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Jun. 21st, 2014 | 01:41 pm

The Kenyon Writers Workshop has again been an amazing, magical week.

My first day here, the first person I met had just published a book--like, it came out last week--about my family's anarchist colony in the early 20th century. That morning I had also gotten a request from an agent for my full manuscript.

The second day was the evening reading for the teaching assistants--my piece went over very well, and the editor of the literary magazine here asked to publish it.

One of the students in my class speaks Hindi, and is sweet about speaking it with me to practice at breakfast.

The agent offered representation, and I accepted.

I've been asked to come teach a workshop on writing for radio at Ohio State. The Young Writers Program here at Kenyon has also asked if I will come teach next summer in that program. I love working with high school kids! And my class this morning loved my "How To Get Published" talk, so I'm going to plunge forward with making it an online course.

So it has been a pretty wonderful time.

I'm bragging, yes. But I am tremendously thankful, and friends who read me here, your reading and comments and support mean the world. Thanks :)

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Jenn

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from: kickthehobbit
date: Jun. 21st, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
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You deserve to brag, lady! :D well-done!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! It's been a long trip.

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blink

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from: yachiru
date: Jun. 21st, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Nice! Gratz on your success!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!!! Holler when you're ready for an agent referral :)

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rePRobayt

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from: reprobayt
date: Jun. 21st, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Excellent!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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ecosopher

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from: ecosopher
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
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There is so much awesome here! It's really wonderful to hear how brilliantly all your hard work is paying off <3

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :) Yeah, I talked to my class about the timeline and it was basically "spend ten years helping writer friends and writing a lot and then query for two months."

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solopolist

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from: ceelove
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
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You seem to have a low bar for bragging; by my standards, this is merely mentioning excitedly. Congratulations, at any rate: I come here solely for the writing, having no idea who you are irl, so it's fair to say that I agree with the appreciation of your work afforded by this week.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Thank you - and that's a really, really fantastic compliment :)

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annaline

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from: annaline_39
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 01:50 am (UTC)
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That's so exciting! Waving at you from Athens :-)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!!! Athens is adorable :)

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Your Face

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from: kandigurl
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
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That's so awesome!! And your writing is excellent, you definitely deserve the accolades. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I hope someone buys the book now :)

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Your Face

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from: kandigurl
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Me tooooo!!! That would be awesome. :)

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 22nd, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!!!

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: Jun. 25th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
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You're welcome.

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dizzydog

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from: dizzydog
date: Jun. 23rd, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations, that's an awesome week! All very well deserved, brag away!

And I have to say, my brain first saw "Kenyan Writers Workshop" and this post read very differently until I got that straightened out in my head. Completely believable for a world hopper like you but hard to mesh with Ohio State :D

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 23rd, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Hahahaha! Yes, that is 100% within the realm of possibility :)

Thanks!

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drwex

You're not bragging

from: drwex
date: Jun. 24th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
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You're sharing your news, which happens to be good. And your experiences, which happen to be positive.

Anyway, you should brag. Or at least be modestly proud. That's great stuff.

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Jun. 24th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like a wonderful workshop and such an amazing experience. Congrats on gaining representation!!!thats so awesome!! I look forward to reading your book someday soon!

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