My colleague Leah introduced me (virtually) to her pal TJ Beitelman. He’s a poet and creative writing teacher, and he has written a fantastic manifesto. I’ll wait while you go read it.
Wasn’t that amazing? Don’t you want to emboss the word “Try” on everything around you?
Reading that, and participating in Courtney’s The Goodblog Project have led me to today’s post, in which I want to share what I’m trying.
A few years ago, I put out my shingle as a writing consultant. I was critiquing manuscripts, copyediting websites, reviewing grants as favors to friends. This is work that I love, and I was doing it for free.
What if, I thought, I made this into a business?
So, as Holly Golightly might say, I bought some furniture and gave the cat a name. Okay, I gave the business a name, asked a friend to create a logo, knocked up a website, and Open Road Writing was born.
This spring, I decided that I want to try to make something more out of ORW. I want to see if I can reach a place where my part-time business becomes full-time, allowing me to help more writers in a meaningful way.
And I need your help. I’m not comfortable asking for it, but, dear reader, we’ve been together a long time (seven years in August!), and I believe you might be willing to try to help me.
Here’s what I’m hoping you’ll do for me:
- Share the news about Writers Write: Carving out your Writer’s Groove, my online workshop. It’s going to be chock full of practical and inspiring material to get the creative groove moving. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from the workshop, well, I’d love to see you (or them) there!
- Suscribe to the Open Road Writing blog. I’ve got plans for a super fun summer project, more writing prompts, and interviews with creative gurus. I don’t want you to miss any of it!
- Invite your friends to do the same. I’m so grateful for the wonderful readers (and now friends) that I’ve connected to through PoMoGolightly, and like a great cocktail party when I get to meet my friends’ friends and realize they, too, are fabulous, I want to mingle a bit more.