#38Write CRUSH launches today with 14 writers in 7 countries!

#38Write—my global writing initiative—is a monthly series of online writing adventure workshops for place-passionate, culturally curious writers around the world. Each writing adventure focuses on one particular aspect of culture, craft, or the writing life, and during each 38-hour adventure, writers connect with me and #38Write writers around the world via a Twitter hashtag (#38Write) and a group Pinterest board. Lots and lots of good work getting done.


Ice_crusher_Wikimedia CommonsWhoop! Whoop!

Today—Saturday, February 23—#38Write | CRUSH launches with 14 writers in 7 countries:

  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • U.K.
  • Belgium
  • France
  • U.S.
  • Turkey

Great mix of cultures, voices, stories, and energy! Crushing it!

#38Write I EAT FEAR Launches Today! 17 Writers in 9 Countries!

#38Write—my global writing initiative—is a monthly series of online writing adventure workshops for place-passionate, culturally curious writers around the world. Each writing adventure focuses on one particular aspect of culture, craft, or the writing life, and during each 38-hour adventure, writers connect with me and #38Write writers around the world via a Twitter hashtag (#38Write) and a group Pinterest board. Lots and lots of good work getting done.


Eat Fear_MorgueFileFreeToday—January 19—#38Write | I EAT FEAR launches with 17 writers in 9 countries:

  • Malta
  • Japan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Australia
  • U.K.
  • Belgium
  • France
  • U.S.
  • Turkey

Pretty good mix of voices, cultures, and storytelling, isn’t it? If you want to follow along, check out the #38Write | I EAT FEAR Pinterest board, where writers are pinning images and documenting their creative process.

Check back soon to read some pieces that grow out of this workshop.

And go on! Eat a little fear today yourself.

 

6 Great Reasons You Should Build a Global Writing Community

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA few weeks ago, I did a videochat over at the most-marvelous GlobalNiche about global writing communities and #38Write (my monthly online series of writing workshops for place-passionate, cultural spelunkers around the world). It was a terrific conversation (click thru to watch here).

Since then, a few writers have asked, Why do I need a global writing community?

Ask and you shall receive:

1.  Because our world is changing & changing fast. As technology and globalization draw us closer together, it’s more important than ever for writers (and all humans, really) to:

  • become culturally literate
  • learn to communicate with folks who are different than us (speak different languages, practice different religions, follow the laws of different political systems, etc.)
  • work/write on the fly—we’re more mobile; we get around faster, farther, and more often; we need to have writers/artists/creators in our lives who get this
  • use social media tools to enhance the writing process, share work, boost creativity, offer feedback, engage in discussion, etc.

2.  Publishing is changing (shocking revelation, I know). Opportunities to share work with a global audience are popping up everywhere. You’ll need a global writing community to stay relevant and informed.

3.  If you’ve ever belonged to ANY writing community—local, global, live and in person, virtual via the Internet, etc.—you know that belonging to such a community is not just about getting feedback on your work. It’s about connecting with a group of people who share your passion for words, stories, place, communication, adventure, culture, etc. It’s about giving and getting support for the delightful yet arduous life of a writer.

4.  Belonging to a global writing community is exciting. It’s exciting to give and get feedback from someone in the Middle East. From someone in Australia. From someone in Turkey or Egypt or China. It broadens your world, enhances your perspective, and makes you step back and consider things in new ways.

5.  To those who say it’s impossible to create trust and intimacy in a virtual, global writing workshop/community, I say phooey. Yep, it takes time and commitment, but all good relationships do, don’t they? Social media tools—Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube—are perfect for worldwide community engagement; their true potential has yet to be tapped. (I’m a’tapping…)

6.  Finally—and perhaps most importantly—building a virtual, global writing community is about cracking open…your mind…your heart…even that dark place deep inside where we hoard judgment and fear. (Don’t forget, I EAT FEAR!)

Cheers! Hope to see you in a #38Write workshop soon!

 

Join Me on December 21 For a Talk About Global Writing Communities

A few days ago, I wrote about how I’m heading into “maker mode” and will be quieting down here on the blog for a bit. I imagined myself disappearing and hunkering over my metaphorical potter’s wheel, but since I wrote that and have been sinking into “maker mode,” I find myself more inclined to blog and to connect…just in different ways.

To this end, on Friday, December 21 (10 a.m. Pacific), I’ll be giving an interactive web-video talk at GlobalNiche about global writing communities. No matter where you are in the world, you can log in and participate live and in person. We’ll engage for one hour, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.

Some aspects of the global writing life that I’ll be exploring:

  • how globalization and technology are changing the ways writers work, coexist, communicate, share, make change, create, and more
  • making sense of our cultural connections in the world
  • how writers whose lives/families/hearts/jobs straddle borders, time zones, and oceans can create, build, and nurture vibrant writing communities
  • innovative ways writers can use social media
  • #38Write (my monthly writing workshop for place-passionate culturally curious writers around the world )

The GlobalNiche community is a terrific one. So join me…join us…creative folks around the world who identify themselves as writers (fiction writers, nonfiction writers, journalists, etc.), as well as creative entrepreneurs, expats, repats, bloggers, travelers, artists, travel writers, and more.

Ooh, I’m loving “maker mode”! (now…back to my metaphorical potter’s wheel)

More Info:

  • To find out more about the nuts & bolts of GlobalNiche and how to access the conversation, click here.
  • To view the Facebook event page, click here.