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DENVER IN-PERSON ONE-ON-ONE SCRIPT CONSULTATIONS Full Script Workshop | May 26, 2017 | TBD

5 May 2017

 

Gordy Hoffman, the Sundance award-winning writer/director (LOVE LIZA, A COAT OF SNOW), will be available for one-hour, in-person script consultations in Denver between May 26-27, 2017 (Friday and Saturday).

Gordy will read your script in advance, and then when he’s in Denver, he will meet with you at your convenience to provide notes to you and discuss your script in depth for one hour. He will answer all your questions and give you a clear path forward on rewriting your draft, as well as answer any specific questions you might have about screenwriting and film making. The consultation is designed to support the development of your screenplay and you as a screenwriter overall.

Once you’ve booked the consultation, we will be determine the location and time that’s convenient while Gordy’s in Denver. If you have any questions regarding logistics or scheduling before you register for the consultation, please contact the BlueCat office at info@bluecatscreenplay.com.

Gordy has taught graduate screenwriting courses at USC and UCLA, as well as led workshops all over North America, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and England. He’s presented at numerous writing conferences, including IFP Script to Screen Conference, Lit Week at Lighthouse Workshop, Willamette Writers Conference, Script DC Conference, as well as serving as judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. A proud Jayhawk, he sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas.

Gordy’s short film, DOG BOWL, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Program. He’s currently developing a feature for Abigail Spencer.

Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.

Note: Screenplays submitted to the workshop are not eligible to be entered into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

$225 (Full Registration) / N/A (Regular)

Location:
TBD

Read more at: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/workshops/denver-in-person-one-on-one-script-consultations/#Wmusb8p9w02cTRZI.99

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Press Release: New Exhibition Announcement – Carnegie Art Museum

28 February 2017

silver-snake-graphite-and-prismacolor-on-arches-paper-30-x-44-in-by-joanne-julian-2016

Carnegie Art Museum

Press Release:  New Exhibition Announcement– 2/14/17

Joanne Julian – Defying Darkness

SELECTED WORKS  2009 – 2016                   

March 12 – May 21, 2017

Opening Reception with artist’s catalog signing/Saturday, March 11th –  4-6pm  $5/ members free

Joanne Julian’s newest exhibition Defying Darkness at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California traces in over 30 graphite and sumi ink drawings the development in her recent work of a rising fascination for the impacts and subtly iridescent atmosphere of darkness. The artist’s growing understanding and facility with contrasting peacefully white voids with energizing splashes of black has deepened, until now the beauty of darkness has itself become the setting.

Budding evidences of this dark visual challenge in hindsight appears throughout her various series and is displayed in a few, early hinting samples from Julian’s Zen Circles and Botanicals Series. The fascination and investigation, however, hits full stride in recent works in her Fish, Clouds and Skies, and particularly Birds and Feather Series. In these latter, the use of darkness and cropping lends a floating, unanchored, almost celestial quality to the creatures depicted. Yet all are represented with the elegant sparseness that Julian has become noted for over her 30 year career. Coupled with the large –scale of the drawings, Defying Darkness wraps viewers in a quietly dramatic experience.

Joanne Julian was born in Los Angeles. She received her BA and MA degrees in sculpture and printmaking from California State University, Northridge and her MFA degree in painting from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. For 34 years she was a full-time faculty member at College of the Canyons in Valencia, California, during which time she was also a half-time faculty member at California State University Northridge. Having studied and traveled in Asia, the influence of Zen Buddhist aesthetics has been noted as an undercurrent in Julian’s art.

The artist has had over 20 solo exhibitions and been featured in 60 group exhibitions nationally.  Among these have been exhibitions at: Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles, Thomas Babeor Gallery in La Jolla, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Newport Harbor Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in 2015 California State University Northridge. Public collections of her work include: Atlantic Richfield, Bank of America, Grand Wailea Resort, Home Savings of America, The Irvine Company, Nestle, Nikko, Price Waterhouse, and Teneco Oil.

Joanne Julian will give an Artist’s Gallery Talk at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard on March 30th at 6:30pm. An exhibition catalog with essay by Meher McArthur is available. For additional information, see carnegieam.org.

