Are you ready to breath some fresh air into your writing practice this Spring? Let it be hot air if you’d like, as long as you lift yourself above the daily grind of revisions and drift into the midst of some new ideas. If conferences and residencies aren’t in the plan for you this year, then check out Camp NaNoWriMo, the April program for storytellers and word counters.
National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short, takes place in November every year. It’s a call to writers to set aside our self-editing in the service of completing a first draft of a novel, defined by the word count of 50,000 words. That’s the promise you make at the beginning of the month and if you fulfill your promise you “win”. Continue reading A Creative Retreat at Camp NaNoWriMo, April 1st – 30th
Kory and Kate were roomies at Bread Loaf in 2012, and Kate received an advanced review copy of Kory’s urban fantasy, Dying for a Living. Here, Kory talks about the writing process, the decision to self publish, and the poetry that inspires her.
Kate followed #AWP14 on Twitter with covetous interest and was inspired to create this post. Any of you considering writers conferences instead of MFAs? Or do you just want to shake up your writing, find likeminded peeps to add to your circle, and learn a TON this summer? Here are a few great writers conferences, by order of their upcoming deadlines. Find the conference that’s right for you at Poets and Writers.
Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop
July 13 – July 20, 2014
Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Like Bread Loaf, the program combines morning workshops with afternoon craft seminars and career panels. Evenings are reserved for author readings and revelry. If you’d like to be considered for a scholarship, the deadline is March 26. Otherwise, admissions are rolling, with an average turnaround time of five weeks.
Continue reading Conferences! You Can’t Go if You Don’t Apply!
Got a manuscript all done but hidden in that bottom drawer? As good as it might be, it’s not going to grow legs on it’s own That’s right, you’ve got to do the walking. And because it’s 2014, that means being an adult who says the word tweet. Continue reading Twitter to the Rescue, #MSWL hashtags and the tumblrs who love them.
In case you’re like Kate and you need a few weeks to plan and prepare for submissions, here are some submission deadlines for contests coming up throughout the month of March. May the luck of the Irish be with ye. Go get ‘em!
Continue reading March Contests for Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction