ConCarolinas is coming up soon. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concarolinas-2014-registration-6734776899
What does this mean for MWers? A lot of our usual fun stuff, and some changes.
First, MW is playing its usual huge part in the writing track there. We will also be doing something special for writers, similar to the seminars of 2013, given by David B Coe, Misty Massey, and me. This year, we will be doing one seminar on openings, and two, personal, one page crits. Here’s how it will work.
The initial seminar will provide info about openings and the importance for an opening of a story or novel to provide all necessary writing devices to end up with a bait and hook for the reader. Then for seminars two and three, we will do what others have called “Live Slush Pile.” A famous author (one with a beautiful voice) will read aloud from the first 300 words of *your* (anonymous) work. When one of us hears something that would make him or her stop reading, that person will raise a hand. When all three of us have our hands up, the reader will stop, and we three will discuss the work, providing criticisms and suggestions. No one will know who the writer is, unless you tell. Everyone will (hopefully) learn from each piece of work.
To be included, you will need to provide, to David, Misty or me, on Friday evening :
The first 300 words of your work in standard professional format, along with a working title, the genre, and the approximate length of the finished work (if available).
Second, there will be no MW lunch this year. In 2013, the numbers of attendees for that lunch were upwards of 75, and that became so unwieldy that it was more trouble than fun. So it will be lunch with each other, which I heartily suggest that you all arrange, and if we are free, maybe some of the MW regular contributors will join you.
Third, the usual MW party is ON! But we aren’t sure which night, since no one has final schedules. We’ll announce closer to time, Friday or Saturday night. The room number and time will be announced at our tables on Friday, so come by and find out the info. As usual, there will be sweets, treats, and some basics like beer. If you want something different, please bring your own. There were requests for colas, chips, fruit, and cheese last year, and if you want something, please feel free to provide it! Our hostesses are providing space and some basics. Yes, it’s BYOB. 🙂
And LAST – if you NEED A RIDE FROM THE AIRPORT, or if you are local and can PICK PEOPLE UP AT THE AIRPORT, please say so in the comments. We will try to make sure this is handled, or that people have taxicabs to share, if not.
Looking forward to seeing you all again!