Well, the meeting about the ghostwriting may have been a terrible debacle but I did get some excellent news yesterday.
The writing certificate program I teach at in Nashville (actually it is part of the Continuing Education Department at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro) has, of late, been....how shall I say this delicately....well, it has of late been the poor orphan child of the department. As in, totally ignored.
However, my fellow mentor Terry Price and I have long cast covetous eyes on the program, thinking if only we could get our hands on it, we could build it back up and make it into the writing program it deserves to be.
Well, folks, the time has come for us to quit casting and start acting because as of today, Terry and I are now the new Program Directors of the Loft.
This is all new and it is so new that we don't even have a website to point you to. More information will follow as it develops--I'll be putting up a page on this site to let you know all the details. What it means is that from now on, except for existing students and online classes to be developed in the future, all my teaching will be through the Loft.
For those of you in the Nashville area, we'll be holding orientations and other local events. But there will be a component for people who reside elsewhere (after all, I live in Oregon) which may include teleseminars and so forth. Or, you might want to just have the option of working one on one with a mentor, which is a powerful way to learn and the heart of the Loft program. This can be done no matter where you live.
Additionally, I'm now going to start taking advantage of the fact that I am a certified coach and focus attention on coaching writers. What's the difference between coaching writers and mentoring them? I'll be writing much more about this on my new coaching writing website, but for now think of it this way: if you like to write but have a lot of questions about how to write, you probably need a writing mentor or a writing class. If you've been through all the classes and know your stuff pretty well, but can't seem to find a way to get yourself to write, you need a writing coach.
As always, email me if you are interested. There will be much more information on both the Loft and the coaching to come.