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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!

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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

Announcing NASA’s 2014 Edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

10 March 2014

The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.  We are celebrating Cassini’s 10-year anniversary orbiting Saturn with a special edition of the essay contest.

 The 2014 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.  Essays must be under 500 words.

There are three essay topics to choose from:

Target 1.  Saturn’s F ring

Target 2.  Saturn’s moon, Titan

Target 3.  Saturn (specifically the north polar region of Saturn)

 Students choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft.  What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?

 The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.

 For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/1k1sDGj

The contest deadline is Thursday, April 17, 2014.  All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if home schooled).  If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.

 All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation.  U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.  U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.

  For questions about the contest, e-mail scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov

May 15-18: Writers’ Retreat at Folly Beach, S.C.

4 March 2014

The Writers’ Workshop 15th Annual Writers’ Retreat will be held May 15-18, 2014 at Folly Beach, SC. It is open to a small group of beginning or experienced writers, and is an ideal place to relax, write and review participant’s work. Daily sessions in fiction, creative non-fiction and memoirs will be led by The Writers’ Workshop instructors. Participants stay at a beach house across from the ocean. The all-inclusive rate (except for meals) is $495 for a private room, or $450 shared.

The commuter rate is $55 per session.

Please register a.s.a.p. since space is limited, at www.twwoa.org,

or contact 828-254-8111/writersw@gmail.com for more information.

JOIN THE GOTHAM WRITE-IN

4 March 2014

Do you wish there was a place you could go for writing inspiration and practice? Where you could hang out with other writers? Without needing to make a long-term commitment or spend a lot of money?

Gotham Write-Ins are that place.

Here’s what happens. The teacher gives an interesting writing prompt. Everyone writes for a while. Then, those who want to read aloud their work. You take a break and socialize. Then you go through the process one more time. Then you partake of free drinks and snacks and socialize a little more. It’s 90 minutes plus social time afterwards.

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

You can sign up in advance or you can just drop in. It’s like an exercise class for writers. And it’s really fun.

Each session costs $20. Or you can buy a pass for three sessions for $45.
NOTE: For walk-in registrations, we only accept cash.

Write-In Times and Locations

Friday evenings, Manhattan
Gotham Headquarters
555 8th Avenue
(between 37th and 38th Streets)
Suite 1402
Manhattan

Saturday afternoons, Brooklyn
Two Moon Cafe
315 4th Avenue
(between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Credit and Refunds Policy
If you withdraw from a Write-In two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full Gotham credit toward another Write-In. No refunds are available.
 
Three-Session Pass:  If you withdraw from your Write-In two hours or more before the first class begins, you will receive a Gotham credit toward another Write-In. If you contact Gotham to withdraw two business days or more before the first Write-In is due to meet, you can receive a refund less $20 or receive a credit that can be applied toward any Gotham class
 
All Gotham credits are good for one year.

The 13th Annual Poetry Super Highway Great Poetry Exchange

1 February 2014

The 13th 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 2014, 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, 76 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/

The Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop at the November Ventura County Writers Club Founders

25 October 2013
The Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop Lead by Poet Cathryn Andresen to Take Over VCWC November Meeting
Wrights write right now — go home with a poem!
(Ventura, CA – October 10, 2013) In preparation for its upcoming Poetry Contest, which opens in January 2014, the Ventura County Writers Club will host the “Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop” led by area poet and club member Cathryn Andresen. The evening will engage attendees to write right on the spot and get their creative juices flowing over the holidays prior to the contest. The meeting takes place Tuesday, November 12 at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo.

This will be a fun, fast, interactive workshop covering:

  • A quick start with instant, easy forms
  • Inspiration and ignoring the dreaded block
  • A poetic device or few
  • Online tools
  • Don’t do this – tips on what is not a poem
  • How to edit your poem and be glad you did
  • Reference material that can keep you writing
  • Where to join our county’s poets for poetry readings

“I want everyone to bring a notepad, pen and verve,” Andresen said. “ By verve I mean the excitement of imagination such as animates a poet, artist or musician, in composing or performing; rapture; enthusiasm; spirit and energy. We have many poets in Ventura County and as members of the club. But other writers can benefit from the art of concise words painting brief images.”

