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                            CONTENTS
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       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: Death by Revision, by Kristin M. Camiolo
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Selling a Self-Published Book to a Commercial
			Publisher, by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Suite101 Stops Paying Authors
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Suite101.com recently sent its contributors a notice that, in an
effort to "protect the future of the community" and make it
"financially self-sufficient," it would cease paying contributors
as of December 31 (the last check to be issued January 15).  "Our
founders and management have strong feelings toward the social
values the Suite101 Community offers," the notice declared. "This
program will require the Community to pull together in the common
cause of having a place to be published and have their voices
heard and words read." In other words, contributors are urged to
go on contributing -- for free.  Suite101 contributors previously
received from $15 to $25 per month for their contributions (under
an interesting scheme that offered authors less per article, the
more articles they contributed).

Copyright Office Not Receiving Mail
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Due to concerns about anthrax, the U.S. Copyright Office has not
received any postal mail since October 17.  This means that if
you have sent an application for copyright registration by postal
mail, it has NOT been received or processed.  The Copyright
Office does not know when it will begin receiving mail again, or
what precautions will be taken regarding mail already on hold;
all incoming letters and packages may be irradiated.  If you need
to send (or resend) something to the Copyright Office, therefore,
use a means other than U.S. Postal Mail, such as Fedex, UPS, etc.
For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/copyright/mail.html

MightyWords Closes
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E-publisher MightyWords (formerly FatBrain) is closing this month
due to lack of sales.  Anyone with texts distributed through
MightyWords will be referred to Barnes and Noble.com, which owns
about half of MightyWords.

Canadian Postal Rate Increase
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Canadian postal rates will increase on January 14.  The rates for
letter mail will be 65 cents for up to 30g, $1.40 for 30-50g,
$2.60 for 100-200g, and $4.60 for 200-500g.  The rate for letters
mailed within Canada will increase to 48 cents.  Note that this
also affects U.S. writers who wish to send a SASE to a Canadian
publisher.  For more information on Canadian postal rates, visit
http://www.canadapost.ca/splash.asp

Problems with NWU Health Plan
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If you're insured by the Employers Mutual LLC health plan issued
by the National Writers Union, you may not have coverage.  The
U.S. Department of Labor has frozen the assets of the company
"for diverting more than $6 million of health plan assets to pay
excessive expenses rather than paying the benefits of
participants."  This affects coverage for members in Alabama,
Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana,
Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah,
Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  For members who wish
alternate coverage, Media Alliance has agreed to make its plan,
PacAdvantage, available to qualifying NWU members.  You must join
before January 31 to gain coverage, but can do so at a special
reduced membership rate of $40. For more information, see
http://www.unionwriters.org/healthcarecrisis.htm

Google's Usenet Archive Online
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Google, which took over the Usenet archive DejaNews last year,
now has the most comprehensive collection of Usenet posts on the
Internet, with archives of 20 years of discussions and around 700
million posts on more than 35,000 topics.  Besides its historical
value as a record of online discussions, this is a great research
tool for writers.  For more information, visit
http://www.google.com/googlegroups/archive_announce_20.html

ASJA Conference
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DEATH BY REVISION
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                         by Kristin M. Camiolo (dkacams[at]juno.com)


I confess:  my e-mails are always typo-free. Occasionally I omit
capitalization when I'm in an e.e. cummings mood, but otherwise I
never send a message with a spelling or punctuation mistake.  Am
I boasting about grammatical perfection?  No.  On the contrary,
I'm highlighting a symptom of an "illness" that has derailed many
potentially great pieces of writing: Death by Revision.

Revision is key to good writing. Editors are turned off by sloppy
syntax or misplaced modifiers. Honing your work until it's the
best it can be for your chosen market is the mark of a good
writer. Death by revision, on the other hand, is the editing that
dooms a twentieth draft of a manuscript to a life of inertia on
your desk.  The novel you've been writing for fifteen years
because it's  "not quite done", or the 500-word article that
collects dust between frenzied proof-reading sessions are classic
by-products of compulsive revising. Excessive revision paralyzes
your writing.

Not only does over-revising keep you from finishing anything, it
can also rob a piece of its freshness. Revising a piece to death
is like overcooking a piece of meat until its flavor becomes
reminiscent of shoe leather. Particularly with humor writing,
over-revising drains the life and fun out of your words.

