As Christians who write, we meet together to promote unity and fellowship, to encourage one another and to develop our skills as writers. We are a chapter of American Christian Writers, a national organization.

We meet at Grove Avenue Baptist Church, 1 block south of Patterson Avenue at 8701 Ridge Road, Richmond, VA 23229 in Room 211.

We typically meet on the third Sunday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join us!

Click HERE for directions.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Best Unpublished Novel Contest Deadline Approaching

James River Writers and Richmond Magazine
are partnering to present
Third Annual Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

Do you have what it takes to be a published author?

Deadline (postmark): Thursday, January 15, 2009

Entry fee: $25. Checks should be made out to James River Writers.

PRIZES: First prize: $500, publication of an excerpt in Richmond magazine, a ticket to the 2009 James River Writers conference, and feedback from a JRW board member. Two finalists will each receive $200.

Entries: Submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript by Jan. 15, 2009 (postmark deadline) to

Richmond magazine
Best Unpublished Novel Contest
2201 W. Broad St., Suite 105
Richmond, VA 23220

Full manuscripts will be requested later if the submission passes the first round of judging. Please do not submit duplicates of manuscripts entered in previous years.

Rules of the road: Entries must not include the author's name or will be disqualified. Each submission must have a cover sheet with the author's name, contact information and the novel's title. Each page of the manuscript must have the title in the upper left corner, page numbers in the upper right, double-spaced, one-inch margins, Times New Roman or Arial font, size 12. Limit of two submissions per writer @ $25 per submission. This is a fiction contest. Richmond magazine writers and other employees, and JRW employees and board members cannot enter. To submit an entry, the author must be a resident of Virginia, a student at a Virginia college or university, or a member of JRW. The winner will be published in the July 2009 issue of the magazine. Submissions will be returned only if accompanied by a SASE. All submissions will receive comments from a professional writer.

Link to original post HERE.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


PRAISE THE LORD!!!! I received my first paid assignment to write seven daily devotionals for Light from the Word, a daily devotional published by Wesleyan Publishing House!

I thank RCWW again because, I received the information through the group!!! Be encouraged my brothers and sisters---my greatest writing victories lately have come at discouraging times when I wanted to set my writing on a shelf. (I got several rejections prior to this.) Galatians 6:9 (NIV) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Please pray for me in writing these devotionals. My prayer is that God would inspire and direct my writing so that the readers know and serve Him more.
Laurie Vines: oneway2heaven@verizon.net

I too celebrate with Laurie; I too have received a paid assignment for Light from the Word, and I also found this information through RCWW. Special thanks to Rebekah for bringing back all those opportunities from her writers conference. This is my 2nd paid assignment, the 1st I also got from Rebekah and RCWW.

What a blessing this group is to writers! Thank you, and Merry Christmas to all.

Kelly Combs

Monday, December 08, 2008

What Are Your 2009 Writing Resolutions?

It's that time of year again. Time to start thinking about your writing resolutions for 2009! That's right, we're less than a month away from a brand new year.

What are your 2009 writing resolutions? Click here to go straight to the forum post (after you've logged in or signed up). Be sure to include your name and I may highlight your answer along with a link to the thread in a future issue of the newsletter.

Maximizing Your Web Presence, Take a Survey and a Reminder

This month's issues of WM.com offers these great tips for how to maximize your internet presence using networks and online communities.

How to Make a Friend:
-Click on another person's profile.
-Under the person's profile pic, there should be an Add Friend button.
-Click on the Add Friend button.
-Once you do this, a friend request will go to the person's community home page, where he or she will approve or deny the friend request.
-There are many reasons a person might deny a friend request, but the most common may be that the person doesn't know you and/or thinks you could potentially be a spammer. So to improve your chances of having your friend request approved, you could send a message introducing yourself. (Of course, if you're already friends with someone, it's still a good idea to send a message from time-to-time to just be friendly.)

How to Send a Message:
-Click on another person's profile.
-Under the person's profile pic, there should be a Send Message button.
-Click on the Send Message button.
-Type in a subject in the subject line and type a message in the Your Message box.
-Once you're happy with your message, click the Send Message button.

If you would like your own subscription to to WritersMarket.com click here .

As 2008 winds down, we're trying to figure out the best ways
to help serve your needs as users of WritersMarket.com.
Please participate in the following survey to help us serve you:

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Ox_2ffJVyz6aAaNDanqXHM_2fA_3d_3d

As a thank you gift for participating, we will assign you a special
discount code you can use in the "Writing" section of the F+W Bookstore at http://www.fwbookstore.com/category/writing that gives 25% off anything found there.

