Friday, May 27, 2016
Preparing and Submitting Your Work with Holly LorinczHolly Lorincz is a hot shot editor, author, co-author and agent who lives right here in Oregon. She'll be at The Studio for a full day of conversation about the publishing market, how to prepare your work to be read by editors, agents and publishers, and how to pitch. She will also read some of what you are working on. Holly is simply fabulous. Hard working, smart, funny. The author of several wonderful books including Smart Mouth. You will leave her workshop clear sense of how to get your work out there in the world and will have new tools that will help you get your work seen!
When: June 4, 2016 @ 10-4 p.m.
Where: The Blackbird Studio for Writers
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Story Beneath the Story
The Story Beneath the Story. Hope is a kind, smart, inspiriting teacher with a devoted following at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, in L.A, where she lives and raises her two daughters and around the world even. She has written seven books in her lovely career, and is published in The New York Times, and major magazines.
This workshop will be three days, starting on Friday night.
Friday: 6-9 Sat &Sun: 10-4
The location is The Blackbird Studio for Writers, in the heart of the Hollywood District in Portland.
You cannot miss an opportunity to study with Hope. The cost is $450.00 and we are accepting 15 writers. Sign up quick for this terrific teaching. (As of May 26 there are four spots left).
Write me, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
30 Week Studio Classes: 2016/17
The Studio specializes in long term literary studies. This is an immersion group that provides support and depth studies
From Sept. 2016 to May 2017, we meet each week for three hours:
Studio I (first year)
Studio II (second year)
Studio III (third/fourth year)
Studio writers read a selection of books chosen by the group, attend literary lectures, listen to podcasts by nationally known writers, and study together. We workshop with focus on the various complexities of the literary arts including scene, structure, character development, arc, antagonistic forces and progressions. We'll also have a mini poetry track this year, with Jenn Foreman, and this is to help break into deeper emotions within our prose.
The Studio is a committed group who support each other by setting goals, sharing the details of their full length projects, and by being there during the ups and downs of the creative process.
If you are interested in participating in a 2016/17 Studio, please write to me at email@example.com and we'll talk about what's possible.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Jennifer Lauck - Studio Director/Instructor
Jennifer Lauck - Director
The name Blackbird comes from my first book, and from the Beatles song that tells us to: Take these broken wings and learn how to fly. That's what we do at this school. We take what might seem like a a broken mess, and help you compile it into something that will fly.
I'm a consummate student. I love to learn. And, I love to learn with people who are open, inquisitive, proactive and focused. If you are that kind of person, you'll love it here. The Studio is welcoming, cozy, and empowering.
I offer three 30 week classes: Studio I, Studio II and Studio III. I also consult, long term, with four writers a year, and help a handful of writers via one one one consults. Please click on the links below, read more. I look forward to helping you on your writing journey.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Jennifer Foreman - Poet in Residence
Jennifer Foreman - Poet in Residence
I came across Jenn Foreman at a workshop in the spring of 2015. Right away, I was dazzled by her authentic, and transparent way of being and creating. She is one of those fearless writers who inspires fearlessness in people around her. She graduated from Texas Woman's University with a degree in social work, and has been published in The Sun, Timberline Review, and Voice Catcher. Right now she's at work on a memoir and a collection of grief poems.
After inviting Jenn to teach a one day workshop at The Studio, I was blown away by her compassion, knowledge, and bawdy good humor. She is a rare gem.
To study with Jenn is a memorable and life changing experience. She holds space for her students to be vulnerable and honest. She teaches poetry at the most practical, accessible way I've ever seen too! Join her for workshops this fall.
Poetry Studio A - Monday nights, 5:30-7:30, Sept. 19 - Oct. 10
Poetry Studio B - Monday nights, 5:30-7:30, Oct. 17 - Nov. 14
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Cloie Cohen - Studio Manager
Cloie Cohen - Administration/Consulting
I've been blessed to have Cloie on my team for almost a decade now. She's been with me as a student, creating her terrific memoir, and also helping me coordinate special events. She is kind, but also direct in her style of feedback and support.
At The Studio, she is the administrator of The Urban Retreat, and Studio III. She also co-manages workshops, and communications between students. Cloie has a degree from PSU and works as the Community Coordinator at Childpeace Montessori, where she's been on staff since 1998.
As a consultant on your writing project, Cloie offers on-point and practical feedback. She also offers terrific, positive advice on how to grow your work to the next level. With Cloie, you feel heard and supported.
Contact me for details on how to work with Cloie. Jclauck@gmail.com.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
What I'm Reading
2015/16 Reading List
Last academic year I posted my reading list. You can find 2014 by clicking here. This is my list for this academic year. I post as I go.
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (3rd time)
- The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson (audio)
- The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
- The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2 times)
- The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Steig Larsson (audio)
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
- The Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagerkrantz (audio)
- The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
- Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
- The Year of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
- The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
- The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
- I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (3 times)
- Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
- Sophie's Choice by William Styron
- The Crossing's by Cormac McCarthy
- Cities of the Plains by Cormac McCarthy
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
- Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
- Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
- Olive Kittridge by Elizabeth Strout
- Amy & Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
- Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout
- The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
- The Narrow Door by Paul Lisicky
- The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
- An Exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullars (reading)
- Sutree by Cormac McCarthy (reading)
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
- Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender
- Sparrow Reader by Sparrow
What are you reading?
Leave a comment, share your thoughts on why you loved (or detested) a book.