Mojo Monday: SNL’s “1920s Holiday Party”

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


This one speaks for itself. Enjoy those holiday parties!

#38Write: Register Now For December’s “At the Party” Workshop

#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.


Looking to add a little writing cha-cha-cha to your holiday season? The December #38Write workshop is the perfect spot to do so. Here’s how it will work:

  1. Register for #38Write.
  2. Let Kristin know when your party is taking place.
  3. Receive a suggested reading list and your #38Write | At the Party! writing adventure guide from Kristin.
  4. Go to your party!
  5. Sip a little wine. Find out it’s cheap. Make a face. Trade it in for a whiskey sour.
  6. Sneak into the john & write about the cheap wine.
  7. Check out the shoes of all the women at the party.
  8. Send yourself an email from your phone about the silvery pumps with the red-hot bows (snap a picture, too, and add it to the #38Write | At the Party! Pinterest page).
  9. Listen to conversations buzzing around you. Take notes on your palm documenting the fight the super-tall couple is having about whether or not the gift they brought was culturally appropriate.
  10. Eat a few appetizers.
  11. Tweet a picture of your favorite! (using the #38Write hashtag)
  12. Eat a few more appetizers.
  13. Excuse yourself to the bathroom. Once safely locked in, jot a few notes about the party decor. Compare and contrast it to that of parties you went to in Budapest, Barcelona, and Boston.
  14. Dance. (No, no, no, not in the bathroom, silly! You can come out once you finish the notes about decor.)
  15. Snap a few more party pics. Pin them here!
  16. Talk to guests about their cultural expectations of the party. Tweet about how theirs compare to yours. (again, hashtag #38Write)
  17. Head home when exhaustion sets in or the host kicks you out (whichever comes first).
  18. Get a few hours of sleep (or not!).
  19. Write.

Ready to register? Grab your party shoes & click here!

#38Write: December’s Virtual Writing Workshop Is Open for Registration

#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.


OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

Whoop! Whoop! The December #38Write writing workshop is open for registration!

Topic?

At the party!

When?

Any 38-hour period between Friday, Dec. 7, and Wednesday, Dec. 19. (Your pick this time! But you have to be going to or giving a party!)

Cost?

$38 (U.S.)

How to register?

Easy peasy. Click over to the CLASSES pages.

WHAT IS #38WRITE?

#38Write is a writing adventure workshop designed specifically for place-passionate, culturally curious writers that will get you out of your house—no matter where you live—and into your environs.

In June, I launched the first #38Write online writing adventure with #38Write | Description.

In July, I continued with #38Write | Structure, which went forth with 16 writers in 9 countries. One of the assignments for that workshop was to define culture without using a dictionary, thesaurus, or other reference tool. It sparked some pretty spectacular definitions (read them here) and a lively conversation on Twitter.

In September’s #38Write, writers wrote about square peg, round hole situations. Read a few examples here.

#38Write has been growing ever since.

Most recently, in November, 15 writers in 9 countries took a look at habits—cultural, personal, and writing. (You can read a few of their short pieces here.)

**Ready to register? Click on over to the CLASSES page.**

THE UNIQUE ASPECTS OF #38WRITE

• Each writing adventure is 38 hours long. It’s a manageable amount of time that fits into anyone’s busy schedule. (Good gracious, no, you will not be writing or adventuring for 38 hours straight. I’m ambitious for you, but not crazy. You will need approximately 2-4 hours to work during the 38-hour period…give or take an hour.)

• Each writing adventure will focus on one particular aspect of culture, craft, or the writing life. You will not be writing an entire essay or short story (but you might accidentally do so). Some adventures will focus on a skill, like writing kick-butt descriptions; others might get you to look at what inspires you or how you move from idea to writing; all will encourage you to engage with and explore the culture in which you’re living.

• During each 38-hour period, you’ll be able to connect with me and #38Write writers around the world via a Twitter hashtag. (How cool is that?!)

• You’ll also get to engage via a Pinterest group board. (Read more about how I use Pinterest in the workshop here. And check out the group Pinterest boards for #38Write | Structure and #38Write | Peregrination.)

• You will get feedback from me. (For more info about me, click here.)

• You have the option to participate in peer critiques.

• Terrific for folks writing fiction, essays, memoir, or poetry.

• Beginners and experienced writers are welcome and encouraged to join. There are some of each (and everything in between) in every workshop.

• It’s affordable. A single #38Write writing adventure costs only $38 (U.S.).

**Ready to register? Click on over to the CLASSES page.**

WHY DID I CREATE #38WRITE?

While living, writing, and teaching writing in the U.S. and Shanghai, I learned (and/or relearned) a number of things:

1. Each of us has a heck of a lot to learn from folks in other countries (and not usually the things we think we need to learn).

2. Story is an international conversation that can help us better understand one another.

3. By helping writers from all over the world to improve their craft, I can play a wee role in facilitating this global conversation.

4. Writing is recursive. You must practice. (And if I do say so myself, I’m pretty darn good at getting writers to practice.)

IS #38WRITE FOR YOU?

#38Write adventures are designed for all place-passionate writers, including expats and repats, globetrotters, armchair travelers, nomads, cultural spelunkers, deeply rooted souls, mapmakers and mapbreakers, wanderers and wayfarers, voyagers, and all writers interested in exploring and writing about their environs.

So, yup, if you’re asking, #38Write is probably for you.

To learn more and sign up for #38Write | At The Party, visit CLASSES.