Sunday, January 18, 2009

Annual Writer's Digest Competition

Annual Writing Competition

For 78 years, the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition has rewarded writers just like you for their finest work. We continue the tradition by giving away more than $30,000 in cash and prizes!

Win a trip to New York City !

GRAND PRIZE: $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors or agents.Writer's Digest will fly you and a guest to The Big Apple, where you'll spend three days and two nights in the publishing capital of the world. While you're there, a Writer's Digest editor will escort you to meet and share your work with four editors or agents! Plus, you'll receive a free Diamond Publishing Package from Outskirts Press.

Entry Deadline: May 15, 2009.

For entrants paying with a credit card, we will accept manuscripts submitted online. Manuscripts in the script categories must be submitted via regular mail.

Compete and Win in 10 Categories!
Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
Memoirs/Personal Essay
Magazine Feature Article
Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
Mainstream/Literary Short Story
Rhyming Poetry
Non-rhyming Poetry
Stage Play
Television/Movie Script
Children's/Young Adult Fiction
Entry Fee: Poems are $15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poem submitted in the same online session.

All other entries are $20 for the first manuscript; $15 for each additional manuscript submitted in the same online session.

Add $5 per manuscript to all entries postmarked after May 15, 2009. Entries postmarked after June 01, 2009, will not be accepted.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

"A Recession Regression"

To my sister writers and members of Connecticut IWWG,

As a psychotherapist and affiliate member of NAPFA (The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors), I have great concerns about the absence of discussion in the financial and media worlds about the real roots of our relationships with money, and the effects on the economy nationally and globally. To respond to this gap and the need it reveals, I am working to bring such a discussion into the public for people in all walks of life to be informed, inspired, and empowered.

I’m writing this blog post today because I have a unique way of looking at people’s relationships with money, and I am delighted to announce that my second article on the subject, A Recession Regression, has just been published – an article I think can help people in ways that aren’t being addressed in our financial and media worlds (and even the world of healing). These articles reflect my own efforts to help us all understand and change our relationships with money – at the root – beginning with discovery and awareness about the truth of those relationships. The responses to my articles, my workshops, and my individual work with people on this theme have been heart-warming and very satisfying, as I have witnessed the changes that have occurred and can occur.I would love to share this article with you, who know what it is like to create! And to long to have a positive impact on people with your writing. Perhaps you would like to display the article in your place of business, send the articles to colleagues (and friends), suggest other people to whom I should write, brain-storm and heart-storm with me other possibilities for utilizing such articles to help so many people navigate these times much better than they are, and much better than they will without this insight.If you would like to receive a pdf copy of this article, please email me at and I would be happy to email you a copy.

Many Blessings,

The Truth About Power

To my sister writers,

You may know that 1 ½ years ago I published my first book, Power Abused, Power Healed. Since that time I've had many people suggest I create a DVD of one of my talks. I have done that and now my new DVD, The Truth About Power, which stands alone and also as a companion to my book, is available to people.

I want to share this with you, who know what it is like to create!

Thanks for receiving me and my announcement (below).



The holidays have come and gone. People have been approaching life with new priorities, new values. . .values that can help us invest in healing that will guide us as we create new possibilities and realities in our world.

Misuse and abuse of power is commonplace in our world. It occurs in homes, schools, churches, businesses, government, even in the therapeutic and healing professions. The root of power abuse is woundedness . . . woundedness calling to be healed! And it is definitely calling us! We cannot heal the misuse of power simply by action in the outer world. We each need to do the healing of our relationship with power within ourselves . . . and that will help us heal our world!

As past feelings and childhood wounds emerge during our daily lives, it is crucial that we become aware of these ancient feelings, and how they can affect our relationships with power, our relationships with each other, our relationships with ourselves, as we enter the new year beyond. In “The Truth About Power,” I teach the truth about the roots of our relationships with power, how these relationships affect our lives as well as our world . . . and how we can heal the wounds that foster the abuse of power in our world.

For more information about “The Truth About Power,” or to order copies as gifts for your loved ones any time of the year, or as a gift of healing to yourself, please visit

The Truth About Power . . . what a healing gift to those who matter to you!

