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                     W R I T I N G  W O R L D

   A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World


Issue 2:16           10,372 subscribers            August 8, 2002

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Flashes Under the Meridian: Dazzled by Flash
            Fiction, by Pamelyn Casto
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Response to Self-Publishing Statistics,
            by Victoria Strauss
         JUST FOR FUN: Conflicting Points of View,
            by Stephen D. Rogers
         From the Managing Editor's Mind
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World/Prize Drawings
         Writing Events
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Coming Up for Air
It seemed like such a simple idea when I proposed it.  "Hey," I
told my editor, "why don't we do an updated edition of
Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to Advance Your Writing
Career"?  The first edition came out from Allworth Press in 1999
-- and, well, you can imagine what has happened to my lovely
directory of 750 online resources after four years!  Plus, the
book had some references to Inkspot, and I thought that, with a
little tweaking, I could provide a nice, up-to-date second

Unfortunately, in my obsessive-compulsive world, there is no
such thing as "a little tweaking."  Each chapter I edited gave
me ideas...  I could put in a new chapter on THIS!  I could cover
THIS!  I could get so-and-so to write about THIS!  The project
grew like a magic beanstalk; let's hope there's a few golden
eggs at the top!

It's a bit early to really start plugging it (I don't know when
the actual print date is, probably Spring 2003), but I can tell
you this: I believe it to be at least 75% new, including five
completely new chapters and extensive revisions to the rest.
It's no longer aimed at writers who are just getting online; it
now offers information for both "newbies" and experienced
surfers.  It has sections by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Charles Petit,
Loralie Walker, Lenore Wright, and MaryJanice Davidson.  And,
instead of having a printed directory of online resources (which
will be outdated before the book ever sees print), this edition
will offer access to an online directory on the Allworth website,
which can be kept up-to-date much more easily.

Now I'm left with a conundrum; the old edition is still in print,
but... frankly, if you're thinking of buying it, I'd suggest that
you wait until the new edition is available.  It will be bigger
and better, and it will be far more up to date.  Of course, if
you want to buy both, I won't complain!

For a few days I will enjoy the unaccustomed luxury of not
having a whole lot to do.  I'm catching up on administrivium --
time to finally send out change-of-address notices!  And I'm
catching up on "coffee on the deck" time.  Next week, I'm
sure I'll find a new project to be obsessive about!

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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Starts: September 2 (6 weeks, $120)

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afraid of one thing, and only one thing: They are terrified the
horror writer will show them their greatest fear has become a
reality. Fear is the choice weapon of the horror writer. We horror
writers will go into any dark dwelling, any crawl space, anywhere
the reader dare not venture. It takes a special breed of writer to
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Instructor: Natalie Collins
Starts: September 9 (6 weeks, $100)

Tired of foundering hopelessly in the quest for the perfect
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critique of their query and synopsis, and will also receive a
listing of legitimate literary agents with good reputations and a
verifiable track record of sales.



Instructor: Peggy Tibbetts
Starts: September 24 (8 weeks, $105)

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* Creating a Dummy: How picture books are produced
* Character
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* Story: Elements of story, plot, conflict
* Humor, Imagination and Word Play
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* Submitting Your Picture Book Manuscript

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Instructor: Pamelyn Casto
Starts: October 1 (4 weeks, $75; maximum 15 students)

In this hard-hitting, fast-paced course, Pam Casto will introduce
you to some of the history of flash fiction, acquaint you with
some of the best writers in the genre, and give you an overview
of the variety of forms flash fiction assumes.  You'll receive
weekly lessons, reading assignments, and writing exercises.
You'll also work on story analysis and critiquing. You'll learn
about formatting your flash fiction pieces, and you will receive
several markets for flash fiction along with a workable marketing
strategy.  You'll also learn about other possibilities for your
flash fiction work.  Any writer, from poet to novel writer, can
benefit from this course on writing flash fiction that is
powerful, memorable, and highly publishable.


