The International
Women's Writing Guild

Free Write with Andie Cranford

  • Friday, October 08, 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Digital Village


Registration is closed


Free Write with Andie Cranford

How Writing is Like
a Hot-Dog Eating Contest:
Deliberate Practice and the Craft of Writing

Have you ever made a goal only to give it up after a week or two? Has life ever weaseled in and ruined an established routine? Have you ever wanted to get better at writing, but didn’t know where to start?

This free write is for you.

Deliberate practice is like the secret handshake of champions, a set of behaviors scientists have found leads to expertise in many fields.

I scoured the research of psychologists like K. Anders Ericsson and Angela Duckworth as well as writers like Geoff Colvin, David Epstein, Malcolm Gladwell, and Daniel Coyle to extract all the juicy bits, anything that applied to the writing process. This course is the result. I break writing down into practicable chunks that lead to better novels, poetry, and short stories

Instead of wading through dozens of conflicting books on building a writing routine, you will have the tools to maintain a consistent writing schedule, improve the content of your writing, and meet all your writing milestones.

Writing is a craft—one we can learn—and this is the way science says it is done.

Andie Cranford is the executive editor of The Narrative ARC, an online resource for writers where she teaches workshops on the craft of writing. A professional copywriter and copyeditor with over ten years of experience, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Memphis. Andie is currently working on her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Lesley University. When she’s not writing, you can find her listening to audiobooks as she renovates and restores every room in her 100-year-old house.