Don't forget about WritersMarket.com's
Freelance Success Stories Contest
To read the previous post click here .

Saturday, December 06, 2008


Hello from VABook-News!

It's time to get a glimpse of who'll be coming to the Virginia Festival of the Book in March. Early signers news below, and a new ticketed event announced with Adriana Trigiani and David Baldacci.

Also, don't miss our "Mixed Bag Challenge"--15 weeks of questions and your answer/comments. The weekly prize is one of our Festival shopping bags, and every entry is eligible for the grand prize. See more below.


Kevin McFadden
Assoc. Program Director, VABook!



VABook! 2009 Announces Early Signers


Just Announced: Trigiani and Baldacci Event


The Mixed Bag: 15 Weeks of Bookish Challenges


Festival Bags--Take Home the Savings

VABook! 2009 Announces Early Signers

The Virginia Festival of the Book is pleased to announce a selection of “early signers”—those who have committed to appear in its 15th anniversary celebration of books and literacy, March 18-22, 2009.

Fiction luminaries include John Grisham (The Associate), Stephen L. Carter (Emperor of Ocean Park, Palace Council), Mary Doria Russell (Dreamers of the Day), Jean Hanff Korelitz (Admission), Alan Cheuse (To Catch the Lightning), Katherine Neville (The Fire), and emerging writers like Virginia Literary Award winner Helon Habila (Measuring Time) and New South novelist Inman Majors (The Millionaires).

For vampire fans, the Festival is featuring two well-known genre writers Kim Harrison (White Witch, Black Curse), Mario Acevedo (Jailbait Zombie) and recovering pop culture critic Eric Nuzum (The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula).

Launching poetry books at the Festival will be Rita Dove (Sonata Mulattica) and Gregory Orr (How Beautiful the Beloved). Irish poet Paul Muldoon (Horse Latitudes) and Australian poet laureate Kevin Hart (Night Music) will read, as will a host of poets with Virginia ties: John Casteen (Free Union), Michael Chitwood (Spill), Ted Genoways (Anna, Washing), Sarah Kennedy (Home Remedies), Debra Nystrom (Bad River Road), R.T. Smith (Outlaw Style), and Lisa Russ Spaar (Satin Cash).

Virginia Civil Rights icon John A. Stokes will return to the Festival with his young adult book Students on Strike. Featured photographers will include Sam Abell (The Life of a Photograph) and Robert Llewellyn (Remarkable Trees of Virginia).

Writers with Charlottesville connections include constitutional lawyer John Whitehead (The Change Manifesto), memoirist Peach Friedman (Diary of an Exercise Addict), science historian Eric Vettel (Biotech: The Countercultural Origins of an Industry), New York Times crossword puzzle creator Arthur Schulman (Websterisms: A Collection of Words and Definitions Set Forth by the Founding Father of American English), and public health professor Jeff Goldsmith (The Long Baby Boom).

Participant information and programs will be on the site soon, as details are confirmed.

Just Announced: Trigiani and Baldacci Event

Wine & Words with Adriana and David

Thursday, March 19, 4 - 6 p.m.

Enoteca ($50)

It's la dolce vita with Adriana Trigiani (Very Valentine) and David Baldacci (Divine Justice). Enjoy an assortment of Italian meats, cheeses, grapes, olives, and a glass of wine at this intimate engagement followed by remarks and a booksigning by two of Virginia's best-loved and bestselling authors.

This event will make a great gift for the book lover you know, hosted at Enoteca wine & panini bar on the Downtown Mall. Order tickets online here.

The Mixed Bag: 15 Weeks of Bookish Challenges

We've got just 15 weeks til the Virginia Festival of the Book. What better way to get in the mood for our milestone anniversary than a related challenge question each week. The weekly winner with the most clever, creative, or funny answer gets a free Festival shopping bag (stuffed with great coupons, see below) and every entrant will have a chance to win two tickets to the Trigiani-Baldacci reception on Thursday, March 19 (see above). Take the Mixed Bag Challenge!

