing salon, which took place last weekend, was an absolute blast. All four participants came away charged up and excited. We had break-throughs, we had productive writing time and we had cupcakes. Two participants mentioned it in their blogs: Bamboo Killers and The Big Woo, another participant drove down all the way from Napa (and just sent me a lovely thank you card!) and the fourth and I are having martinis for lunch this Friday. So it was a good time.

Essentially, the RWWS was a guided writing group. Some have great writing groups, but others have a hard time really getting and keeping it together. A good writing group works best when somebody is guiding the flow. That way no one person takes up more than their share of time. That way the time is well-spent and has a shape. That way there are expectations around what should be accomplished during this time. In that regard, the Wave-inatrix was pleased and proud at how well our session went and impressed by the way those four participants showed up, on time, in the heat and absolutely set to working and discussing with real determination.

I do want to thank my colleague, Jeff Lyons, of StoryGeeks, for partnering with me that day and bringing so much to the table. Jeff is a good friend and amazing story analyst.

The next Rouge Wave Writing Salon & Cupcake meeting will be held on Saturday, June 14th. The fee to attend this three hour session is $100. Limit is ten writers, minimum is four. Please contact me HERE if you are interested in attending.

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