Cathryn Andresen’s poetry reflects her interest in relationships between nouns – proper and common.  From time to time, her poetry wins an award, appears in print, or is an invited guest at readings.  Cathryn edited Quintessence – an Anthology (VCWC Press-2008), and has published her first chapbook, “human/Nature”.  She has hosted the PoemCrafters Guild workshop since its beginnings in 2005.  Home is a small ranch in Southern California.  She’ll tell you  “I live in a garden.”  Cathryn has been featured at Moonday, Moorpark College, Friday’s Saturday Night, Tuesday Night Poets, and has accepted invitations to read at numerous poetry, school and organization events.

She recently built and launched a web site that invites an on-line community of poets and writers to submit work for publication on the site and compete in the site’s prompt-inspired contests.  Visit: cathryn-andresen.com

The opening speaker is a young poet, Rachel Phillips who recently published a chapbook.

CALENDAR INFORMATION
November Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club
November 12, 2013
Pleasant Valley Senior Center
1605 Burnley St., Camarillo, CA
Topic: The Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop Lead by Poet Cathryn Andresen
Open to all; no fee

For more information on the Ventura County Writers Club, visit:
http://www.venturacountywriters.com

About Ventura County Writers Club

Since its formation in 1933 in Ojai, the club has grown to more than 175 members and holds regular monthly general membership meetings. Members may attend, free of charge, a variety of Writers Workshops, groups that meet one or more times a month throughout the county to read and critique manuscripts and discuss many aspects of the business of writing. Monthly meetings are open to all interested writers and are held the second Tuesday of each month (except December).

Call for Submissions! The Landing Theatre Company: New American Voices 2014 Play Reading Series – Playwriting Festival

2 September 2013

Submissions will be accepted September 1st through October 31st, 2013.

Play Submissions

The Landing Theatre Company and Wordsmyth Theater Company are now accepting ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­full-length plays for ­­­­­­­­­­­­the 2014 New American Play Reading Series in Houston, Texas. Four plays will be selected for staged readings during the Landing Theatre Company’s Spring Festival. Selected playwrights must attend the readings. Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses.
Fees
1. There are no fees for submitting.
Format
1. Selected playwrights must attend the festival.  
2. Each playwright will be paired with a local director prior to the festival to prepare for the event.
3. Director will cast the play prior to the festival.
4. Each production will receive at least two rehearsals prior to the official reading.
5. One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend. 
6. The play will then be read in front of an audience, with a moderated discussion of the play afterwards.

Submission Criteria

Submissions must meet the following criteria:
1. Playwright must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.
2. Play must not have been produced.
3. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.
4. Submission must be received on or before October 31st, 2013.
5. Submission must be a minimum of 30 pages long and have a minimum run time of 45 minutes.
6. Submission must be in .doc, .pdf or .rtf format.
7. Plays are given blind reads, so there should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script.  Your name and/or contact information should only be in the email.
8. Only one play per playwright per submission period.
9. No musicals, children’s plays, or one-person plays. 
10. Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.

The 2014 New American Voices Play Reading Series will be presented March 7-9, 2014.

Visit the website for submission details: http://www.landingtheatre.org/nav-play-submissions.html

Announcing NASA’s 2013 Edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

2 September 2013

The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.


The 2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.  Essays must be under 500 words.  

There are three essay topics to choose from: 


1.  Saturn’s moon, Iapetus

2.  Saturn’s moon, Dione

3.  Saturn


Students choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft.  What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?


The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.


For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit:


http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/


The contest deadline is Friday, October 25, 2013.  All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if homeschooled).  If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.


All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation.  U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.  U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.


For questions about the contest, e-mail: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov

The Raoul Wallenberg International Essay Competition

25 August 2013

The Raoul Wallenberg International Essay Competition
TYPE OF CONTEST: Essay Contest

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The Raoul Wallenberg International Essay Competition, jointly organised by Student Competitions, The Swedish Institute and Raoul Wallenberg’s International Foundation, is inviting all students to take part in an international essay competition. The participants are encouraged to reflect upon Raoul Wallenbergs extraordinary life and come up with creative ideas on how, through their actions, they can inspire acts of courage, tolerance and unselfishness in the world!  

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all students worldwide ( Bachelor/Master/PhD), between 18-30 years of age.

RULES AND REGULATIONS: The participants are encouraged to reflect upon Raoul Wallenbergs extraordinary life and come up with creative ideas on how, through their actions, they can inspire acts of courage, tolerance and unselfishness in the world!
                                                  
PRIZE: Winners of the competition will receive the opportunity to win gift cards worth 1,000, 500 & 250 Euros!

HOW TO APPLY:

Sign up for the competition here by entering your name and email.

