I think I've made the point over the years here about how once-Scary Angie Lucas became Not-Scary Angie Lucas, a great friend and excellent houseguest. She is smart, witty, sharp, and writes about grammar in a way that makes me impatient when she doesn't write about grammar on her blog (HINT HINT). So what in the world is she doing teaching Grammar-Free Journaling, her first-ever workshop for Big Picture Classes?
Because she's equally good at writing without traditional structure, complete sentences, and conventions—and passionately believes in helping others to write about their lives with a variety of different strategies. I was always amazed at the ideas she suggested for my Write from the Heart column at Simple Scrapbooks (RIP) because they weren't always about writing with sentences and paragraphs. The pages I made for that column are among my favorites!
Here's a little bit more about the class in Angie's words:
- Who's teaching this class? Hi, I'm Angie Lucas, word nerd extraordinaire, and I'll be your Grammar-Free Journaling instructor.
- Is "grammar-free journaling" a thing, or did Angie Lucas make it up? Okay, okay, I made it up. The idea is to tell truly compelling stories in creative new formats using the fewest words possible—and to stress less about paragraph flow, sentence structure, transitions, and the rules of writing.
- What does Angie Lucas have against grammar? Absolutely nothing! I'm willing to bet that I love grammar even more than you do. But just in case you don't like it, I'll show you 12 useful strategies for skipping the grammar altogether.
- Who is this "Angie Lucas" anyway? I'm the new Editorial Director at Big Picture Classes, a professional writer and editor since 1998, the founder of Ella Publishing Co., the former managing editor at Simple Scrapbooks magazine, and an average pianist (which is not at all relevant to this workshop).
Also: be sure to read the full description, because you might recognize some of the guest scrapbookers that will make their debut over at Big Picture Classes : )
Would you like to win a seat in Angie's class that begins on Valentine's Day? I have one to give, so leave a comment recalling a brief memory of your favorite (or least favorite) English teacher (or whatever native language/writing/literature teacher you might have had, as this giveaway is open to internationals, too). Comments will close Friday night. Good luck!