I met Amy Turn Sharp on an Etsy team in 2009 when we were both selling handmade goodness for kids and I fell hard for her wild words & smart mouth. We all have hearts full of stories we are afraid to tell and finding Amy’s truthful writing was like getting a permission slip from the universe to share my own. This gift helped me start OMHG so other makers & misfits could gather to swap their stories + skills, leading to Amy and I finally meeting up for grand adventures at Etsy HQ in Brooklyn, and Alt Summit in Salt Lake City. Someday we’re going to have a slumber party under the stars complete with ink stained fingers, belly laughs, and the best kind of story telling. Until then I invited Amy to host our first OMHG virtual workshop and help us all write our hearts out + we’re throwing a party (with prizes!). Join in by downloading the free workshop workbook, sharing your writing with us right here & being part of a special #OMHG chat with Amy on November 20!
Designed with love it is full of prompts and a printable of Amy’s advice for becoming a writer (or realizing you already are one).
2. Write like a maniac!
You don’t need to have a plan, here is what Amy suggests for digging into the goldmine of words you have waiting inside you:
In my writing workshops I encourage people to write like maniacs with pencils and pens. Try it. Shut the computer and see. I’m convinced it makes something happen. Magic. Most of what you write is just getting you to the bits you need if you keep on writing. Nothing is ever trash. There are often whole stories in messy pages of your words. You have to go mining. Revising. Get to the well. Dip in. Write every single day.
3. Come party with us
We’re meeting up with Amy on Thursday, November 20th at #OMHG on Twitter from 1-2pm EST. Come write in real time, ask questions and see how much goodness we can fit into 140 characters. Find out how to join us at #OMHG here.
4. Give your words away (& get gifts in exchange!)
Share your writing inspired by the workshop here in the comments with our community. We’ll choose a few winners together to gift signed copies of Amy’s beautiful book Hold Me Like Ohio printed by Igloo Letterpress and 3 months of OMHG community citizenship where you’ll find an audience of warm, supportive listeners waiting to connect with your stories. Winners will be chosen and published on OMHG November 27th, so get writing!
About Amy: My name is Amy Turn Sharp and I’m your girl. I’m a poet and a wild one. I write poems and other such nonsense on the internet. I also work in the social space for an ad agency and freelance for magazines. I have the prerequisite first novel in a drawer at my house. I have lots of dreams. My family owns a little cottage industry called Little Alouette. We’re toymakers. It’s pretty cool. I wrote a poem every single day for a year. It was crazy. I’m a rebel. I’m a lover. Let’s write.