Emily Tjaden, Guest Contributor I know what you might be thinking: “But I’m a novelist. I don’t blog.” Fair enough. For a long time, I felt the same way. Blogging was for people who didn’t—or couldn’t—write fiction; why should I bother with it? Well, the truth is, there are a lot of reasons you should bother.
Justin Ferguson, Guest Contributor: From the earliest days of the human race, we have told stories to make sense of ourselves, our world, and our place in it. These stories we call myths, and they were told not simply for entertainment, but to understand the nature of life on this planet.
Compiled by Staff One Year Adventure Novel students often talk about the Summer Workshop as their "Rivendell" (from The Lord of the Rings)—a place of peace and restoration where the arts are in their rightful place. The Winter Workshop, then, is like Lothlorien, a quieter and more intimate haven of the elves, as a student pointed out this year.
Daniel Beals, Guest Contributor: Life is full of changes. One of those big changes happens around 17 to 21 years of age—the transition from teen to adult. I’m not going to tell you what you should do during this transition, or how to think about it after it happens. What I want to share is how it changed me.
Adrienne Niceley, Guest Contributor: There comes a point in your journey as a writer when it's time to move forward. Getting out into the realm of other conferences gives you new perspectives that will benefit you hugely in your career.