Sound familiar? You may be saying "Yes, but what can I do?" Here
are some strategies I've found to break the "Death by Revision"
cycle and get some writing in the mail!

1. Just write. This is cliched, but for the excessive reviser it
is a critical first step.  Write without revising until you are
done.  As I write this piece, I'm not letting myself go back to
the first paragraph to fiddle with it.  Complete a whole rough
draft before you start picking your work apart.

2. Give yourself incentives to reward "free writing". When I
complete a whole draft of an article or story in one sitting, I
let myself play my beloved Spider Solitaire on the computer. If
I'm really pleased with my progress I give myself candy
(preferably chocolate!) when I've finished. Incentives work for
children; they can help you achieve your writing goals as well.

3. Enter contests. This is one of the most effective ways I've
found to break the "Death by Revision" cycle. Contests have firm
deadlines. You may not be able to write your magnum opus by next
week, but if you discipline yourself (and keep some M&Ms away
from the computer) you can probably complete a poem or essay.

4. Don't be afraid to write the way you speak. I spend hours
tweaking and revising to get the right "literary" sound to a
piece, only to end up throwing it away in despair when my poetry
doesn't sound like Gerard Manley Hopkins or my humorous prose
like Dave Barry. I'm not either of those writers, so why do I
think my writing should sound like theirs? Recently I had a great
idea, wrote it down in under an hour, and e-mailed it out. Not
only did it get accepted in two days, my husband even said, "Hey,
this is pretty funny!" which from him is akin to having the
London Philharmonic play the Hallelujah Chorus in your living
room. I went with my own voice, didn't revise beyond responsible
proofreading, and made a sale.

5. Join a writers' group or get a writer buddy. Accountability is
key to getting past excessive revision. If every other Thursday
you need to have something to present to your colleagues, you are
forced to get past nitpicking and make real progress.

6. Over a year ago I read a tip in The Writing Parent e-zine that
suggested making a monthly calendar with your writing goals. The
piece encouraged recording what you actually wrote each day to
show your progress. I go one step further and put in any
appointments or meetings I have that I know will preclude me from
getting much written on a given day so I don't beat myself up
over missed writing days. The calendar system works well because
it graphically reveals when a piece is getting bogged in
excessive revision. If something appears on your calendar month
after month after month, you probably need to prioritize it or
retire it.

7. Query, query, query. Nothing gets you past your fifteenth
draft like a letter from an editor expressing interest in seeing
the proffered piece.  By querying you set a possible deadline for
yourself, and open the door to a potential sale.

8. Follow the muse. The initial rush of inspiration can often
push you past the compulsive need to revise.  Sometimes taking a
break from another project to dash off a quick article revives
your enthusiasm for longer projects you are working on. If you
have a good idea, get it on paper (or computer screen)
immediately. If you've just thought of the next Great American
Novel, write a detailed synopsis. An article can probably be
written in one sitting, with notes added at the end for any
points that need further research. Get your wonderful idea down,
let it rest a day, THEN go back and check your p's and q's.

Am I completely cured of death by revision? No. My chapter book
is "almost done", my young adult novel waits at fifteen typed
pages and I have story ideas wallowing in the notes phase.
However, by using these strategies I have been able to make the
most of my limited writing time and get some things published.

NOW I can go back and start rearranging my sentences before Blues
Clues ends and my three year old comes looking for me. Then I'm
going to give myself a cookie!

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Since overcoming her tendency to over-revise, Kristin Camiolo has
won two writing contests (The Hook and the Lawton Doll Company
Fiction Contest); been published online in The Writing Parent,
Frugal Simplicity, Write to Inspire and Inscriptions; and finally
achieved her goal of magazine publication (Devo'Zine). Her work
will also be included in the poetry anthology "Windows on My
Mind), the proceeds of which will benefit neurological charities.

Copyright (c) 2002 Kristin M. Camiolo

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THE WRITING DESK
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Can a Self-Published Book Be Sold to a "Real" Publisher?
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Q: I was told that once you put your book on any type of medium,
a traditional publisher won't consider your book Is this true, and
if so does that mean that you can't start off slow by using
e-books or whatever and then going into a real publisher if it
does OK? This seems hard to believe.

