Sometimes, deadlines are the only way to go. During the last part of the summer, I was able to be a part of an intense writing workshop. This was something that came as a direct result of an earlier workshop.
In 2008, I was given the opportunity to join sixteen other people in attending Orson Scott Card’s Bootcamp for Writers in San Diego. We decided as a group to “get together” on-line and run our own workshop. Each of us was a guest “speaker,” presenting an essay on one aspect of writing. Then we also wrote stories. This was followed by feedback from the other writers.
Like I told them, I learned more about writing during this workshop than I did during a whole semester of Creative Writing at UCCS. I also got a lot done.
For me, the final result was one essay and three short stories.
ESSAY: “Drastic Characters”
Story is all about character and it is the intense characters who result in the best stories.
STORY: “Imminent Domain”
Two teachers carpooling home are faced with progressively eerie construction sites.
STORY: “Colorful, Shiny Things”
A young man finds himself assisting two young female travelers during a train ride through Germany.
STORY: “A Stone Dreams of Water”
During a key battle in the ruins of Mars, a soldier becomes concerned that the rest of his battalion is going insane.