All posts tagged: writing

Creative Close-Up Courtesy of The Writer

9.23.19 Hello again…Just one more post to put up. September is about to leave us soon and that means Creative Close-Up is here. For writers, amateurs to professionals we all have made some mistakes in writing an article to writing stories. Long or short. I found an article by Gail Rady for The Writer, which was published in August. I think this could be helpful, don’t you? The do’s and don’ts of dialogue Dialogue is a powerful tool. Do make it sound lifelike, don’t let it drone on forever. Learn the do’s and don’ts of writing in dialogue. Photo by Blan-k/Shutterstock I’m not talking just to hear my own voice,” Grace insisted. “I’ve got a big job here!” Indeed, she does. Or the dialogue does. Only in a raw beginner’s manuscript – or a creative writing student’s desperate attempt to meet a page requirement – does dialogue drone on simply to fill the airways. Dialogue is a powerful tool. Imagine for a moment gazing on a family reunion devoid of speech. Or try your favorite …

MidWeek Updates: Literature Conferences…

6.12.19 Morning! I have two literary conferences that need some attention. First, it’s the Romance Writers of America RWA2019 Conference. Here are the details… Credit source: RWA Conference   Join Romance Writers of America for RWA2019 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City, July 24–27, 2019. At the conference, career-focused romance writers can anticipate: education and information, networking with fellow writers, interaction with editors, agents, publishers, vendors, retailers, and other romance publishing industry professionals.   Romance Writers of America RWA2019 Conference Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements their main income.   RWA is: a non-profit association of 9,000+ members based in Houston, Texas dedicated to advancing the interests of career-focused romance writers home …

Wednz Scene: Writer’s Digest 87th Annual Writing Competition

January 24 / 18 Last post for today. Just discovered this competition this morning. Writer’s Digest is having their annual writing competition. Plain and simple information to pass along to those who are interested in entering. Read on… Credit source: Writer’s Digest   WRITER’S DIGEST  87TH ANNUAL  WRITING COMPETITION BELIEVE IN YOUR WORK & BEGIN YOUR NEXT CHAPTER Don’t miss the competition that could transform your writing life! ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE: $5,000 His or her name on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber edition) A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference ENTER IN 1 (OR MORE!)of 9 CATAGORIES: Memoir/ Personal Essay Genre Short Story Mainstream/Literary Short Story Magazine Feature Article Rhyming Poetry Non-Rhyming Poetry Script Children’s/Young Adult Fiction Inspirational/Spiritual EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: MAY 4, 2018 DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2018 READY TO WRITER YOUR SUCCESS? IT ALL STARTS WHEN YOU ENTER TODAY! http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition If your interested, you know exactly what to do. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed.     Image source: unknown

Wkend Scene: 2017 Southampton Writers Conference & A Writing Contest

March 4 / 17 Good Morning creative peeps! Two things in the literature department to share with you. The first is the Southampton Writers Conference…..   SOUTHAMPTON WRITERS CONFERENCE  July 12 – 13, 2017 Melissa Bank / Billy Collins / Natalie Diaz / Roxane Gay / Adam Gopnik Ursula Hegi / Matthew Klam / Patricia Marx / Patricia McCormick Sharon Olds / Roxana Robinson / Roger Rosenblatt / Frederic Tuten Emma Walton-Hamilton / Meg Wolitzer / Maryrose Wood MASTER CLASS  ♣  WORKSHOPS  ♣  RESIDENCY  stonybrook.edu/writers  BE DISCOVERED!  Submit to the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry One winner in each genre will win $2,000 and publication in Ploughshares Submissions open March 1, 2017 – May 15, 2017 Visit http://www.pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest Ploughshares @ Emerson College  featured image: hdwallpaperbackgrounds.net

More Wednesday Scene: Writing 101

November 16 / 16 Hey again….Did you notice that there is a Writing/Literary Tutorial at the top of the blog page? I did promised it and I delivered. Now I’m adding more to the page. Found this at the Writing Center at Columbus State University, where I work my day job. This is from The St. Martin’s Handbook, Sixth Edition by Andrea A. Lunsford.  It’s title, The Top Twenty: A Quick Guide to Troubleshooting Your Writing. This is two-part post. The rest will be posted to the Writing/Literary Tutorial page.  Readers judge your writing by your control of certain conventions, which may change depending on your audience, purpose, and context for the writing. Whether an instructor marks an error in a student assignment will depend on personal judgements about how serious  the error is and what the writer should be focusing on in the draft. Some of the student writing patterns identified here may be considered errors by some instructors but stylistic options by others. Statistically, though, these twenty errors–identified in nationwide research by Andrea …

Shadowbox Adding Writing Tutorials

November 12 / 16 Hey! I’ve said I wanted to add new things to the blog and here at Shadowbox, we’re adding writing tutorials. For those who are looking to a literary career, this is just for you. Like artists, it’s always important to keep your writing skills sharpened. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or master of literature. It’s always important to keep you skills in check. The tutorials will be added later today, along with the art tutorials. They will be updated every now and then. Again, if your into writing, this is just up your alley. Enjoy your weekend, be blessed!                     featured image: wallpapersafari

More Scene Wednesday: A Summer Writing Conference……

March 30 / 16 Hey there again! Got something for those who love to write or thinking about writing. The University of Rhode Island is having a summer writing conference. Here are the details…. (cred: University of Rhode Island) THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND / OCEAN STATE SUMMER WRITING CONFERENCE JUNE 23 – 25, 2016 FEATURED SPEAKERS MARGO JEFFERSON / Pulitzer Prize Winning Cultural Critic RIGOBERTO GONZALEZ / American Book Award Winner JULIANNA BAGGOTT / New York Times Notable Author Also featuring: Talvikki Ansel, Rachel Harper, Michael Lennon, Patrick Madden, Christina Pugh, and Jody Lisberger URI Faculty: Mary Cappello, Peter Covino, and Derek Nikitas The 2016 10th Annual Conference is dedicated to the memory of Robert Leuci Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Poetry, and Screenwriting Workshops, Publishing Sessions One-on-one Consultations Learn more about the Ocean State Review, a journal of literary arts. uri.edu/summerwriting For those interested, just go to the website listed above. One more thing post…..                     featured & other cred: theodysseyonline.com, uri.edu/summerwrting and afvodyssey.org  

The Scene Weekend: 2016 AWP Award Series Guidelines

12.5.15 Hello, the first weekend of December is here.   2016 AWP AWARD SERIES GUIDELINES Accepting online submission January 1 – February 28, 2016 (from The Writer’s Chronicle) AWP’s Award Series is 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 it is open to published and unpublished authors alike. The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry offers an award of $5,500, supported by Amazon.com and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction awards the winner $5,500, supported by Amazon.com, and publication by the University of Massachusetts Press. Winners in the Novel and Creative Nonfiction categories receive a $2,500 honorarium from AWP and publication by New Issues Press and the University of Georgia Press, respectively. The Award Series conducts an evaluation process of writers, for writers, by writers, AWP hires a staff of “screener” who are themselves writers; the screeners review manuscripts for the judges. Typically, the screeners will select ten …