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Teen Online Writing Classes

8 June 2016

in partnership with:

Pressure-free, creativity-stretching, not-like-school courses for writers ages 13-17. Useful for expanding your talent or gaining skills bound to help with essays and schoolwork.

These Teen courses are offered both in New York City and Online. The NYC classes are conducted by Gotham Writers Workshop. The Online classes are a partnership between Gotham Writers Workshop and Teen Ink. All students in the online classes receive a free one-year subscription to Teen Ink.

Unbound: Teen Creative Writing

Explore creativity in writing, with both fiction and nonfiction.

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True Story: Teen Creative Nonfiction

Explore the creative forms of nonfiction—including memoir, essay, feature articles, and reviews.

Learn More

Visit the website:  https://www.writingclasses.com/classes/teen-ink

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Freelance Writing Market Opportunities

8 June 2016
Freelance Writing Opportunities:
ChristianWeek, Canada
An independent, national Christian newspaper published in Canada every two weeks. Primary need is for news. Writers are encouraged to submit articles about people or news events in your own region or denomination that would be of interest and importance to readers in other church communities and areas of the country.
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Nightmare, USA
An online horror and dark fantasy magazine. Seeking original horror and dark fantasy stories. Length: 1500-7500 words, under 5000 words preferred. Pays 6 cents per word for original fiction, or 1 cent per word for reprints.
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Canadian Newcomer Magazine, Canada
The mission of the magazine is to connect the diverse ethnic communities in Canada by providing free information, advice, entertainment and encouragement to new immigrants. Subjects covered include employment, housing, Canadian lifestyles, health, finances, ethnic media and education. Published six times per year with all issues available online in both English and French. Pays from $0.10 per word and up.
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Caribbean Beat, Trinidad & Tobago
In-flight magazine of Caribbean Airlines. The magazine appears six times a year. It is a general-interest, pan-Caribbean publication, produced in the Caribbean by Caribbean people, with a strong focus on music and the arts, sport, personalities, festivals and the environment. Paying market.
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The Diplomat, Japan
An international current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region. Covers: Geo-political Trends throughout the Asia-Pacific; Defense and Intelligence; Environment, Human Security and Development; Arts, Social Trends and Popular Culture.  “If you seek compensation, please indicate this clearly in your pitch, and whether the article has been published elsewhere. Any payment must be agreed by the editor in advance.”
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Chatelaine, Canada
Chatelaine empowers Canada’s busiest women to create the lives they want. The magazine is organized into five sections: Style and Beauty, Home, Health, Life and Food. Pays $1.00 per word.
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Gulf Coast Literary Journal, USA
A nationally-distributed journal of literature and fine arts, housed within the University of Houston’s English Department. There is a $2.50 reading fee. Pays $50 per page for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Submission period is from September 1 through to March 1.
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Cincinnati Parent, USA
Parenting publication dedicated to promoting healthy families and positive parenting, and serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Paying market.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA
Changing the world one story at a time. Stories are inspirational, true stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They are stories that open the heart and rekindle the spirit. Pays $200 per story, $100 for devotionals.

KEEP 13 IN PLAY: by C. Hope Clark of FundsforWriters.com

6 June 2016

I cover this subject annually, and each year it seems to draw lots of appreciative emails in return.

All writers should freelance. It’s a grand way to develop a platform as well as get paid. But we often don’t know when to submit, or how many times is enough. We can become so wrapped up in waiting to hear back that we neglect pitching, too. So here’s a plan to aid you in managing the freelance writing part of your career.

Keep 13 in Play is my tool. It consists of three spreadsheets (or just lists, if you like). In essence, you switch the same information around for the three lists, but you’ll see why.

SHEET 1) – Date sent, name of article, name of publication, contact, follow-up date, notes
SHEET 2) – Name of article, name of publication, date, follow-up date, notes
SHEET 3) – Name of publication, name of articles, date, follow-up date, notes

Why the difference?

With Sheet 1, you keep up with your activity on a daily basis – measuring your work output and offering a sheet to be used for your income tax filing.

With Sheet 2, you keep up with where you continue to send any particular article. For instance, if it doesn’t work for Magazine A, you sent it to Magazine B, and when you’re rejected by Magazine B, you sent it to Magazine C. You monitor where an article is at any time.

With Sheet 3, you keep up with markets. This way you don’t accidentally pitch the same piece to the same market. It also shows you over time the types of articles certain publications appreciate.

This system keeps you streamlined and organized, which should raise your acceptance rate. So what’s the 13 mean? Frankly, you can pick whatever number you desire. I use 13 just so I can stare the unlucky number in the eye in defiance, but you can use 10, 25, or whatever you prefer. While those numbers seem high, they are not. You’ll never be accepted for all 13 at once, but still, if you are, that’s just plain marvelous.

