Writing is a solitary pursuit, and I’m not a solitary person. I’ve been writing full-time for twenty-five years. In that time, I’ve written over one hundred novels, not to mention comic books, non-fiction books, short stories, screenplays, and other things. I’ve been published by nearly every major publishing company and many smaller ones, too, both in prose publishing and in comics. My work has been translated into more than fifteen languages in countries around the world. I’ve written screenplays for several major film studios, a TV network, and the BBC.
It’s been a thrilling quarter century…and yet, when I sit down to write, I’m still on my own. It’s still just me and the computer screen or the scribbled page.
Last year, I joined forces with my fellow author and dear friend James A. Moore to form River City Writers. Jim’s professional history is a lot like mine, and like me, he’s spent his entire career trying to make writing a little less solitary. We’ve always helped other writers, advised them on the best ways to approach publishers, agents, and editors, even aided them in negotiating and understanding contracts. And we’ve put a lot of time, over the years, into editing the work of other writers.
In 2016, after all those years developing those teaching skills and editorial chops, we launched River City Writers, offering our first workshop—the four-week Write Better Fiction!—to great success. In the fall of 2017, we’ll be offering that workshop again, but this year we are also presenting an array of one-day seminars on topics ranging from the business of publishing, writing comics, world-building in genre fiction, and the fundamentals of creating a novel.
Through a combination of these paid workshops and seminars, and free events like the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival and our Writers Coffeehouse New England gatherings, we are establishing and nurturing a community of writers, and helping each of them not just to improve their art but to understand more about the business of writing and what it means to be a professional writer.
And we’re loving every minute of it.
Information about our offerings and events can be found at www.rivercitywriters.com.
Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in fourteen languages in countries around the world. Visit his website at www.christophergolden.com.