Reflect on Raoul Wallenberg’s life and share your thoughts on how his qualities and humanitarian spirit have encouraged you to contribute to developmental and humanitarian work.

Submit the completed competition application on the competition website by the December 31, 2013 deadline. 

DEADLINE:December 31, 2013

MORE INFORMATION: For more information click here

Visit the website: http://studentcompetitions.com/competitions/the-raoul-wallenberg-international-essay-competition/visit

Ekphrastia Gone Wild Virtual Publication Party

25 August 2013

Save the date, Sunday September 15 at 2:00 pm (pacific) for an online publication event for Ekphrastia Gone Wild. Hear poets from the book read their work on a special Poetry Super Highway Live broadcast right here.

Ekphrastia Gone Wild: Poems Inspired by Art Now Available

Ain’t Got No Press is thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Ekphrastia Gone Wild: poems inspired by art. This anthology of ekphrastic poetry contains the work of 87 poets from all over the world, including nobel prize winning poet Wislawa Szymborska, Suzanne Lummis, Brendan Constantine, Gerald Locklin, Laurel Ann Bogen, Robert Wynne and many more. Click here to see the full list of contributors and to get your own copy.

Ekphrastia Gone Wild Cover Revealed

Head on over to our Facebook page HERE to see the brand (spanking) new cover art for our next anthology “Ekphrastia Gone Wild” which will feature poetry from a roster of 90 poets from all over the world including nobel-prize winner Wislawa Szymborska and more!

Ekphrastia Gone Wild – Submissions Now Closed

Thanks to everyone who submitted work for our upcoming anthology “Ekphrastia Gone Wild”. Submissions are now closed. We received work from hundreds of poets and will be spending the next couple of months carefully pouring through them to pull together the best possible anthology we can. We will respond to everyone who submitted so thanks in advance for your patience and stay tuned for more!

Ain’t Got No Press

Ain’t Got No Press is a small-press publisher of uniquely themed poetry anthologies such as “The Night Goes on All Night – Noir Inspired Poetry” and the Jewishly themed “A Poet’s Haggadah – Passover Through the Eyes of Poets.”  Please view our submission guidelines for information on submitting work for our upcoming anthologies.

Ekphrastia Gone Wild - Poems Inspired by Art

Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions!

21 August 2013
The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce a new 10-Minute 
Play Festival for spring of 2014. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on August 1, 
2013; the submission period closes on October 15, 2013. 12-14 selected 10-minute plays will 
receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José 
Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, 
amateur or professional. 
Submission rules:
• Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of August 1 through 
October 15, 2013. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The list of winning plays will be announced in early November.
• We will accept only one play per playwright.
• Scripts should fall in the range of 8-13 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)
• Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30, or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.
• Previously produced plays are not eligible.
• Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.
• Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.
• Please staple or paper-clip copies of the script. Do not use binders, covers, or folders of any kind.
• 12-14 winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2014. The festival will present an alternating bill of 6-7 plays per evening.
• Along with production of their plays, the winning playwrights will each receive an award certificate. There is no financial compensation for winning entries.
How to submit:
We will only accept hard copies of plays via mail. Scripts will not be returned. Please send two copies of your play in one envelope. One copy should include a cover page with all of the following information:
• play title
• your name
• your mailing address
• your phone number
• your email address
In addition, include a second copy of the same play for the judges with no contact information –just the title and the play itself. Mail both copies in one envelope to:
University of Houston
School of Theatre & Dance 
Dr. Robert Shimko
Ten-Minute Play Submission
133 CWM Center
Houston, TX 77204

Free Webinar: Secrets of an Acquisition Editor: How to Get the Attention of a Traditional Publisher

21 August 2013

Just wanted to let you know that Simon and Schuster and Archway Publishing are offering a free webinar. On August 22nd at 11:30 A.M, join Michael Szczerban, Editor at Simon and Schuster, as he reveals key tips on presenting yourself and your book to grab an editor’s attention.  This webinar will offer valuable insight and practical advice to help you get your book noticed–whether you’re pitching an agent, an editor or trying to engage a consumer. 

We thought this might appeal to your audience and would be grateful if you’d be willing to share the event.  In return, we would be happy to promote your site through our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Title:  Secrets of an Acquisition Editor: How to Get the Attention of a Traditional Publisher

Time: August 22nd at 11:30 AM EST

Registration:

https://simonandschuster.webex.com/simonandschuster/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=682519755

THE VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB: Footsteps to Follow: How to go from Writer to Author

16 August 2013

Book Shepherd Ellen Reid Shares “Footsteps to Follow: How to go from Writer to Author” at VCWC September Meeting
The meeting will celebrate the club’s 80th anniversary. 