Your goal is to perpetually keep 13 in play. Your number drop to 12 because of an acceptance or rejection? Stop and pitch to maintain that 13. Keep 13 queries in play . . . always. You’ll soon learn to forget the list until someone responds, and then you instantly refill it to 13. It becomes all about the pitching, not the looking back and waiting for a reply.

~By C. Hope Clark, an author and editor at:  http://www.fundsforwriters.com

GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, RESIDENCIES and such…

20 May 2016

BINDERCON SCHOLARSHIPS

Deadline May 31, 2016

The Out of the Binders Scholarship Program is designed to increase diversity by offering free admission to up to 25 promising writers who might not otherwise be able to attend due to financial hardship. Diversity includes but is not limited to: age; racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; sexual orientation; gender identity; marital and parental status; disability. The scholarships include free attendance to all the events on Saturday, October 29, 2016 and Sunday, October 30, 2016 networking opportunities to meet agents and editors, and a ticket to the VIP party, but do not include airfare and/or accommodations, or food. (Some meals may be provided as part of the conference programming.) Additionally, we are thrilled to offer stipends to select applicants: parents who require financial assistance with childcare and out of town attendees in need of travel assistance. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for any of these stipends. .

Visit the website:  http://nyc.bindercon.com/apply-scholarship/

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MEXICO RESIDENCIES
http://azarts.gov/arts-op/self-directed-instructional-artist-writers-residencies-mexico/
http://www.arquetopia.org

Arquetopia is an international award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists. Has many opportunities for those in the arts, to include writers,

with deadline of May 29, 2016.

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AUSTRALIAN INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANTS
http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/new-grants-model/arts-projects-for-individuals-and-groups/

Deadlines June 7 and October 4, 2016.

If you are applying as an individual or group, you must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident. Applications for funding to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel must come from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals or groups.

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THE CAMBRIDGE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIPS

Deadline June 10, 2016.

For student writers, diversity fellows, and writers who are parents. Join the CWW 2016 Summer in Barcelona and South of France Writing Retreat (July 18-26, 2016) and Summer in Granada, Spain Writing Retreat (July 28-August 5, 2016). Limited scholarships of $500-$1,500 are available for each program. Scholarships are available for student writers (for undergraduate or graduate students in literary fields), diversity fellows (for writers of color and writers from marginalized communities), and for writers who are parents.

Deadline June 10, 2016.

https://cww.submittable.com/submit/58767

https://cww.submittable.com/submit/52214

The Biggest Error of a New Writer

20 May 2016

Here lately I’ve received a rash of emails asking me how to become a freelance writer and make money. Well, actually, they ask how they can write and get paid by me, and then they ask me to mentor them so that their writing is good enough.

So, let’s look at this for a moment . . . I’m supposed to take on someone who is not a commercial writer, teach them how to write such that it IS marketable, then pay them $50 for 500 words that fit FundsforWriters.

Some submitters become quite disgruntled when I refuse them. Some pitch me anyway, then when I reject (always with reasons to help them learn), they get angry that I am not giving a new writer a chance by educating them how to write it better.

Note to writers everywhere: It is not an editor’s job to teach you how to write. When you pitch, you are professing to already know the craft. It should be only a matter of the writer’s pitch fitting the need of the publication.

The best ways to learn how to write for a publication:

1) Read all the freelance chapters in a Writers Market.
2) Read enough of the publication you’re pitching to understand their style.
3) Read the guidelines and study the editorial calendar (if available).
4) Ensure your writing is polished enough so that the editor wants to read more.
5) Know the Chicago Manual of Style.

Second note to writers: Editors are not there to edit your work for you. They are there to edit for the publication, to find the best topics for their readers and then edit the stories to fit the space.

Take the time to learn how to write well. Then take the time to learn how to pitch smart. Do not use editors for your trial and error learning process. Find beta readers and critique groups to test drive your work.

You cannot undo a first impression, and yes, many editors remember. An idea that doesn’t quite fit is one thing….not knowing how to write is quite another.

Freelance writing resources for the new freelance writer:

http://www.therenegadewriter.com/
http://www.makealivingwriting.com/
http://www.writersmarket.com/

By C. Hope Clark, award-winning author of the Carolina Slade Mystery Series, creator and editor at http://www.fundsforwriters.com 

10-minute Play Fest 2016

18 May 2016

Scripts are being accepted in two categories: 

Category 1: An LGBT individual’s self-disclosure about their sexual orientation.

Category 2: Any interpretation of “Out of the Closet” literal or figurative. Plays may be comedy or drama. Both individual authors and collaborative teams are eligible.

  • Grand Prize Winner will receive $200.00 cash, a trophy and production of their play.
  • First Prize winner will receive $150 cash and production of their play.
  • An additional 4-6 runner-up scripts will also be produced.