 

Location:  Carnegie Art Museum/424 South C Street/ Oxnard, CA/ 805.385.8157/8  / carnegieam.org

Hours: Thurs- Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 1-5pm.  Closed holidays and during exhibit installation.

attached images credits:

Seven Cranes Triptych (right panel detail), acrylic and graphite on Arches paper, 30 x 70 in. by Joanne Julian, 2016.

Silver Snake, graphite and Prismacolor on Arches paper, 30 x 44 in. by Joanne Julian, 2016.

LISA HORAN
Visitor and Media Services Specialist

Carnegie Art Museum
424 South C Street
Oxnard, CA 93030
805.385.8254

HOURS:  Thurs. – Sat. 10 am- 5 pm / Sun. 1 – 5 pm

“Romance Me” Novel Writing Contest Winners Announced

28 February 2017

Judges from Top Romance Imprints Select Winners of Romance Writing Contest for Prizes, Promotion on Romance Junkies

AUSTIN, TX | FEB. 14, 2017  — Submission Platform and Publishing AI and startup AUTHORS.me today announced the winners of its “Romance Me” Novel Writing Contest, open to original romance novels not previously published by a traditional publisher. First place went to Time’s Firebird by Rachel Mannino; second place to Stripped Bounty by Dorothy F. Shaw; third to Not Even Death by Emerson Clarey.

The winning novels represent the diverse breadth of the Romance genre. First place winner Time’s Fireird is historical romance with elements of science fiction. “Taken captive by a Viking, time-traveling anthropologist Fiona Dale must find some way home,” reads the hook. “She falls in love with her amorous abductor, but if she stays, she’ll destroy history.” Maninno has published two novels: Love or Justice (Limitless Press), and Fractal (eTreasures).

 

Stripped Bounty is a romantic thriller/suspense exploring the complicated, harrowing relationship between Rosie Santini and the bouncer of the club she dances after her drug-running husband gets himself killed. “Badger finally got Rosie in his bed, but in order to keep her there, he has to figure out how to save her life,” reads the hook. Shaw has published nine novels, including three with Samhain and one with Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Books.

 

Not Even Death is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance “inspired by what it means to love in the face of unexpected tragedy and how to move past crippling loss. ” said Clarey. The novel centers around the friendship between two girls–one living, one dead–who vow to “help a troubled boy with a death wish find his way back to hope.”

 

Mannino has been awarded a cash prize of $200 and will see the first chapter of Time’s Fire Bird excerpted on the popular romance book website, Romance Junkies. Both runners up received a cash prize, and Shaw will receive a professional query consultation. All three novels will be featured on the AUTHORS.me acquisitions platform and highlighted in the company’s February newsletter sent to the publishers and agents who use the platform.

 

For more information on the winning novels, click here.

 

Over 300 writers submitted original novels to the contest, which was open to submissions from October 15 through December 15. Judges for the contest hail from some of the top Romance imprints in the country: Lexi Smail, Editorial Assistant at Forever and Forever Yours (Hachette Book Group); Marissa Sangiacomo, Marketing Manager at St. Martin’s Press, specializing in all Swerve, SMP and Griffin Romance titles (Macmillan); and Katherine Pelz, Associate Editor of romance, women’s fiction, and mystery at Berkley/NAL (Penguin/Random House).

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ABOUT AUTHORS, INC.

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Poetry Super Highway: Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All!

4 November 2016

Announcing: the 12th annual:
Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All!

The mission of the Poetry Super Highway
is to expose as many people to as many other
people’s poetry as possible.

What?

A crazy project in which your poetry e-books will be freely available to all interested humans on Earth for a 24 hour period.

Throughout November we will collect e-books from poets and writers interested in participating.

Then on December 1st, 2016 for a 24 hour period, a special website will go live with links to all of the e-books. For 24 hours anyone will be free to download, for free, as many of these e-books as they like…a poetry e-book free-for-all.

How?

To participate, read all of the guidelines below and then click on our Online Submission form. That’s it. It’s simple. By doing so, your e-book will be included.

The E-Book has to be written by you.

E-books should be in PDF Format for universal compatibility with anyone’s computer.

If you have an e-book in Microsoft Word or another format, please convert it to PDF. One way to do this (if you don’t know how) is to visit the website http://www.freepdfconvert.com/. From there you will be allowed to select the file on your computer which will uploaded and e-mailed back to you in PDF format.

When creating your e-book file, please keep it smaller than 1 megabyte.

Once you’ve created your e-book (not before), click on our Online Submission Form to join in!

