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THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR'S DESK: Thinking and Thanking, by Dawn
THE WRITING DESK: Resumes, by Moira Allen
FEATURE: Preparing a Fiction Grant Application, 
by Elizabeth Creith
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Thinking and Thanking
Being a Brit, Thanksgiving normally passes me by. It doesn't
feature much in British life and we don't really understand it much
apart from what we see in movies. It seems to us to be like a
mini-Christmas, a big celebratory meal with family and friends and,
from what I've seen in films, a stressful time too - a lot like

But this year, my daughter is studying an American 5th Grade
curriculum, to stretch her.  Incidentally, we've found the American
math and language arts far more challenging and useful than their
English curriculum counterparts and the sciences are amazing! 
We're also learning lots about American history and geography and
of course, Thanksgiving. 

You know, I wish we had Thanksgiving in the UK. I think the idea of
taking a day to be thankful is a wonderful idea.  

And whatever stage we are at in our writing career, we do have a
reason to give thanks.  We are doing, even if only as a hobby,
something that we love to do; something that inspires us, something
that fires us up with enthusiasm, something that is a passion for
us and something that hopefully will help to pay the bills. 

I've been reading a book recommended to me by Cecily Mahoney
following my last editorial about reading positive books, called
"The Other 90%" by Robert K. Cooper.  This book, again aimed at
managers, is proving to be quite thought-provoking.  At least, it's
certainly making me think. 

For example, one thing that Cooper believes makes for happy human
beings is if they take time to indulge their passions at least a
little every day.  He believes that just by doing what we love to
do, just by writing, a little, every day, we are freeing up our
mind for happiness.  Not only that, but we are also, apparently,
boosting our immune system too!

So you see, that need to write that you've always had is actually
real!  It's a real physical need! Own it and enjoy it.  If you need
to write, you are a writer!

But what about publication?  Isn't it hard to get published these
days, what with new media and international competition? Sure, it
is hard to get published these days.  

But then again, it has ALWAYS been hard to get published. The world
changes, publications spring up and die, magazines come and go and
websites blaze then fade. It is easy to get discouraged, to let
negativity win, to give in. But remember this, for every
publication that closes, another opportunity comes along.  There
are new media, new outlets, and new ways to earn a living from
writing.  In fact, there are now more ways to earn money from
writing than there have ever been before.  I currently write for
two businesses in Australia, one in Hong Kong and one in Ireland,
all thanks to the power of the Internet and the introduction of
social media.  

We need to be more creative, not just with our words, but in how we
look for work and the type of work we do. This is, despite what all
the gloom merchants say, a good time to be a writer and I am
thankful that I live and write now. 

-- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor

And a quick message from the Editor...

For those whom Thanksgiving doesn't pass by (and those who
sometimes wish it would), remember - it's not the turkey.  It's not
even the pumpkin pie, though in my house, that's pretty much an
essential.  It really IS the "thanks."  I firmly believe that
"counting your blessings" actually frees your life to RECEIVE
blessings.  The more I see of folks who focus entirely on the
negative things in their lives (the "you won't believe what an
awful day I've had!" sort of person), the more I get the feeling
that by focusing on negativity, one is INVITING it.  And remember -
here at Writing-World.com, we're immensely thankful for all of YOU!

-- Happy Thanksgiving, Moira Allen, Editor


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The Writing Desk: Resumes
By Moira Allen

Do you need a resume as a freelance writer?
Q:  As a freelance writer do you use a resume and if you do what
exactly do you put on it?  Do you just list your writing credits or
do you have all of the other positions on there that you've ever
held even though they are irrelevant to your writing? 

A: I would only use a resume if I were applying for a "real" job in
the area of writing -- e.g., an editorial position, or something
similar.  It is not necessary (or even advisable) to include a
resume when submitting freelance material to a publication.

I have, on occasion, included a "publications list" when querying a
publication.  I have a "master list" (for my own use) that lists
everything I've published.  When submitting a query, however, I'm
likely to tailor the list to reflect the interests of the
publication itself.  For example, if I were querying a writing
magazine, I'd focus on my credits related to writing.  If querying
a pet publication, I'd focus on my pet-writing credits.  If
querying a "major" publication, I'd focus on "major" credits,
regardless of the topic (e.g., a big-league magazine will be more
impressed by the fact that I've written for Entrepreneur than that
I've written for Inklings, regardless of the subject area).
If applying for a writing job, you should focus on your writing
credentials.  However, other job experience is also important --
not because of the qualifications it may give you, but because
human resources personnel look at resumes for your employment
history.  If you have gaps in that history, or what appear to be
long periods of unemployment, those need to be explained.  Thus, if
those "gaps" are really just non-writing jobs, you can solve the
problem by listing your non-writing experience in your
chronological employment history section.