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August 11. Executive Director Nicholas Bogaty said he hopes to
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British pubs dispute Amazon's terms
Headline, Macmillan and Time Warner Books/UK are among publishers
who have stopped supplying Amazon.co.uk directly. One sales
director says, "We are not trading direct with Amazon due to
unreasonable terms demands. They are asking for wholesale terms
but they're a retailer." Amazon UK's managing director Robin
Terrell says the company wants to "rebalance terms at an
appropriate level" now that they've grown to be that country's
third largest bookseller. Terrell has been having "talks with
publishers concerning terms, promotional contributions and other
aspects of its commercial relationships." Penguin has agreed to
the new terms and Harper is still in negotiations.

2002 National Book Festival
The second National Book Festival will be held on Saturday,
October 12 on the West Lawn of the Capitol building, again hosted
by Laura Bush and sponsored by the Library of Congress. Over 70
authors, illustrators and storytellers are scheduled to appear.
For more information and a list of participating authors and
storytellers, visit the festival's web site: http://www.loc.gov

Whose life is it anyway?
Last week a judge tossed out a lawsuit by Chicago-based theater
producer, Michael Houlihan who claimed he was owed 40% of the
profits from the McCourt brothers' bestselling books and movie.
The dispute centered around a play, "A Couple of Blaguards" in
which the two brothers performed scenes and songs about growing
up poor in Ireland. In 1984, they signed an agreement with
Houlihan to produce the play in New York. Frank McCourt's
Pulitzer Prize winning memoir, "Angela's Ashes" was made into a
movie. His sequel, "Tis" and younger brother Malachy's memoir, "A
Monk Swimming" were both bestsellers. Since the play and books
drew on the same boyhood memories, Houlihan claimed rights to
royalties from the play and any "subsidiary" works for 15 years.
Chicago federal district court judge Ronald Guzman ruled: "This
court cannot endorse the idea that granting rights to one
incarnation of part of a life story automatically grants away
rights to all conceivable tellings of that life story."

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                      by Pamelyn Casto (p.casto[at]worldnet.att.net)

Lately you see brilliant flashes of fiction in print magazines,
anthologies, and collections. You find dazzling examples on the
Internet, in all its guises. Is flash fiction something new? Or
an art form enjoying a period of popularity? It's something old,
something new, and something borrowed, too. It is a wedding of
styles, traditions, and genres.

Defining flash fiction is comparable to defining a poem or novel.
It cannot be done to anyone's satisfaction. Randall Jarrell
pointed out that a story can be as short as a sentence. Some
flash fiction stories are one or two pages long, comprised of one
or two (quite long) sentences. But describing the number of
sentences will not get us very far in defining it.

Nor will it be particularly helpful to determine the number of
words. Editors, critics, and writers differ on how short (or
long) it is. In general, stories run from as few as 100 words to
as many as 1,500. Flash fiction goes far beyond mere word count.

To complicate matters further, flash fiction goes by many names:
short-short, sudden, postcard, minute, furious, fast, quick,
skinny, and micro fiction. In France, they're called nouvelles.
The Chinese have several interesting names: little short story,
pocket-size story, minute-long story, palm-sized story, and the
smoke-long story (just long enough to read while smoking a

Flash fiction includes several genres: mainstream short-shorts,
American haibun, ghost stories, monologues, epistles, mysteries,
myths, tall tales, fables, anti-fables, parables, romance, fairy
tales, horror, suspense, science fiction, prose poetry, and more.
It can embrace several "isms" such as magical realism, dadaism,
futurism, surrealism, irrealism, and post-modernism. Charles
Baxter notes that short-shorts occupy many thresholds: "they are
between poetry and fiction, the story and the sketch, prophecy
and reminiscence, the personal and the crowd."

