Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Stay Tuned...

Critique Camp closed in less than 10 days. Because of the obvious demand I will absolutely book another camp. Stay tuned.

Registration is Closed

Critique Camp Enrollment is now Closed.
Contact me if you'd like to be included on the waiting list.
This is the first of many camps to come.

Monday, August 29, 2016

One Spot Left!

There is one spot left for our Critique Camp starting September 13th (Tuesday).
Contact me for more info 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Critique Camp


Three Week Critique Camp supported by Writers of Kern
Critique 101 (for self-edit and critique group participation)
Hone your craft by sharpening your critique tools, for yourself and your critique groups.
  • The importance of establishing character, setting, and voice on page one.
  • How the opening image or scene should relate to a story's overall structure.
  • How to introduce story questions that entice rather than confuse.
  • How to avoid clich├ęd openings.
  • What starting in in medias res really means—and, more importantly, what it doesn't.

Held: 9/13/2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free (for all CWC and/or WOK members); $25 for nonmembers
Sessions: 3 consecutive Tuesday (September 13th, September 20th, and September 27, 2016)
Duration of each session: 1 ½ - 2 hours
Total contact time: 6 hours plus homework
Seating: Limited to 9 attendees
Requirement: Attendees must have access to a computer with a camera. We will be utilizing Google Hangouts (instructions will be given).
Please note:
  1. This Webinar is a workshop with author’s names withheld (to create a safe environment)
  2. Register early, as all attendees will have an assignment to do in preparation for the first session. Registered attendees will receive the assignment no later than September 1, 2016. Those who register after that date will receive the assignment as soon as they register.
  3. When workshop list is filled, a waitlist will open.
Workshop Description:
Each attendee must submit the first five pages of his or her novel and will be expected to actively workshop other attendees’ opening pages within the provided workshopping guidelines. We’ll discuss our works-in-progress and help each other brainstorm various possible entry points in relation to each work’s overall story structure.
During the last session, I will select a MIP (Most Improved Pages) winner.

Extras: 
During the last session, there will be Query Questions. We’ll talk about the submission process (life after critiques).

Registration: 
Contact Clarissa Kae. Each email/entry will be time stamped, first come, first served.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Find the Kind


There’s an oppressive mixture of fear and heartache in our country. The day my youngest daughter turned seven, eleven police officers were shot. Much to the dismay of friends and family, I posted nothing. I refused to acknowledge the horror, not only of that day but of the killings leading up to that horrible, hate-drenched moment. My head isn’t dug firmly in the ground nor is my heart cold and shriveled, quite the opposite.

In fact, it was filled with sorrow as I watched my daughter celebrate her birthday, laughing with abandon and teasing with her friends.

My other daughter, Laura, takes the emotions of others or experiences in front of her and her little mind expands them, one killing becomes a massacre—a broken bottle becomes dozens. When she’s overcome with a bleak, narrow outlook I’ll point out the sunshine. I’ll point out the kind—I’ll do for her what I’ve yet to do for myself. I see a world devoid of love and honesty instead of taking note when my daughter, Hermione carries her sister with a busted ankle to the car. Or Laura doing her sister’s chores while she sleeps. Or the doctor refusing payment. The stranger filling the woman’s gas tank.

There is good in the world, I just need to look for it. I need to Find the Kind.