Reminder about Happy Spot…

What puts you in your writing ‘happy spot’?

The Newsletter Editor challenged members to relate or take a pic of their Happy Spot for writing or reflecting.

We are about to open the topic to our Facebook followers. Send us a description or a photo of your happy spot (reading/writing nook, under a favorite tree in the garden), and we can share it here with everyone.

Send it to writersforumeditor@gmail.com, and see it in the next newsletter. If you prefer good ol’ snail mail send it to Editor, c/o PO Box 492282, Redding, CA 96049-2282.

Special Writers Forum Workshop…

Writing for Children: Anyone Can Do It, Right?

Special Writers Forum Workshop: Saturday, March 12 from 10:30-2:30 (1/2-hour lunch break at noon) $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers

If you have ever read a book to a child and thought, Hey, I can do that…how hard could it be? then this four-hour special program presented by Writers Forum is for you. A skilled and accomplished panel of speakers representing the genres in children’s literature will share insights, experiences, and advice from their journeys as authors and illustrators.

Discussion will include what differentiates children’s literature from other types of literature; tips on pursuing a career in this rewarding industry; and an introduction to the premiere organization of the children’s book world, SCBWI, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The program will include audience participation as attendees are divided into groups to practice writing a query letter to an editor or agent, how to deliver an elevator pitch for your work-in-progress, or how to write a clear synopsis for your manuscript. Each group will be moderated by one of the panelists.

Presenters are Jessica Taylor, Elizabeth Stevens Omlor, Ellen Jellison, Cynthia Saye Kremsner, and Linda Boyden. To cover expenses for our speakers, there will be a minimal charge of $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Our customary refreshment table will be available; however, attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch if they desire.

Pre-registration is not required. Attendees may pay at the door. The event takes place at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA 96003. For further details, contact Writers Forum Program Chair.

Is Your Story Short???

Rcvd this as email this morn…

 

Fellow writers,

One of the best ways to gain credibility as a writer and build your writing resume (especially if your publishing credentials are currently thin) is to win a credible writing competition. And right now, through Writer’s Digest you can do that with just 1,500 words of fiction.

That’s right—Just 1,500 words! Here’s how:

It’s time to enter our 16th Annual Short Short Writing Competition. Whether it’s a story you’ve been working on for years or one you write tonight, all you need is a short work of fiction that is 1,500 words or fewer to submit it right away. It’s that easy. Prizes for the winner of this competition include:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • Your short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference (where I’d love to meet you)!
  • A copy of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2016 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • And more!

Plus, all entrants will receive access to our February 23, 2016, webinar “Short Story to Story Collection: How to Craft a Collection of Short Fiction That Gets Published and Sells,” a $49 value at no extra cost.

I’ve helped judge this competition for years and, I admit, it’s one of my favorites to read through. Being able to write a good short (short) story can be a challenge, but if you have a fun idea and run with it, who knows what can happen. But you can’t win unless you enter. The deadline for this competition is January 15, 2016, so enter now before it’s too late!

Take care of yourself and your writing,
Brian
Brian A. Klems
Senior Online Editor, Writer’s Digest
Author of OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS

To enter visit: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/short-short-story-competition

 

Note: There is a $25 entry fee.

A Message from the President: December, 2015

Ho, Ho, Ho…

Hoping that everybody has a reading to share at this month’s Members Read Holiday Meeting of the Writers Forum. Twice a year we offer the chance to read five minutes from past, present, or future works. If you have something new, this is an opportunity to use the membership as a sounding board. And remember, FIVE minutes! That includes introduction, scene setting, whatever. As I am wont to say, “Five minutes from when you first open your mouth!”

And have something planned for the potluck. Hint: Nothing messy like BBQ Ribs. Or that requires sharp knives! Remember; we are writers and shouldn’t be trusted with sharp objects for many reasons including acting out new variations of murder plots.

Meanwhile, hope all are being good and impressing Santa with your kindness to others, especially critics. Just because you like it is no reason to presume all would like it. Notice I typed “presume” since I don’t mind making a pres out of you and me.

Also in the “Meanwhile Category” is thinking of gifts for your fellow writers. No, not us (unless you really, really, want to).  Writers need/desire/thrive on stimulation. Some past favorites include the perennial-winner Writer Emergency Pack and the ever popular Writer’s Toolbox, both geared to help the writer become unstuck. Some can also serve as party games; I can personally attest to the toolbox being the focal point of many social gatherings.

Meanwhile (the last one), have a great holiday.

Writers Forum Members Wanted for NaNoWriMo

Hi, guys, it’s Alicia, your friendly Writers Forum webmaster and I’m thrilled to tell you that November is almost here.  You already knew that, but what you may not know is that we’re standing tiptoe on the verge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!

National Novel Writing MonthWhat is NaNoWriMo?  It’s a national (free) event to give you the kick in the pants you need to write that novel you’ve always dreamed of.  Maybe you’re a poet/memoir writer like me and you’ve never dreamed of writing a novel, trust me, this is still a month of fast and furious writing fun that you don’t want to miss out on.

When you sign up to be a part of NaNoWriMo, you’ll

  • write a 50,000 word novel in a month (that’s 1,666 words a day for those of you keeping track)
  • track your progress online and be able to see the progress of your NaNoWriMo friends as well (so you can rub it in their faces when your word count towers above their word count encourage them when their word counts dwindle)
  • get pep talks and support from a slew of amazing authors
  • meet fellow writers online and in person

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for the past few years and will be stomping away at my keyboard trying to best my fellow Writers Forum members who are just crazy enough to write with me every year.  You should join us.  It’s a terrible amount of fun.  Well, what are you waiting for?  Sign up here.  Then shoot me an email at writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com or leave a comment so that we can be NaNoWriMo writing buddies.

Happy noveling!