(Ventura, CA – September 3, 2013)  Ellen Reid has years of experience in assisting authors as they navigate the treacherous waters of self-publishing. At the Ventura County Writers Club meeting on September 10, 2013, she will give authors a clearer picture of the various options for getting a book into print. Ellen is fascinating and a gold mine of information that will put authors on the straight track to figuring out which self-publishing approach is best for them. The September 10th meeting will be at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo at 7:00 p.m.


Ellen brings her eclectic background to the task of assisting authors. She’s worked in the film industry, advertising, and in the intricacies of the ever-changing self-publishing business. It’s this combination of experiences that allows her to help produce books of outstanding quality, which is, she says, “a must in this age of ‘anyone-can-get-a-book-into-print.’”

As a “book shepherd” Ellen says she has “the unique ability to understand what the writer wants the book to do for them.” Branding is a big part of her business. Self-publishing “is more than hiring an editor, or book designer,” she says. “You need a book that is excellent in every way.” At the meeting she will elaborate on what those ways are.

She will also discuss her business philosophy. Ellen understands that “books are writers’ babies.” She says it’s important that she be “gentle and firm at the same time,” so that the author ends up with an “exceptional book whose cover copy, design and interior layout reflect the excellence of their message.”

Ellen became a book shepherd after attending Dan Poynter’s Self Publishing Manual seminars in Santa Barbara. She began studying with him in 1994, and attended his seminar as an expert in 1999.  She saw that many of the writers attending the seminars were excited about self-publishing, were good writers, but didn’t know much about the myriad details of book production and publishing. Poynter suggested she become a “book shepherd.” She did, and has been working with writers since 2000. Ellen happily affirms, “It is my honor and pleasure to bring indie books to life with excellence.”

Ellen has been named Beverly Hills Premier Book Publishing Consultant four years running. She is the author of the international award-winning book, “Putting Your Best Book Forward: A Book Shepherd’s Secrets to Producing Award-Winning Books that Sell.”

Chuck D. Martin, author of “Provocateur,” wrote to Ellen about his experience working with her: “Seriously, the launch of this book would have never happened without you guiding me all the way and your total commitment to excellence.”

Author Anne Lamont tells writers, “There is very little chance that you will get your memoir (or for that matter, your novel) published by a mainstream publisher.”

Those in attendance on September 10 will leave Ms. Reid’s talk knowing how to take the next steps toward self-publishing a book of excellent quality. The Ventura County Writers Club is honored to have Ellen Reid show us another path for our books’ publication.

Prior to Ms Reid’s speech, a special ceremony commemorating VCWC’s 80th anniversary will take place, recreating bits from the founding meetings of the club in Ojai. Club members Pat Caloia and Lee Wade have researched the archives of the Ojai Valley News to discover who the club’s founders were, and to unearth notes from their meetings.

Following Ms Reid, the celebration of the club’s anniversary will continue with deserts for everyone in attendance.

CALENDAR INFORMATION
 
September Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club
September 10, 7PM
Pleasant Valley Senior Center
1605 Burnley St, Camarillo, CA
Topic: Footsteps to Follow: How to go from Writer to Author
Open to Members and non-members. No fee
 
For more information on the Ventura County Writers Club, visit:
http://www.venturacountywriters.com/

About Ventura County Writers Club

Since its formation in 1933 with four members in Ojai, the club has grown to more than 175 members and holds regular monthly general membership meetings. Members may attend, free of charge, a variety of Writers Workshops, groups that meet one or more times a month throughout the county to read and critique manuscripts and discuss many aspects of the business of writing. Monthly meetings are open to all interested writers and are held the second Tuesday of each month (except December).

For more information, contact:
Kathleen Kaiser, 805-524-6970, Kathleen@KathleenKaiser.com

Ashe County On the Same Page Literary Festival

14 August 2013

Event: On the Same Page Literary Festival to be held September 17-21, 2013 in West Jefferson, NC. 

Description:  The literary festival will focus on the theme “Secrets” and will include a writing competition, a community read, a book fair, a quilt fair, and a farmers market.  Scheduled authors include Joseph Bathanti, Emily Colin, Kevin Duffus, Georgann Eubanks, Amy Greene, D.G. Martin, Karen Musgrave, Janet Pittard & Stephen Shoemaker

Almost all events are free and details can be found at www.onthesamepagefestival.org.