A: Sadly, it is true that if you self-publish a book, whether in
print or electronically, you greatly diminish your chances of
selling that book to a commercial publisher later. The reason is
simple: Commercial publishers seek FIRST publication rights, not
REPRINT rights. If your book has been published (even if just "by
you"), it is now a PUBLISHED book, not an UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT
-- and so a commercial publisher can no longer be the first to
put it on the market.

However, it isn't true that you can never get your book picked up
by a commercial publisher if you start by self-publishing. The
key is to PROVE that the book sells. If you self-publish, sell
five copies, and then approach a commercial publisher, forget it.
But if you self-publish, sell 5000 copies in a year (or even five
years), and THEN approach a commercial publisher with a book that
now has a proven market and sales record, you might just succeed.

On the flip side... If your book is NOT successful when you
self-publish, you would actually have been better off going with
a commercial publisher to start with -- because if you succeed in
selling it to a publisher, chances are that you'll get an
advance, which you keep whether the book sells well or not. If
you do it yourself, you don't get an advance, and if the book
doesn't sell, you don't make any money, period.

Conversely, if your book sells VERY well as a self-published
title, you may find that you do better by keeping it
self-published than by going to a commercial publisher. You may
find that you make MORE money selling it yourself than by
offering it for the small royalty percentage you'd get from a
publisher.

So it's a trade-off. If you test the market and find that you
can't really sell your book yourself, you have (a) perhaps lost
your chance of selling the book to a commercial publisher and (b)
missed out on the money you might have gotten if you went
commercial first. On the other hand, if you test the market and
find that your book sells VERY well, you (a) have a better chance
of getting a commercial publisher to buy it, but (b) a good
chance that you'll make less money that way.

Even if you are successful, however, you may reach a point where
you just don't want to handle the hassles of doing it yourself.
If you can find a commercial publisher who will really put some
investment into keeping your book on the market and selling, this
can be a great deal.

Finally, let me say that there is no reason to "be cautious" and
"start small." I call that "low self-esteem author talk." If you
believe you have a good book, then believe in it enough to pitch
it to "real" publishers, if that's what you'd like. Don't assume
that you're not good enough, or your book isn't good enough, or
you have to "prove" its worth first. Go out there and submit it
to the commercial publishers (following the approved procedure,
of course). If you can't get anyone interested, THEN consider
whether self-publishing is an option. Self-publishing is a LOT of
work (check my self-publishing section at
http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/index.html for details) and
should never be entered into lightly!

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

Moira Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years.
If you have a question for "The Writing Desk," please e-mail it
to Moira Allen.

Copyright (c) 2002 by Moira Allen

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MARKET ROUNDUP
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Paradox Twelve
62 Carlyle Green, Staten Island, NY  10312
E-mail: submissions[at]paradox12.com
URL: http://www.paradox12.com

PARADOX TWELVE is a paying, professional online magazine of
science fiction and fantasy. We are interested in speculative
fiction, fantasy stories, real science articles, and articles
about speculative fiction. No horror, pornography, excessive
violence or gore. We strive to be reader- and writer-friendly; we
look forward to receiving top quality, professional material.

LENGTH: 1,500-4,000 words
PAYMENT: .03c/word, on acceptance
RIGHTS: First serial and electronic rights for one year
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: E-mail preferred

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THE STRAND MAGAZINE
Andrew F. Gulli, Managing Editor
P.O. Box 1418, Birmingham, MI 48012-1418; Tel: 1-800 300-6652;
Fax: 248 874-1046
E-mail: strandmag[at]worldnet.att.net
URL: http://www.strandmag.com

THE STRAND MAGAZINE returns! After an absence of nearly half a
century, the magazine known to millions for bringing Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle's ingenious detective, Sherlock Holmes, to the world
has once again appeared on the mystery fiction scene. The Strand
Magazine, first launched by George Newnes in 1891, included in
its pages the works of mystery fiction's greatest talents. In
addition to the incomparable Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, G.K.
Chesterton, Margery Allingham, Dorothy Sayers, E.C. Bentley and
many others all contributed their talent to The Strand Magazine's
success. In 1950, after sixty years, The Strand came to an end,
only to return forty-eight years later with a new publisher and
editor. According to the managing editor, A.F. Gulli, "it's time
for The Strand Magazine to once again provide a mantle for great
mysteries written in the classic tradition of the genre's
greats". In addition to mysteries, The Strand, like its
predecessor, will include short stories, essays, book reviews and
poetry. Our guidelines are simple: We are interested in
mysteries, detective stories, tales of terror and the
supernatural as well as short stories and poetry. Stories can be
set in any time or place provided they are well written; the
plots interesting and well thought out. We are NOT interested in
submissions with any sexual content. We are interested in stories
of almost any length, preferably in the 2000-6000 word range.
However, we may occasionally publish short shorts of 1000 words
or sometimes may even go as long as a short novella. For poetry:
free verse, light verse, and traditional; maximum length,
approximately 50 lines.

