I’ll have a post next week setting out book tour info, including more information on other gigs in Seattle, but for now I wanted to point out that registration is now open for my Booklife Masterclass November 8th at the Hugo House in Seattle.
The description reads:
In this new age of social media, award-winning writer Jeff VanderMeer, the author of â€œBooklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for 21st Century Writersâ€, shows you how to achieve a sustainable career and sustainable creativity. From dealing with white noise and â€œopen channelsâ€ to multi-tasking your creativity, distinguishing process from habit and rediscovering passion in your writing, this workshop is all about balance and working smarter. The workshop addresses questions such as â€œHow can thinking strategically about your career actually enhance your private writing time?â€ and â€œWhat types of promotion or networking enhance your life?â€ For beginning and intermediate writers.
…which might be a little misleading, even though I wrote it, in that we’re going to do plenty of things on the creativity side, but the point is: there are certain kinds of bleeds between creativity and career that are energizing and useful to both.
One goal of the workshop is to show you ways to enhance your creativity by establishing more control over not just your career but your idea of what a career might be…as well as exploring what things you simply will never be able to control, and why that’s okay.
This masterclass is suitable for both beginning and intermediate writers. (For example, if you’ve had a first or second novel out and are still reeling from the experience, saying to yourself, “What truck just ran me over?”, you’re well within the range of writers that will benefit from the class.)
The class will also be small enough that I should have more than enough time to deal with any individual questions about any aspect of writing or the writing life. I will be there to be of use to you, drawing on 25 years of having seen the writing life from every possible angle, as well as having written all kinds of fiction and nonfiction.
As time allows, I will be contacting all students beforehand via email with five or six questions so I have all of the context about your level of experience and what you personally hope to get out of the workshop. On the back-end, once I’ve returned from the book tour, as per usual, students can contact me with follow-up questions.
This is a full-service operation, from beginning to end. If you’re interested and have questions now, feel free to comment on this post and I’ll reply.