“Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.”
I’ve talked about “becoming” a writer as of last year. And this year, I’ve started submitting samples and excerpts of my work to journals and competitions. I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve just been chosen for the juried-in Master Class at the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. It will be led by National Book Award nominee Elizabeth McKenzie, senior editor of the Chicago Quarterly Review, managing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader, and author of The Portable Veblen, MacGregor Tells the World, and Stop That Girl, as well as fiction published in The New Yorker and other literary journals and magazines.
I have to thank author and editor Ginnah Howard, the “Writers In Process” coach at our Women At Woodstock 2018 Writers Retreat, who critiqued the piece I submitted with my application and helped me improve it in ways that I could not see by myself. I’m so grateful to her! I’m excited and nervous and chomping at the bit to work with Elizabeth McKenzie and the other writers in the Master Class at MCWC. I’ll tell you how it went after it happens in August!