Enter by adding a comment to our Mixed Bag Challenge blog. We'll collect these comments week by week and enlist special judges for each challenge. We're giving our newsletter readers a head-start, the first two challenges are below:

The first challenge is live now on the site:

1. What do you love about the Virginia Festival of the Book in 15 words? (Answer online here.)

Sneak Peak for next week:

2. What's your "Martha Stewart" idea for getting the most use out of a Festival shopping bag? (Will post 12/10/08)

Festival Bags--Take Home the Savings

The Virginia Festival of the Book, in partnership with Federal Realty/Barracks Road Shopping Center, have produced 15th anniversary bags, perfect for carrying your favorite books, groceries or anything else!

The bags, made from recycled materials, are on sale for $10 and include more than $200 in free coupons for stores at Barracks Road Shopping Center. You can get your money back in savings on the same shopping trip! Proceeds support VABook!

The 15th Anniversary bags are now available at:

Chimney Corner (434-295-1044)

Blue Ridge Mountain Sports (434-977-4400)

Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters (434-977-1415)

Plow & Hearth (after January 2009 only, 434-977-3707)

Coupons inside are good at the following Barracks Road stores: Origins, Chimney Corner, Rebecca's Natural Food, Smoothie King, Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters, Tara Thai, HotCakes, The Virginia Shop, Oil & Vinegar, and Plow & Hearth.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008




The First Annual Poetry Contest
Submit up to four original, never-published poems by Dec. 15, 2008.
A poet may enter only once.
Submissions must be mailed to
Richmond Magazine,
Best Poetry Contest
2201 W. Broad St., Suite 105
Richmond, VA 23220.

Entry fee: $15 (one fee covers all four poems).
Checks should be made out to James River Writers.
First prize: $500, plus one or more winning poems published in Richmond magazine
and a ticket to the 2009 James River Writers conference.

Two finalists will receive $200 prizes.

Entry fee: $15 poetry

The 3rd Annual Best Unpublished Novel Contest
Do you have what it takes to be a published author?

Deadline (postmark): Thursday, January 15, 2009

Entry fee: $25.
Checks should be made out to
James River Writers.
PRIZES: First prize: $500, publication of an excerpt in
Richmond magazine, a ticket to the 2009 James River Writers conference,
and feedback from a JRW board member.

Two finalists will each receive $200.

Entries: Submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript by
Jan. 15, 2009 (postmark deadline) to
Richmond magazine
Best Unpublished Novel Contest
2201 W. Broad St., Suite 105
Richmond, VA 23220

Full manuscripts will be requested later if the submission passes the first round of judging. Please do not submit duplicates of manuscripts entered in previous years.

For complete rules and details, go to

Saturday, November 29, 2008


If you have ever lost writing, or web pages, or blogs when a site moved or shut down, you will want to know about this. There is a tool called The Way Back Machine (the web as it was).

It is available at http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

It archives, you guessed it, the web. You won't find everything, and I didn't find searching by subject or keywords worked too well, but I found things back from 1998! It works the best if you know the old web address. Your lost pages might be there! Check it out.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Writer's Digest Wants Your Shorts!

The 9th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition is accepting entries!

They're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant ...but brief.

Send your best in 1,500 words or less.

But don't be too long about it—the deadline is December 1, 2008.

The Grand-Prize winner will receive $3,000 (that's $2—or more—per word).

For guidelines, prizes and to enter online, click here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Writer’s Digest University: Editors’ Intensive

Your exclusive chance to learn
first-hand from publishing experts!
December 13-14, 2008
Cincinnati, OH

You’ve been asking us for years… and now, for the first time ever, Writer’s Digest is opening its doors for a brand-new publishing event. That’s right—you’re invited to the heart of WD Headquarters to take part in exclusive panel discussions and manuscript critiques featuring these top editors:

Jane Friedman, Publisher & Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest
Chuck Sambuchino, Editor, Guide to Literary Agents
Alice Pope, Editor, Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
Joe Stollenwerk, Director, WritersOnlineWorkshops.com

During a full-day’s worth of workshops, they’ll give you the insider tips you need to publish your work in today’s competitive market. You’ll learn how to…

> Research and identify the right agent
> Write a killer one-page query for your novel
> Write a bulletproof nonfiction book proposal
> Avoid sabotaging your career and move faster down the publishing path
> Break into tough markets and get responses from busy editors and agents

Best of all, you’ll meet one-on-one with a WD editor who will provide an individual critique of either your query letter and proposal package (up to 50 pages), or the first 50 pages of your manuscript—plus offer a customized list of best-bet markets for selling your work!

Please Note: Due to the personalized nature of this event, space is limited to 50 attendees.

