I've always loved sharing ideas, teaching, and talking about new ways to write stories, so launching my own writing program was only a natural next step. Aside from placing a strong emphasis on creation, I also want to establish a community of like-minded writers, while making sure I create resources and support for marginalized folks.
In 2013 I learned something very shocking about myself. I learned that I was quite good at helping others with their writing. It's weird, you'd think I'd be able to see the same flaws, room for improvement, or places for polishing in my own work with such ease, but really it's not the same thing. Being on the outside looking in is always easier.
My goal for this project is to essentially have a collection of various experiences (from both emerging writers and established writers). What I hope this will do is create an awareness about some of the struggles we face, while also focussing on how the small successes can change our lives. Folks will learn how to be better allies, how to ensure that marginalized writers are seen, heard, and allowed the space to say what we have to say. It's gotta start somewhere.
With this new blog I want to do more. I want to give other writers a chance to share their stories about anything writing and publishing. How did something you read affect you? How did finally seeing yourself represented in a book, story, article, poem, or panel change you? These stories can be about anything. I am doing a "trial run" of these guest post over the course of summer 2018. Interested? Send me an idea. All writers will be paid and recognized for their work. Marginalized writers are very much encouraged to get in touch.