Write Now! Free Writing Workshop

1-5 p.m. Free writing workshop by Katherine Toy Miller

Deadline: June 1, 2019

“With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet.”
--Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)

This writing workshop asks writers ages sixteen and up to correlate the challenges Mary Shelley faced in writing Frankenstein with the writing challenges they face or have faced:
I. Writing on a new topic, particularly if it seems unrelated to life goals.
II. Adjusting to a new form of writing.
III. Writing for a reader or readers who have been overly critical or demanding in the past.
IV. Remembering negative criticism received in the past--even if the reader who criticized your work won’t be reading your writing this time.
V. Working with limited time or with a lot of unstructured time.
VI. Dealing with troubling events outside of your writing.
VII. Invariably, you will still have negative experiences in your writing life.
VIII. What have you learned about the writing process in general and your writing process in particular from considering these general challenges and the particular challenges Mary Shelley faced in writing Frankenstein? Do you think it will be helpful for your life and your writing?

Saturday, June 1, 1-5 p.m. AGES SIXTEEN AND UP--NO MINIMUM/MAXIMUM NUMBER SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, New Mexico
FREE but PLEASE PREREGISTER by calling (575) 758-0081 or emailing somos@somostaos.org

Katherine Toy Miller (M. Kaat Toy) has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (fiction) from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in English (creative writing--fiction) from Florida State University. She has taught writing in thirteen states. Her short prose manuscript Many Worlds: Some American Odysseys is forthcoming from Shanti Arts Publishing 2020. Taos, New Mexico, is her permanent residence.