RULES:

  1. Submissions must be original, unproduced plays.
  2. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Running time must be between 5 and 10 minutes.
  4. No monologues, musicals or children’s plays..
  5. Playwrights may submit one play in each category. (2 plays maximum.)
  6. Scripts will not be returned. ETC does not assume any responsibility for the loss or damage of scripts. All reasonable care will be taken.
  7. All entries must be received by June 30th, 2016.
  8. Winners will be announced by July 30th, 2016.
  9.  Plays will be staged in a black box setting (there will be no set beyond a closet door). Please write accordingly.
  10.  Plays must have 2-6 characters.

Winning plays will be staged at Theatreworks September 9 – 11, 2016!

How to enter

  • Submit 2 copies of your 10-minute script.
  • Your name should not appear on your script.
  • Include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address and the title (s) of your play(s).
  • Enclose a $10.00 entry fee for each play entered.
  • Make checks payable to Emerald Theater Company

MAIL TO:
Caroline at “Out of the Closet”
c/o ETC
P.O. Box 41408
Memphis, TN 38174

Visit the website:  http://www.etcmemphistheater.com/10-minute-play-fest-2016.html

 

We look forward to reading your work!

ROLL OF THUNDER PUBLISHING CONTEST

14 May 2016

The Contest is open to people of color (or those who self-identify as other than white) who are residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, 18 years of age or older at time of entry and who have not had any works of fiction published in any medium prior to entering the Contest.

In 1974, the Council on Interracial Books sponsored a writing contest seeking out diverse voices. Mildred D. Taylor was the winner of the African-American segment for the manuscript that becameSong of the Trees (Dial, 1975), her first book. It introduced the Logan family and was followed byRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976), which won the Newbery Medal.

Deadline June 21, 2016.

The submission must be in English, between 25,000-75,000 words and must not have been previously published in any medium. The confirmed winner will receive a book publishing contract for the publication of a novel for ages 8-14 by Penguin Random House LLC, with an advance of $35,000, plus royalties.

Visit the website for details:  http://www.rollofthunderbook.com/

May 2016 Poetry Super Highway’s Worldwide Open Reading

14 May 2016

May 2016 Worldwide Open Reading

Sunday, May 15, 2016 ~ 2:00 pm (pacific) – Today!

Join Poetry Super Highway’s monthly online open poetry reading. Tune in to listen to poets from all over the world read their poetry. Better yet, plan on calling in to read a poem live on the air. No content or style restrictions. Use it as an opportunity to promote your new poetry book or project and let us know what’s happening in your local poetry world! Hosted by Poetry Super Highway’s Rick Lupert.

Visit Rick’s Blog Talk Radio Page, Sunday, May 15, 2016, PST

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/psh/2016/05/15/may-2016-worldwide-open-poetry-reading

 

 

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Writers Bloc present Senator Barbara Boxer in conversation with Paula Poundstone

14 May 2016
Senator Barbara Boxer 
with Paula Poundstone
June 12, 2016, 4:00pm
The Wallis Annenberg Center
 Tickets here

Senator Barbara Boxer will vacate her Senate seat after 24 years.  Since 1992, Barbara Boxer has stood for progressive politics in the United States Senate.  Before that, she served us in the House. She has been a steadfast advocate for women’s rights, environmental protection, and healthcare.  In The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life, her new memoir about her decades in politics representing California’s interests in the House and in the Senate, Senator Boxer unveils her weaknesses and reminds us of her great strength as a pioneer in Washington.  She takes us back to her involvement in significant political struggles, which included the Clarence Thomas hearings; the war in Iraq; and environmental challenges such as climate change front and center. Lauded by the left and vilified by the right, and sometimes criticized by her own party, Senator Boxer has consistently spoken truth to power, backed by evidence and clarity.  Sometimes she’s won, and often she (and we) have lost.  But she proves that by speaking up and speaking out,  doing the right thing matters.

The Senate is indeed a perplexing place, and although it has its shining moments, it is not really what we would call hilarious. But Paula Poundstone is.  We are not alone in our estimation that Paula is one of the funniest comedians working today: Comedy Central ranks her as one of the best American comedians of all time, and she is a member of the Comedy Hall of Fame. She was the first woman to host the Washington Press Club dinner, and is the spokesperson for the esteemed American Library Association. She’s had comedy specials on HBO and Bravo, has appeared regularly on late night television. You can catch her comedy acts all over the country, and hear her on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” NPR’s most popular radio show thanks to Paula.

Each ticket includes a copy of Senator Boxer’s book, The Art of Tough. Books must be picked up at the event.

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Writers Bloc present Senator Barbara Boxer in conversation with Paula Poundstone

June 12, 2016, 4pm
At the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Each ticket includes Senator Boxer’s book.