Click here to learn more and reserve your space today!


Once question every writer, novice or seasoned asks from time to time is how to decide where to submit a particular article, story or poem. For some great discussions on this topic you can visit the Writer's Digest Forum on How to Decide Where to Submit Your Work.

Also in this month's Writer's Digest:


This year's contest has a deadline of December 31. It's open to any writer and should be between 800-1,500 words in length. As usual, there is no entry fee. An exciting development is that I've increased the first place prize to $500 along with publication in the 2010 Writer's Market!

Entries can be sent to writersmarket@fwmedia.com with "Freelance Success Stories Entry" in the subject line.

This month's Writer's Digest issue is full of great information about latest industry news as well as how to network with other Writer's Digest subscribers. Go to www.WritersMarket.com to log in or sign up now.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A New Book Review Program for Bloggers

by Michael S. Hyatt, President & CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers

A few months ago, we began an experiment. We offered a free book to anyone who agreed to post a 200-word review on their blog. We were so pleased with the results, we decided to do it again.

I challenged Lindsey Nobles, my Director of Corporate Communications, to create a Web site specifically designed for bloggers who are interested in reviewing our books. As a result, we launched the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers (BRB) site

If you are a blogger, this new site has at least three benefits:

1. Free copies of our best books. We will send you a free copy of the book you are interested in reviewing. In addition, after you have requested a review copy, we will email you a PDF of the first two chapters so you can immediately get started. Meanwhile, we will drop a physical copy of the book in the mail.
2. Content resources for your blog. We will provide you with free resources to use in your review. These include things like cover art, video or audio clips (when available), external links to other related items, etc. Frankly, this is the part of the site that we need to expand upon the most.
3. External links to your blog. We will provide a link back to the your actual review of the book. As you may know, external links are what drive up your blog’s ranking on Google. In general, the more links the better.

What do we require? Bloggers must agree to write a 200-word review—good, bad, or ugly—and post it on their blog and on the Amazon detail page for that book. Obviously, the review can be longer, but we wanted to set the bar low in order to encourage participation.

If you are interested in checking it out, click here to sign up for the program.

Friday, October 10, 2008

RCWW Contest - $20 Prize!

This is just a reminder about the RCWW Contest we are having.

The guidelines are below.
Don't miss the deadline!
It's October 19th!!!
You can't win if you don't try!
If you have any questions, please let me know.

Guidelines: Writing Devotional, 500-600 words.
Use a verse or two of scripture and short
prayer at the end as part of the word count.
Prize: $20
Due By: October 19th.

Email submissions to tcrobb@integrity.com, put "writing contest" in subject line, or mail to Rebekah Robb, 9600 January Way, Richmond, VA 23238.

***Winner will be announced on November 15th at the 2008 Writers Celebration (you must be present to win).

Happy Writing!Rebekah Robb

RCWW November Annual Meeting

Dear RCWW,
Here is info about our November Annual Meeting.
More details to come.

Richmond Christians Who WritePresents
2008 Writers Celebration
November 15, 2008
From 5-8pm

Come enjoy an evening of fellowship with other writers
and celebrate what God has done this year in our writing.

Cost: TBD
Dinner will be provided.

Location: Winn's Baptist Church
12320 Winns Church Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059

** We have a few members that have trouble driving at night and would need a ride. Please contact me if you are able to help with this.
***Please no perfume, we have members with severe allergies to perfume. Thank you for being so considerate!

RSVP by November 1st to Rebekah Robb at tcrobb@integrity.com or 527-0913.
Spouses, friends and family members are most welcome.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Kingdom Publishing Group Announces New Office Headquarters

Richmond, Virginia - October 1, 2008 - Kingdom Publishing Group, Inc. (KPG), the area's leading publisher, producer and promoter of Christian books and music, opened its doors to their new office headquarters today! "Truly this is a Divine blessing from God, the Father," proclaims Nina L. Wells, Executive Vice President of KPG. "This timely and dynamic move has launched KPG into a new realm of possibilities for its company and clients."

Formerly located in the Lakeside Professional Building, KPG has moved its office headquarters to One Paragon Place, conveniently located at Broad Street and Glenside Drive in the west end of Richmond, Virginia.

Kingdom Publishing Group, Inc. invites you to come visit them at their new location

6800 Paragon Place
Suite 112
Richmond,Virginia 23230

For more information about Kingdom Publishing Group, Inc., and the services they offer, please contact Denise Watson-Smith, Director of Marketing, Promotions and Outreach at: denise@kingdompublishing.org.

