Writers Workshop, Dead West and a Compliment

Posted: February 3, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I’ve extolled the virtues of Michael Knost’s wonderful book, “Writers Workshop of Horror” elsewhere on the web, and my review of it can be found on Amazon; suffice it to say, if you write, whether it’s horror or not, you have to have this book with you.  It’s one of the best books about writing I’ve ever read, and that’s saying something as I’ve read dozens of books on the art and craft of writing, but nothing comes as close to perfection as this title does.

So with that in mind, what better way to improve your craft than taking an actual writers workshop with the editor Michael Knost?

All classes are from: 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Eastern

Cost: $120.00 for all four classes

Payment (for all classes) must be paid in full no later than February 9, 2010
Nonrefundable on or after February 9, 2010

Accepted payment methods:
PayPal – Money Order – Personal Check

Online classes will be conducted live via audio/video conference with
PowerPoint presentations and chat lines. Audio or video capabilities
(or special software) are NOT required for participation. However,
a computer with Internet connection IS required.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Plot and structure.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Description and detail

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Point of View and Dialogue

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Creating great characters

To sign up, simply drop me an email (writingwithknost@yahoo.com) with
your choice of payment. I will then send you an email with the information needed to make the payment.

Not only is this a great way to improve your writing skills, but Michael is one of the nicest guys in the business.

The deadline for submissions to DEAD WEST is now closed. I’ll have a blog post specifically about the antho in a few days, but want to take this time to thank everyone for their submissions! I received far more subs than I thought possible, and it’s going to be very difficult to limit my selection to 13. While I can’t make personal rejection emails for everyone who submitted a story, please know, I’m very lucky to have so many good tales to choose from.

And there’s always the second volume. Yes, Rich and I talked about a second collection to come out about six months after the first. I’d invite everyone to resubmit their stories if they haven’t found a home or even a new one, when the time comes. Submissions WILL NOT be open until late this year, early next year, so save them, please!

I received an email from T.M. Wright yesterday, talking about my novella Barbed Wire Kisses, and here’s what he had to say:

I have finished BWK, really, really like it, and will have more to say tomorrow: But I can say that I would be very surprised if BWK doesn’t cause a stir in the genre; your characterizations are such a beautiful counterpoint to the action of the piece.  You really know how to work the two together–people and violence–with numbing reality.  You’re a talented writer, Scott.

When one of the writers you’v admired for 20 odd years bestows such kindness on something you’ve written, well it just humbles you. I truly hope I live up to the praise.

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Comments
  1. Doug Wright says:

    That’s great about TM Wright. I’d be thrilled too! As for the writing classes, once I have a new job, I’m going to get on board!

  2. raingods says:

    I thought you were on there, and then when you were talking about restarting your blog, realized you weren’t!