Flash fiction can be highly experimental writing that pushes the
boundaries of reader expectations. Some flash fiction is told
through mundane methods, such as the magazine quiz, the survey
questionnaire, and acknowledgments to a scholarly biography.
Stories can be created from bulletin board messages, classified
ads, or answering machine messages. Some contain one or two
sentences, or dialogue only; and others use the rare second
person point of view. Small flashes are identified by surprising
twists throughout the story, or a twist at the end. Writers have
a hand in helping refine, define, and extend it. Flash fiction is
constantly metamorphosing before our eyes, like Daedalus who
refuses to stay put.

By whatever name, flash or short-short fiction runs the gamut of
form and style: clever, whimsical, entertaining, literary,
ironic, satirical, or sublime. Sometimes funny, controversial, or
unconventional. Or it can be troubling, unsettling, and
unpredictable. Sometimes enigmatic, elusive, ambiguous, and often
paradoxical. Rich in implication, it is tight, precise,
compressed, and highly charged. The best stories obliquely
address the human condition -- in truths that cannot be seen
another way. Flash fiction lingers long after the story is read
-- the way of all great literary works of art.

Some claim the proliferation of the short-short story is due to
the modern reader's attenuated attention span, and shortened
sound-byte mentality. Others think it is because of the
"asthmatic" conditions in which we live -- fiction reflects the
out-of-breathness of modern life. Readers and writers realize
that "truth" comes infrequently and in flashes.

Who are the renowned writers of short fiction? Ancestors include
Aesop's fables, stories from Ovid (Metamorphoses), Guy de
Maupassant, Anton Chekov (who said, "I can speak briefly on long
subjects"), O. Henry, and Franz Kafka (Parables and Paradoxes).

Among contemporary writers Jorge Luis Borges is considered one of
the finest writers of the 20th century. Some of his pieces run a
half page long, and less. Within his tiny, brilliant flashes are
philosophical, thought-provoking, and haunting stories.

Other fine writers include Barry Yourgrau, Bernard Cooper, Donald
Barthelme, Thaisa Frank, Daniel Boulanger, Elizabeth Bishop's
fables, Italo Calvino, Yasunari Kawabata, Richard Brautigan,
Russell Edson, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, and Raymond Carver
(not all write shorts exclusively). And there are more
exceptional writers on the horizon.

Writers of short-short flashes are not only publishing stand
alone works, but some create longer works. Italo Calvino wrote
his novel, "Invisible Cities" with one and two-page flash
stories. Alan Lightman, a physicist-author, wrote "Einstein's
Dreams" from short-shorts. Roberta Allen used flash fiction for
"The Daughter." Barry Yourgrau turns his stories into performance
art at clubs, and on radio.

Flash fiction appears in popular literary journals in the US and
Canada. Translations are pouring in to English speaking journals
around the world. In Latin America, where it has a long
tradition, it continues to thrive. Flourishing in China, it
appears in magazines, journals, and newspapers. It enjoys renewed
life in Italy under the influence of futurism and prose poetry.
And it's right behind poetry as the predominant mode of published
literature in Cyprus.

Flash fiction is well-suited to Internet publication and
proliferation. Not only fascinating reading, but the length is
perfect for reading on screen. The wedding of flash fiction and
the Internet has all the ingredients for a happy and prosperous
relationship. In print, or on the web, there will always be a
need for tightly-written, miniature condensations that open out
the world for and with us. As Keats said of poems, they can show
us, "infinite riches in a small room."


Pamelyn Casto is the administrator of the Flash Fiction Writing
Workshop: http://home.att.net/~p.casto She also publishes Flash
Fiction Flash: The Newsletter for Flash Literature Writers:

***Sign up for Pamelyn Casto's course on Flash Fiction, starting
October 1 on Writing-World.com!

Copyright (c) 2002 by Pamelyn Casto

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                                              by Victoria Strauss

The following letter comes from Victoria Strauss, author and host
of the excellent "Writer Beware" website, in response to our news
item in the last issue. about self-published authors.

