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Three Manuscript Makeover sessions: Oct 10, 2015

MWW offers One-Day Intensive “Manuscript Makeover” Sessions
October 10, 2015 at Ball State Alumni Center, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 10, MWW offers THREE intensive sessions in our very popular Manuscript Makeover format, where participants submit the first 10 pages of their works-in-progress for evaluation.
“Manuscript Makeover for FICTION” led by Holly Miller and Dr. Dennis E. Hensley

Manuscript Makeover is limited to 20 participants who have fiction projects-either novels or short stories-in progress. The six-hour workshop is led by Holly G. Miller, author of Feature and Magazine Writing and consulting editor to two national magazines, and Dennis E. Hensley, chair of the professional writing department at Taylor University and author of Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 HoursThe instructors have co-authored seven books together-including a series of novels, as well as completed several solo book assignments. 

“Manuscript Makeover for MYSTERY” led by Terence Faherty

Faherty Terence Faherty is a two-time Edgar nominee for the Owen Keane series, which follows the adventures of a failed seminarian turned meta-physical detective. He is a two-time winner of the Shamus Award for his Scott Elliott private eye series, which is set in the golden age of Hollywood. His short fiction has won the Macavity Award from Mystery Readers International. His latest book, The Quiet Woman, is a romantic mystery set in Ireland, with a ghost. 


“Manuscript Makeover for NONFICTION” led by Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the author of 26 books, 22 in nonfiction. His thousands of nonfiction articles have been published by Harper's, The Nation, Saturday Evening Post, GQ, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Fraternal Law, Diablo (city) Magazine, Boston Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly and many more.

Give your writing a boost with hands-on help for your work-in-progress! These special intensive sessions will be held at the Ball State Alumni Center, (Muncie, IN) from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Class size is limited! Attend the session of your choice for $155 (includes a brown bag lunch so the work continues to flow).


Celebrate the talents of twenty-one local authors at Hamilton East Public Library’s inaugural “Booktoberfest”. On Saturday, October 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fishers Library, enjoy a day filled with programs, book sales and signings, and even sweet treats from Gigi’s Cupcakes food truck.
Fishers City Complex, 5 Municipal Drive, Fishers, Indiana

Throughout the day, hear from three of the most successful authors in Central Indiana. Keynote speakers include Susan Crandall (10:00 a.m.), Dan Wakefield (11:00 a.m.), and Mike Mullin (2:00 p.m.).  Each speaker will share their insights into the writing world and be on hand for sales and signings
Eighteen additional authors will also be showcased as they meet the community, sign books, and discuss their experiences as well.  From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., participants will have the opportunity to meet authors Lyn Jones, Nicole Kobrowski, K.B. Laugheed, Tracy Line, Kurt Meyer, Suzanne Purewal, Denise Rezsonya, Kate SeRine, and Amy Shankland. In the afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., visit with Shannon Lee Alexander, M. Katherine Clark, Jennifer Gabou, Debra Knapp, George Kramer, Kristen Mott, Francesca Quarto, Pamela Woods-Jackson and Morgan K. Wyatt.

Don’t miss out on this exciting author fair! This special group of writers represent a wide variety of interests, genre, and age groups – promising something for everyone!

No registration is required!  For more information, visit our website at hepl.lib.in.us or contact the Fishers Adult Services Department at 579-0306.

Steel Pen Creative Writers' Conference

Presented by the Indiana Writers' Consortium
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza
800 E. 81st Avenue
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

The Steel Pen Writers'Conference will include a full-day of breakout sessions; a bookfair; a dinner with keynote speaker, Brian Furuness; an open mic; and off-site events scheduled throughout the weekend.
Click here to view the flyer.  Go here for all the details: http://indianawritersconsortium.org/IWC-creative-writing-conference.asp

Dinner Keynote Speaker: Bryan Furuness
Bryan Furuness is the author of the novel, The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson, which is set in the Northwest Indiana Region. Along with Michael Martone, he's the co-editor of Winesburg, Indiana. He teaches at Butler University, where he runs the small press, Pressgang. He lives in Indy now, but was born in East Chicago, and grew up near the intersection of 30 & 41.

Youth Poetry Challenge

The African American History Committee of the Indianapolis Public Library presents Slammin' Rhymes Challenge X to recognize promising young poets, grades 9-12.  Teen Poets show off your talents!  Do verses just run through your head?  Do you love writing poetry and giving it a voice?  WIN CASH AWARDS and the opportunity to perform at FALL FEST 2015.
Saturday, November 21, 2015,  12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Central Library - Clowes Auditorium, 40 East St. Clair Street

The CHALLENGE: Write with the inspiring thoughts of:  Still I Rise!
How to Enter: To be eligible, participants must be Marion County students, grades 9-12. All entries must be the original work of entrants. Keep it clean: absolutely no profanity will be allowed! Entries will be read and judged by the African American History Committee. The judges will consider originality, quality of writing and theme development. Each entry MUST be attached to an official Entry Form. Please submit a typed or legible written copy of your original poem and a recording (cassette or CD) of your reading to: LaShonda El, Eagle Library, 3325 Lowry Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46222, deliver to your local IMCPL library.
You can also submit your poem online at www.imcpl.org.
Winners will be notified. Participants must be registered by 12:00pm on event day.  DEADLINE TO ENTER- Saturday, October 31, 2015

WINNERS AND PRIZES:  All participants will receive participation gift cards. Ten teen poets will be selected to receive $25.00 gift cards and perform their winning entries at FALL FEST 2015 - Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Central Library Clowes Auditorium. Each winner will be given three minutes to perform his or her work.  The Teen Poetry performance will be followed by an AWARDS CEREMONY.  All participants are encouraged to be present to receive their awards.  A photo shoot for all participants will be at 3:30pm. Award presentation will be given by Nikki Giovanni, World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator.

