I’d already marked October off as the month to get going on the rewrite. Deep Roots, Tall Sky has been sitting on my desk, in my drawer, and on several hard drives, mostly untouched since I finished the first draft last year. I needed a break. I needed enough distance to see it clearly. And I needed some more experience before I could turn what was essentially a too-long Middle Grade Novel into a compelling book for adults. But now I needed to get to work.
Then last week I heard from the AWP Writer to Writer program that I’d been selected as part of their Autumn 2019 class. Woo hoo!
Three months of conversation, critiques and hand-holding with a published author is pretty much exactly what I need right now. Deadlines! Advice! I’m in.
My mentor is Kim Chinquee, a master of Flash Fiction and professor at Buffalo State. We’ve agreed to meet weekly via Skype, to go over questions offered up by AWP, and to discuss my pages. Again – Woo hoo! Deadlines! Advice!
Thank you AWP for creating this program, and inviting me in.