Janet writes again:
Thereâ€™s only one thing more exciting than writing in a 10th-century castle, and thatâ€™s spending quality timeâ€”in personâ€”with exceptional writing instructors. If youâ€™re one of the lucky people who has taken classes with Cat Rambo, Ann Leckie, Sarah Pinsker, or Tobias Buckell, you know Iâ€™m not exaggerating when I say these kind, brilliant people have dug into the prose-psyche and discovered truths about communication that can change how I write with a single sentence.
At the castle, theyâ€™ll discuss beginnings and endings, setting, character, and conflict. If youâ€™re like me, youâ€™ve taken numerous classes about these fundamental topics, but in the hands of these master crafters, each is elevated to that special something publishers seek from todayâ€™s writers.
Have you ever wondered where Sarah Pinsker came up with an idea for one of her popular short stories? Sheâ€™ll lead a short story discussion group one night after dinner. What niche topic is important to Tobias Buckell? Heâ€™ll give a talk during his spare day. Whatâ€™s Ann Leckie reading, and how did those books catch her interest? How does promoting others lead to a successful writing career? Cat Rambo knows the answer.
What I want most from my time in the castle is to hear their stories. Theyâ€™ve all worked incredibly hard to get where they are today. Nothing came easy, yet they didnâ€™t give up writing. Theyâ€™re all serious yet friendly, dedicated yet generous with their knowledge. I want to be like them when I grow up.