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Free Writer’s Conference

Who’d A Thought It Some years ago – we’re bad at keeping records – members of the Northwest Arkansas Writer’s Workshop decided to have a free writer’s conference, just to see how it might work out. We had plenty of … Continue reading

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It may seem strange for me to say this, but the first step in getting published is to produce a complete body of work that is the best you have ever written. Some writers try to go at it backwards … Continue reading

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In the nearly 30 years I’ve been writing, it’s always amazed me how many people I meet say they want to write a book someday. At first I was never sure what to say to them. Later, I began to … Continue reading

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Only recently I posted information on pitching your work to editors and agents face to face. This past weekend I had some experience doing that, as did many of my writer friends. Attending these conferences often gives us the opportunity … Continue reading

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Because of gas prices and the general economy, we writers have to pick and choose carefully when we want to attend conferences. Unless, of course, we’ve been asked to speak and our tab is picked up. This year I’m attending … Continue reading

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At Barnes & Noble where I often speak prior to signing books For the past four or five years I’ve held a semi-annual workshop at Ozark Folkways near Winslow, Arkansas. This non-profit organization provides rooms for all sorts of workshops … Continue reading

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November is Writing the novel month

I’m sure most of you are aware of all those writers who will begin to write their 50,000 word novel this month. I’ve decided to unofficially join all those involved in this endeavor and write a novel I’ve thought about … Continue reading

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Tenses make me tense

Often new writers mix up their tenses until the veins in my temple throb. Present tense is one of the most difficult to maintain throughout the entire story. The first time the writer has to return briefly to a past … Continue reading

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Holding a Writer’s Conference

Saturday our Northwest Arkansas Writer’s Workshop critique group held a free writer’s conference in Fayetteville. We were hosted by the kind folks at Ozarks Electric in their community room. It was filled to capacity by some 80 writers, some of … Continue reading

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Persistence is the key

If anything can be said about the craft of writing and building a career in the field, it’s that what eventually brings success is not so much talent as persistence. All the talent in the world will get you nowhere … Continue reading

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