Saturday, July 16, 2011

Long Day

I took a lot of notes today and it will take a while to organize and digest them. A lot of the talks today were geared toward fiction and poetry writers, and a great deal of what I heard was common sense, but it's things you tend to forget.
When pitching your work -- know your audience. Make sure the mechanics are right -- no typos, or glaring mistakes on what you submit. But I also learned the names of a literary journals where I can submit work for publication.
One class I attended was taught by a published poet that is also a teacher and she was great. She gave some really good ideas about how to incorporate unexpected things into poems. Math for example, and medical terms.
Once when she was filling out a application for a loan to buy a new car, a lot of the forms were confusing. She wrote the banker a poem. He was so taken with the poem that he came to her house and helped her fill out the paperwork and she got the loan.
She wrote another poem to her dentist about her root canal. She had me howling from the start. Her ideas would work for fiction and non-fiction as well. I'm anxious to give them a try.
Today has been a long day so I'm turning in early. I hope you all have a great weekend.


  1. I would love to read her poems, how inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  2. You do inspire me :) I was just telling hubby of my idea to search a blogging conference to attend!

  3. Poetry is the best form of language!! Yay!!!

    Take care

  4. Sounds as if you are having a wonderful time!

    Ellie Garratt

  5. I would like to see the poem to the dentist. The one I would write would not make the dentist laugh. Going to a dentist is just too horrible for fun.

  6. I'm so glad she found a banker with a sense of humour :) Great idea.

  7. Sounds like you are having a good time and picking up a lot of good tips and inspirations. Hope all continues to go well.

  8. You learned some great stuff! I love the poem idea.


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