A Writing Un-Conference

Writing conferences crop up all over the place every year. Most cover a lot of the same material — how to query, how to approach an agent, how to build a platform. A few focus more specifically on craft. Here’s one that sounds fully craft-driven, and actually offers time for writing!

The Writer Unboxed Un-Conference

The Writer Unboxed Un-Conference will kick off on Monday, November 3rd in Salem, Massachusetts, and span the week, culminating in a full-day workshop by Donald Maass on Friday, November 7th, and a cocktail party hosted by the Salem Literary Festival. Sessions will take place in The House of the Seven Gables Visitors Center, the Hawthorne Hotel’s Library and Ballroom, and–for those who want to write–space in one of the oldest membership libraries in the country, The Salem Athenaeum.


Write On! Local Writing Contest

Comment/question posted from Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) site:

Name: Jason Margolies

Email: jason.margolies@loudoun.gov

Phone: 703-737-8100 ext 4

Comment: Dear Writers:

Loudoun County Public Library would like to invite you to participate in our first annual short story contest for adults ages 19 and up. Write On! is currently accepting entries, and we would love to have yours.
Through August 11th, you can enter a short story of 2,500 words or less in any genre you choose. Cash prizes will be awarded!

You can find the submission guidelines, as well as FAQs, writing websites, and writing apps on the library’s own website, library.loudoun.gov/writeon. You can also find out the remaining dates of writing workshops taking place at the different branches… that is, if you have not already taken advantage of these free classes!

We are very excited for the finale of the contest, which will take place at Rust Library in Leesburg on September 14th , 2014, 2:00 pm, and will feature Carla Buckley, author of The Deepest Secret, Invisible : A Novel, and The Things That Keep Us Here.

Please contact any one of our eight branches if you have any questions about Write On!

Thank you for your attention and we hope to be reading your entry soon!

A Couple Writing Contests

Hey writers:

If you’re looking for some acknowledgement of all your hard work, why not enter a contest? Here are a couple to look at for starters:

The Rattle Poetry Prize – Grand prize of $5000 for one unpublished poem.

The Bard Fiction Prize – The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.


Meeting Recap and Election Results!

Last night’s Open Mic Night was a great success. We heard a variety of work from members, ranging from poetry and fiction to memoir and essay. We shared great feedback and learned from one another. As the outgoing president, I’ll throw out there that I’m thrilled to have ended my term on what I considered to be a high note. THIS is what the MWA is about — supporting and sharing, networking and improving!

We also collected ballots to approve the officer slate for 2014-15, and gathered feedback through a survey to help determine what kinds of programming we might feature locally going forward. Lastly, we offered some small tokens of appreciation to those members who have attended most regularly and to incoming officers, as a celebration of our first successful year here in St. Mary’s County.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming our new officers:

President – Lisa LaPaglia

VP – Wendy Kibler

Secretary/Treasurer – Nancy Smay

Wendy and Lisa will be splitting the responsibilities for planning and opening meetings, essentially acting in a co-president capacity. They are already planning lots of great things for the upcoming months!

Thanks so much for a great year, and here’s to another!