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12 Days of WAB-Mas!

On the first day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 






On the second day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • two Writers & Books journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 









On the third day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • three Writers & Books memberships 
  • two Writers & Books journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 










On the fourth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • four Writers & Books tote bags 
  • three Writers & Books memberships 
  • two Writers & Books journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 




On the fifth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS (this year it’s Into the Beautiful North by Luis Urrea) 
  • four Writers & Books tote bags
  • three Writers & Books memberships
  • two Writers & Books journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 



On the sixth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • six WAB class gift cards
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 




On the seventh day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huff
  • six WAB class gift cards 
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 





On the eighth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • eight signed copies of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huff
  • six WAB class gift cards
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 

On the ninth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • nine signed copies of Hannah Tinti’s The Book Thief
  • eight signed copies of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huff
  • six WAB class gift cards 
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS 
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 




On the tenth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • ten copies of Big Pencil Press’ Nevermore
  • nine signed copies of Hannah Tinti’s The Book Thief
  • eight signed copies of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huff
  • six WAB class gift cards
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 

On the eleventh day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • eleven Gell Prize Winning Books
  • ten copies of Big Pencil Press’ Nevermore
  • nine signed copies of Hannah Tinti’s The Book Thief
  • eight signed copies of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huff
  • six WAB class gift cards
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 


On the twelfth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • twelve peaceful days of reading
  • eleven Gell Prize Winning Books
  • ten copies of Big Pencil Press’ Nevermore
  • nine signed copies of Hannah Tinti’s The Book Thief
  • eight signed copies of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huffs
  • six WAB class gift cards
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS 
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert!

Phew! Are you tired yet? We are! Happy Holidays from Chris, Kristen, and the rest of the WAB team! 

  

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Winter Classes

Often I receive emails from prospective students who want to know what our classes at Writers & Books are really like. Maybe they’re envisioning a typical college classroom scenario with rows of desks and a ratio of two students listening to one sleeping and one surreptitiously surfing the net. Or maybe they have heard stories about some of the nationally known writers’ workshops where your fellow students are famously competitive, even cutthroat.

Neither of those scenarios describes the experience at Writers & Books. While people who sign up for our classes are serious about learning to write, they are not earning a degree here. And if there is one attribute that describes our teachers–besides those qualities that one would assume, such as being highly knowledgeable and experienced—it is that they are nurturing. You come to us yearning to learn, and our teachers respond by helping you find your way in what has to be understood as a difficult field—writing.

As for the rows of desks, we do not have them. Most of our classes form around a table where you can bring a cup of coffee. They are non-competitive, but serious. Does everyone who attends these classes become a professional writer? No, of course not. But I dare say the vast majority become better writers. And it is partly because of this nurturing, elbows-on-the-table atmosphere in which no one should be afraid to ask a question or to present their writing to the group. No one bites.

Read through this catalog. We’ve tried to cover every genre, and I think you’ll find at least one class that interests you. But if you still are unsure, still want to know more about what to expect when you enter the class, drop an email to me, at steveh@wab.org. I don’t bite either.

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NaNoWriMo

In honor of the last day of NaNoWriMo, here’s a guest post by Penny Higgins, Municipal Liaison of RocNaNo:

Well, I did it. I did it again. I signed up for NaNoWriMo and I won.

So… what did it win, Alex?

A hearty handshake and the knowledge that I can crank out a 50,000 word novel in one month.

Right.

So, what is NaNoWriMo, you ask?

NaNoWriMo is the acronym for the National Novel Writing Month. It’s a challenge put up by the Office of Letters and Light that sponsors several month-long writing challenges fro adults and youth.

I first heard of NaNoWriMo last November. For giggles, I signed up to write a little story that I had jumbling around in my head. That story has now expanded in what will likely be come the Herongarde trilogy, for which I have a rough draft of the first book (Prince of Herongarde), and a nearly complete draft of the second book (Mark of Herongarde). The third book (Queen of Herongarde) is still rattling around in my head. I’ll probably have to work on it during one or two of the Camp NaNoWriMo events during the summer of next year. You can find little snippets and bits and pieces of this trilogy on my blog under the Herongarde tag.

It’s through NaNoWriMo that I discovered that I actually have a great passion for writing fiction (and an inverse-passion for writing technical literature). I’m so glad that I can (and do) actually call myself a writer. I have two complete novels under my belt. Not so many people can say that!

I’ve enjoyed exploring life as an author so much this year, that I decided to join NaNoWriMo as a Municipal Liaison this year. This basically puts me in charge of getting everyone to play nice with each other (which is never really a problem), to be a cheerleader, and to organize events as much as possible. There’s lots of e-mails and forums to read and respond to. I’ve quite enjoyed the experience and am really grateful for having the opportunity to meet and interact with other budding authors.

This year’s novelling experience was a little different than last year’s. After writing 50k words last year, I wasn’t even halfway through the book. Even after a round of Camp NaNoWriMo, I still wasn’t done. This year, I started with something fresh. The book is currently called “The Masters,” but I suspect I might need to change the title. There are a couple of snippets of it as well on my blog. I managed to wrap the whole thing up almost exactly at 50k words (50049 is what it verified at). I actually finished the whole story.

Then this weird thing happened. I had grown so fond of my characters – all of them – that as I wrote the last sentences, I started to bawl. It was a happy ending. They were all parting ways to go on with their lives. And I was bawling. That has never happened before. It was an amazing experience.

I wonder if that will happen when I finally finish the Herongarde trilogy? I guess I’d better finish it, so that I can find out.