Thoughts on Viable Paradise 18

It has now been a month since I left Martha’s Vineyard after the glorious, dizzying, jam-packed week that is Viable Paradise.

I have spent the intervening month recovering, paring my 4000-word VP short story down to 1800 words and submitting it, doing research to beef up the world building for “Joining the Draken”, and generally expanding my writerly horizons.

Now that I have a little more perspective, I’d like to capture my thoughts about Viable Paradise before the details fade from my erratic memory.

First, for those who do not know what it is, the technical definition of Viable Paradise might be “a week-long workshop in which 24 writers have critiques and attend lectures by industry professionals.”

That is accurate as far as it goes, much as “a Lotus is a car” is technically accurate.

Over the next couple days, I will address a few aspects of my experience at Viable Paradise.   As I add them, I will link to them here.

In addition to my impressions, several of my fellow students have done nice write-ups of their experiences with Viable Paradise.

In order posted:

Finally, an impression from the instructor side of the aisle:

Steve Brust 10/17


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