This year I attended the LA Working Writer’s Retreat in September generously run by SCBWI. Lots of one-on-one work and I found some great new friends. I highly recommend this retreat if you have something written and want feedback or just general improvement in your writing in either picture book, middle grade, or young adult. This year Stephanie Guerdan (Knight Literary Agency), Nephele Tempest (Assistant Editor at Harper Collins) and Victoria Wells Arms (Wells Arms Literary) provided incredible input and dicussion. Thanks for all the crits and warm feedback. Slots fill up very quickly so if you plan on attending next year, be ready to apply. If your not a member of SCBWI, join!
Lu Kondor is now a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. AWP provides community, opportunities, ideas, news and advocacy for writers and teachers of writing.
AWP provides support and advocacy with their podcast series on writing and making a living as a writer as well as other topics such as women writers, gender in writing, and finding voice.
Details at https://www.awpwriter.org/
Do you like to write and would love to do it for a living? Try technical writing. No need to be a ‘techie’ or scientific guru. With practice, you can find out how technical writing is a great tool in a writers tool box.
Students who want to take the Advanced Technical Communication course so they can get right to creating portfolio pieces (before they take the Introduction course) are welcome to do that. The class is immersive. I teach the Advanced course and we focus on creating a portfolio of pieces (which is normally requested by potential clients and employers) and are a great way to learn how to write even if you want writing as your secret weapon in your job. We write a lot.
Some of the things I cover in the advanced class include presentations, reports, proposals, and step-by-step instructions. Check out my FAQ page for answers to the most asked questions I get in the course. The class is totally online and you will come away with several portfolio pieces. I’ve had students get jobs before they finish the program.
For more detailed info, check out California State University Dominguez Hills’ web site at:
Just wanted to let everyone know that the next session of Technical Communication classes start on Monday, March 21!
Check out the certificate program at http://www4.csudh.edu/ceie/Technical-Writing/courses
My technical communication web site has been updated and has it’s own URL, www.lukondor.com. I now also have a separate creative writing site at www.lakondor.com. Both sights are similar yet different in content. I’ll be adding more content in the future to my creative writing site. To this site, I’ve added new pages including statement on the importance of technical communication.
I’ve also added a tab at the top for Academics & Learning (contains links to the CSUDH certificate program) which has a FAQ page to the top questions I’m asked by students on technical writing and the program at CSUDH.
The site is in progress of being transferred – stay tuned!
I attended the SCBWI Writer’s Conference last week. Awesome had wonderful discussions with so many people including Kristin Nelson & Emma Dryden. All the wonderful illustrators I met too! I’ll miss it but it provided much needed friendships and inspiration to keep on writing.
There is so much to be grateful for. Please have a great New Year!