“What should we do on Sunday?” they said.

ROBIN speech

“I want to do something that gets me thinking about writing. I mean actually writing,” she said.

“Like sharpening your pencils?” he said.

“Yeah. But I don’t want to just be alone sharpening pencils.”

“You could also trim your toenails,” he said.

“No. I mean it’s the alone part.”

“I’m here. I’m here also.”

“Yes. I know,” she said.

“I need to trim my toe nails, too.”


“You don’t want to sharpen pencils with me?” he said.

“Please, this isn’t about us. It’s about writing.”

“A pencil sharpening group. You want a pencil sharpening group.”

“Something like that. Something inspiring. Something engaging. A whole group of people dedicated to learning and teaching and discussing the act of writing and revision,” she said.

“Oh, hon. I think you want THE ESCAPERY! This Sunday!”


Yes she does. I’m excited to work with her and all of you in just a few days. If you haven’t signed up for the We Said Workshop on Dialogue yet, there is still time!  Language, communication, story, conflict, subtext. It’s going to be a wonderfully full day. Also. we will have pre-sharpened pencils for everyone.