November 2017 – Author & Poet Catherine Young

Our next meeting with special guest Catherine Young, author & poet, was unparalleled.  We Skyped her in from Wisconsin. It was our first Guest via Skype and it worked very well.

Catherine taught us how to get our work published which she called “Making Your Mark”. A wonderful presentation on top of her writing talent we learned a lot. She is an informative and amusing instructor.  What a wonderful presentation Catherine gave. It was so detailed and amusingly presented. We all learned a lot.

She told us that she grew up in the 1960s. Catherine writes mostly creative nonfiction because she doesn’t like to be mean to characters as fiction seems to need. While she waits for a book to be published she concentrates on writing for online and literary publications.

Catherine asked each of us what type of things we liked to write about and geared her presentation to meet our needs.  It was interesting to see the wide variety of subjects and genres we write:  memoires and fantasy to poetry.

Then she introduced us to literary journals and where to find them online. She carefully went through how to submit to these journals, using two approaches.  She covered formatting and tracking of submissions. Including it was interesting to discuss the differences between print and online journals. To conclude, she talked about the alternative ways to get one’s writing out in public. It is now up to us to get our writings finished and with Catherine’s terrific presentation, we are empowered to find publication avenues we’d never thought of before.

As a bonus Catherine set us up with some valuable homework related to her talk. We are each to write our own bio of 50 words. During the opening of our next meeting of Tea & Ink we will discuss and workshop these bios together as a writing group.

Finally she added information about other ways to get one’s writing out in the public. Now, I guess, it is up to us to get our writings finished and then get it out there for others to enjoy reading.

Thank you, Catherine, for this very enjoyable evening.

Publications by Catherine Young:

  • Essay in The Driftless Reader (2017); published by University of Wisconsin
  • Catherine’s writings and podcasts also available on her website

Catherine’s website: http://catherineyoungwriter.weebly.com/

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