 

Nationally Known Authors Headline Fall 2013 Hillerman Writers Conference

15 May 2013

2013 TONY HILLERMAN WRITERS CONFERENCE:

NATIONALLY KNOWN AUTHORS TO TEACH AT GATHERING

SANTA FE, NM –A handpicked faculty of award-winning published authors, who are also accomplished teachers, will headline the 2013 Tony Hillerman Writers Conference.

Established to honor author Tony Hillerman, the conference keeps Hillerman’s legacy alive and welcomes writers of all genres and abilities. The 2013 conference will be Nov. 7–9, 2013  in Santa Fe at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza.

The event features faculty members such as:

·      Margaret Coel, award-winning author of the Wind River Mysteries and the Catherine McLeod Novels

·      Kirk Ellis, Emmy-award winning writer of the HBO mini-series John Adams

·      Craig Johnson, New York Times’ best-selling author of the Walt Longmire series that inspired the hit TV drama on A&E. His newest honor is The Rocky for the best mystery novel set in the west. His writing has also been honored with the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award; Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year.

·      David Morrell, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel and the ThrillerMaster Award from the International Thrillers Writers.

·      James McGrath Morris, recipient of two New Mexico Book Awards and the Eagleton-Waters Book Award for his biographies

·      Anne Hillerman, winner of the independent booksellers Mountains and Plains Book Award and first-place honors from the National Federation of Press Women

The conference features workshops on getting published and marketing books, as well as on the craft of writing. It opens with two half-day hands-on workshops for authors on “Perfect Plotting,” facilitated by Margaret Coel, and “Great Openings and Endings,” taught by James McGrath Morris.

The Tony Hillerman Writers Conference is intentionally designed as an intimate event, where writers have the opportunity to interact with and get feedback from faculty members and their fellow writers. “The small size of the conference enables students to interact informally with each other and our faculty at nightly book signings and during our flash critique session with thriller master David Morrell and literary agent Liz Trupin Pulli,” says Anne Hillerman.

“We’re also proud to offer an opportunity for our participants to talk about their work at the ‘New Book/New Author Breakfast’,” says conference co-founder Jean Schaumberg.

The Tony Hillerman Writer’s conference began in 2004. Tony Hillerman offered ideas and encouragement to Schaumberg and co-founder Anne Hillerman until his death in 2008. In selecting faculty, Hillerman and Schaumberg focus on highlighting the wealth of literary talent in New Mexico and the Southwest, of which Tony Hillerman was always a fan.       

For further details, please visit http://www.wordharvest.com/registration.php

4 Keys to a Killer Book Cover Design—a free webinar

28 April 2013

INTRODUCING the 4 Keys to a Killer Book Cover Design—a free webinar!

Your book cover is often the most powerful and sometimes the best marketing tool to help grab attention at bookstores and online. So you want to make sure you know the keys to designing a great cover.

In this free webinar, hosted by Archway Publishing, Jason Heuer, Assistant Art Director at Simon & Schuster will reveal the keys to creating eye-catching covers for fiction and non-fiction books. Whether you plan to pay a designer or do your own design, you don’t want to miss this event.

Time:

Thursday, May 2, 2013 – 12:00 pm EST

Registration Link:

https://simonandschuster.webex.com/simonandschuster/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=680132791

Fiction Writing Bootcamp May 3-5, 2013

25 April 2013

Two Publishing Pros to Offer Fiction Writing Bootcamp May 3-5 in Santa Barbara

Two literary insiders team up to help budding authors craft novels that will catch the eye of agents and publishers. Shelly Lowenkopf and Toni Lopopolo began the bootcamps in 2010 in the Santa Barbara/Ventura area. The latest edition is “Bare Knuckles Bootcamp” which brings their accumulated knowledge and street creds as Executive Editors with Macmillan, St. Martins, Bantam and Dell, along with Ms. Lopopolo’s literary agency work, to help writers achieve their dreams of publication.
“We’re looking for a few good writers who have the stamina and imagination to reach the level of marketable authors,” Ms Lopopolo said. “We wanted to hone the skills of more talented area writers.” The camp is a three-day intensive limited to ten writers who must submit up to ten pages and a synopsis in advance to be accepted.

The bootcamp will delve into: your opening page (velocity vs. set up); refining point of view; how to avoid fatal story errors; and an area where many writers never do enough, revision, revision, revision. Other areas covered include: creating charged dialogue; how to create your character’s defining moment; how to make your story win every round; and, much more.

