The UCLA Extension Writers Studio started last Thursday and ended last night (it goes from 10:00 to 6:00 every day.) It's intense and exciting to teach and such great people show up to take the workshops. I taught a workshop called "Courage & Craft" which covered both non-fiction and fiction, and I'm missing my students today. (I'll be doing a very mini-version of it at Book Passage on March 1st. Please come if you live in the San Francisco area.)
My speaker this year was Mark Salzman who inspired everybody with a talk about getting through the anxiety of writer block – a talk that I and all my students wish he'd turn into a book. We couldn't take notes fast enough. Read his latest book, The Man in the Empty Boat, a memoir about his own case of writers block, and also his novels. He's not only a great writer but also generous, kind and very funny.
PS: If you've been trying that link in my last post to the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead, I apologize. I can't make it work either. Just Google the Center and it'll come up.