Made possible by the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund, the Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Southern Indiana Writers’ Festival on Saturday, October 24th

Registration: $10 / Registration Deadline is October 19
Register at Knox County Public Library
502 N 7th Street, Vincennes 812.886.4380

Mary Ann Cain
When Facts Get in the Way: Balancing Imagination, Memory and Research
9-11 a.m.

Brian Spangle
Publishing: My Experience
11—11:45 a.m.

Author Meet and Greet from 12-2 p.m.
Our Speakers Plus Other Hoosier Authors Gather to Meet the Public.
This session is free and open to the public.
Click here for the Festival Flyer.  And go here for more details.

Magna cum Murder XXI
October 30-November 1, 2015

The Columbia Club - Indianapolis, Indiana

Why attend Magna? Let our readers and writers tell you why they come year after year!
"There are many elements that make Magna Cum Murder special, but if I had to pick just one, it would be how well  writers, aspirants, and readers interact." – Jeffery Deaver

Guest of Honor William Kent Krueger/International Guest of Honor Simon Brett
Go here for more information  and here to register.

2015 Get Inked Teen Writing Conference.

Saturday, November 21st
The daylong event will be held at Saint Mary's College in South Bend, IN. The cost is only $40 and includes lunch and a signed book! 
Teachers are welcome to attend morning sessions FREE! Just please RSVP.
Space is limited--so register today. The form is attached.
Registration form

The Indiana Center for the Book is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Letters About Literature Competition.

Letter Writing Contest supported by the Library of Congress:  Letters About Literature
is open to youth in grades 4-12.  Students are asked to write a letter to an author in response to a book that changed how they perceive the world.  Letters About Literature awards prizes on both the state and the national levels.  State Winners win cash prizes and advance to the national level.  A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award.   Deadlines, guidelines and more information are included on the attached Indiana Entry Form.
All Indiana semifinalists and finalists for both contests will be invited to the Indiana Youth Literary Day and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation on April 30, 2016.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by Indiana writers, and will be honored at a ceremony following the day’s activities.  All attendees will receive free books and are invited to an exclusive book-signing reception at the beautiful Indiana State Library in downtown Indianapolis following the ceremony.
Please feel free to share this information with your school systems, your public librarians, teachers, homeschooling families, and anyone else who might have Indiana youth interested in participating in these inspirational competitions.  For more information visit http://www.in.gov/library/lal.htm.

Indiana Form

Call for Submissions

Go to http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/guidelines-deadlines/



Announcing $2000 Fall Fiction Contest with Jeff VanderMeer

Plan on taking some time to hone your craft this weekend? Well, let the Masters Review give you something to shoot for! Submissions are now open for our Fall Fiction Contest featuring Jeff VanderMeer as judge. $2000 will be awarded to the winner ($200 / $100 awarded for second / third) and publication on The Masters Review or all three winners. Additionally Jeff and his wife Ann will be crafting personalized feedback on the winning stories!  Go here to learn more.




Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.


Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  


The April Edition of WritingRaw.com is NOW online! Stop in and discover a new voice today… Help spread the word and share this with anyone who enjoys the written word. We are looking for submissions for the current issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/

Rethinking Children’s Literature: Read for Change

A new digital literary magazine edited by Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones and Jennifer Palilonis at Ball State University.

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, join us in hearing from celebrated children’s book writer and featured Ted speaker, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who writes about the importance of imagination in story telling, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Leslea Newman, Patricia Polacco’s, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, checking out teacher resources and ideas, and reading rewritten and original stories such as Goodnight Hospital Room, a piece that parodies Brown and Hurd’s classic book and is meant to provide comfort to children who are in need of chronic care, Syd the Fellah about a prince looking for his partner, and The Shot Heard Around the Town: The Story About How One Boy Can Change the World, an original tale that advocates for nonviolence in our communities.

Download this free app to your tablet through the App Store or the Android Market. (Tablet only)

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id818562642?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogbabyapps.rethinkchildrensliterature&hl=en

Check out our webpage and information about how to submit your work for publication at: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/english/getexperience/rethinking-childrens-literature

Join the conversation!

Twitter https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit 

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 


Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the current issue:

It’s published by Compass Books http://www.compass-books.net,  which offers a list of helpful titles on practical tips for writers, all written by writers from a company run by writers. The most recent title we have published is The Writer’s Group Handbook. All the titles are available internationally.

If you would like the next issue of the magazine emailed to you, join our mailing list: http://www.compass-books.net/list-signup.html

We’re also looking for new authors and have a range of imprints they could fit into at http://www.johnhuntpublishing.com.



Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
Check out the magazine here.

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest Database

Written by Roxanna Santoro — September 29, 2015

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