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Here are a couple of thoughts…

Summer is drawing to a close, school is back in session. Is now the right time to re-focus your writing or creative efforts?

It’s still hot, here in Florida, but summer is breaking.

It’s been a great few weeks, working with the Artist’s Way study group. This 12-week program has really energized my creative life, and has been a big hit with the class participants.

In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be offering more classes and seminars. If there is something you’re hoping to accomplish with your creative life, feel free to reply with suggestions or areas of difficulty you’ve been having. Maybe I’ll be able to help.

end of summer re-focus writing
As summer slips away, now may be the perfect time to reevaluate your writing or creative focus.

For now, here are a couple of key announcements:

  1. I am extending the submission deadline for the first Words Matter Creative Writing Anthology. Thanks to those of you who have submitted! I’m looking forward to reading the pieces and making some editorial decisions. BUT I KNOW SOME OF YOU OUT THERE HAVE WORK YOU WERE THINKING OF SUBMITTING. I don’t know why you didn’t. Maybe you needed one more sign that this was a good thing to do. CONSIDER THIS YOUR SIGN. I will accept submissions until FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 11th. Follow this link for more information. (This anthology is open to reprints and excerpts.)
  2. For Sarasota-area folks, the fall enrollment period for the Lifelong Learning Academy is now open. I will be teaching two classes, both at the Lakewood Ranch location. 11:00 am is the Open Writer’s Workshop where you can share your written work (fiction and nonfiction) with other writers and myself. 1:00 pmis the Reading as a Writer series focused on Hemingway, where we will practice deep reading of two classic novels to help us understand the creation of good literature. (You don’t have to be a “writer” to derive great benefit from the RAW series!!) For more info, and to sign up, follow this link to the Lifelong Learning Academy.
  3. I recently did a three-episode arc of the podcast designed to help answer some of the most-asked questions I receive about creative writing. (How do I get started? Is “write what you know” good advice? How do I find my writing “voice”?) These episodes have been very popular, so if you haven’t checked them out, maybe you’ll find some encouragement, inspiration, or helpful knowledge there. Go to the More Stories podcast page and listen.

Finally, a big “thank you” to you all. I’ve asked for several favors, lately, and you’ve been responding! So, thanks to those of you who have already submitted to the anthology, thank you to those of you who have signed up for courses (or creativity coaching or editing services) as I launch my new HuB adventure, and thank you to you podcast listeners who made August the most-listened to month for More Stories yet!

I also asked those of you who could to leave a star-rating or short review of my book, Five Stories by Eric Sheridan Wyatt. As of this writing, I have 11 new reviews on Amazon, and that is a big help. A few of you were waiting to find a less-busy time to submit your review, so if you are ready, here is the link.

Thanks also for the emails and messages of support and encouragement.

You are a great “tribe” of fellow writers.

Pick up your pen or fire up your laptop!

Happy writing!

-eric

Writing Off Summer – Ready to Refocus?