“So many people dive into writing without understanding that novel writing is not like a thesis for an English Lit class,” Shelly Lowenkopf said. “To be published, a writer must meet a high standard, one that is achievable IF you know where the bar is. Toni and I have been raising that bar for years and will now pass on our experience to new writers.”
Shelly Lowenkopf has held major editorial positions with Sherbourne Press (Editor-in-Chief); Dell Publishing (Director, Los Angeles office); Clio Books (Editor-in-Chief); Ross-Erickson (Editor-in-Chief); and, Capra Press (Advisory and Acquisitions Editor). He has seen over seven hundred books and hundreds of short story and essay projects through the publishing process.  Currently a freelance consultant and teacher, his clients include novelists, retired and active academics, and the humorist creator of one of the most popular television series of all time.  For over 30 years, he was a fixture at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, running his famous nightly Pirate Sessions.

Lowenkopf taught courses in short story, novel, dramatic writing, editing, genre fiction, and revision at the graduate level in one of the most prestigious writing programs in America at University of Southern California, where he was given a Lifetime Teaching Award.  He is a past regional president of the Mystery Writers of America. His most recent book, The Fiction Writer’s Companion, is a guide to terms, concepts, and forms related to storytelling.

Literary Agent, Toni Lopopolo, brings a book publishing resume that began in 1970 in the publicity dept of Bantam Books, where she helped publicize authors such as Philip Roth, Barbara Cartland, Isaac Asimov, and Louis L’Amour.

She next served as Library Promotion Director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, until Houghton Mifflin offered her a position in Boston as Marketing Manager, Paperback Books. Her big campaigns included Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins.  When Macmillan offered Toni the title of Executive Editor, she moved back to New York City and published Judy Mazel’s Beverly Hills Diet, Elvis 56 by Al Wertheimer, among other hits. Next St. Martin’s Press made an offer she couldn’t refuse and Toni became Executive Editor from 1981 to 1990. She published Hot Flashes by Barbara Raskin and Rich and Famous by Kate Coscarelli plus Elsa Lanchester, Herself, by Elsa Lanchester, On The Other Hand by Fay Wray as well biographies of Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and many other titles. She has taught fiction and narrative non-fiction writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.


In 1991, Toni opened Literary Management and has sold books for authors Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, Flo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-Levin, Howard Olgin, Jeanette Baker, Larry Seeley, Shelly Lowenkopf, and many others.

To learn more about the bootcamp curriculum or how to submit pages for acceptance, visit:  www.writingbootcamps.com or email Toni Lopopolo at LopopoloBooks@aol.com.

The bootcamp is presented by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing, a California 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit,
CALENDAR INFORMATION:
WHAT:  Bare Knuckles Bootcamp
WHEN: May 3-4-5

TIME: Friday: 5:30 to 8:30 pm – Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

PLACE: Private home in Santa Barbara

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: “A CELEBRATION OF WORDS” IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

2 April 2013

“A CELEBRATION OF WORDS” IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Final day of Ojai WordFest needs helpers at Libbey Bowl event

 
(Ventura, CA – April 1, 2013) Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of positions for “A Celebration of Words,” the daylong finale of Ojai WordFest on Saturday, April 13. Scheduled festivities will include stage readings and performances by authors, poets, and songwriters. There will be a create workshop for children, a poetry panel discussion and a special presentation of “I Sing Walt Whitman!” by actor/playwright John Slade.
A “Book Fair at the Bowl” will be held on the lawn above the bowl featuring authors and poets with books and other literary items for sale. The event is free to the public and will run from 10 am to 5 pm.
There are several ways to assist:

Stage Manager: Will work with the authors, poets and emcee to bring people to the staging area, escort on stage and monitor the sound system. We would like one person but could split morning and afternoon duties.

Move in or Move out: Starting at 8 AM, we need people to direct the exhibitors where to unload their cars and where to set up their tables. Starting at 4 PM, we need a second shift to direct traffic at the Bowl’s loading dock as they pack up and move out.

Welcomers: We will position two people to stand near the entrance arch and welcomes people to the event, answers questions, and hands out programs. There will be a third person at the top of the bowl to direct people and oversee water distribution. These will go in two-hour shifts.

Table Sitters: Several of our authors are both speaking and exhibiting. We need people to sit at their exhibit table while they are reading on stage.

Help with Anything: There will always be places where we need a person to sit or direct people, help exhibitors find their tables, etc. Good-natured people required to move from one position to another.

