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ADVENTURES WITH PAGE LAMBERT “Literature & Landscape of the Horse Retreat” featuring equestrian Sheri Griffith (Vee Bar Guest Ranch, Laramie, Wyoming, six days, May 2019). “River Writing & Sculpting Journey” with renowned Native American sculptor Roxanne Swentzell (Colorado River, Moab, Utah, six days, August 2019). “Weaving Words & Women Adventure” in partnership with True Nature Journeys (Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru, twelve days, April 2020). Lambert designs and teaches graduate writing courses for the University of Denver. Leading professionally outfitted writing adventures for 22 years, her rafting trips were featured in O magazine as one of the "Top six, all-girl getaways of the year."
BOOKGARDAN: GROW YOUR BOOK Birds & Muses’ year-long book mentorship program offers professional expertise & tailored guidance, practical structure & accountability, and the encouragement of an intimate cohort of peers to bring your book to fruition. For writers of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, mixed genre book projects. Led by internationally acclaimed novelist/memoirist Kate Moses: professional editor with 30+ years experience (Salon, North Point Press), bestselling author translated into 18 languages (Wintering, Mothers Who Think), devoted & generous teacher. Bookgardan includes 2 week-long residencies at Craigardan in the Adirondacks, 11 months of one-on-one mentorship, online craft seminars, guest authors & publishing professionals, culminating manuscript assessment. October 2019–October 2020.
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COMMUNITY OF WRITERS The Community of Writers, located in Squaw Valley, California, brings together poets and writers for week-long summer writing workshops. We have helped talented writers improve their craft since 1969. Morning workshops. Individual conferences. Craft lectures and panels. Poetry Workshop: June 22-June 29; Writers Workshops: July 8-15. Financial Aid available. (530) 470-8440
PEN OUT LOUD PEN Out Loud is a conversation series presented by PEN America and the Strand Book Store that amplifies diverse voices and provides a platform for vital conversations on the issues of the day. This spring, join us for conversations featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Isaac Fitzgerald on the future of fiction, Layli Long Soldier and Claudia Rankine on their use of language to illuminate and excavate, Julia Alvarez and Elizabeth Acevedo on legacy and Latinx literature, and Viet Thanh Nguyen and Maaza Mengiste on the importance of telling refugee stories.
WORKSHOP YOUR WRITING IN ITALY Join us this summer, July 20 - 28, in Recanati, Italy, for workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. An elegant medieval town, rich in literary history, our location overlooks mountains, forests, and sparkling beaches. Enjoy this inspiring setting, and workshop your writing with our faculty: LOU BERNEY (November Road), ALEX DIMITROV (Begging For It), and CHRISTINE O'BRIEN (Crave). Craft talks by PATRICIA HAMPL, FREDERICK TURNER, and LYNN FREED. Praise from past participants: "Intense focus on craft and creation in the most gorgeous surroundings--what could be better? Wonderful writing conference." "A stimulating program and an amazing location. Go!!" FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE.
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COSTA RICA NOVEL BOOT CAMP Join us in Nosara for Novel Boot Camp, and whip your story into bestselling shape. Our curriculum has been lauded as "life changing," "an MFA in a week," "worth every penny"--and it happens in one of the most inspiring locations in Costa Rica. During six intensive days you'll map your story from beginning to end, drilling into character, plot, theme, setting, voice and more. You'll swim, surf, hike, paddle board, horseback ride--and write with other serious novelists and memoirists who care about your success. Upcoming dates: Feb 24-Mar 2, 2019 (2 spots left; 10% discount) and Nov 3-9, 2019. Max enrollment 10.
Breakthrough Writing Retreats
WRITE IN FRANCE 10 DAY RETREAT July 3rd to 12th, 2019
Imagine . . . 10 days to write, relax, and connect with other creative writers. Stay in a beautiful château in the French countryside just a few hours from Paris. You'll have a private room and workspace, enjoy shared meals, and participate in writing workshops, story coaching sessions, creative conversations, and optional excursions. Most importantly, you'll have time to write. Dive deeply into your writing project and return home renewed in spirit and story. Space for 12 writers. Hosted by April Bosshard & Deep Story Design.
AWP AWARD SERIES AWP sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Entries for the 2019 competition may be submitted from January 1 to February 28, 2019. Winners receive $5,500/$2,500 and publication with University of Pittsburgh Press, University of Massachusetts Press, New Issues Press, University of Georgia Press. Entry fee is $30 for nonmembers and $20 for AWP members.
FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. 27th year. Prize for best short story: $2,000. Prize for best essay: $2,000. Total prizes: $5,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Final judge: Dennis Norris II, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux. Winning entries published online. Fee: $20. Limit: 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by April 30. Enter at
HUMOR POETRY CONTEST (NO FEE) Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. No fee. 18th year. Top prize: $1,000. Total prizes: $2,250. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Submit one humor poem by April 1. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest).