Do not fill out the form and then e-mail us your e-book later. Please fill out the form and use it to upload your e-book to us.

We are not accepting e-books or submissions by e-mail. The only way to join in is by clicking on the Online Submission Form below.

On December 1, 2016 at Midnight (the evening of November 30), we will distribute a special e-mail letting people know the location of the web page with links to all of the e-book files. People will be free to download any or all of the titles and your poetry will be freely, electronically, travelling all over the world. This web page will go off line 24 hours later at Midnight on December 2nd.

We will also list your e-book and description on this web page along with the link to your website for all to see.

When it’s over, we’ll produce a list of how many copies of each book were downloaded for no reason other than you may find it interesting.

To submit your book, please go to our
ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you doing this?
To expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible.

Why isn’t this a one-one exchange like the Great Poetry Exchange?
The immediate accessibility of the internet, and zero costs for producing e-books makes this a much more attractive opportunity for an immediate larger audience for your books. We don’t want to limit your potential readers to other producers of e-books, nor to one other person.

Why does the e-book have to be written by me?
Unlike the Great Poetry Exchange, were one can participate by pledging to send a book by someone else or an anthology they’ve edited, since e-books are not purchased physical entities, and because they will be available in unlimited quantities during the 24 hour period on December 1st, only you have the rights to your poetry. You can’t authorize the free distribution of someone else’s poetry, the rights of which you don’t own, to the world.

This sounds cool but I don’t have an e-book.
That’s not really a question, but anyway, why not make one? Do some basic design and layout of your poems in your favorite word processing program. Make a title page. Design a nice cover. Use any pictures you want. Turn it into an PDF. You’ve got an e-book. There’s no time like the present. Maybe you’ll take it to print later?

I participated last year and I want to submit the same book, can you just use the file and info you have already?
This creates more work for us and is a little more difficult for us to manage. It would really help out if you could click on the Online Submission Form so we can have everything in the same place, we’d appreciate it.

I’m concerned about my book being free for everyone on the planet.
Also not a question but we understand. Maybe this isn’t for you. Maybe you sell e-books on your website and don’t want to give unlimited copies of one away over a 24 hour period. Hey, it’s cool.

Are these really frequently asked questions?
Actually no, all these were written before we received any questions, imagining what some of the questions might be.

More info:

Visit Poetry Super Highway and click on “Great E-Book Free-For All” for updated details and for the list of participating authors/e-books.

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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.

2016 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest – Deadline: June 30, 2016.

18 April 2016

Open internationally to aspiring or and modestly published writers, over the age of 16.

Contest categories:

Short story (2500 words max.)

Poetry collection (of 5 poems or less), or

Creative Non-Fiction (2500 words max.)

The best entry in each category will win a $250 prize. Winners will be invited to read a short selection of one to two minutes from their work at the Eden Mills Writers Festival on Sunday Sept. 18, 2016.

Entry Requirements:

Include four copies of each submission*

On a cover page, include title, with your name, address, phone number, and email. Name and contact info should not appear on the copies of your manuscript.

Email entries will not be accepted.

Manuscripts will not be returned.

Submission Fee:

$15.00 (CDN) per entry. Cheques to be made payable to Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.

*A combination of entries may be sent in one envelope with one payment for each entry (e.g. a short story and a poetry collection, and $30.00).

To submit, mail four copies to:

Laurel Marsolais

39 Bushmills Cres.

Guelph, ON N1K 1T6

 

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

For more information, please email lmlmarso@gmail.com.  

For information about the Festival, visit our website http://www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca/

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

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/

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/

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

My Dream Blog Writing Contest 2015

2 March 2015

My Dream Blog Writing Contest 2015

Do you have a blog? Or would you love to start one soon? Then tell us why you started your blog or why you would love to start a blog, and you could win one of our amazing prizes.

My Dream Blog Writing Contest by HowToStartABlogOnline.net is open to anyone of any age and nationality. There are 2 topics and you’re to write on only one:

  1. “Why I started my blog” (write on this if you already have a blog)
  2. “Why I would love to start a blog” (write on this if you don’t have a blog yet)

All entries MUST quote at least one sentence from this article: 29 Reasons Everyone Should Blog. In responding to the contest question, you can provide just one reason or many reasons. The choice is yours.