To learn more visit: http://www.wordfestbookfair.com and click on Volunteers at the top or contact Kate Sexton, Event Coordinator, at Kate@KateSexton.com

New writers conference launched in Glendale, CA

28 March 2013
 
Pacific Institute for Professional Writing to Expand its Highly Successful Writers Weekend Events
 
New Writers Conference to Launch July 20 & 21 in Glendale, CA
 
Writers wishing to learn more about the craft and business of publishable stories, memoir, and informative narrative, will find significant opportunities Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21 at Glendale College in Glendale, CA.

The PIPW Writers Weekend: Glendale, features publishing professionals as speakers and panelists for the educational seminars. The event, open to emerging and intermediate writers of all ages, is produced by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing (PIPW). Co-sponsors are the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) and the Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN). Additional writers’ groups have been invited to join the weekend activities as sponsors.

“We’re pleased to produce this event in Glendale,” said Kate Sexton, Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing. “Last year, our Ventura County Writers Weekend was well received, with attendance growing 41% from the prior year. This year we will continue to offer professional advice writers need to know in order to grow into 21st century conventions and writing styles. We’ve secured two top west coast literary agents, a leading book editor, and a popular memoirist, to lead seminars.”
The educational focus will be for writers of novels and narrative nonfiction. Saturday’s theme is: “The Business of Writing.” Sunday’s theme is “The Craft of Writing.” Each session is 90-minutes long with time for Q&A. Interested writers may purchase a session ticket, a day pass, or a two-day pass.
The website, www.PIPWWritersWeekend.com will launch May 1st with a schedule of sessions offered, and a list of the speakers.
Regional writing groups are welcome to co-sponsor the event and should contact Ms. Sexton at  805-524-6970  or Kate@PIPW.org for more details.
PIPW produces the annual Ventura County Writers Weekend event along with workshops and other services to deliver professional advise to area writers. Founded in 2010, PIPW’s mission: to promote the skills and standards for professional writing. The Institute’s goal: to see the art and craft of writing continue to be a prominent part of our communities by connecting unpublished writers with the professional community of editors, agents and publishers.
“We were founded to deliver professional level education for all genres of writing,” said Kate Sexton, executive director of PIPW. “We’ve been fortunate to have the support of area professionals who lead our workshops and participate on panels for the conferences. We began in Santa Barbara because of its rich literary traditions and the quality of authors, editors and publishers living there. Our programs quickly moved into Ventura County.”
PIPW has also sponsored other events including Ojai WordFest and Ojai Writers Conference, along with the series of very popular Writers Workshops with Toni Lopopolo and Fiction Writers Bootcamp with Ms. Lopopolo and legendary West Coast editor, author, and former professor from USC’s Masters in Professional Writing Program, Shelly Lowenkopf. Mr. Lowenkopf is a co-founder of PIPW.

To learn more about PIPW visit www.PacificInstituteforProfessionalWriting.com.

Recording Artist Gloria Gaynor Seeks Personal Stories of Survival for New Book: Paid Market

28 March 2013

Have you survived an illness, personal tragedy, devastating loss, abusive relationship, financial ruin, or other life experience that brought you to your knees? Did the song “I Will Survive,” by Grammy Award-winning songstress Gloria Gaynor, inspire you to rise, survive, and move forward? If so, we’d love to share your story in a new book of personal narrative essays that tell the story of how you survived the experience and how the song influenced your life (essential). We’re looking for real-life stories that read like fiction — similar to those in the Cup of Comfort book series, compiled and edited by Colleen Sell. The book, to be published by Gray Harbor Press, will include 50 stories of 1,000-1,500 words each. For each essay selected for publication in the book, the author will receive $75, a complimentary copy of the book signed by Gloria Gaynor, and a signed photo of Ms. Gaynor.

Submit by April 30, 2013

to glolo2004@me.com or susancarswell@aol.com

How to submit, visit the website:

http://www.gloriagaynor.com/

Ojai WordFest to Host “A Celebration of Words” at Libbey Bowl Saturday, April 13th Day-long event will feature authors, poets, songwriters, and Book Fair

6 March 2013
The third annual Ojai WordFest will host “A Celebration of Words” at Libbey Bowl on Saturday, April 13th. The event will be the highlight to the 8-day Ojai WordFest, which runs Saturday April 6 through Saturday April 13. Scheduled festivities will include stage readings and performances by authors, poets, playwrights, songwriters, and other word-artists. A “Book Fair at the Bowl” will be held on the lawn above the bowl featuring authors and poets with books and other literary items for sale. The event is free to the public and will run from 10 am to 5 pm. “We’re thrilled to offer a full day celebrating the written and spoken word at Libbey Bowl,” said Sequoia Hamilton, WordFest director and co-founder. “The renovated Bowl is the perfect place to welcome the Ojai community and out-of-town guests to a free event showcasing the wealth of literary talent from this area.”Hamilton adds, “We invite you to return to WordFest or experience the literary festival for the first time. As an incentive to draw folks out, we have a special hour-long performance that promises to delight the literary community and book lovers. You’ll want to stay to the very end of the day for this surprise performance.”

