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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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Chapter 6 – Reckless Writing

I thought I was prepared for my first workshop.  My ego had already been bruised when I took non-credit workshops.  I’d had teachers tell me that my characters were boring, some fellow students had told me I was wasting my … Continue reading

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