(804) 515-9100

Friday, September 26, 2008


4 New Videos from WritersDigest.tv- On Demand Writer's Conferences

Can't attend a writing conference, or missed out on a session you really wanted to see? Watch complete instructional sessions, workshops, panel discussions and interviews from ThrillerFest 2008 - featuring Sandra Brown, David Morrell, R.L. Stine, Lee Child, David Baldacci, Kathleen Antrim, Bob Mayer, D.P. Lyle, M.D. and others - at your convenience, from the comfort of your home or office, at a fraction of the cost of attending in person.Enjoy four all-new conference video workshops on WritersDigest.tv direct from the ThrillerFest 2008 conference.

Get exclusive access to these professionally filmed conferences workshops, featuring D.P. Lyle, M.D. (Howdunit Forensics) on "The Psychology of Character Thought, Action and Dialogue", plus in "Thriller Fan to Thriller Writer" Shane Gericke, Lawrence Light, Jordan Dane, Alan Jacobson, Susan Crandall and Philip Donlay on how they got their agents, marketed their books and became bestselling writers.

New York Times bestselling author Lee Child (Jack Reacher series) teaches how to ask a question and make readers stick around for the answer in "How Do You Create Suspense?"
"Learn How to Pitch Your Book" with Kathleen Antrim (Capital Offense) and Bob Mayer (The Novel Writer's Toolkit), and watch bestselling author David Baldacci (The Whole Truth) in his informal Q&A as he answers questions about researching techniques, traveling through Europe, writing Absolute Power and more.

-->Get a clear view into the writing market from dozens of top authors who give candid and insightful advice from one of the best writing conferences in the country. And remember, you can view any purchased workshop as often as you want - any time you want - even pause, rewind and fast forward!Please stop by WritersDigest.tv today and have a look at the free preview videos - I think you'll like what you see.

Note: If you've already purchased a 6-month subscription to all WritersDigest.tv workshops, you can view these new workshops when you log into the site and go to your "My Purchased Workshops" page. -->Sincerely, -->Scott Francisfor WritersDigest.tv
NEW ThrillerMaster: Sandra Brown, Interviewed by M. Diane Vogt

Sandra Brown, author of 56 New York Times bestselling novels, says the key to writing thriller novels is planting a question in the first scene and answering it in the last scene. In this 40-minute presentation, she explains the ins and outs of writing a thriller, titling books and the work ethic that contributed to her success.
NEW "The First Year as a Published Author, " Moderated by Laura Benedict

Authors Robert Gregory Browne, Heather Terrell, J.T. Ellison, Jason Pinter, D.L. Wilson and S.L. Linnea discuss book promotion, writing organizations, the difference between advertising and publicity, and how to sell without getting a call from Oprah.
NEW "After Harry: Young Adult Thrillers, " Moderated by Jim Fusilli

Authors R.L. Stine, Wendy Corsi Staub, Robert Lipanulo and Jon Land talk about defeating the obstacles all YA thriller writers face when trying to get published, trying to sell their work and trying to write a successful series.
NEW "What Makes a Great Villain?" Moderated by David Morrell

Authors Thomas O'Callahan, Meredith Anthony, Carla Neggers, Allison Brennan and Jim Daher talk about their approach to writing villainous characters, the elements of serial killers and the subtle differences between good and evil.

9th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competiton

The 9th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition is accepting entries!

We're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant ... but brief.

Send us your best in 1,500 words or less. But don't be too long about it—the deadline is December 1, 2008.

The Grand-Prize winner will receive $3,000 (that's $2—or more—per word).

For guidelines, prizes and to enter online, click here.


Alice Pope, who will be editing the 2010 edition of Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, welcomes submissions for the next edition of NSSWM.

Alice would like pitches for articles and interviews that fit the following sections in the book: The Writing Life, Craft & Technique, Getting Published, For Mystery Writers, For Romance Writers, and For Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Writers.

To get an even better idea of what is wanted, you should check out a copy of the 2009 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market at your local bookstore or library.

Queries can be sent to Alice's attention at nsswm@fwpubs.com.