The family-friendly event is open to authors, poets, playwrights, songwriters and word-artists, representing all genres and ages wishing to participate. For consideration, please submit a copy of what you wish to read to Catelyn Howard at Catelyn@zaziepress.com. To reserve a booth at the Book Fair or share a space, please contact Kate Sexton at Kate@KateSexton.com or register at www.WordFestBookFair.com. Saturday’s events are sponsored by the Ventura County Writers Club, the Ojai Academy of Arts, Ojai Writers Conference & Workshops, Soul Centered Metaphysical Shoppe & Dome and the Krishnamurti Foundation of America.”We’re grateful for the outpouring of support from local businesses, organizations and individuals including an arts grant from the City of Ojai,” said Hamilton.

For more press information on “A Celebration of Words” at Libbey Bowl on Saturday, April 13th, call  (805) 524-6970  or email Kathleen@KathleenKaiser.com.
 
For general information on Ojai WordFest, visit www.OjaiWordFest.com

Fermoy International Poetry Festival

5 February 2013

Fermoy International Poetry Festival are calling for submissions for this year’s International competition for entry into the BLUE MAX REVIEW.

This year’s festival will run from Thursday August 1st to Monday August 5th and once again the three international winners will be flown to Ireland for the Fermoy International Poetry Festival and will read at the festival. We are delighted to announce that poet Noel King is this year’s competition judge.

Entrants must be resident outside the island of Ireland
Entrants can submit only once
Three poems per submission
Poems submitted must be unpublished

Submissions will only be accepted by post to:

Submissions
Fermoy International Poetry Festival
Festival Office
7 Store Lane
Fermoy
County Cork
Ireland

• Submission costs €10.00 or US$13.50 for three poems
• Payments via PayPal at www.fermoypoetryfestival.com or by bank draft, postal order or money order
• Bank draft, postal order and money order payments must be included with submissions

Closing date March 31st 2013

• Noel King’s decision is final

Visit the website: http://www.fermoypoetryfestival.com/

For further information please email: fermoypoetryfestival@gmail.com

The 12th Annual Poetry Super Highway Great Poetry Exchange

3 February 2013

The 12th 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 2013, 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, 78 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/

Ideas Tap: Bursary for arts students and recent graduates – Must be United Kingdom based

2 February 2013

Saddled by student debt? Whether you’re a first-year student or a graduate, if you embarked on a BA or BMus in 2006* or later, you could benefit from having £9,000 wiped off your Student Loans Company balance by IdeasTap. 

For a chance to win, simply tell us in 100 words or less what you could offer to IdeasTap’s network in exchange for the money. It could be an idea or a service, for example “This is how you could improve your site…” or “I’ll run this Spa event for your members…” – the more imaginative, original and feasible the idea, the better!

We’ll then invite a shortlist of our favourite 50 ideas to submit further information, from which we’ll select one lucky winner of a £9,000 lump sum, paid directly to the Student Loans Company – and four runners-up, who will each receive a £500 lump sum, also paid directly to the Student Loans Company. The winner will then be required to deliver their idea with appropriate support from IdeasTap.

To be eligible to enter, you must be UK-based and have:

• embarked on a Bachelor of Arts or BMus degree in 2006 or later.

• £9,000 or more in debt (we’ll ask to see a Student Loans statement, if shortlisted).

• studied in the UK and taken out a loan with the Student Loans Company.

• a first degree – we won’t pay towards a Masters or Postgraduate qualification.

• a profile picture on your IdeasTap profile.

• intellectual property of the ideas submitted – IdeasTap must be able to use any of the ideas from submissions, shortlisted entrants, runners-up and the winner.

 Find out more and apply by 29 March at www.ideastap.com/unifeefund

The brief closes on Friday 29 March at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18 and over. If you have any technical queries, please visit our Help Centre. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.
*Please note, this opportunity is open to those who commenced Higher Education study in September 2006 onwards, to reflect the introduction of £3,070 per year top-up fees.