Writing Grants & Scholarships

14 May 2016

PERIPATETIC WRITING WORKSHOP FELLOWSHIP
http://www.peripateticwritingandart.org/home
The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, now in its 25th year, returns to Woodstock this summer for workshops plus a one-week retreat. The fiction/nonfiction workshops run August 22–29 followed by a retreat with writing exercises and individual tutorials from August 29 through September 5. Writers may participate in one or both weeks. Work/Study Scholarship: (Live-in participants only) – $500 off the final bill. To apply send 15 double-spaced pages of writing by June l, 2016; plus a short biography, including writing experience and publications, if any. This work/study scholarship is awarded in exchange for help in preparing and cleaning up after daily breakfasts and help with home dinners.

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR SHORE THING WRITING GETAWAY 
https://murphywriting.submittable.com/submit/54970 
Murphy Writing of Stockton University is offering two scholarships to first-time participants. The Shore Thing Writing Getaway program will take place June 4, 2016 in Atlantic City, NJ. This writing retreat is open to poets, fiction, memoir and nonfiction writers. Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City’s famous beach and boardwalk, this workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers. Application deadline June 9, 2016.

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BADLANDS PARK RESIDENCY
https://www.nps.gov/badl/learn/photosmultimedia/artist-in-residence.htm
The Artist in Residence program at Badlands National Park was founded in 1996 and is open to all professional artists. Writers, composers and all visual and performing artists are invited to interpret this wind-swept environment through their work. The program provides time for artists to get away from everyday responsibilities to focus on their surroundings and their medium.

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LANDESBORO RESIDENCIES
http://lanesboroarts.org/artist-residency-program/
The Artist Residency Program currently awards two residencies per year, allowing artists to benefit from studio space, ample time to create, and a supportive community. Artist Residents focus on community engagement, and are encouraged to explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community, and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work. The annual deadline for the Artist Residency Program is July 30, 2016. 

Free eBook: Marketing your book on Amazon

13 May 2016

For authors serious about gaining more exposure on Amazon

Getting noticed on Amazon can feel like screaming your phone number at Bruce Springsteen from the back of an arena. There are countless like-minded authors out there also in search of recognition. But with Marketing Your Book on Amazon, you’ll gain a leg up on your competition with a number of tips to help you augment your book selling strategy.

This free eBook includes step-by-step help on topics such as:

  • The Anatomy of an Amazon Book Sales Page
  • Choosing the Best Categories for Your Book
  • Creating a Compelling Book Description
  • Getting Customer Reviews for Your Book
  • Promoting via social media
  • And much more!

How to download your free copy and learn how to promote your book on Amazon with stronger results, visit:

https://www.bookbaby.com/free-guide/marketing-your-book-on-amazon?utm_campaign=BBP1620C&utm_source=Prospect&utm_medium=Email

 

Worldwide Freelance – freelance writing markets and resources

19 April 2016
Would you like to be able to identify three times as many potential writing markets for your work? Then you’ll love Markets Plus, our premium database service with 2,500 writing markets.
For the next 72 hours, when you buy a One-Year Membership to Markets Plus, you’ll receive an additional 12 Months of Membership Free.
What is Markets Plus?

Markets Plus is our premium database of writing markets – it lists more than 2,500 writing markets and they are fully searchable by topic, location, and pay rates.

Although everybody can access the free section of our markets database (700 markets), the best opportunities are in our premium section for Markets Plus members.

Can you guess what happens when we uncover a new, high-paying market? We add it immediately into Markets Plus for our premium members.

With Markets Plus, you can save your valuable time looking for good writing markets, and have more time for what matters – your writing!
Interested? Here’s the link:

www.worldwidefreelance.com/1y-mp-plus-12mths/

Have a good day!

Gary McLaren
WorldwideFreelance.com

Poetry Kit Competition 2016, Mentoring and Courses

15 April 2016

THE POETRY KIT SPRING COMPETITION 2016

Our competition is for poems on the theme of “nature” (this can be broadly
interpreted).
There are no style or length restrictions
but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a
longer one.
1st prize is £100.
The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN

ENTER ONLINE
Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org after an appropriate fee is
paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org
Deadline: All entries must be received before midnight 30th April 2016.
Entries received after this time will be discarded.
Entry fees are as follows;
1 poem £3.50
3 Poems £8.00
5 poems £10

Competition Judge; Jim Bennett
For more information see:  http://www.poetrykit.org/comp%20spring%2016.htm

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PK DISTANCE LEARNING POETRY COURSES

*All courses conducted using email and occasional online downloads.
*Students set their own work times.
*All required reading materials supplied or available online.
*Feedback and critique on all assignments.
*Courses available for every level of experience

Mentoring – Individual Online Mentoring and Development for Poets
Start at any time.

