From Jo Meador, Madrona instructor, MFA, a writer with experience in fiction and non-fiction, ranging from insightful storytelling to technical descriptions of databases.
“Dipping into the Ink” is my way of summoning all of the resources in my psyche to focus on the writing process, that is, to create, expand, develop and produce my work in published form. Or, that is the way I would have characterized my daily employment a year ago. A time when getting published was all I could think about, all I strived for.
Fast forward to April 2018. Ink has flowed freely down the river of life. Experience has chimed in to scold me about my limited reach, an ill-defined understanding of what would satisfy my soul. Even back in the chaos of the 2017 past, in the heart of my hearts, I actually did want to be read. Not in a feverish celebrity sort of way, but I wanted to be read by a community broader than islanders or the small cadre of friends who read my book.
In fact, the question of audience had rarely entered my mind. The term audience represented to me a means of limiting my story, of constraining what I had to say about the topic of the book and directing it toward a smaller focus. My mental audience consisted of the sum total of persons who had reviewed the manuscript, in groups or not, over the fifteen years of its draft life. Yet, because I ignored the question of audience, I did not have charge of where my work was targeted by the publisher and by the editors and reviewers, who were not always kind.
In our first session of the year, the Madrona Workshop Troupe presents a day to explore the life of presenting your work, from inception to publishing to marketing.
Want to learn more from Jo? Our next workshop is April 21. Looking forward to seeing you there.