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
PRAIRIE SCHOONER BOOK PRIZE The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit unpublished manuscripts. Manuscripts will be accepted between January 15 and March 15, 2019. All entries will be read anonymously. We prefer to read electronic submissions. A $25 processing fee must accompany each submission. Winners will be announced on or before July 15, 2019. Winners will receive $3,000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. For full details and to submit, visit
TRUE STORY LONGFORM NONFICTION NARRATIVES WANTED for a new mini-magazine, True Story.
Published monthly by the editors of Creative Nonfiction magazine, each pocket-size issue of True Story showcases one exceptional essay by one exceptional writer. We're looking for previously unpublished works of narrative nonfiction between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject, in any style. Surprise us!
Submissions accepted year-round.
LITERARY MENTORSHIP & EDITING Realize your vision for your book project with the guidance of Kate Moses, internationally acclaimed novelist/memoirist, writing teacher, professional editor with 30+ years experience. (Wintering, Cakewalk, Mothers Who Think: translated into 18 languages, numerous awards, editor at Salon, North Point Press). Whether developmental brainstorming to begin your book or surgical restructuring of a draft manuscript, my work with you & for you will be invested, insightful, nurturing, and generous. Specializing in literary fiction & nonfiction, mixed genre. Big picture and detailed feedback by email, phone, Skype. Writing-intensive retreats in inspiring locations, year-long book workshops. Free initial consultation. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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MANUSCRIPT EDITING & CRITIQUES Professional editor, literary midwife, award-winning author (Bantam, Avon, Berkley/Ace, others) offers extensive critiques, tutorials, revisions, support. Upgrade your writing skills; solve problems with plot, character development, pacing. Specialties include literary and mainstream fiction, mystery/thriller, juvenile/YA, general nonfiction, psychology, spirituality. Stellar book proposals and queries. Carol Gaskin. Phone: (941) 377-7640. Email: Carol@EditorialAlchemy.com.
Editorial Service. Editing, Critiques, Marketing Assistance for Authors
Rentals & Travel
SANTA FE WRITING RETREAT Plan a personal writing retreat in the Land of Enchantment. Private studio casita guesthouse in downtown Santa Fe, for short or longer term rentals, equipped with wifi, printer, washer/dryer, plus more. Finish a project, or begin something new. Enclosed coyote fenced patio - secluded yet near museums, restaurants and the natural beauty of NM. Seasonal rates apply. Discount to those who book through this ad. Proprietor is a writer who knows what is needed for a perfect retreat. Also available for developmental editing services and manuscript consultation E-mail: email@example.com.
Books & Publications
A NOVELIST'S GUIDE TO REVISION About THE LAST DRAFT, A NOVELIST'S GUIDE TO REVISION (Penguin): “Sandra Scofield has written a needed book: not how to begin a novel, but how to get one into shape and on point. She is insightful on the importance of scene and ingenious on the value of summary and the role of interiority. She offers exercises for describing, evaluating, energizing, and enriching a draft in ways both minute and structural. For a novelist in that perplexing stage between a messy version and a viable manuscript, The Last Draft may be a godsend.” -Janet Burroway
A MOTHER'S HUG IS EVERYTHING Raised by a cold stepmother, Lacey Taylor’s life was turned upside down by the stroke of a pen, putting her on a path to find her birth mother, Cora Maguire. But Cora is not the maternal type. For her, her career is paramount to everything else, including her only child, Lacey. Their relationship is, at best, strained. Lacey struggles for Cora’s affection, but when Lacey life-path takes an unplanned twist, Cora becomes furious.
Can Lacey deal with life’s struggles without finally succumbing to them?
WEATHER WOMAN: A NOVEL Bronwyn Artair drops out of her doctoral program in Atmospheric Sciences at MIT and takes a job as a TV meteorologist in Southern New Hampshire. A year later, disaffected with her job and dumped by her boyfriend, she discovers she has an ability to change natural forces. Once she accepts her new power, she must figure out what to do with it. The novel follows Bronwyn from Tornado Alley to fire-ridden California, ultimately to the Siberian tundra. The story poses questions about women and power, science and intuition, and what the earth needs from humans.
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SMARTY PANTS: A podcast by The American Scholar.
Tune in every week for lively interviews with writers, historians, theorists, scientists, beekeepers, actors, horse lovers, poets, and pretty much anyone interesting who speaks English. Hosted by Stephanie Bastek. Listen on iTunes or at
CALL FOR CURRENT EVENTS POETRY THE NEW VERSE NEWS seeks previously unpublished poetic verses (especially those with a politically progressive bent) on current and specific news stories and events for its daily postings. No simultaneous submissions. See the website for further guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems published. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to nvneditorATgmailDOTcom. Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.
The New Verse News
MEAN GIRLS, MEANER WOMEN Seeking essays from women of all ages, races, and sexual orientations who’ve been victims of bullying either during their developmental years from other girls or who, as adults, have experienced aggressive, demeaning, or disempowering behavior from other women for anthology about relational aggression in females. Ideal essays will include details and observations regarding the emotional impact such experiences have had. Word limit: 1000. To submit essays, visit www.changesinlife.com. Type Anthology on subject line. Include the title of your essay in the essay’s body.
Deadline: June 1, 2019.
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