Many Blessings,

"How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book"

How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book
Six-week class begins January 26, Monday afternoons
Hudson Valley Writers Center
Instructor: Mary Carroll Moore

It's a new year--are you regrouping, maybe thinking about your writing project, a book you really want to work on? There are still a few openings in Mary Carroll Moore's Monday afternoon six-week class, "How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book," at the Hudson Valley Writers Center. Consider joining this wonderful group of writers of all levels, learning about what makes a publishable book.

This class is opens to first-time book writers as well as anyone wanting a refresher on the basics of structure and book creation. It fills fast, so please call or email soon if you're interested: or 914-332-5953.

How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book--6 Mondays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.January 26 - March 16 (skips February 16 and 23) Fee: $355; returning Moore students deduct $15

Whether you’re a nonfiction author, memoirist, or novelist, and whether you have a book almost finished or merely a concept for one, this six-week class will help you get to know your book—what it is about, how to structure it, how to finish it! You’ll learn a step-by-step plan (including timetables, chapter grids, story-boarding, and other techniques) and ways to flow chapters, find holes in your material that need filling, organize research and concepts, and construct plots. You’ll also learn how to package your book for agents and publishers and gain essential tips on editing and evaluating your book at all stages.

You can also sign up to receive free weekly writing exercises by visiting Mary's website at

"Writing on the side"


Q: Can you use your writing talent to supplement your income?

A: Yes, you can!

Learn how from successful freelance writer Susan Farewell in a special half-day workshop:


Saturday, January 24
9 a.m. to noon

You are feeling the pinch of these economic hard times. But wait! There may be a silver lining, which is discovering that you have the ability to earn some extra cash with your untapped creativity.

Writing on the Side is a workshop designed for writers of all levels and all genres. It is designed to motivate individuals to act on some ideas they may have been mentally kicking around for years.

You always wanted to write a book? Why not give it a shot now? You think you could have written that article in The New York Times Connecticut it. You're sick of reading all the cliché content in the parenting magazines and believe your ideas are newer? Go after it. This workshop will appeal to individuals who are otherwise busy, whether raising their families or looking for jobs or working in different fields.

Workshop leader Susan Farewell has been earning a living as an independent journalist/author for many years. With the Internet, she sees the word as having a bigger appetite than ever for well written content.

Susan Farewell is an accomplished freelance writer who for more than fifteen years has managed her own successful freelance writing business, writing books, magazine, newspaper and Internet articles. Prior to that she had a ten year career as a travel editor and staff writer at Condé Nast Publications in New York City. Her work has been published throughout the United States and in European and Asian publications.

WHEN: Saturday, January 24, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

WHERE: 32 Webb Road, Westport

COST: $150 or Early Bird Registration: $125 if paid by December 31, 2008.
Early Bird Discount extended to January 12, 2009!

Enrollment is limited to 9 to allow each participant to discuss his/her writing strengths and goals.

To register, log on to Westport Writers' Workshop and click on REGISTER NOW for instructions for registering by mail or with PayPal. For information call (203)227-3250 or see

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Writers' Workshop at Key West, Florida

Writers' Workshop at Key West, Florida

"How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book" Weekend Workshop
with award-winning author Mary Carroll Moore.

Join Mary Carroll Moore for a special weekend workshop on "How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book"--at The Studios at Key West, Florida, February 20-22, 2009. It's a great chance to soak up some sun, smell the ocean air, and get away from the Connecticut winter--and into your book!

Book writers need other writers, and you'll find them at this weekend gathering. Our writing community will explore structuring, plot and character development, island-writing versus outlining, pacing and rhythm, and other book-writing techniques. We will work through a series of exercises that put learning into practice and give you plenty of next steps for your book journey.

The workshop is economical at $225 for the weekend instruction, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. For details about lodging and agenda, visit The Studios at Key West at and click on Workshops, then scroll down to How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book.

It will be fun and relaxing, creative and intense. Hope you can join us!

Mary Carroll Moore is a former syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of over a dozen published books in memoir, self-help, and other nonfiction genres. Her novel, Qualities of Light, will be released in 2009 from Spinsters Ink and her writing craft book, How to Plan, Develop, and Write a Book from Riverbed Press, will also be released in 2009. She teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis as well as The Hudson Valley Writers Center in Westchester County, NY.