LENGTH: Almost any length accepted; 2,000-6,000 words preferred;
shorts of 1,000 words; short novellas; poetry maximum 50 lines
PAYMENT: $25-$50
RIGHTS: FNASR
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By postal mail with SASE

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Why I Hate Aliens - Anthology
Marissa K. Lingon, Editor
Bay Laurel EBooks
E-MAIL: hatealiens[at]hotmail.com
URL: http://www.speculon.com/BayLaurel/hatealiens.html

What I want: stories under 7500 words that somehow fit the theme
"Why I Hate Aliens." Reprints are fine -- just let me know where
they're reprinted from. The hatred can be justified or irrational
from an external point of view. The story can be serious or
funny, can have a sympathetic or unsympathetic point of view
character (or characters), and does not have to feature humans.
Alternately, humans can be the aliens in question. It's up to
you. There should be elements that are generally considered
science fictional in your story, but if you want to mix them up
with other genres, I have no prejudices against that. It'd take a
hell of a writer to get me to buy a story about a vampire or some
Tolkienian elves who hated aliens, but if you think you're that
writer, come on ahead and find out. Multiple submissions are
allowed, and even encouraged.

What I don't want: stories that feature rape or child abuse. Not
only are these things nasty to read about, they are cliched.
Also, please do not give your story the title "Why I Hate
Aliens." That's the anthology title. Come up with something else.
NOTE: the term "aliens" should not be used by some humans to
refer to other humans. If you or your characters dislike
immigrating fellow humans, this is not the place to tell your
story.

What you'll get: royalties. Bay Laurel Ebooks pays its authors
50% royalties, prorated based on length. The anthology should be
around 60,000 words total. It will cost $5 per e-book copy.

How to get stuff to me: send as an attachment or as part of the
body of an e-mail to the above e-mail address. No snail-mail subs
-- come on, this is an e-book. I prefer Word attachments, but
.rtf and .txt files are also fine for me to read. If you have
non-Word formatting, please let me know how you're indicating
emphases. Please also include your contact information when you
submit. Please use a separate e-mail for each story you send me.

My reading period for this anthology runs from 1 December 2001
through 1 February 2002.

LENGTH: Up to 7,500 words
PAYMENT: 50% royalties, prorated based on length
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: E-mail, in text or as Word (or .rtf or .txt) attachment

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CALL FOR PAPERS
Dr. Nancy Johnston
The Writing Centre
University of New Brunswick Saint John
Saint John NB E2L 4L5
fax: (506) 648-5681
E-MAIL: accsff[at]hotmail.com

We invite proposals for papers, in English or French, on Canadian
Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF). The 2002 Academic Conference on
Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy will take place at the
Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities in Toronto 28-29 May
2002. We are interested in papers on a broad range of topics and
from a variety of approaches. Papers could be historical,
biographical, theoretical, or pedagogical, and can explore works
in any Canadian SF or Fantasy medium: literature, film, graphic
novels and comic books, and poetry. Proposals should be 250-500
words. The deadline is 15 February 2002. Please send proposals,
preferably by email, to: accsff[at]hotmail.com. Or, proposals can be
sent by surface mail to the address above.

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"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
self-addressed, stamped envelope, "GL": guidelines.
If you have questions about rights, please see "Rights: What They
Mean and Why They're Important, by Marg Gilks, at
http://www.writing-world.com/rights/rights.html

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WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests open to all writers and that charge
no entry fees (unless otherwise noted). For dozens of additional
contest listings from around the world, visit
http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.html

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               Inscriptions Vespertine Contest

DEADLINE: January 24, 2002
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: No limit

THEME: "At night, when the objective world has slunk back into
its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come
inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and
quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he
has tried writing at night." --H. P. Lovecraft. For this contest,
write a poem featuring the night in all its glory -- everything
it offers and everything it hides.