Duration – 10 units of Personal Mentoring. Ideas are discussed and foundations for poems developed with assistance and critique working through drafts to completed poems. This is a mentoring experience and will work with strengths and identify weaknesses in writing style; all content will be chosen to meet the needs of the student. People wishing to take this course do not require any previous qualifications; they do however need to be able to identify themselves as writers with an interest in writing poetry (however they define that term). Those who have previously taken the Poetry Kit Poetry 1 or 2 courses will find this a natural development but it is not necessary to have done either to get the most out of this course.

For a complete listing of courses and availability please see
http://www.poetrykit.org/pkcourses.htm
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Poetry Kit Online Poetry Courses

New courses starting the second and fourth Monday of each month.

We currently offer four online, email based, distance learning courses, suitable for the beginner, intermediate or more experienced writer. Although the details for the courses below indicate a general content and direction of each course, courses are flexible and may change in order to better meet the needs of each individual student Each unit may consist of a number of parts and some units take longer to complete than others.

For details of fees and enrolment please go to:
http://www.poetrykit.org/pkcourses.htm

Poetry Foundation
Poetry 1
Poetry 2

Mentoring and Masterclass – Immediate start

For a more complete listing of courses and availability please see:
http://www.poetrykit.org/pkcourses.htm

Grants & Fellowships

13 April 2016

TENNESSEE ARTS COMMISSION
http://tnartscommission.org/news/funding-2016-tn-arts-conference/

The deadline for this opportunity is  May 17, 2016, or when all funds are allocated—whichever comes first.
This special opportunities grant will provide up to $500 for individual applicants or $1000 for organizational applicants registering a minimum of two or more staff toward travel & registration fees to attend the Tennessee Arts Commission statewide conference. The conference will be held June 7-10, 2016 at Bradley Academy and Patterson Park Community Center in Murfreesboro, TN. Bringing together arts administrators, educators, and artists in a new way, this convening combines the former Create education institute with the biennial statewide arts conference.

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AUTHORS LEAGUE FUND
http://www.authorsleaguefund.org/
Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has been helping professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune. Most of those we help suffer severe health problems but have inadequate insurance; some face eviction; many are older writers whose income has ceased through no fault of their own. The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers, even their lives, with dignity by providing open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to pay for pressing expenses. The Authors League Fund provides assistance to book authors, dramatists, and freelance writers, including journalists and poets.

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KENTUCKY WRITERS FELLOWSHIP
https://balticwritingresidency.submittable.com/submit

Deadline May 15, 2016.
The fellowship is open to any writer of English who is a native of Kentucky, or who has been living in Kentucky for at least six months, or who lived, at some point in the past, in Kentucky for one year or more, or whose selection is set in Kentucky, or whose selection is about Kentucky, or who is or has been a student in a graduate program in creative writing based in Kentucky. Pays $500.

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ARIZONA ARTS LEARNING COLLABORATIVE GRANTS
http://azarts.gov/grant/arts-learning-collaboration-grant/
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of arts educators, classroom teachers and school-based arts programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

Get Your Training Replay. Free Training to Sell More Books!

11 April 2016

Get Your Training Replay. Free Training to Sell More Books!

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the copywriting training with Bryan Cohen. I know that it was a great deal of information to absorb at once, so Bryan has been kind enough to record the training to let us watch the replay.

Here’s the link to check out the training video.
https://bryancohen.leadpages.co/sfa-webinar-c-hope-replay/

During the session, Bryan offered access to his advanced training course, Selling for Authors.
Inside, he’s teaching comprehensive step-by-step lessons on every aspect of author copywriting,
from book descriptions to Facebook ads and everything in between.

I think Bryan is really doing something different with this. His course isn’t full of technological
tricks that could go away within the next month or two. It’s a craft course on copywriting, and
accurately applying its lessons may net you more book sales for all of your books going forward.

If you’re interested in his 12 module course, monthly live Q&A sessions with the instructor, a
private Facebook group, and a collection of helpful worksheets, then you can start the course
for the first monthly payment of $57.

Click here and scroll to Add to Cart to join Bryan’s Selling for Authors course today.
https://www.sellingforauthors.com/hope

Please let me know if you have any questions about the training or Bryan’s course.