Another Look at Self-Publishing Statistics

I'm responding to "Self-Publishing Pays Off", featured in the
"News from the World of Writing" section in your previous issue.

Traditional publishers have always picked up self-published books
from time to time:  this is not a new phenomenon. And while three
dozen self-published books acquired over the past 18 months may
seem like a lot, it has to be set against the enormous number of
self-published books--vastly larger than in the past, due to the
advent of the reasonably-priced POD companies.

For instance, iUniverse has published approximately 10,000 titles
over the four or so years of its existence, and Xlibris has
published approximately 6,000 authors (these numbers were given
to me and A.C. Crispin, my collaborator, for an article we
recently wrote on POD contracts).  I'm sure that numbers are
comparable at 1st Books Library, Infinity, and other fee-based
POD companies.  And then there are the thousands of books that
are still "traditionally" self-published every year.  When you
place 36 books against this kind of volume, it's clear that the
chances of moving from self-publication to traditional publishing
are as infinitesimal as ever.

In my opinion, the original article by M.J. Rose was remiss in
not pointing this out.  Also, in addition to not placing the
numbers she cited in context, she picked as examples books with
atypical histories (for instance the Harry Potter parody, which
was shopped to major publishers but passed on for liability
reasons), and failed to point out that in general, editors and
agents will be tempted by a self-published book only if it has
sold an extraordinary number of copies (5,000 to 10,000 in the
year following release are the figures I've most often seen).
And the Brandon Massey quote with which she closes-- "Self-
publishing has become one of the quickest ways to land a book
deal. You can almost boil it down to a formula"--is a truly
irresponsible message to give to new writers.  It may reflect
Mr. Massey's experience, but not that of the vast majority of
self-published authors.

Thanks for letting me rant!

--Victoria Strauss (http://www.sfwa.org/beware/)


Victoria Strauss (author of "The Arm of the Stone" and "The Garden of
the Stone" is a member of the Author's Guild, and serves on the
Writing Scams Committee of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of
America.  There, "Along with other intrepid scam hunters, I help wage
a vigorous campaign against the huge variety of literary schemes and
frauds that prey on beginning writers."  Strauss hosts the "Writer
Beware" website at http://www.sfwa.org/beware plus an author site at

Copyright (c) 2002 by Victoria Strauss

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JUST FOR FUN: Conflicting Points of View
                       by Stephen D. Rogers (sdr633[at]hotmail.com)

My lead is quite a character,
He thinks his life is real.
I show him all the drafts I've writ.
He thinks them no big deal.
I show him all the sketches,
The skits I've put him through.
He shakes his head and with regret
Informs me:  "I wrote you."


While a fifth of his published poems are literary, Stephen D.
Rogers pays the bills with genre poetry that has appeared in over
a dozen online and print magazines. His website has a short
how-to that changes monthly: http://www.stephendrogers.com
Read his Writing World column, Murder Ink:

Copyright (c) 2002 by Stephen D. Rogers

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The dog days of summer are here. Kids are heading back to school.
Travel, conferences, festivals, and house guests have blown your
writing schedule out the window. An online workshop is a great
way to re-charge your batteries. Writing World is currently
offering four classes to get you back in the groove.

Give yourself the "gift of time" to focus on your writing.

Each week you receive a written lecture sent to your inbox, which
you can print out and read on your own time. Because online
workshops are conducted in real time, you receive current
information on the subject matter and updated links to other

Email correspondence gives you valuable time with the instructor.
Some online classes advertise, "work at your own pace." The truth
is, if you follow the class schedule, you gain time management
skills. When you make time to do the assignments, your reward is
one-on-one feedback from a professional.

The real bonus is you find the time to write again!

For more information, read "Getting the Most from Online Classes,"
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                           -- Peggy Tibbetts (peggyt[at]siltnet.net)

(Note from the editor: Visit our lineup of fall classes at



August Columns
Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Where to find markets for young writers; how to make contact with
other childrens' illustrators; finding a nonfiction publisher.

