What stirs your writer's soul? Answer this question in 250 words or less and Karen M. Rider will upload it as a guest post on her blog "Soul of a Writer."Karen invites writing colleagues of all genres to submit about any of the following topics related to "what stirs the soul of a writer?"
- Why did you write your most recent story?
- What made you stick with a character that gave you more trouble than fun to write about?
- What compelled you to share details of your life in a personal essay or work of creative nonfiction?
- What made you want to tackle historical fiction and why did you choose the time period your most recent work is set in?
- Why do you write?
- How do you feed your muse?
- What made you choose the setting for your current work-in-progress or most recent published work?
- Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
- Write about what the topic "stirs a writer's soul" means to you!Karen's blog receives 250-600 hits a month, depending on time of year, content and frequency of posts. Her website receives 300 hits per month (since February 2011) with more than 100 return visitors each month. 12% stay on site to read from 2-10min. 5% read for an hour or more. She will post the content that has the best match for her blog audience. Submit your post with a 60 word bio on or before September 25.Subscribe to Karen's newsletter to find out if your post will be uploaded and the date. You'll also find out when other CAPA member's posts are going up.Questions? Contact Karen by replying to this email.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
"Where Do You Get Your Ideas?"
Children's Authors Share Invention Strategies
At the Westport Writers' Workshop
Discovery of a mysterious diamond reveals a girls’s connection to Shakespeare...a boy cast out of his Amazon tribe finds new life with an American adoptive family but needs to return to prove himself...a group of kids with wacky but limited powers put their heads together to solve a crime...
Do you ever wonder where best-selling children’s authors get their ideas?
Anyone who writes or loves middle grade fiction will enjoy this evening with successful authors of middle grade fiction. The panel, which includes the surprise guest NY Times tech columnist David Pogue along with authors Elise Broach, Tony Abbott and N.A. Nelson, will address questions such as:
- How do you repeatedly come up with fresh, inventive ideas?
- How do you know that the idea is right for your target age range – in this case, middle grade fiction?
- What strategies are useful when you get stuck working on a story?
- How do you decide when it's time to abandon an idea and move on to something else?
Panelists will include:
Tony Abbott: Firegirl (Little, Brown & Co.); Lunchbox Dream (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); Secrets of Droon (Scholastic); Cracked Classics Series (Hyperion); award-winner The Secret (Little, Brown & Co.)
Elise Broach: Missing on Superstition Mountain (Henry Holt & Company); New York Times Bestseller Masterpiece (Henry Holt & Company); Shakespeare's Secret (Henry Holt & Company); Desert Crossing (Henry Holt & Company)
Nina Nelson: Bringing the Boy Home (Harper Collins);
David Pogue: Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power (Roaring Brook Press)
The presentation will include time for Q&A. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase and book signing.
Registration $25, bring a child for free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I have a feature fiction piece coming out in Om Times digital magazine in the DEC 15 and JAN 1 issues. The story is "The Parade" It is a visionary short story:
"I really enjoyed The Parade. There are spiritual instructions on how to achieve wellbeing, happiness and success. Your writing is very descriptive, it captured my imagination and pulled me into the story. In your writing, you use your metaphysical knowledge in a creative and enlightening way."
Ingride Elguleta, Canada
Visitors to my website who sign-up for my e-newsletter will receive a personal copy of the story and the interpretation of the symbolic imagery— spiritual, angelic and metaphysical— depicted in the story.
Also, recently published in Om Times is an article, "Menopausal Madness". In the Cromwell Chronicle in December 2011 issue: "2012: Beginning of the End or Just the Beginning"
My website: www.karenmrider.com
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Hello, Writing Sisters of the Connecticut International Women's Writing Guild,
This is our blog and a way to keep connected locally as well as share in IWWG. I invite you to tell us your publications and successes--or ask questions about your writing practice.
I'm just catching on to my new post as a CT IWWG Rep. Let me know how I can help you the most.
My news: I have published a second edition of Sweet Potato Suppers: A Yankee Woman Finds Salvation in a Hippie Village. My essay "A Musical Thanksgiving" was published in an anthology Thanksgiving Tales: True Stories of the Holiday in America, edited by Brian D. Jaffe. My essay on the magic of the elder years was included in Unraveling Mysteries: An Anthology on Woman and Aging, edited by Jyoti Wind, a member of IWWG. Several of my poems have appeared in Off the Coast, along with a review of my book of poems Red Hen's Daughters.
I have enjoyed created a series of video clips and posting them on You Tube to support memoir writers and all writers as well as to discuss the themes of my books. You can also catch these clips on my blogs.
Enjoy your holidays. Blessings, Trish
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Thursday, March 10
Thursday, March 24
Let your colleagues applaud and support you as you read a 10-minute selection from your work-in-progress.Or just come to listen, support your fellow writers, and be inspired.
Each reader will be allotted a maximum of 10 minutes. Please sign-up in advance by calling (203) 227-3250 to receive a time slot. Or you may sign up at the event, space permitting (pre-registration highly recommended).
