As many of you know, I’ll be pitching scripts at The Great American Pitchfest again. This year I’m taking the opportunity to have a private consultation with one of the guest speakers for the conference. I went to Carole Kirschner’s talk last time around, ended up buying her book, and completed the assignments that end each chapter. She’s back again this year. I have questions that are better asked face-to-face. Naturally, I want my consultation to be with her. I’m supposed to get a phone call two weeks before the event to arrange such matters, but I thought I’d be proactive and contact one of the organizers in advance, before everyone else snaps up those time slots. http://parkonthelot.com/
In other news, the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo is now open to join. Whether I do it this summer will largely depend on how Pitchfest goes. Technically, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) takes place in November, but there are two extra month-long challenges, one in April and one in July. I used the most recent April session for a script instead of a novel, but that’s allowed.
The November version is stricter (sort of. It’s still a self-regulated challenge) and there are more in-person events. http://nanowrimo.org/ The Calgary chapter of the organization, named The Wrimotaurs, meets up at least a couple of times a week during that period, usually at a Denny’s or at one of the libraries. We do Word Wars, writing sprints that can earn you goodies from a prize bucket for surpassing a goal, and whenever someone reaches 50,000 words, they get to ring a cowbell to a round of applause, which must be weird for the other Denny’s patrons. http://www.calgarynano.ca/ Camp NaNoWriMo, the April and July sessions, has a separate site where you can get organized by genre or age group (or randomly) to virtual cabins. As you update your word count, your numbers contribute to your cabin’s word count as a whole, and you get to cheer each other on. https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in