For writing, I prefer a "skills" resume over a "chronological"
resume.  A skills resume focuses on the writing skills that would
be relevant to the position.  Then, one's job history is listed
toward the end of the resume, but given a place of less prominence.
 A "chronological" resume focuses on job history -- this job, that
job, the job before, etc.        
For more information, see "Creating a Writer's Resume" at 

Copyright 2011 Moira Allen


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FEATURE: They'll Pay Me to Write my Novel? 
Six Steps to Help You Win a Fiction Grant

By Elizabeth Creith

The purpose of a fiction grant is to fund the completion of a work;
that is, the grant pays your expenses so that for a month or six,
or more, you can work on your writing without wondering how to pay
the phone bill.
In the last year I've had three fiction grants. The first time I
THOUGHT of applying for a grant, I broke out in a sweat. What if I
did it wrong? For a first-timer, writing a grant application can
sound intimidating. Where do you start? Where do you look? What do
you do? 
First, breathe. Bear in mind that these institutions want to fund
writers. In fact, they often have a mandate to distribute a certain
amount of money to writers. And guess what? The money isn't for how
well you can fill out an application -- it's for how well you
Who gives out these grants, anyway?
Arts councils, universities, private foundations and authors'
associations (such as PEN and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers
of America) are all sources of grants. Some are grants for artists
or writers in financial distress due to illness or emergency, but
many are to fund specific projects, intended to pay a writer's
normal living expenses while she finishes her work.
Many granting organizations state specifically that the money is
not for the purchase of equipment. Grant funds can usually be used
for living expenses, travel and research associated with the
project, and printing and postage costs. 
Eligibility is more likely to revolve around residency and work
than financial need. Arts councils fund only artists residing
within their province, state, region or country, and also require
proof of professionalism. 
The granting institutions want to know they're funding someone
who's likely to produce good work. They need to see a track record.
The Ontario Arts Council requires a writer to have published a
minimum of one book or three paid essays, poems or stories. The
Isherwood Foundation wants applicants to have published one novel
or collection of short stories. The Minnesota State Arts Board
requires that the applicant be a professional artist. 
There are a few grants for unpublished writers.  In most cases,
however, without something to prove you're a serious working
writer, you're not likely to be eligible.
Create a track record with short fiction, poetry, even newspaper
articles. Don't give your work away -- for many granting agencies,
payment is the thing, and the amount of payment less important.
Radio work, online publications, that local gossip piece for your
small-town paper -- if you place it, get paid. Depending on the
grant, you may not even have to have sold fiction. Got your track
record? Then you're ready to go.
Here's how to prepare an entry that gives you your best chance.
Take it one step at a time, and you can do it. Breathe.
1 - Find a grant that fits your writing. 
There are writing grants, and there are specialized writing grants.
Are you writing fiction or poetry, young adult or fantasy or
mainstream? You have a better chance if you can narrow your field.
First, you'll be competing in a smaller group. Second, when all the
entries are the same genre, the judges won't be trying to decide
whether to fund the sex-and-shopping novel or the sword-and-sorcery
one. There are grants solely for women as well.
How do you find grants?
a. Start with your region, state, province or country and Google
"writing grants fiction" or "writing grants poetry". 

b. Check out writers' resource sites and subscribe to newsletters. 

c. Ask other writers if they know of any grants. 

d. Contact past winners. Granting institutions publish the winners'
names on their websites; call a past winner and ask about the
grant, and the writer's experience. 

e. Don't be shy -- most writers are willing to help another writer
with information. 

f. Look at writers' magazines; most have a section on grants in the

g. Look for writers' organizations in your genre, like the SFWA or
the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.  

h. Read the information on your area arts council's website

i. Network with other writers on writing sites like Zoetrope and
Show Us Your Lits

2 - Know your grant: visit the website and read the requirements. 
When you've found a grant -- or two, or six -- that you are
eligible for, you need to read everything you can find out about
it. This is a no-brainer and an absolute must. 

Some things to look for are these: is the submission date a
received-by date or a postmarked-by date? Will the granting body
accept applications by email? How will you know your application
has been received? Do they want a publishing history -- that is, a
list of what you've published, when and where? (Almost certainly!)
Do they want to see some of your work? How much? Ten pages? A
sample chapter and synopsis? The whole manuscript? How many copies?
If you don't get funding, can you re-apply with the same work to a
later deadline? (Usually, yes.) Do they want identifying
information on the work, or not? (You can be disqualified if they
don't, and you leave your name on the piece somewhere.)
Don't skimp on reading time or skip over anything. Make notes. I
recommend a notebook with a page per grant so you can compare
easily without skipping among websites. Mark deadlines on your

3 - Give yourself time. 
A last-minute entry is probably not your best work, unless you've
been polishing for several months. I'd suggest starting work on
your support materials at least one month ahead of the deadline. If
you haven't got a month, perhaps you need to wait until next year,
or find another grant with a longer deadline. Don't waste time,
paper, postage and stress for anything but your best.

