Writing, whether fiction or nonfiction, can often be overwhelming, especially at the beginning of a project when an author desperately needs to be generating momentum. A day well spent.
A day full of opportunity, all geared towards the love of the written word. The workshop, titled The Lukeman Hurdle and How to Leap It, focused on overcoming the obstacle Literary Agent, Noah Lukeman, exposed as the desire of agents and editors to approach a manuscript with an eye to dismiss it; hence lessening their overwhelming load of submissions.
The day-long conference was held in true southern style at the Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street in Charleston on June Attendees benefitted from the lessons instilled by the beloved mentor from some of those who knew him best. We were prepared to continue gathering notes on accomplishing the common goal of putting our writing in the hands of those who love the craft.
Books seemed too small, too slow. So I blurred past everything. Jeremy is an associate professor of English at Western Carolina University and the co-editor of In Place, a literary nonfiction book series from Vandalia Press.
Pineda lives in Virginia and teaches at the College of William and Mary.