PRIZES: 1st place -- $75 gift certificate from Amazon.Com (or
cash equivalent) and publication in Inscriptions. 2nd place --
$25 gift certificate from Amazon.Com (or cash equivalent) and
publication in Inscriptions. 1st place -- $10 gift certificate
from Amazon.Com (or cash equivalent) and publication in
Inscriptions.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Paste your entry directly into the body of an
e-mail and send to Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com with the
subject heading "Inscriptions Vespertine Contest." At the end of
your e-mail, include your real name, pen name (if applicable),
mailing address, e-mail address and word count.

WEBSITE: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Vesper.html
E-MAIL: Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

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    The Seventh Annual Confluence Science Fiction and Fantasy
                      Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: February 2, 2002
GENRE: Short fiction: science fiction, fantasy, or horror
OPEN TO: Non-professional writers (those who have not met
eligibility requirements for SFWA or equivalent)
LENGTH: 3500 words maximum

THEME: "Well Met by Moonlight". The "Moonlight" theme lends
itself to fantasy, science fiction or horror. Stories should take
place at night or at some time when the Moon is visible, either
on Earth or from out in space, and should involve an interaction
between two or more beings: whether romantic, adventurous,
criminal, political warlike or all of the above. The Lunar
element of this theme commemorates our con's recent move from
Mars, PA to Moon Township, PA.

PRIZES: $200 plus publication; 2nd and 3rd prizes of $100 and $50
may be awarded

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No
CONTACT: Timons Esaias, Confluence Short Story Contest, 6659
Woodwell Street, Pittsburgh PA 15217-1320
URL: http://trfn.clpgh.org/parsec/conflu/contest.html
E-MAIL: Esaias[at]compuserve.com

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       Hyperfiction Non-fiction Short Story Competition

DEADLINE: February 28, 2002
GENRE: True stories
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: Under 10,000 words

THEME: We want the truth! Maybe you have had an unusual or
interesting experience. Perhaps you have an insight into a
remarkable incident. You might know of something quite ordinary
that you can tell from an entertaining perspective.  Whatever the
subject, we want to hear your story. Entries can be serious or
humorous, modern or historical - the only restriction is that
they must be based on true events.

PRIZES: First Prize: 100 / $150 + publication on the site
Runner Up: 50 / $75 + publication on the site

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Email entry to competitions[at]eastoftheweb.com
either as an attachment (plain text or Microsoft Word format) or
in the body of the email. Remember to include a title, your name
and a contact email.

URL: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/Competitions/NonFict2002.html
E-MAIL (for questions): support[at]eastoftheweb.com

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          Highlights for Children 2002 Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: February 28, 2002
GENRE: Short fiction
OPEN TO: All

LENGTH: 900 words maximum, except stories for beginning readers
must be no more than 500 words

THEME: Stories about today's kids

PRIZES: Three prizes of $1000 each or attendance at a Highlights
Foundation Writers Workshop. The three winning entries will be
announced in June of 2002. These stories will become the property
of Highlights for Children and will be published by Highlights.
All other submissions will be considered for purchase by
Highlights. Manuscripts not purchased will be returned in June
with a list of the winners.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No. Manuscripts or envelopes should be clearly
marked for Fiction Contest. Those not so marked will be
considered as regular submissions to Highlights. Enclose a
stamped, self-addressed envelope with each entry.

CONTACT: Highlights for Children, 803 Church Street, Honesdale,
PA 18431
E-MAIL: emberger[at]highlights-corp.com

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                   Writers Retreat Workshop

The WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP has extended its New Student
Scholarship Application to January 19, 2002.

Held in Erlanger, Kentucky each spring, the WRITERS RETREAT
WORKSHOP is an intensive ten-day program designed to help writers
of fiction or creative nonfiction achieve their publishing goals.

The Robin Hardy/New Student Scholarship, named after the late
Robin Hardy, writer and former editor-in-residence, will offer
one student a complete workshop package, which includes the full
cost of tuition, room, board, and all workshop materials (a value
of approximately $1,695).

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on both quality of
writing and financial need. Download applications at the WRITERS
RETREAT WORKSHOP website: http://www.writersretreatworkshop.com,
or send an SASE marked "Scholarship" to WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP,
2420 W. Brandon Blvd., #198, Brandon, FL 33511.  For more
information, e-mail WRWLorin[at]aol.com.

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