Day 2 of Writers in Paradise

Day 2 of the 2018 Writers in Paradise conference at Eckerd College in beautiful St Petersburg, Florida.

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After introduction of the faculty, the Key Note speaker, Ana Menendez,

Ana offered several writing exercises focused at the difference between logical writing and emotional writing.

She quoted several authors, including Papa Hemingway’s famous “Write Drunk, Edit Sober”

and I took away the sense that one should write with the heart, without regard for logic or structure,

and the rewrite/edit/rewire/fine tune/rewrite with logic and structure in mind.

One interesting exercise was to write for six minutes as fast as possible without thought, well, much thought.

This showed the emotional side of writing.

Another exercise was to rewrite a provided poem using NO WORDS that contained the letter ‘E’, maintaining as much as possible the story line of the poem.

This emphasized the logical side of rewriting.

A third exercise included writing my own horoscope/zodiac without the letter ‘E’.

This required me to be creative (emotional) in writing the piece while at the very same time being logical and using no words that contained the letter “E’


After lunch, the faculty and attendees adjourned to their respective classrooms for the first in the series of focused workshops intended to improve writing skills.

In my group, we had introductions, housekeeping, ground rules and then discussed the first novel.



Wine & Cheese reception was offered followed by Evening Reading from Stewart O’Nan & Laura McCaffrey.

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