Seriously, let your imagination take over. Write the piece you want. Just make sure you read the above article on 29 reasons to start a blog and quote at least one sentence from it. You’re welcome to agree with or disagree with the quoted sentence from the article.

Here are the prizes you could win…

First place: A self-hosted WordPress blog with a premium theme and professional design (value: $354)

Second place: A self-hosted WordPress blog (value: $137)

Third place: Honourable mention

There are a few rules to note…

Each entry must be between 300 and 700 words and be formatted in Times New Roman, font size 12 with double line spacing. On the first page of your entry, include your name, email, phone number and country of residence.

The entry must be in MS Word (.doc or .docx) and the file name should be “Your Name_My Dream Blog Writing Contest”

You must read and quote at least one sentence from the above-linked article: 29 Reasons To Start A Blog.

Only one entry per participant is allowed. Save your entry in MS Word and submit it as an email attachment to Abdullahi [at] HowToStartABlogOnline [dot] net

The deadline for submission of entries is 12 April, 2015 (by 23:59 GMT). Any entry received after this date will not be considered.

For more details and to ask any question about the contest, see the contest page.

So, get your creative juice flowing, express yourself freely and enjoy your writing. You could be our winner!

Visit the website for details:  http://howtostartablogonline.net/my-dream-blog-writing-contest-2015/

The Poetry Super Highway: Send a Book and Get a Book

1 February 2015

The 14th Annual Poetry Super Highway
Great Poetry Exchange

The mission of the Poetry Super Highway
is to expose as many people to as many
other people’s poetry as possible.
What? – Send a book – Get a book

In February 2015, the Poetry Super Highway will coordinate a great free exchange of poetry publications amongst poets worldwide.

It’s not a contest. There are no judges, entry fees, winners, or losers.

Last year, 71 poets participated both sending their book and receiving another poet’s book from another randomly selected participant

By agreeing to participate, someone will be exposed to your poetry, and you will be exposed to someone else’s poetry.

How?

To participate you must volunteer to mail one copy of one poetry book that you have written to one other person participating. Just one book. In exchange, you will receive in the mail one copy of one poetry book written by another participating poet.

E-books are not eligible for the Great Poetry Exchange. Your book must be physical entity. Even if it’s self published, or one of one that you printed from your computer and stapled together…but please no e-books. (Though we will be repeating our annual Great E-Book Free For All later in the year!)

To Join In:

Go to http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/great_poetry_exchange/. Make sure you’ve read all the guidelines and click on “ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM” to enter your book’s information

In early March, we will randomly assign the books to each participant and email to you the name and address of the person you are supposed to send your book to.

We will also list your book and description on this web page along with the link to your website for all to see. In addition we will list the new books in our weekly e-mailed update which goes out to thousands of people.

What else?

Please note, as the Great Poetry Exchange is open to everyone on planet Earth, it’s possible that you will be required to send your book to someone outside of your own country which will, of course cost you more in postage than it would to send it domestically.

Also, we’ll ask that you send us an e-mail in March once your book has actually been sent so we can keep track and make sure that all participants who send a book also get one.

You also must agree to send out your book within 2 weeks of being notified of who to send your book to.

Please note, it’s a circular exchange: You will be sending a book to a different person than you will be receiving one from.

Get all the details at: http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/great_poetry_exchange/

FormSwift $1,000 Scholarship Contest

21 January 2015

Either Write a One-Page Business Plan, Make a Brief PowerPoint, or Make a Two-Minute Video about one of the following topics for a chance to win the FormSwift Scholarship:

  • How Student Organizations Could Use FormSwift
  • The Benefit of FormSwift to Schools & Colleges
  • Registration Documents That Should Be Online
  • How Volunteer Groups Could Use FormSwift
  • The Environmental Benefits of E-Signature/Paperless Documents                                                                                  

To be eligible:
1. You must be a graduating senior in high school or either a freshmen, sophomore or junior in college.
2. You may not be related to any of FormSwift’s staff or our extended family.
3. You must be graduating high school or in college between the ages of 16 and 35.
4. We reserve the right to verify date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment.

Here is how you enter:
1. As mentioned above, either write a one-page business plan, make a brief PowerPoint, or make a two-minute video about one of the suggested topics.
2. Send your entry to jamie[at]formswift.com by February 28, 2015 with the email subject line “FormSwift Scholarship Entry”
3. Make sure to include your full name, state, and date of birth within your submission.