The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
How to sell your screenplay before you write it, plus recommended

Press Kit, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
The Art of Getting and Giving Interviews: How to find interview
opportunities that will promote your book.

Imagination's Edge, by Paula Fleming
Using History: We Know Stuff Happens, but How? A world is either
changing, or it isn't.  Either can change your plot!

New Articles:
What Makes a Horror Writer?  by Elizabeth Peake

Win a copy of Steven Schneiderman's "Make Your Ebook Sell"



Jennifer Frantz, Editor
95 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10028
URL: http://www.bebopbooks.com

Stories for Guided E-F/Reading Recovery levels 7-9 should have
the following characteristics: Simple story lines, focus on
mostly familiar topics and situations; Repetition of two or three
sentence patterns, with text variation; Both natural oral
language and "book" (literary) language; Large number of easy,
high frequency words; Some longer words including contractions,
compound words, and inflectional endings; Full range of
punctuation may be used, may also include dialogue.

LENGTH: 50-150 words

Stories for Guided F-G/Reading Recovery levels 10-12 should have
the following characteristics: Topics range beyond the familiar;
Story lines and patterns are more complex, usually with a
distinct beginning, middle, and end; Story line is completely
carried by the text; Require recall and thinking to gain meaning;
Characters‚ actions require interpretation; Both natural oral
language and "book" (literary) language; Variety of
high-frequency words and challenging vocabulary; Continued use of
contractions, compound words, and inflectional endings; Full
range of punctuation; Longer sentences, greater variety in

LENGTH: 100-200 words

DEADLINE: September 15, 2002
PAYMENT: Advance/royalty contract
RIGHTS: Exclusive rights
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only, manuscript format, include SASE
GUIDELINES: http://www.bebopbooks.com
(Click on "Write for Bebop")


Marshall Brain, Publisher
5625 Dillard Drive, Suite 217, Cary, NC 27511
EMAIL: authors[at]howstuffworks.com
URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com

If you have an area of expertise that you would like to share
with the readers of HowStuffWorks, and if you have a writing
style that is clear and engaging, then we invite you to submit an
article for publication on HowStuffWorks. We accept two different
types of articles:

HowStuffWorks Articles: See The Big List at the web site for
hundreds of examples. Anything that you can fit into the "How
____ Works" format is fair game.

How My Stuff Works Articles: This is a new area of the site, and
is designed to let HowStuffWorks readers show off and tell the
world about their successful projects.

Please read several articles in the Top 40 to understand the tone
and style: http://www.howstuffworks.com/top40.htm

LENGTH: 1,000 - 5,000 words
RIGHTS: Non-exclusive worldwide rights. Author agreement posted
at web site: http://www.howstuffworks.com/author-agreement.htm
SUBMISSIONS: Send as a text file or a MS Word document (preferred)
GUIDELINES: http://www.howstuffworks.com/writing-for-hsw.htm


LeAnn Thieman, Co-author
6600 Thompson Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526
EMAIL: ChickenSoup[at]LeAnnThieman.com
URL: http://www.leannthieman.com

Over 54 million Americans care for ailing family members.
Millions more lay and professional caregivers selflessly minister
to people in daycare, emergency, and community services. While
often rewarding, this benevolence requires tremendous emotional,
physical, and spiritual strength. Please share your stories to
help us care for those who lovingly care for others. See web site
for a list of topics.

We're looking for inspirational, true stories that will make
readers laugh, cry, or sigh. Stories should be positive,
universal, and non-controversial. The "point" or "message"
should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries,
tributes, philosophical, or biographical pieces will be accepted.
Please refer to other Chicken Soup books, and sample stories at
the web site, to better understand our story-telling style.