Sincerely,
Hope

PS: Once again, here’s the replay link.
https://bryancohen.leadpages.co/sfa-webinar-c-hope-replay/

And here’s where you can get Bryan’s course.
https://www.sellingforauthors.com/hope

Good Reads by Award Winning Poet, Author – LB Sedlacek

11 April 2016

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 4: ACTIVE DUTY
The fourth ebook in the popular series
just for poets continues with “Active Duty!”
Are you a poet?  Is it tough surviving
life as a poet?  Do people still look
at you funny when you say you are one?
Do they want you to write toasts for their
weddings or love poems?  What does it
mean to be a poet?  In this offering,
you will learn that “Yes, You Are a Poet!”
Plus more on being a performance artist,
persistence, how to refresh your poetic
skills, and use poetry to help others.
Plus there’s the bonus of more
Secret Poetry Weapons – skills to keep
your life upas a poet (no matter what
you may or may not do for a living!)
Order your ebook today (Kindle):
“The Poet’s Survival Guide 4:  Active Duty”
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011VCXN40

From Chapter 5:  Persistence:  
“Is it hard to be a poet?  Oh yes!  
How many people look at you funny
(that aren’t writers or poets themselves)
when you say you are one?  Besides the
fact, you won’t find many readers of it
anyway they will wonder just what it is
you do and then the next inevitable
question will be do you make a living
with it.  You have to live, breathe, eat,
sleep poetry to be a poet.  If you
don’t know what that means, are you
living up to your true poetical nature?

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 1
“How to Write and Make $ With Your Poetry”
17 chapters for new or established poets trying
to earn and make a living with poetry.  

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 2
“In The Trenches”
Features more of what you should know and do to
make a living or a part-time living writing poetry.  
11 chapters on how and where to sell your poems.
Includes PR tools.

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 3
“Back to Boot Camp”
The Poet’s Survival Guide series is back with a part 3, a new
offering for 2012.  In this guide for poets, get back to the basics
to sustain your life as a poet.  Improve your odds.  Create your
best poems.  Figure out which way to go:  electronic or paper.  
Branch out and get your poetry fix while creating and maintaining
new and tried and true ways to continue your career as a poet.

TO ORDER:

The Poet’s Survival Guide 1 – Book
http://tinyurl.com/2aelqah

The Poet’s Survival Guide 1 – E-book
http://tinyurl.com/asfoon

The Poet’s Survival Guide 1 – Kindle
http://tinyurl.com/6b6er22

The Poet’s Survival Guide 2 – E-book
http://tinyurl.com/2b4hrkj

The Poet’s Survival Guide 2 – Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZQRP5S

The Poet’s Survival Guide 3 – E-book
http://tinyurl.com/d4nspre

The Poet’s Survival Guide 3 – Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J0ZCD3I

The Poet’s Survival Guide 4 – Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011VCXN40

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NEW BOOK PUBLISHED:
“The EP Hunting Club: Book One The Poem Code”
by LB Sedlacek
E.P. Huntington is just a maintenance guy
for the GBT (Great Big Thing) and the other
telescopes and labs at the National Radio
Astronomy Observatory. An artist, a poet,
and a novice astronomer, Janise Birch was
all that until she disappeared. She left
something behind. Does her last poem, her
most ingenious work contain an important
message for us all? Her cousin, Darius,
his best friend, E.P., and her Astronomy
Professor are about to find out.
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NEW MEMOIR NOW AVAILABLE:
People don’t drive cars through buildings –
that’s what I used to laugh and say when I
would see it on TV or in the movies. A few
days before, I had seen a movie, a comedy,
where a car drove through a building and
I had said that never happens – people
don’t drive through buildings. But then,
then it happened to me. I wasn’t in the
car. I was in the building. This is my
story … “Life after Wreck” a memoir
by LB Sedlacek available on Kindle:
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“District of Confusion (The
Washington, DC poems)” by
LB Sedlacek

Poems written April 2012 and
they are one poet’s return to
Washington, D.C. They were written
on this particular trip back to
visit Washington, D.C. where I
lived for many years.  Poems include
“True Story:  Outside Ford’s Theatre,”
“Cups for Money, Cups for Food,”
“The Former Court of Neptune,”
“Red Brick and Cobblestone,” and
“Union Station Poem (Washington, DC).”

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“The Cat and the Carroll A. Deering
and Other North Carolina Poems”
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Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman, Poems 1998-2015, Rick Luperts 17th Book

11 April 2016

Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman, Poems 1998-2015, Rick Luperts 17th Book

With a foreword by Brendan ConstantineMaking Love to the 50 Ft. Woman, Poems 1998-2015, Rick Luperts 17th Book

Rick Lupert’s seventeenth poetry collection, Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman (Rothco Press, May 2015), is the long awaited follow up to, and first collection of Lupert’s selected works since, 1997’s I am My Own Orange County. Lupert’s poetry exists at the intersections of the wise and the ridiculous, the spectacular and the mundane. The humor and deeper themes throughout his work will win over the generations of people who’ve come to regard poetry as an inaccessible literary art. These poems, written over the last two decades, have been widely published in dozens of journals, zines, and anthologies from all over the world. They’re rooted in the every day Los Angeles experience and take you through fatherhood, traffic, love, death, and the inevitable experience of finding a wrapped sausage on the sidewalk. You’ll learn how to kiss, you’ll meet the cutest leaf in the world, you’ll say goodbye to Pete Seeger and Robin Williams, you may even relive your own childhood. Get ready to Make Love to the Fifty Ft. Woman. Don’t wear anything complicated.

