What’s In the Library?
In these last few months, the library has grown to a respectable size--over ten hours of video, plus quizzes, discussion questions, etc. The library is currently divided into four categories:
These are short (10-15 minute) videos in which I pull up a story or essay from my extensive collection of online writing submissions and talk through the revisions that I recommended to the writer. There are currently five of these videos in the library.
These are podcast-style interviews in which I sit down with a writer friend and talk about writing….and I am happy to report that I have some very interesting writer friends. The five that are currently up are
- Rebecca Reynolds, author of Courage, Dear Heart.
- Sam (S.D.) Smith, author of the Green Ember series.
- Heidi Johnston, author of Life in the Big Story.
- Dave Radford, singer-songwriter and the husband half of The Gray Havens.
- NEW THIS WEEK: Helena Sorensen, author of the Shiloh series (this one is great, by the way).
Once a month I host a webinar on a writing topic. These webinars are free to all comers, Field Notes members and non-members alike. After the live event, I add a recording of the webinar to the Field Notes library, where you have access any time, whether you attended the live event or not. There are currently three webinars in the library:
- Writing Vivid Description
- Writing Better Dialogue
- Writing Better Places (Setting)
- COMING THIS WEEK: Understanding Narration and Point of View (see below)
The February webinar, just in time for Valentine’s Day, will be about writing better love letters.
Grammar for Writers
If you join Field Notes before the end of February, you will have access to Grammar for Writers for as long as you remain a member. This is a great deal, by the way: the standalone price for Grammar for Writers will be higher than a year's subscription to Field Notes. The first two modules (28 lessons) of Grammar for Writers are currently up. The remaining two modules will be up by the middle of February.
Every couple of weeks or so, I hold “office hours” via a Zoom video chat in which the Field Notes community can gather to ask questions, discuss a topic, etc.
Our first Field Notes book club started this week. We are reading through Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking on Water together. It's not too late to jump in.