These will be relaxed and social evenings. Admission charge $10, but if you sign up to read your work, bring your friends and supporters at no charge.
Coffee/tea, cookies and camaraderie are on the house.
WHEN: Fiction/Non-fiction: Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., Poetry: Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Westport Writers' Workshop 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport
COST: $10 to read your work or for walk-ins (space permitting). Free for WWW Members, guests of WWW workshop participants reading their work, or for anyone pre-registered who just comes to listen.
TO REGISTER: email email@example.com or call (203) 227-3250.
If you would like to share an experience and be part of this uplifting book that will inspire others to see their potential, contact us today. For more information, visit
Turning Points: Changing Lives One Event at a Time
Do you love to write but hate what happens when you sit down at the screen or page and nothing comes?
Are you ready to be re-energized and inspired?
In this workshop you will learn practical strategies to jumpstart your writing and overcome writer's block. Whether you are just beginning to write or are an experienced author, this relaxed, upbeat, hands-on workshop will help you achieve your writing goals.
Relevant to writers of all genres, we'll discuss specific strategies designed to lift the quantity and quality of your writing, particularly when you are stuck and can't seem to write at all. Some topics included are establishing the "writing habit," generating ideas, using prompts, and managing writing resistance in general. These will be applied to generating new material as well as the revision process.
The workshop is based on the best writing strategies culled from the experts as well as dozens of print and online resources. A comprehensive handout is included. In addition to our discussion, there will be three ten minute exercises.
So bring your notebook and get ready to set yourself on the perfect writer's path for the New Year!
Marcelle Soviero is a published poet and essayist. She has an MFA in creative writing from New York University and a BA in creative studies form Hofstra University. She leads two workshops for the Westport Writers' Workshp: Writing Your Memoir and Poetry of Everyday Life.
WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 5, 9 a.m. to noon
WHERE: Westport Writers' Workshop, 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport
COST: $125 or $110 for WWW members
MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 12
About Marcelle Soviero, MFA
Marcelle Soviero is the author of The Body That Wants, an award winning poetry chapbook, and the essay Electronically Yours published in the New York Times. Her poems, and profiles and interviews have been published in dozens of literary magazines. She has published hundreds of nonfiction articles, including several cover stories for Popular Science magazine. Marcelle has a BA in Creative Studies from Hofstra University and an MFA in English/Poetry from New York University. She has lectured and taught at The New School, New York University, and in libraries, bookstores and school districts nationwide.
How To Register
Go directly to the Blocked? How To Get Unstuck link
to register by mail or with a credit card or PayPal.
Westport Writers' Workshop
3 Sylvan Road South
Westport, Connecticut 06880
For questions or more information see www.westportwritersworkshop.com or contact Kathleen at (203) 227-3250 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 11, 2011
Weekend guests inclusive of entire program, two nights room and all meals: $375
Weekend commuters inclusive of program, exclusive of room and meals: $160
Meals: Breakfast ($9), Lunch ($12), Dinner ($13)
March 2, 9 and 16, 2011 8:30-9:30pm
Host: Gizelle Alexander
This three week online series is designed to introduce individuals to the concept, history, uses and benefits of keeping a journal. We will also explore ways of staying focused after the initial impetus, and I will provide you with useful writing prompts to get your ideas flowing. Whether you have kept a journal in the past and would like to reinvigorate that passion, or the thought of hiding away of secret book intrigues you, this three week series is guaranteed to educate and inspire!
Sign up now. Early Bird pricing applies!
Please note, once you have reserved your spot for this unique series, you will be e-mailed materials on what phone number and PIN # you will be using to get in on the call. I'll also provide registered individuals with a link so that you may join us online where you'll have the option of typing questions and comments during the call.
Gizelle Alexander is a distinguished member of Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Communications and Literature from The City College of New York. She has over 20 years writing experience and has been published in the following genres: poetry, fiction, inspirational and creative non-fiction. She is a regional representative of The International Women's Writing Guild, serves as a moderator for a fiction book club in her community and is a board member of Church Street Ministries, an organization that serves at risk youth and their families in The Greater Waterbury Area of Connecticut. Gizelle has served as a substitute teacher for middle school children, and has done motivation coaching and tutoring for that particular demographic. She is expanding her role as facilitator in the areas of creativity and empowerment through her writing projects, workshops and life coaching sessions.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Danbury Public Library
The HVCA Writers Forum presents the Write From the Start interactive workshop with writer and editor Adele Annesi.
Write From the Start is an interactive workshop for fiction and nonfiction writers of all levels that examines the first paragraphs of a story to reveal the problems most likely to recur throughout. Participants receive constructive feedback, from an editor's perspective, on how to spot and fix difficulties with word order, tone, voice, narrative, structure, dialogue, theme and plot. For optimal results, bring the first two pages of a current writing project. This two-hour workshop includes Q&A, handouts (with bibliography) and a hot-linked list of the latest literary markets and resources. The cost is $10 for HVCA members and $15 for nonmembers.
Space is limited and registration is required. For registration or more information, contact Lisa Scails.
Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance
Danbury Public Library
170 Main Street, Danbury , CT 06810
Contact Lisa Scails: email@example.com
Fortunately, all those snow cancellations left us with plenty of quiet time to get more writing done. Right?
If you're like most of us, your answer is Wrong! Because the simple truth is, most of us need a deadline - a workshop, an editor, a book contract - to get us writing. Not to mention all those school cancellations that practically forced many of us to take up home schooling.
So if you're berating yourself for getting not much done, go easy on yourself. Here's a great quote by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love:
"As for discipline - it's important, but sort of over-rated. The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you. You will make vows: 'I'm going to write for an hour every day,' and then you won't do it. You will think: 'I suck, I'm such a failure. I'm washed-up.' Continuing to write after that heartache of disappointment doesn't take only discipline, but also self-forgiveness."
If you would like more encouragement - or a boost to to get your writing engine re-started - we invite you to the following:
"Blocked? How To Get Unstuck"
March 5, 9 a.m. to noon in Westport
Registration is limited at both to make sure that there is time for focus on each writer's issues and writing goals.
For more information call (203) 227-3250 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALLING ALL WRITERS!
Please sign up to share your work with us at our rescheduled Open Mic Nights. Read a selection of your work to an audience of your peers and other interested listeners. Or just come to listen and be inspired.
Fiction/Nonfiction Open Mic Night:
Thursday, March 10, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Poetry Open Mic Night:
Thursday, March 24, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Each reader will be allotted a maximum of 10 minutes. Please sign-up in advance by calling (203) 227-3250 to receive a time slot. Priority will be given to those who registered for our January Open Mic nights that were canceled due to weather. But we must hear from you to re-reserve your spot.
Admission is $10, or free for Westport Writers' Workshop members or those currently registered in an 8-week or 6-week workshop. Or if you register and pay to read your work, bring your friends and supporters at no charge.
This will be a relaxed and social evening. Coffee/tea, cookies and camaraderie are on the house.
This month, a contribution from WWW Founder/Director Jessica Bram:
I can't tell you how tired I am of hearing that 'all the good memoirs have been written.' Memoirs by celebrities, or tabloid-style writing about dramatic events: Maybe so. But there is always something deliciously new and intimate about being invited into even the most ordinary person's life in a well-written memoir.
I have recently been enjoying J.R. Moehringer's The Tender Bar (Hyperion, 2005), the story of how a fatherless boy found guidance and solace, along with the much-desired company of men, in a corner tavern.
Writers will be particularly interested in this bit of wisdom Moehringer receives from a priest he meets on a train:
"Can I tell you something?" the priest asked. "Do you know why God invented writers? Because He loves a good story. And He doesn't give a damn about words. Words are the curtain we've hung between Him and our true selves. Try not to think about the words. Don't strain for the perfect sentence. There's no such thing. Writing is guesswork. Every sentence is an educated guess, the reader's as much as yours. Think about that the next time you curl a piece of paper into your typewriter."
Do you have a book rave or writing wisdom to share? Send it to: email@example.com.
Writers' Retreat 2011
Registrations will soon begin for our retreat scheduled for May 12-16, 2011 at a gorgeous oceanside location in Watch Hill, RI, when seven writers will gather with retreat leaders Suzanne Hoover and Jessica Bram for four luxurious days of quiet writing and evening workshops
Call (203) 227-3250 to let us know if you would like to be added to a list for priority registration. Or stand by for announcement.
To read this article, Why Do We Have To Do This Over And Over? Exploring The Roots of Prejudice, please visit http://polipsych101.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/why-do-we-have-to-do-this-over-and-over-exploring-the-roots-of-prejudice/.
Recently a bill, redefining rape, was proposed before Congress. As it was proposed, this bill could have an enormous impact on the lives of women.
H.R.3, The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act was, in truth, a war on women's power, a war on women's protection, a war on women's access to help . . . a war against women!
In response I have written a post on my blog, PoliPsych, exploring the roots of this bill in specific, and of any act in the war currently being waged against women in our hearts, our country, and our world.
To read this post, please visit http://polipsych101.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/a-war-against-women/.
EXPLORE HEALING TO THE ROOT . . . AND FREE YOUR CREATIVITY!
Depth psychotherapist Judith Barr, author of Power Abused, Power Healed invites her sister writers and IWWG members to explore the many ways we can heal to the root!
In private practice for over 30 years, and offering her healing expertise in an array of formats, Judith’s unique and innovative work helps people make a connection between their inner world, their own individual relationships and experiences, and the state of our nation and our world. She works with people in the creative arts on the roots of both what is blocking their creative flow and what is trying to birth itself to be healed through their artistic expression.
In her monthly newsletter, Judith teaches about how healing to the root can help heal not only ourselves . . . but our whole world.
To sign up to receive Judith’s free newsletter and announcements of upcoming events, articles, blog posts and more, please visit http://www.judithbarr.com/PowerAbusedPowerHealed/pages/newsletter-signup.htm.
If you feel called to explore working with Judith, please email her at JudithBarr@PowerAbusedPowerHealed.com
Monday, January 31, 2011
What is metaphor?