4 - Prepare your support materials.
This is the big step, the one that's going to take the most time. 

Support materials can include any or all of: a publishing history,
an artist's statement, a synopsis of the novel and pages from the
work, or the complete work itself.
Your publishing history is simply the list of what you've published
(and been paid for), where and when. Make sure it's up to date. I
change mine every time I publish something. Don't worry if the
first one looks sparse; keep working on it. 
An artist's statement tells the granting institution about your
concerns and work as an artist. This is where you tell them about
your major influences (but briefly) and what direction you want to
take with your work. Tell them what themes and motifs recur in your
writing, and why. For example, part of my artist's statement says
"A recurring theme in my work is the transformation of human to
animal and back, and the blurring of the lines between human and
The synopsis is just that -- a brief retelling of the story. It
usually take two or three days to write a good synopsis. Instead of
"blow-by-blow", think "back-cover blurb", something to make people
want to read the work. Here's a line from the synopsis for my
novel-in-progress "Under the Skin," whose hero can take either
human or dog form. "Now he's locked in the pound, nine hours from
home with no memory of how he got there. And he's due to be
neutered Thursday." 

5 - Send sample pages to wow the judges
You will probably be asked to send only a portion of the work you
want funded. Make it the very best part, the one that will keep
them turning pages. Don't worry about showing only a portion of the
plot. The judges may not care whodunnit or whether the guy gets the
girl in the end, but they WILL want to know you can write. That's
what you want to show them.
Start by choosing what you think is the best section of the work.
Find some people whose opinion and honesty you trust, and ask them
to read it and comment. This is not a time for warm, fuzzy
feedback. If your opening paragraph is boring, you need to know.
(If you can get them to help with your synopsis, all the better!)
Often several members of my writing group apply for the same grant.
When that happens, we hold "application binges." We all read each
other's pages, then meet for an afternoon to make suggestions. I've
always made improvements to my entry after one of these critique
sessions, and I wouldn't think of making a grant application
without one. 
Judges often read entries on a tight deadline, or in the time
around their full-time work. One told me that he had over a hundred
entries to look at, at forty pages per entry, and less than six
weeks to read them. If a writer didn't grab his attention early on,
he didn't finish the entry. You MUST grab the juror's attention in
the first two pages, and preferably on page one. If one of your
readers says something doesn't work, ask for the reasons, and
listen to them. Then rewrite, trim, rearrange, or perhaps pick a
whole other section and start again. See Step 3.
It's not cheating to ask for this help; if you publish a novel,
you'll be working with an editor who'll have suggestions to make,
too. Thoughtful, critical readers can vastly improve your
application, and your chances.
Before you mail your entry, double-check the rules and make sure
you've complied. I once was actually on the point of mailing my
entry when I wondered if I'd left my name on the cover sheet. I
ripped open the envelope to check. I had. Five minutes and five new
cover sheets (and a fresh envelope) later, I sent in my entry. If I
hadn't checked, I'd have been disqualified.
6 - Finally, if at first you don't succeed, hit them again.
The bad news is that there are more excellent entries than there is
money to fund them. 

But take heart; most grants allow people who miss the first time --
or second, or sixth -- to apply again. I applied five times for
grants before I got one, and four of those applications were the
same novel, the same pages. One writer I know applied eleven times
before he got a grant. The second application is a lot easier.
The good news is that winners usually can't re-apply for a stated
time, which gives other applicants a better shot. Judges and juries
may also change between deadlines, and your work may be more to the
taste of another jury. Perhaps on a new jury, your entry will be
the one that someone will fight tooth-and-nail to fund. They can't
fund it if it's not in there.
There's more good news. Although published writers are also
applying for those same grants, a less-experienced writer can win.
I've yet to publish a novel, but I won a grant when some
experienced published writers did not. The quality of the
submission told. If I can do it, you can do it.
And there's still more good news -- there are lots of grants. Keep
looking, because you won't find everything the first time around.
Yes, it's time, paper, postage and stress, but if you really have a
good story, it's worth trying, and trying multiple times. If you
succeed, you'll be paid to write your novel. And you'll still have
the novel to sell.


Elizabeth Creith lives and writes in Wharncliffe, Northern Ontario. Her 
fiction, non-fiction and poetry has appeared in over sixty online and 
print publications. She is currently working on a novel. Her memoir 
"Shepherd in Residence" will be published in April by Scrivener Press. 
Elizabeth blogs about writing at Elizabeth Creith's Scriptorium, 

Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Creith 

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