I’m just back from a wonderful, immersive experience at the Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va.* I took a master class with Fred Leebron called “Advanced Novel,” in which a cohort of eight writers read and critiqued each others’ novels-in-progress. The Swannanoa Building at Hollins, which houses the university’s creative writing program, was a lovely old building with some unusual quirks (including a taxidermied chicken in the library – sorry, I didn’t get a photo of that).
I’ll be able to use the in-depth craft techniques I learned and all the helpful feedback I got as I’m revising my novel, Clio Rising, this summer – for which I wrote a log line while I was away. Here it is, to whet your reading appetite:
In 1980s New York, a newly out lesbian embarks on a job as companion to a literary great of the “Lost Generation,” a closeted lesbian who accomplished just one great book.
I had the chance to visit the LGBT Center of Raleigh yesterday and chat with women in the Queer Women’s Book Club about my novel, The Ada Decades. The Center’s library hosts events in this lovely room (the building was a 19th-century textile mill), where I posed with a few of my books, past and present. The library is the biggest LGBT collection in North Carolina, with about 5,000 volumes; they have a terrific technology center, too. I’ve been a fan of LGBT community centers since I served as volunteer and board member to NYC’s Center many years ago – Center folks do such important work!