We will notify and announce the winner on March 30, 2015.   

Visit the website:  http://formswift.com/startup-scholarship

HAWKSNEST WRITERS CONFERENCE

6 July 2014
Speakers include Lyle Ernst, Kim Sigafus, Lori Perkins, Anthony Wedgeworth and Keynote C. Hope Clark of FundsforWriters and The Carolina Slade Mystery Series
 
Saturday, July 12, 2914 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
State Bank of Cross Plains Conference Room
Black Earth, WI
Cost $50 (includes catered lunch)
To register of for further information call: 608-278-8575 or email Kathy Erdman at: redtailhawkwoman44@yahoo.com

Upcoming BlueCat Screenwriting Workshops

6 July 2014

The BlueCat Screenwriting Workshops

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Gordy Hoffman, the Sundance award-winning writer/director (LOVE LIZA, A COAT OF SNOW) and founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, is leading upcoming screenwriting workshops in LA, Pittsburgh, Honolulu, and San Francisco.
Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, as well as led workshops all over North America, Poland, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has served as a panelist for the IFP Script to Screen Conference in NYC, Women in Film’s Script DC Conference in Washington, DC, and the George Eastman House Film Festival, as well as a judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge. He’s currently developing a movie with Abigail Spencer.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:
THE FULL SCRIPT WORKSHOP (Limit 7 Writers)
Participants read seven screenplays in advance of the workshop. During the workshop, Gordy provides direct and in-depth feedback on each screenplay, with everyone encouraged to contribute his or her own thoughts and concerns.
Each writer will leave with a great sense of what they can do specifically to improve their screenplay, as well as a better awareness of where they might properly develop as a professional screenwriter as a whole.
Writers benefit from the direct focus placed on their screenplays by the workshop, along with the analysis of the six other scripts.
Screenplays can be first drafts or rewrites, incomplete or partial, with first time writers and veterans all welcome. Scripts are due 10-14 days prior to the date of the workshop.
Note: Screenplays submitted to the workshop are not eligible to be entered into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
Regular Registration Option:
Do you want to participate, but do not have a script to submit at this time? Regular registration for the workshop allows you to attend without submitting written material, read the scripts in advance and still participate in the discussion.
For more info and to register:
For more info on The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, you can visit: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/
For more info on Gordy Hoffman: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0388896/

ON THE SAME PAGE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING OF 2014 WRITER’S COMPETITION

2 May 2014

West Jefferson, NC – Ashe County’s On the Same Page Literary Festival, now in its seventh year, is opening the Festival’s annual writing competition. In association with the 2014 Festival, which will take place September 16-20 in Ashe County, NC, the Page Crafter’s Prize recognizes writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with cash awards. Winning writers will have the opportunity to read their work during the On the Same Page Literary Festival.
The Page Crafter’s competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge emerging writers and to reinforce the On the Same Page Literary Festival’s commitment of celebrating the creation of new work.
Page Crafter’s Prizes will be awarded for first and second place in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Prize money totaling $900 will be presented: $200 for first place, $100 for second place, in each category.
Deadline for submissions is July 17, 2014, (postmarked snail mail or email submissions) and winners will be notified by August 21, 2014. Prose entries are limited to 1,000-words; no more than 50 lines of poetry will be accepted. A non-refundable entry fee of $10 (U.S.) per submission is required. There is no limit to the number of entries per person.

The Festival’s website, www.onthesamepagefestival.org , provides further details, including format requirements for the blind-copy submission process. Only previously unpublished entries qualify. Authors retain all rights to submitted works. Winners need not be present to win, but are encouraged to attend the Festival and read their work at the Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:30 p.m. Page Crafter’s award presentations.

Visit the website:  http://www.onthesamepagefestival.org

Call for Submissions: Holocaust Remembrance Day

23 April 2014
The mission of the Poetry Super Highway
is to expose as many people to as many other
people’s poetry as possible.

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) is this Monday, April 28th. We’re looking for submissions of poetry written in response to the Holocaust for next week’s annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) issue.

