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Kedzie from the SF Bay Area is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien September 2, 2016 - 2:26pm

Hi,

I'm almost new here.

Last summer, a FB friend was chosen as a contributer to a new ezine (are they still called that?) entitled Gamut. Gamut is published by Richard Thomas, whom my friend called a "bad ass." 

So I googled the dude, discovered he taught a class here at Litreactor called "Short Story Mechanics," took the class and was blown away. Turns out, dude really is badass. He brings a level of energy, competance, insight and committment to his classes that is impressive, beneficial and appreciated. Bottom Line: If you wish to write short stories take his "Mechanics" class. I also took his "Keep It Brief" class, which is great, but new students should take "Mechanics" first.  

Anyway, That first class was a year ago. I took it and spilt, never bothering to check out the rest of this website. The second class was two months ago and afterwards I poked around a little. I discovered an area called "Writers Workshop" and paid my money down for a membership. I did two things immediately: wrote a half-assed review, and submitted an OK story (more of a seed than a tree, only 500 words).

Now I'm back with a new story and want to say "hey" before submitting to the Writer's Workshop.

I look forward to getting to know the people here, and to being a solid citizen.

Take Care,

Kedzie

 

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Daltonwriting from Charlotte, NC is reading As many short story collections as I can get my hands on September 2, 2016 - 2:36pm

Welcome. Glad to hear the short story class was worth while. I was thinking of taking his class and I think you just sold me on it.

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Kedzie from the SF Bay Area is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien September 2, 2016 - 3:15pm

It gave me tools that I not only did not have, but never even knew existed! It also provides methods for beating writer's block. That is not the intent of the class, however, once you learn the mechanics you have ways (techniques) for getting words onto the page that you did not have before. 

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman September 2, 2016 - 3:18pm

Great to meet you. And yeah, Richard Thomas is freaking awesome.

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. September 2, 2016 - 6:22pm

I took Richard Thomas's class in May called "The Short Story Mechanics"  Story" I think that was the title. It was a good experience, and we did a lot of writing in there. It was a great time.

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D.W. Behrend from New Jersey is reading Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield September 2, 2016 - 5:56pm

Hello Kedzie. Your post got me to look at the Short Story Mechanics class - but the next session is sold out! I may have to take it next time after hearing these good words about it. I'm taking the Publish or Perish class right now. So far, so good.

Best,

Dave B. 

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Kedzie from the SF Bay Area is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien September 2, 2016 - 10:12pm

Yeah, from what I've observed his classes do tend to sell out, and oftentimes pretty early. The "Mechanics" class seems to be offered on a fairly regular basis, so keep an eye out. Thanks to all for the warm greetings.