Click here to read poetry from Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman and get your copy.

7 DAYS OF COMPLIMENTARY GRAPHICS

11 April 2016
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POETRY SUPER HIGHWAY wants you to send a writing prompt!

24 March 2016

Poetry – A Writing Prompt-A-Day

In honor of National Poetry Month, for the fourth year, we will publish a poetry writing prompt every day during the month of April. Where will we get these prompts? From YOU of course!

Check out last year’s writing prompts here.

Submit your best writing prompt below…Get our creative juices flowing…Send us in unexpected directions…Help us discover poetry where we never knew it existed.

We’re particularly looking for prompts that provide a specific direction as opposed to a prompt consisting only of a phrase or stanza of poetry – though feel free to include that as example referred to in your direction.

Fill out the form below (just once please) and we’ll choose one every day to publish on the our website and Facebook page. If we use your prompt, we’ll give you credit as well as include your website link (if you include one in the form below.)

Not sure what a writing prompt is? Check out Poets and Writers offerings here: http://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises – (scroll within the “Poetry Prompts” box on that page. Yours doesn’t have to be as complex or as detailed as those (though it could be more so if you want.) Make sure to give a direction of some kind in your prompt.

Hot to submit:  http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/a-poetry-writing-prompt-a-day/

THE THINK-WRITE-PUBLISH SCIENCE & RELIGION PROJECT

23 March 2016

THE THINK-WRITE-PUBLISH SCIENCE & RELIGION PROJECT

We will be awarding twelve $10,000 two-year TWP Science & Religion Fellowships to develop a publishable true story or series of stories. Open to novice and experienced writers, anyone who has a compelling true story or true stories illustrating or exploring harmonies between science and religion is encouraged to apply. Over a two-year period, Fellows will develop, write, and market their creative nonfiction stories. They will be mentored throughout the project by experienced writers, editors and teachers. They and their stories will be featured in a series of regional and national events. As part of the workshop, Fellows will participate in three intensive training workshops.

Deadline May 15, 2016.

TWP Science & Religion is a project of Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, in collaboration with Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology.

Visit the website: https://scienceandreligion.thinkwritepublish.org/

ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS in SCREENWRITING

23 March 2016

ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Early Deadline: March 7, 11:59 pm PT ($45 entry fee). Regular Deadline: April 18, 11:59 pm PT ($60 entry fee). Late Deadline: May 2, 11:59 pm PT ($85 entry fee). Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. To enter, submit a feature length screenplay and entry fee via the online application. Up to five fellows in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November. Fellowship recipients will be expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the fellowship year.

Visit the website for details: http://www.oscars.org/nicholl

New release: Adventures in Death & Romance: Vrykolakas Tales by Monette Bebow-Reinhard

23 March 2016
Adventures in Death & Romance: Vrykolakas Tales is a paranormal romance that takes readers on an adventure unlike anything you’ve ever read before.  If you’re familiar with my work, you know two things: I don’t write genre but everything is a little different; and I write novels that are keepers.  You won’t want to part with it afterward but might even read it again.
Here’s my website link for more information:  http://www.grimmsetc.com/ 
And the book link directly to Amazon:
Visit the website: http://www.grimmsetc.com/

Call for poetry submissions: Dine and Rhyme

13 March 2016

CONTRIBUTE

this is to anyone who would like to contribute poetry to dineANDrhyme associated with a restaurant located anywhere in this small world. submissions will require restaurant information, a picture of any meal from selected restaurant, and a poem that highlights the menu, taste of food, information about the restaurant, and/or any relevant information that will show off selected restaurant in a way that dineANDrhyme has always strived to do.

I AM NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS. SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO DINEANDRHYME@GMAIL.COM

again, please include:

  • name and location of restaurant
  • picture of any meal from restaurant
  • poem that shows off selected restaurant in a way dineANDrhyme has always done
  • your name AND e-mail are required. a short bio and including any personal website, social network handle (Twitter, Instagram) are optional but preferred

IF YOUR WORK IS ACCEPTED YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA THE E-MAIL YOU PROVIDED.

Contribute your poetry: http://dineandrhymeblog.com/contribute/

Visit the blog website: http://dineandrhymeblog.com/

ABOUT ME

Donna Chlimon

DONNA CHLIMON

to put it simply,

I created the blog dineANDrhyme to combine the two things in my small world I absolutely love: food and poetry. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL and that is where most of the restaurants I have the pleasure of trying are located. I hope that with my writing you will not only enjoy the poetry but that you will be hungry while reading it.

yours,

Donna Chlimon

MasterClass Provides Aspiring Writers A Once-In-A Lifetime Chance To Co-Author A Book With New York Times Bestselling Author James Patterson

6 March 2016

The world’s bestselling author, James Patterson, will pick a student from his online writing MasterClass to be his co-author.

