Classes

Celebrate Your Creativity w J. Jobe

This group began in 2019 as an in-person small group dedicated to working through The Artist’s Way, a best-selling book about unblocking creativity by Julia Cameron. Once the pandemic began we switched to meeting on Zoom and continued our gatherings–part social, part exploratory, and all encouragement–through these strange and unprecedented times.

“Celebrate Your Creativity” is the resulting on-going series of programming for creative adults who wish to gather online to discuss their blocks and triumphs.

The Facebook group, linked above, represents virtual programming through the Central Arkansas Library System Writing Circle led by J. Jobe, and is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Writing All Year with J. Jobe

This group began as a Nanowrimo writing group and has expanded into a writing workshop group. If you would like to submit work to be workshopped by other writers and help workshop the work of others, you are welcome here.

“Writing All Year” is an on-going series of adult programming for creative writers who wish to gather online to discuss their works in progress.

The Facebook group, linked above, represents virtual programming through the Central Arkansas Library System Writing Circle led by J. Jobe, and is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Rules for submitting

  • Submit pieces as Microsoft Word or Google Docs
  • No one is required to read anything they don’t want to, anyone can “pass,” no questions asked is fine 
  • No one is required to do line edits but if you want to, feel free, I like to use the “track changes” feature
  • No one is required to include “trigger warnings” but if you want to, feel free
  • Authors, you’re totally okay to tell us what kind of feedback you’re looking for!

Rules for workshopping

The purpose of this group is to provide an encouraging environment of feedback for writers of all levels and abilities. This is a safe space and meanness will not be tolerated. Let’s keep writers excited about writing and improving all year long. Writers of all levels and abilities can provide insightful comments to each other and we can all grow together.

When crafting your critique please keep in mind your singular objective: to improve the work with kindness and compassion.

When giving a critique, please choose one of the following basic structures for your comments:

A: bad sandwich: start with nice/encouraging/things done right/liked. continue with suggestions for improvement/needs work/possible edits. finish with nice/encouraging/things done right/liked.

OR

B: 3 and 3: list 3 nice/encouraging/things done right/liked. list 3 suggestions for improvement/needs work/possible edits.

Thank you!