DEADLINE: December 1, 2002
LENGTH: 1,200 words or less
RIGHTS: Author retains rights
SUBMISSIONS: Email stories with your name, address and phone
number. If unable to email, please send a hard copy (and on disk
if possible).
GUIDELINES: http://www.leannthieman.com/CaregiversSoul.html


Market Roundup correction
From Flashquake publisher Debi Orton: "Although we do pay for all
work published, we have a sliding sacale from $5-$25. Where a
published work falls on that scale is a function of a vote by the
editors." http://www.flashquake.org/index.html


"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"

Please send Market News to Moira Allen


This section lists contests that charge no entry fees.  For more
contests (61 new listings added this week), visit:


              Best Fictional Earnings Release Contest

DEADLINE: August 9, 2002
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO: Not open to employees of Gregory FCA, other
communications professionals, journalists or certain securities
analysts who have an unfair advantage, having already written
fiction on behalf of these companies.

LENGTH: 400 to 600 words

THEME: Gregory FCA, the Philadelphia area's largest investor and
public relations agency and publisher of IR Reporter, is staging
a writing contest commemorating the largest bankruptcy in U.S.
history (WorldCom), this year's crisis in market confidence and
all the pervasive prevarication that made it possible.

Entrants should pick their favorite infamous public company -- as
targeted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the media or
your own shrinking 401K statement -- and rewrite the company's
last annual earnings release (the one right before the big shoe
dropped) in the words of the contestant's favorite author.

Successful entrants will capture the voice of their favorite
author (see samples at web site), as well as foreshadow the issue
related to the company, whether it is inflated revenue; improper
expense recognition and amortization; off-balance sheet
transactions; two-way trades; insider stock transactions or any
of the other esoteric crimes that are now part of the current
business lexicon.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $500; 2nd Prize: $250; 3rd Prize: $100
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes; entries should be limited to two pages,
double-spaced. No numbers or tables should be included as they are
irrelevant now, and were then. Send by email to Bruce Boyle.

EMAIL: bruce[at]gregoryfca.com

URL: http://www.gregoryfca.com/irp_gfca072202.htm


                  Inscriptions Back to School Contest

DEADLINE: August 30, 2002
GENRE: Story/Essay
LENGTH: 800 words or less

THEME: Do you remember what it was like the first day of school?
The smell of fresh, new paper, pen and markers in your clean,
pristine backpack as you unpacked your supplies for the first
time and organized your desk in the new classroom you'd been

Now's the time to share those back-to-school memories with us.
Pique our interest and take us back to yesteryear when you
attended school -- help us relive the most memorable first day
back to school you had in your life! If you make our judges
reminisce the most with a clever story, you may be the winner!

PRIZES: Grand Prize -- $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com (or
cash equivalent) and publication in Inscriptions.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Paste each entry directly into the body of an
e-mail with the subject heading "Inscriptions Back to School
Contest." Double space your entry, using standard manuscript
format. At the end of your e-mail, include your real name, pen
name (if applicable), mailing address and e-mail address. Enter
as often as you like.

E-MAIL: Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

URL: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com

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August 23-28 - Freelancing Later in Life Workshop, Eliot, Maine

August 24 - NAWW Meeting: Copyright and Media Law with
Donna M. D. Thomas, Towson, MD

September 5 - Book Writing/Publishing/Promoting Seminar with Dan
Poynter, Spokane, WA

September 8-14 - The Complete Writer - Intensive Writers' Camp,
Ocracoke Island, NC

September 12-15 - "Marry Your Muse" Facilitator Workshop,
Santa Fe, NM

September 14 - The Well-Fed Writer Seminar (with Peter Bowerman),
Seattle, WA

September 21 - Northwest News Writing Conference, Vancouver,

September 25 - Booksigning by Kimberly Ripley (author of
"Freelancing Later in Life", Newington, NH

September 28 - Penticton Writers' Conference, Penticton, British
Columbia, Canada

September 28 - 29 - Free Expressions Seminars - Writing Success
Series, Seattle, WA


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