Saturday, January 12, 2008

A writer writes, always

So, I am thinking about doing something foolish. My friend Mitch was in town and he let me know that Brandon Sanderson is teaching a writing class this semester. Sanderson, as it turns out, is a fantasy and science fiction author who was recently picked to finish the Wheel of Time series. I haven't read any of his other stuff, but I did get one of his books for Christmas and I am thinking about picking up a couple of the others.

It would be a little weird for me to be in class as a student again, especially at an institution where I am currently teaching. And since going to grad school I think I have only written one story. But maybe it's time for me to get started again.

I went to the first class, and from what I can tell, the time commitment will be smallish. The class is in the evening, so that's nice. And all I have to do is write 8-10 pages of fiction every week and read what the other three or four people in my group write. I can do the writing on Saturday or Sunday, whenever I have a couple of hours. And the reading I should be able to do in less than an hour on Thursday afternoon. So I got an add card signed, and I got clearance to enroll. I haven't turned in the add card yet, but I have until Friday to think about it.

It could be fun. I might even let you, my imaginary readers, see what I write for class. Neato!



imaginary reader said...

payne, you should really add the class. what a unique opportunity.

Alice Wills Gold said...

You should most definitely take the class. You've got nothing to lose...and hey, maybe your wife will be there waiting! he he

Really, I will be so jealous. Just do it!

Anonymous said...

If you haven't already decided to take the class yet, you should. Brandon's an old friend of mine from BYU, and it's been fun to watch him progress as a writer. He's a very good writing teacher (though he does tend to pander to the giggly girls who think he's oh-so-funny, but if I hadn't heard the jokes for the last 6 years, perhaps I might still find them funny too... :D). If nothing else, you should go to LTUE (Life, the Universe, and Everything) in Feb. where he always attends. I've been going the last several years but won't be able to make it this year. (Last year I was editor guest of honor.) It's a great conference right at BYU and it's free, and this year Gail Carson Levine and OSC are guests of honor.


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the House of Payne said...

Wow, that last comment was some weapons-grade crazy. I probably would have left it up, except that it was seriously like twenty pages long. And full of swears.