One of the greatest blessings that has come about as a result of blogging for me personally has been a wonderful community of talented, creative and generous friends and colleagues in the writing world - both online and in print. Within that, there are places to bounce ideas around and to seek out support and advice in all written things online, in books and magazines. But before that? At the very beginning stage of writing my first book, I remember wandering around a bookstore, talking to my librarian, and just trying to blindly stumble my way alone through that first proposal. How to write it? Who to send it to? It can be overwhelming...and if the similar questions that pop into my inbox - both here and through Taproot - on a regular basis are any indication, I wasn't alone in that feeling of being overwhelmed. You've got a great idea for a book, a magazine article, a new direction to take an art project....but don't know where or how to start getting it out there.
If that's currently a position you're in, I'm happy to tell you about a new course offering from writer (and my friend!) Christine Chitnis. Offered through Squam Art Workshops, it's a four-week course to help guide you to creating the 'perfect' professional pitch for your work. I first met Christine at Squam in 2007 when she interviewed me there. From there on, I've watched as her freelance writing career thrived (she's a frequent contributor to Taproot too!), and her book projects took off...all while juggling those two precious boys of hers. She's a whip-smart, organized, and vivacious spirit who no doubt will motivate and inspire all those along for this course ride. I can't wait to see what comes out of that.
Registration is now open for this course that begins in May. Find out more about Pitch Perfect on the website, and in the video below!