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A book of inspiring exercises and essays for the creative writer with a focus on passion, play, and powerful storytelling.
A book of inspiring exercises and essays for the creative writer with a focus on passion, play, and powerful storytelling.
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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:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/owen-egerton/type-so-hard-you-bruise-t_b_3052750.html 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/owen-egerton/damn-the-writers_b_3569488.html

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.

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    A custom Typewriter Rodeo poem based on a word, idea, or phrase that you submit.

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    A thank you in the acknowledgments of the book, a custom Typewriter Rodeo poem based on a word, idea, or phrase that you submit.

    And a signed copy of the book and a digital copy.

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    A one-on-one hour-long writing or creativity consultation with Owen or Jodi.

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    A private reading—Owen can read from his novels or short stories, he can attend your book group, or we can read from This Word Now.

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    The World of Owen and Jodi! This wacky package gets you insider access to our crazy world for a year—a full set of all our published books, five custom poems from Typewriter Rodeo, and two guest passes for any shows we perform for a year.

    And a signed copy of the book and a digital copy.

    And, if you choose to accept it, our love and/or thanks and/or lovethanks. (Thankslove is also available, but only through special order.)

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    The combo package! You get a private reading—Owen can read from his novels or short stories, he can attend your book group, or we can read from This Word Now. PLUS a one-on-one hour-long writing or creativity consultation with Owen or Jodi. PLUS signed copies of all of Owen's books, and a signed and digital copy of This Word Now. And a unicorn will perform the dance of thanks across a rainbow in your honor.

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    A manuscript edit conducted by Owen or Jodi. We can offer feedback on any written works—screenplays, novels, memoirs, essays, short stories. We can also work with you on performance and storytelling techniques.

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    Typewriter Rodeo at your event! This package gets you four typists crafting improvised poems on vintage typewriters at your event for two hours. Your guests offer up suggestions, and we write poems on the spot. We’ve written poems at such events and locales as weddings, school fundraisers, the UT Co-Op, the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, and the Austin Mini Maker Faire.

    And a signed copy of the book and a digital copy.

    Our endless love and thanks.
    (Note: Love and thanks should be consumed 5 to 6 days after opening.)

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    A workshop or retreat for the group of your choice. This package includes a three hour workshop tailored to your audience. We’ve done workshops for groups of all sizes and all ages. Bring us to your business, your book club, or your family reunion, or donate our workshop to your kid’s school or your favorite nonprofit.

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    A workshop, retreat, or performance for the group of your choice.
    This package includes an all-day retreat or workshop tailored to your audience. We’ve done workshops for groups of all sizes and all ages. Bring us to your business, your book club, or your family reunion, or donate our workshop to your kid’s school or your favorite nonprofit.

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