Saturday, November 1, 2008


8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany, Herndon, VA

Early Bird/Members: $35 (before August 30, 2008)
Early Bird/Non-Members: $40 (before August 30, 2008)

Capital Christian Writers and Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship are pleased to announce their 2008 fall seminar featuring Christian suspense novelist Wanda Dyson who will lead a two-part, hands-on fiction workshop. Also Melanie Rigney, former editor of Writers Digest, will provide an overview of the non-fiction market in two parts. Topics include articles, essays, memoirs, and more.

One-on-one paid critiques available with Candice Speare, (fiction) content editor/cozy mystery writer and Lori Smith, (nonfiction) freelance writer/memoir author. Thirty minute sessions/$30.

For Full Details: http://www.ccwriters.org/

Friday, September 12, 2008

Write2Ignite Conference - November 7-8, in Durham, NC.

Aloha from Karen Whiting!

I’m writing to ask you to let members of your critique group know about a new
conference for children’s writers. I’m attaching the flyer. It is the Write2Ignite
Conference that will take place November 7-8, in Durham, NC.

I’ll be one of the faculty members. We are limiting the number of conferees to 100 and have a great lineup of speakers. For details go to http://write2ignite.com/

Let’s Ignite the Next Generation! The news for writing for children is mixed. Many publishers indicate picture books and other books for children are not selling.

At the same time stores are indicating the one area not effected by the Internet are children’s book sales, especially picture books. Last year our nations report card showed the highest score ever in reading for children. And last year more books were sold than any other year, just not in the traditional store.

Come and find out more about how you can get published and reach today’s children.


Thursday, September 11, 2008


Have you registered for the Fall Christian Writer's Seminar sponsored by the Richmond Christians Who Write?

Are you seeking

- encouragement in your writing?
- tips and techniques to improve your writing skills?
- an opportunity to network with other writers in the area?

Then don't miss this opportunity to receive advice from a successful
author and businesswoman!

Our Presenter is Lisa Crayton, author of several books and the editor and publisher of Spirit-Led Writer, an online magazine which Writer's Digest named as one of the "101 Best Web Sites for Writers."

The session topics include, Writing Nonfiction (articles and short pieces), Writing Christian Fiction: What Judges and Editors Look For, General Overview--Writing to Publish, Writing for the Web/Writer's Websites.

This is a wonderful opportunity to attend a conference right here in our area!

Early Bird Registration (postmarked by Sept. 27) - $65.00
Regular Registration (postmarked by October 4 ) - $75.00
Late Registration (postmarked by October 11) - $85.00

--Registration includes all sessions, coffee breaks and lunch--

To obtain a registration form contact Rebekah Robb at tcrobb@integrity.com. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Craft of Poetry Online Course

The Craft of Poetry: Let’s Begin (Online Course) (EGL 103 W)

Do you enjoy reading and writing poetry? Do you want to write your own poems but find it difficult to begin? This course will serve as a dynamic introduction to the foundational structures of poetry writing.

We will consider a wide variety of poetic styles and themes, and address the use of meter, rhyme, and other sonic qualities in peer-driven discussions. Students will use the course readings as reference points in the creation of their own work, and everyone will put together a manuscript of ten to twelve new poems.

Students will receive detailed comments on their drafts from the instructor, and have the opportunity to view and critique one another’s work. The course will include brief reading assignments, group discussion, and weekly guided-writing exercises.

Please note: This is an online course.
Course Details:

10 weeks
Sept 22 - Dec 7
3 units $750
Limit: 17
Drop by: Sep 25

(No class November 23 - 29)

Special refund deadline: September 25

To register, visit http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/course/egl103w.ASP

Instructor: Kirsten Andersen, Stegner Fellow
Kirsten Andersen received an MFA from New York University, and her work has been published in the Notre Dame Review, Fourteen Hills, Barrow Street, Greensboro Review, and other journals. Andersen has been awarded grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Edward Albee Foundation. She was a 2003 writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

National Christian Writers Conference & Book Expo

Registration is underway for the fifth annual National Christian Writers’ Conference and Book Expo to be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza, Virginia Beach 4453 Bonney Road .. Aspiring writers and individuals from Virginia and across the nation who want to learn more about the writing, publishing and book marketing industry are invited to attend.

Early bird registration (on or before August 15, 2008) is $49.00, full registration (after August 15, 2008) is $75.00. Special pricing for Active Duty Military and/or Veterans is $49.00 and College Student or Teen with identification is $49..00. The registration fee will cover breakfast, lunch, all workshops and workshop materials, as well as entrance to the book expo.

