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Taos Toolbox 2010

That's a photo of me, taken by kellyoyo at Taos Toolbox in 2007. Don't I look happy? I think I had a grin on my face for two weeks straight. Ok, that's not quite true. I was looking pretty grim when my two pieces of writing were up for critique, but I always react that way to the crit circle.

Taos Toolbox, http://www.taostoolbox.com is a two-week workshop in NM, led by Walter Jon Williams and this upcoming year, Nancy Kress. In 2007, it was co-led by Connie Willis, in 2008 by Kelly Link. The focus is on novels, but when I went I was writing short stories exclusively. It didn't matter, because both leaders can write short stories/novellas as well as novels. They understand storytelling, which knows no length.

You don't have to have been to Clarion or Odyssey or taken any writing classes to apply. You may be self-taught or have worked with online critique groups such as OWW. You may never have published, or maybe you have. Don't worry about that. Walter and Nancy will know if you're the right fit for the group they're putting together. I was amazed when I looked back at how well my group had been put together in every detail, down to rooming assignments. We were a mixed bag of ages, but all pretty much at the same level, needing a push to reach the next level. Life always intervenes, but I can say that most of my group *has* reached a higher level since TT, including myself. I credit my Analog sale to TT. I didn't workshop the story there, but what I learned helped me understand the pro critiques I had received at LAConIV. I came home, fixed the story and sent it out, about two months later.

Go ahead and send Walter a sample of your best work. Best money I ever spent.

Frog Out

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klingonguy
Dec. 7th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
My applications went in the mail on Saturday.

Now I have to wait. Sigh. I hate waiting.
birdhousefrog
Dec. 7th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
I hate waiting, too. I hated it when I mailed my app in 2007 and I still do. Thankfully, Walter was pretty quick.

I see on Codex that this would be a tradeoff for Worldcon. I don't think you'll regret it. I didn't regret trading it for Japan. But wait...those towels. Hmmm, on second thought, maybe I do regret it.
klingonguy
Dec. 7th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
The bit about Australia is probably also an exercise in rationalization. The trip was just going to get too damn expensive. Maybe after I sell a few more novels...
birdhousefrog
Dec. 7th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
You know part of me approves of this rationalization. An appropriate cost/benefit analysis, though Australia shall be deprived of their lessons in Klingon this year.
klingonguy
Dec. 8th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Australia has been deprived of Klingon lesson (at least from me) since my last visit in March of 1999.
rachel_swirsky
Dec. 8th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
Wait, Nancy Kress?

Argh, workshop demons, stop tempting me. ;)
rachel_swirsky
Dec. 8th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
Also, I've never repaid the crit you gave me. Please keep me in mind if you need a reader.
birdhousefrog
Mar. 18th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
So...Taos Toolbox can't tempt you, huh? If there is one, I'm going. Walter needs more apps.

Just digging through my old posts to see who might be a likely candidate to nudge...

Oz
rachel_swirsky
Mar. 18th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Didn't you already go?
birdhousefrog
Mar. 18th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Yup. Walter has room for more so I asked. Going to work on a novel this time. Different focus. And Nancy Kress.
richbaldwin
Apr. 12th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Does Walter still have space? Because I finally have some time to work up my submission, and I *really* want to go. Especially since I might be able to work up a novel that an editor is willing to look at, and I need *help*!!!
birdhousefrog
Apr. 12th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
As far as I know he still has room. There's an email address to contact him on the website for Taos Toolbox. At least let him know your app is coming! We're close to the date he was going to close the applications.

Oz
richbaldwin
Apr. 12th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Great - I emailed him, and now have a 10-14 day deadline. Craziness! But I wrote versions of this novel a couple times, so it's theoretically something I can manage . . ..
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