  • Please read and follow these guidelines carefully. Because of the tight turnaround of this submission period, we will not be able to consider any submissions that do not follow the submission guidelines, and there will be no time to resubmit.
  • Submission deadline is this Friday, April 25th (midnight pacific) to be considered for this special issue.
  • Send no more than 3 poems in the body of an email (No Attachments)
  • Include a short bio which includes what city you live in.
  • Poems submitted or published for previous PSH Holocaust Remembrance Day issues (regardless of whether we publishd them) are not eligible for re-submission. We welcome your previously unpublished on Poetry Super Highway submissions.
  • The subject of your email should be “Holocaust Poetry Submission
  • E-mail your submission to potw@poetrysuperhighway.com (please note you will receive an automatic response indicating your work has been received for “weekly Poet of the Week consideration”…as long as you specify in the email subject that this is for the special Holocaust Remembrance Day issue, we will understand to consider it for this special issue.)

Summer High School Medical Program (for teens) at Georgetown University

12 April 2014

Lay the foundation for a future in medicine.

During the 8-day Medical Institute program,

you’ll experience hands on learning opportunities

typically reserved for 1st year medical students —

viewing patient simulators, seeing cutting-edge medical facilities,

and listening to lectures on new medical innovations.

In addition to the 8-day Institute, Georgetown offers three-credit

programs in medicine, anatomy, or neuroscience.

Priority application deadline is April 15, 2014 – apply today!
Visit the website for details: http://scs.georgetown.edu/

Summer High School Program – Georgetown University

12 April 2014

If you are a high school student looking to immerse yourself in an accelerated,

hands-on learning experience in one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse cities in the world,

the Georgetown High School Summer Program is for you.

Credit and noncredit courses are available in medicine, science, international relations,

law, business, arts & humanities, college prep, and more.

Priority application deadline is April 15, 2014 – apply today!
Visit the website for details:  http://scs.georgetown.edu/

Summer Writing Programs at Yale & Brown

12 April 2014

Join Education Unlimited at writing programs held on the campuses of Yale and Brown University this summer for two great writing programs for teens. Emerging Writers Institute is a two-week creative writing program for rising 10th-12th graders, designed to develop students’ imaginative writing across literary genres. A+ Summer pre-college is an intensive pre-collegiate research program from 11th & 12th graders with an emphasis on academic writing. Pay in full by May 10, 2014 and save $200 on any Education Unlimited program at Yale or Brown with a special offer for Teen Ink readers. Use discount code TEENINK200.

Visit educationunlimited.com for details!

Tarcher/Penguin hosts the NYC Publishing & Creativity Conference for Writers

25 March 2014

The New York City Publishing & Creativity Conference for Writers is the first ever conference of its kind hosted by the largest book publisher in the world—Penguin Random House.
Whether you’ve written a book and are looking to get it published, or you are just starting your writing journey, The New York City Publishing & Creativity Conference for Writers is for you!
You will:
Be inspired by JULIA CAMERON, the author of the best-selling creativity guide The Artist’s Way.
Meet with editors and other publishing veterans from Penguin Random House.
Learn from our creativity and publishing experts, including Tama Kieves, Barbara Diane Barry, Mari Mancusi, and others.
Network with other writers.
Register before April 1st, 2014 with the promo code TarcherLiveMar and receive $20 off!
Get inspired. Get published. April 11 & 12, 2014 at the Penguin Random House offices (345 Hudson Street).
More details and itinerary at:  http://www.tarcherbooks.net/tarcherpenguin-hosts-the-nyc-publishing-creativity-conference-for-writers/

THE WRITER’S HOTEL THE WRITER’S HOTEL MASTER CLASS IN FICTION & NONFICTION, JUNE 12-17, 2014: NEW YORK CITY

19 March 2014

The Writer’s Hotel & The New Guard literary review are hosting a Writer’s Workshop Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction in the NYC Midtown area from June 12-17, 2014. Our workshops are getting full. If you are interested in being a part of this upcoming event, please contact us soon. All applications begin with an email inquiry to us at: TheWritersHotel@outlook.com

*** Please us at thewritershotel@outlook.com and begin your application process. **

Workshop Leaders are Scott WolvenElyssa East and Shanna McNair teaching Fiction, and Richard Hoffman, teaching Nonfiction.

The June, 2014 events of The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction will be held between three writer’s hotels, The Algonquin HotelThe Library Hotel and The Bryant Park Hotel. Workshops, lectures and seminars will take place at The Library Hotel Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden and at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Loft.