MasterClass (masterclass.com), the premiere online education platform offering classes taught by the world’s best, announced today a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to collaborate with acclaimed authorJames Patterson. Aspiring authors from around the country can compete for the chance to co-author a novel with the New York Times bestselling writer.

The idea was proposed by Patterson after seeing the quality of work students were submitting in his MasterClass. “There are a lot of people who have the talent, but haven’t been shown the door to walk through. I’ve been surprised and impressed by the passion, devotion and talent of my students. They inspired me to want to help guide one of them through the publishing process. I’m looking forward to reading the submissions that are skillful, fast-paced and unpredictable,” said Patterson.

Students can visit http://www.masterclass.com/jp to signup and enroll in James Patterson’s writing class, where those who wish to enter the competition can submit an original book hook, story summary and a sample chapter. Each stage of the competition is designed to help writers learn how to craft and pitch their novel.  Students submit their initial submission through MasterClass’ website. The initial submission period begins February 16, 2016 and ends Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The top 10 semi-finalists will be awarded $1,000 and, from there, 3 finalists will be awarded $2,500 and given the opportunity to write an outline for their idea. Patterson will select the winner by May 24, 2016 and offer to co-author a future book with them. See Official Rules for details. There is no additional fee after enrollment and submissions are limited to one per student.

In the past year, MasterClass launched a series of popular courses, including those taught by Patterson (writing), Dustin Hoffman(acting), Serena Williams (tennis), and Usher (performance). Each of these classes make it possible for anyone to learn directly from the world’s best.

“The goal of MasterClass is to educate and inspire people around the globe by creating classes from the very best” said David Rogier, CEO and co-founder at MasterClass. “I don’t know if this sort of opportunity has ever been available in history before, and I can’t wait to see it unfold. It’s incredible that James wanted to select a student from his MasterClass to co-author a book with him,” Co-founder, CTO, and Creative Director Aaron Rasmussen added,

About James Patterson’s writing class:
Class synopsis: James Patterson, the author of a record breaking 19 consecutive No. 1 New York Times Best Sellers, teaches you everything he knows about writing a bestseller.

Class Includes:

  • 22 video lessons (3.5 hours)
  • A workbook filled with writing exercises
  • A complete outline of Patterson’s book Honeymoon
  • Additional class materials like excerpts from Patterson’s first drafts.
  • Collaborative learning: students can upload writing samples and receive feedback from other students (and sometimes even James himself!). When James gives feedback, he shares it with the whole class so everyone can learn from it.
  • Class discussions via an online community forum
  • Q&A: James answers select questions submitted by students the whole class can access.

About MasterClass:

San Francisco-based MasterClass was founded by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen on the idea that everyone should have access to genius. MasterClass makes it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to learn from the best through immersive online classes from the world’s most esteemed authors, actors, performers, athletes and more. Learn writing from James Patterson; acting from Dustin Hoffman or Kevin Spacey; tennis from Serena Williams; performance from Usher; or singing from Christina Aguilera. MasterClass pairs world-class instructors with Hollywood directors and Silicon Valley engineers to create a brand new type of learning experience. For more information, please visit:  www.masterclass.com.

CONTACT: Marian Koltai-Levine, PMK-BNC, Marian.Koltai@pmkbnc.com, O. +1 212.373.6130 M: +1 914.672.2418; Leesa D’Alto, Director, Moxie Communications, Leesa@moxiegrouppr.com, M. +1 516-524-7913

The Radiant Peace Education Awards Spring 2016 (The Twenty-sixth Annual)

6 March 2016

All students in grades 1-12 — from public and private schools, home schools, youth and after-school groups, and abroad — are welcome to enter the spring 2016 national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards®! The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos and projects.

This year’s entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2016, with winners being announced around May 18, 2016. All participants receive beautiful iron-on Radiant Peace Patches, and outstanding entries will also receive certificates and cash awards! Winner’s classrooms will also receive cash awards. In addition, many of the most creative or exceptional entries will be displayed in The International Museum of Radiant Peace.

Printable information is available here in PDF format: the complete packet of information (5 pages), which includes the guidelines, permission form and entry checklist; and the permission form and checklist only for submitting entries (2 pages). If you have any questions or need copies faxed or mailed, pleasecontact the Foundation office.

The next program will be offered with a December 2016 postmark deadline. Materials will be posted online in the fall. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact the Foundation office to ensure that you receive an announcement.

Visit the website for details: http://www.radiantpeace.org/trpea/invitation.html