About this project
We’re writing a book.
In the tradition of Bird by Bird, Writing Down the Bones, and The Art of Fiction, our book will share our insights on writing and living a creative lifestyle. We’re calling it This Word Now.
Whether you’re a seasoned author working to complete your third novel, or an aspiring writer launching your first blog, this book will guide you through techniques for sparking creativity, crafting narrative structure, and bringing intensity to your voice and story. Through a series of essays and exercises inspired by our work in writing, workshop leading, and improvisation, we will challenge you to take your writing in new directions, leap into the unknown, and play with images, words, and ideas.
We view writing not just as a craft or a profession, but as a way of interacting with the world. The title This Word Now captures the focus on presence and passion that we aim to bring to our writing, teaching, and our day to day approach to life. We're excited to share this part of who we are in this book.
The funds from this Kickstarter will enable us to carve out the time to write the book, and will then support the editing and publishing process. With the support of our community, we can have a book in your hands by early 2015.
For a snapshot of our style, check out what Owen’s written about craft and the writing life:
A little about us...
Owen has written three critically-acclaimed novels, a collection of short stories, and a dozen screenplays for Hollywood studios. He’s been voted Austin’s favorite writer five times by the readers of the Austin Chronicle, and he’s the creator and host of the One Page Salon, called “the best reading series in Austin” by the Austin American-Statesman.
Jodi has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and offers workshops, editing, writing, and mentoring services as Write Good Consulting. She also founded Typewriter Rodeo, a team of writers who craft spontaneous poetry on vintage typewriters at events across Texas.
We also work as performers, and can be found on stages around Austin and beyond entertaining audiences at such events as Master Pancake at the Alamo Drafthouse, ZACH Theatre, Literary Death Match, and The Dionysium. We're known for our energy, enthusiasm, and sharp wit, and our ability to keep an audience engaged, inspired, and laughing.
Risks and challenges
We’re both seasoned writers, and work well under deadlines. We’ve been teaching these workshops for years, and the book seems a natural progression for us. We’ve set a realistic writing deadline for ourselves, but there’s always the chance that life will interfere and we’ll need to push back that deadline. We’ve also already worked with the self-publishing platforms that we plan to use, both on our own works and for our clients’ books, so we’re confident in our ability to write and publish the book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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