TWH editors Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair are working with writers right away upon acceptance to the Master Class, to polish manuscripts in anticipation of meeting agents on site in June. Scott and Shanna will also be working with accepted writers for a full month after the workshops in NYC. The sooner a writer has the chance to focus and begin work with TWH editors, the better. This offering is unique; writers are normally charged for TWH writing services. At TWH, we aim to help our fellow writers where possible, and this is our way to help bridge the gap between a writer’s desk and an agent’s desk.

The Master Class event is centered on craft and the publishing industry. Each writer will participate in an intensive workshop with a TWH instructor. There will be several lectures and seminars on craft in both Fiction and Nonfiction. Agents and editors will be in attendance for two seminar spots. Writers have the opportunity to interact with those agents and editors face-to-face, and to present their best work for consideration. Each writer will also have the chance to read their own original work at an NYC venue on one of our reading nights.

We are working in cooperation with the wonderful NYC nonprofit, Literary Manhattan, to give the Master Class its proper backdrop, and to honor writers and a city so steeped in literary history. There are literary walking tours and literary events on the docket, including a guided game of “Wink, Murder” at The Algonquin Hotel. Wink, Murder is a parlor game made famous by NYC’s so-called “Vicious Circle.” New York Distilling Company has generously donated bottles of Dorothy Parker Gin for this evening event.

Many Master Class seats have been reserved. The process is selective. There is no application fee; we’ll read your work, free of charge. Should you be accepted, you would be part of an exclusive group of writers. Our Master Class is very small, at only 44 writers total. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for attendees at The Bryant Park Hotel and at The Algonquin. **Rooms at The Library Hotel are now sold out. 

The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction, 2014 is sponsored in part by The Kirby Family Foundation in cooperation with Creative Portland Corporation.

Visit the website: http://www.newguardreview.com/#tabTHEWRITERSHOTEL

Please inquire at TheWritersHotel@outlook.com for more details and rates. We hope to see you there!

A Writer’s Weekend with Dr. Wayne Dyer: You could be the NEXT Hay House Author

13 March 2014

Date: May 03, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Sponsored by: Hay House

Format: Lectures & Events

Location: Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL

HayHouse.com: $450.00

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to work side by side with one of the most prolific authors of all time and give yourself permission to make your writing and publishing dreams come true! Imagine empowering others with your book.

Author of 16 New York Times best-sellers including The Power of Intention, Wishes Fulfilled, and Your Erroneous Zones – the #1 bestselling non-fiction book of the decade for the 1970s, Wayne shares his personal insights and writing practices to inspire you to write the book of your dreams!

Reid Tracy (President and CEO of Hay House) shares expert information about publishing and building a platform to get attention.

PLUS! Your chance to enter and win a $10,000 Publishing Advance from Hay House!

First Runner-Up receives a Balboa Press Master Package
(a $7999 value)

Second Runner-Up wins Balboa Press Inspire Package
(a $3599 value)

Read more about our special offer
and view other exciting events.

Visit the website for details: http://www.hayhouse.com/the-writer-s-workshop-fort-lauderdale

Get Clean, Get Creative: Write-In at Gotham Writers

13 March 2014

An average March To-Do List:

  • Start spring cleaning
  • Complete March Madness bracket
  • Attend a Write-In

For those of you who have never been to a Write-In
It’s equal parts social and literary.
A teacher gives an interesting writing prompt.

We write.
We share.
We eat, drink, and mingle.

No pressure, no critiquing, no angst.
Just freewheeling creativity. It will get your juices flowing no matter what type of writing you favor.

Cost: $20

Times and Locations

Friday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, Manhattan
Gotham Headquarters

Saturday afternoons, 12:00-2:00 pm, Brooklyn
Two Moon Cafe
(Check the schedule for upcoming dates.)

Come join us!

PHOTOBUCKET PHOTO CONTEST

13 March 2014

Photo Contest: #pbQuotes

Its a new year and Spring is right around the corner. Where will your fresh start lead you? Are you on the road to amazing travels or walking a path to discover new things around you? Share your journey with a photo and the words of wisdom that paved the way.

How to enter:

  1. Dig up or shoot an unforgettable travel photo
  2. Add your favorite quote using the Photobucket editor
  3. Share it on Instagram, Twitter or Photobucket using the hashtag #pbQuotes

See what others are submitting, visit:  http://s851.photobucket.com/user/PBContests/library/pbQuotes?sort=3&page=1