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A Workshop in Italy

For the summer of 2006, Hopkins decided to offer some workshops in Florence, Italy where the school owned a property, Villa Spelman.  The trip was too good to pass up even though I knew it would put undue stress on my … Continue reading

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No Tension?

The student who said there was no tension had been referring to a scene where my character’s grandpa explained why his wife had left him, an important set-up for something that happens later in the book. All of the information … Continue reading

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Getting off Track

At first, I couldn’t quite understand why some stories didn’t “feel” right.  Slowly, I started to understand what was missing and I knew that I wanted my drafts to include all of the things I’d learned so far, not just my first reaction … Continue reading

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Getting Some Good Feedback

My teacher liked the beginning, “All the different Kareems are here.” and suggested I use it as the title instead of “In Absentia.”  She suggested useful line-edits that also helped. For the ending, she thought that I should include another … Continue reading

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Second Workshop

My first workshop wasn’t what I’d hoped for.  Maybe I misinterpreted my teacher’s actions.  I would like to think so.  My desire to write was still intact; three decades had given me a stronger ego.  I knew that I didn’t … Continue reading

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Guess I’ll Never Know

The setting for my first mystery was an imaginary place called Bridgeton, Maryland that included my memories of the Catholic Church in Prescott,Wisconsin, with some variations of course; the steep streets of Missouri Valley, Iowa; and a street in downtown … Continue reading

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The Light Turned Red

I had lots of ideas about how the story could be expanded into a book.  I ended up with something that I would describe as more a vignette than a full-blown story because anything else would have made the story … Continue reading

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Back to My First Workshop

I knew I was really in trouble halfway through the semester when he started skipping over me as he made his way around the room asking everyone for their comments.  Knowing that part of our grade was based on classroom participation, … Continue reading

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Chapter 6-3 A Little Water on the Fire

This was the first full workshop of the semester (someone had read a story the first week and we’d responded orally to what we heard), the only good thing that I heard was from myself.  They were all looking at … Continue reading

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Slash and Burn Workshop

The perfect time to begin the story would be when my character was interrupted the first time she was going to kill herself.  The idea sounds pretty melodramatic now but this turned out to be a very popular story and was the … Continue reading

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