CANCELLED Writing Lab: "Architecting a Writing Career to Love" with Steven Randel

  • Friday, April 17, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • online - details forthcoming
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Architecting a Writing Career to Love

This writing lab has been postponed to a future date TBD. We will not have a writing lab on April 17, 2020.

Presenter: Steven Randel 

Steven Corley Randel grew up in West Texas surrounded by one of the largest petroleum-producing regions in the world. His fascination with residential architecture stemmed from the beautiful houses wealthy Texans built with their oil money. Educated at Texas A&M, Steve studied architecture in Italy as well as intern work in Dallas and Washington DC. The Texas oil bust of the 1980s steered him toward California, where he happily pursued his passion for residential design, writing, and speaking. He has contributed dozens of articles to and seeks publishing books on successful creative careers and architecture.

Presenting a structure revolving around what supports your passion, California residential architect Steve Randel takes you on a journey to expose your core genius. What you write and how you communicate must come from what intrigues you the most to reveal your unique talent and engage readers as only you can. For Steve, a passion for home design led to an adventurous, though challenging, career path through decades of unexpected pleasant and unpleasant surprises. Steve describes the obstacles and exposes his mistakes and lessons learned. His numerous articles for HOUZZ, an online shelter magazine, exemplify the pursuit of keen interest as they illustrate how to convey what you love about your life to readers.

This course helps writers construct their articles and books around their passion, which in turn allows their audience to experience their enthusiasm. By relating these concepts to building a house, the course gives you a tangible comparison. For example, passion is the foundation on which you build all else, but the foundation alone does not complete the house. You must build more atop the foundation to achieve a habitable building. There are three more pillars to consider.

Steve poses a set of four pillars that serve as a framework for producing good work. These guardrails keep you focused, aware, and conscious of your ability to deliver the best writing possible while remaining happy in your career. You will:

  • Learn what defines passion versus obsession
  • Understand how persistence propels you 
  • Accept patience as essential
  • Discover that the payoff is not for you, but something that you share

Course Structure:

1:00 pm
Participants will briefly tell us about themselves

1:15 pm
Steve introduces the course and delivers his story 

1:20 pm
Steve explains the four pillars in the context of supportive research.

Then we'll proceed to examine each pillar with time for personal work.

1:40 pm
The first pillar, plus an exercise

2:00 pm
The second pillar, plus an exercise

2:20 pm
20-minute Break

2:40 pm
The third pillar, plus an exercise

3:00 pm
The fourth pillar, plus an exercise 

3:20 pm
Finally, we will share each of our experiences and how we plan to pursue passionate, happy careers in writing surrounding topics that we love.

The course concludes by 4:00 pm.

Location:The Galen at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is located at 72-567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260. The museum is located next to Cuistot Restaurant, and faces Hwy 111.

Driving Entrance to the Museum: click map for directionsIf driving Hwy 111 from Palm Springs toward Palm Desert, there is an entrance to the museum off of 111, just before El Paseo. There's also an entrance off El Paseo. Lots of FREE parking.

Classroom: Enter through the main front door. There are adequate outlets for people who need to charge their phones or iPads.

To received a full refund minus a $25 cancellation processing fee, attendees must cancel their registration 5 days before the event. No refunds will be given after that time.


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