For more information about the National Christian Writers Conference and Book Expo please visit http://www.NationalChristianWritersConference.com or call Renee Bobb at 804-998-8014 and via e-mail to bobbrenee@yahoo.com. You may also visit http://www.ReneeBobb.com.

Pick Your Perfect Writing Workshop!


Try a WOW course with absolutely no risk or obligation!

For a limited-time only, we're offering a special no-risk registration that lets you cancel your workshop even after your first session has begun - without paying the customary administrative fees and penalties.

Simply put, if something unforeseen happens or you aren't happy with the class,you won't have to pay if you don't stay in the course.

Try WOW today, risk-free PLUS, sign-up today and you'll receive a FREE Writer's Resource CDfrom Writer's Digest!

Here are just a few of the worship titles, presenters and dates:
Essentials Of Mystery Writing
G. Miki Hayden
Essentials Of Writing Personal Essays
Gloria Kempton
Elements of Effective Writing I: Grammar and Mechanics
Mark Konkel
Elements of Effective Writing I: Grammar and Mechanics
Holly Chaker
Writing The Query Letter
Kristen Johnson Ingram
Extended Short Story Writing Workshop
Celia Ann Leaman
Essentials Of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing
John DeChancie
Extended Magazine Article Writing Workshop
Jack Adler
Essentials Of Writing Personal Essays
Christina Xenos
Creativity & Expression
Kara Gebhart Uhl
Creativity & Expression
Karen Gibson
Getting Started In Writing
Joyce Ferman Wells
Accelerated Getting Started In Writing
Karlyn Thayer
Fundamentals Of Fiction Writing
Elizabeth Delisi
Focus On The Novel
John DeChancie
Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
Natalie Peeterse
Marketing Your Short Stories
Gloria Kempton
Advanced Novel Writing Workshop
Alice Duncan
Getting Started (Quickly) In Scrapbook Journaling
Julia Kressig
Marketing Your Magazine Articles
Kelly Boyer Sagert
Focus On The Nonfiction Magazine Article
Kara Gebhart Uhl
Advanced Novel Writing Workshop
Paul Bagdon
Writing Effective Dialogue
Karlyn Thayer
Essentials Of Writing To Inspire
G. Miki Hayden
Focus On The Personal/Family Memoir
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Friday, August 08, 2008

Free! 2008 Muse Conference

to be held
OCTOBER 13 - 19, 2008
are now open.
To register, apply here:

The conference is FREE but donations help support this site and
allow us to continue offering FREE workshops each year.
Your generosity is appreciated.

HOW Magazine Freelancer Conference - August 27-29

The Creative Freelancer Conference, presented by HOW magazine (sister publication to Writer's Digest) and Marketing Mentor, is just 20 days away!

Luckily for you, there are still a few spots available—just go to creativefreelancerconference.com and register as soon as possible. Then start making plans to join us in Chicago August 27-29. And trust us, the time out of the office will be worth it.

Here's why:
1. You'll get expert information from speakers who've been in your place—they've made the mistakes, figured out the solutions, and now they want to share their hard-earned knowledge with you.
2. It's a chance to network with your peers...an invaluable opportunity for someone who makes a living working solo.
3. You'll get a well-deserved break and a chance to explore the fabulous city of Chicago.
4. Creative people=creative solutions. Talk with everyone you meet, whether they (or you)are a writer, designer, photographer or illustrator. Chances are good they've encountered the same roadblocks as you, and they've likely come up with some creative solutions.

Fall Christian Writers Seminar - Oct. 18

RCWW is hosting a Fall Christian Writers Seminar
on October 18, 2008.

Lisa Crayton www.lisacrayton.com is the guest speaker.
She is author and editor of Spirit-led Writer: www.spiritledwriter.com

Check back soon for more information!

Monday, May 26, 2008

101 Best Websites for Writers

Whether you're looking for quotes, advice, markets, critiques—or just a place to meet other writers online—we've got you covered.

In the June issue of Writer's Digest, Brian A. Klems offers up our annual roundup of websites:Type the word "writer" into the Google search engine and it'll bring up an astonishing 243 million websites—and no, we're not exaggerating.

The idea of sifting through all of them can make your head spin like the child in The Exorcist—especially when all you need is a little copyright advice. Where to begin, where to begin, where to begin ...

Luckily, your favorite editors at Writer's Digest have done the grunt work for you.

For the full list of our 101 Best Websites for Writers, isit:http://writersdigest.com/101BestSites