Aerogramme Writers’ Studio has always aimed to provide helpful and interesting news and resources to writers at all stages of their careers. What started out as a small blog with a readership of a few friends (and some accidental visitors looking for collectible vintage stationery) has grown into something much larger. We’ve trended on Reddit, been retweeted by Neil Gaiman and linked to by the New York Times, to name but a few highlights.
As the site has grown, so have the costs. Up until now most of these have been offset by (ever dwindling) advertising revenue and some affiliate links. Unfortunately, this revenue model is not covering our growing expenses and we’ve had to look for something new.
To help secure the future of this site, and its continued growth, we’ve decided to launch a Patreon page. If you haven’t come across Patreon before, it’s a site designed to give creators a way to connect directly with their audiences and get paid for things they are already doing.
Simon Van Booy is a British-American author and screenwriter. He has written seven books including Love Begins in Winter, winner of the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
Simon is currently teaching The Writer’s Toolkit: 6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit, a new online, self-paced Skillshare class that aims to help participants create a daily writing routine and provides new skills for gathering and acting on inspiration.
Learn about character, conflict, context and craft with a New York Times Bestselling Author
There are lots of reasons to like Daniel José Older, not least of which being not least of which being that he started a petition to change the World Fantasy Award statuette from a bust of H. P. Lovecraft to one of Octavia Butler.
Up until 2014 Older was working as a paramedic in New York City. While he had published many essays and stories up until this point, Older’s life changed dramatically in January 2015 when Penguin Books published his debut urban fantasy novel Half-Resurrection Blues(the first installment in the Bone Street Rumba series). Within a matter of weeks the film and television rights to the series were optioned by Roaring Virgin, a production company owned by Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose.
Brooklyn-based Ashley C. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Slate, I-D, Lenny Letter, Matter, Design*Sponge and many other publications. She is current writing a memoir and co-editing the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture with Roxane Gay.
Ford has recently launched Creative Writing: Writing From Memory, a six-part short course for online learning community Skillshare.
The course is for writers of every level and aims to teach essential skills for writing from memory including reporting on yourself, what to do when you don’t remember something you want to write about, pulling memories into the present and sharing your memories with the world.
Yiyun Li is a professor at the University of California Davis, a MacArthur Fellow, and was featured The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 Fiction Issue. Her debut novel The Vagrants was shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and she is a contributing editor for Brooklyn-based literary magazine A Public Space.
Yiyun Li has recently launched Writing Character-Driven Short Stories, an eight-part short course for online learning community Skillshare.
The course aims to provide prompts, strategies and advice for writing compelling characters, turning situations into stories, and revising work into a polished piece. According to the Skillshare website: “Beginning writers can take this class to get started writing fiction, and experienced writers can take this class to try out new writing styles and get feedback on their work. It’s perfect for writers, bloggers, literature lovers, and everyone who loves a compelling story.”
The first fifty readers to click here can enrol in this class for FREE. Alternatively, click here to sign-up for a free 30-day Skillshare membership. Other writing classes available on the site include creative nonfiction with Susan Orlean, picture books with Christine Fleming and personal essays with Emily Gould. (Update: All free places have now been claimed but you can still partipate in the course via a 30-day free trial).