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RUMINATE MAGAZINE- ISSUE 24: HEIRLOOMS & 2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize Recipient & the Kalos Foundation VIsual Art Prize & Ruminate Faith & Arts Dinner: Feasting Toward Beauty

RUMINATE MAGAZINE- ISSUE 24: HEIRLOOMS & 2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize Recipient & the Kalos Foundation VIsual Art Prize & Ruminate Faith & Arts Dinner: Feasting Toward Beauty

chewing on life, faith, and art

ISSUE 24: HEIRLOOMS

Don’t miss out on Issue 24: Heirlooms. This special nonfiction issue features the four winning nonfiction pieces from our annual nonfiction prize as well as the work of over fifteen writers, poets, and artists. The winning nonfiction stories range from an agnostic finding her faith in Spain, to a woman dealing with her father’s anger that she fears she’s inherited. It also features our contributors’ and readers’ thoughts on their most prized heirlooms and the things they hope to pass down.

We’d also like to introduce the 2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize Recipient: Jessica Wilbanks. Her essay “Father of Disorder” was awarded 1st place by finalist judge and award-winning author, leslie Leyland Fields.
Read an interview with Jessica about her winning story and writing about the deeply personal.

Happy reading and happy summer!
The Ruminate Staff

Enter Ruminate’s 2nd annual art prize–the Kalos Foundation VIsual Art Prize. The final juror is Bruce Herman. Entry fee is $20. Entry deadline is August 15th First place wins $2,500 and publication in our winter issue. Read the complete guidelines here.

Join author Marilyn McEntyre, musician Aaron Strumpel, and the Ruminate team in Fort Collins, Colorado, for a weekend of writing, art, rest and inspiration. The retreat is September 14-16, 2012 Find out all the details on our website.

To get Issue 24 just subscribe, renew, or give a gift subscription! Use coupon code “Newsletter24” and you’ll get 10% off.

Join us in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Sept. 14, 2012 for a Ruminate Faith & Arts Dinner: Feasting Toward Beauty. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat today!

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Sydney Writers’ Centre- Winners of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards announced; write your own chick-lit novel & Many More Writing Courses

Sydney Writers’ Centre- Winners of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards announced; write your own chick-lit novel & Many More Writing Courses

Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
One-day seminar on Wednesday 1 August 2012
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

In this seminar, you’ll hone fundamental skills you need in order to make editing a breeze.

TIP: Since or because?

Since and because are often used interchangeably by writers and, while there are occasions when you can use either option, it’s important to know the difference between them so you can choose the correct one.

Because is a conjunction meaning “for the reason that; due to the fact that”. For example:

The picnic was cancelled because it was raining.

Since is a preposition of time that indicates the beginning point of an action. The action can be either continuous or one that has happened at one time or another within the period. For example:

Since it started raining, we’ve been stuck inside.

The Macquarie Dictionary also lists one meaning for since as “because; inasmuch as: since you asked, I’ll tell you.” While this might suggest you can use either because or since, as Grammar Girl points out, it’s not always that simple:

Sometimes, a sentence with “since” can be interpreted in two ways, and that is when you should avoid using “since” to mean “because.” Take this ambiguous sentence:
“Since they spoke, she’s had second thoughts.” (“Since” could mean “from the time that” or “because.”)

So, if you want to introduce a reason or cause for something, use because. If you’re referring to time passed, use since.

Student Success – Verity Snaith
Graduates of our Magazine and Newspaper Writing course go on to many and varied successes, and Verity Snaith is no exception. Since completing the course in 2009, she’s built an exciting career in freelance writing. Here’s what she said about the course:

“This is a great course for anyone wanting to break into the writing market. After receiving a bit of guidance about how to structure a feature, write a pitch and conduct an interview I landed my first job as a feature writer at a busy publishing house in Sydney, and am today successfully freelancing for a number of magazines, corporate clients, and online publications. Excellent value for money and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a kick-start in journalism.”

Congratulations on your new career Verity!
PM’s Literary Awards announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, which were announced by Julia Gillard on Monday morning. There were six categories this year, with poetry being included for the first time, and each category winner was awarded $80,000.

Gillian Mears was awarded the fiction prize for her novel, FOAL’S BREAD (a surprising win as Anna Funder’s ALL THAT I AM was a firm favourite); Mark McKenna won the non-fiction prize for AN EYE FOR ETERNITY: THE LIFE OF MANNING CLARK; and Luke Davies won the inaugural poetry prize for his collection, INTERFERON PSALMS.

Upcoming courses
ONLINE COURSE: Creative Writing Stage 1

Join us in our online classroom for this five-week course on creative writing. You’ll learn how to write compelling fiction and also explore new ways of tapping into your imagination. The best thing about this course is that you can do it from wherever you are, whenever suits you – all you need is a computer and internet connection.

5-week ONLINE COURSE
Week beginning Monday 30 July 2012
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395
Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1

Want to know how you can make money from your writing? Our Magazine and Newspaper Writing course will show you how. Over five weeks you’ll learn all about the magazine and news market, how to research, structure and write your own feature articles, and how to sell your ideas to editors. This is one of our most popular courses so don’t miss out.

5-week course starting Tuesday 31 July 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395
PR and Media Releases that Get Results

Getting the right media coverage for your business could double, or even triple, your sales. But how do you do it? If you’re not sure where to start on your publicity campaign, join us for our one-day seminar PR and Media Releases that Get Results. PR expert Catriona Pollard will show you the secrets to getting good publicity. By the end of the day, you’ll be well on your way to planning an effective PR strategy for your business.

One-day seminar on Thursday 9 August 2012
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

TIP: How do you spell adage?
First, what is an adage? It’s a proverb, or a traditional saying that is accepted by many as true or partially true. For example:

As the famous adage goes, the show must go on.

We’ve seen some unique spellings for this word. Here are a couple we found online:

The addage is still true…
This leads me to believe the old ad edged still holds validity

The correct spelling is “adage”. There is no other spelling for this word, so addage and ad edged are always wrong – no matter how ‘right’ they might sound.

Plan ahead – Write a Chick-Lit Novel
Our first course on writing chick-lit was a hit, so we’re holding it again! If you’re a fan of authors such as Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes and Helen Fielding, then you already know the appeal of good chick-lit. So why not join us to find out how you could be writing it!

Australian author Lisa Heidke has written four best-selling chick-lit novels including Stella Makes Good and Claudia’s Big Break, so who better to teach you how to write for this growing genre. You’ll learn all about the chick-lit market and why it’s so popular and how to craft your own chick-lit manuscript. By the end of this two-day course, you’ll be well on your way to writing your own chick-lit novel.

Write a Chick-Lit Novel with Lisa Heidke
Two-day course on Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August 2012
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395
Movie ticket giveaway – COSMOPOLIS
Thanks to Icon Films we have 5 double passes to Cosmopolis to giveaway. Based on the Don DeLillo novel, David Cronenberg’s latest film stars Robert Pattinson as a financial golden boy whose world is suddenly turned upside down.

Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, Eric Packer (Pattinson) a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager’s day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

Sound familiar? DeLillo’s novel is actually a modern re-telling of James Joyce’s, Ulysses. With such literary heavyweights behind it, it’s no wonder the film has been described as “flat out marvellous”.

If you’d like to win a double pass to see COSMOSPOLIS tell us your favourite movie based on a book. Send your answers to courses [at] spindriftmedia [dot] com [dot] au by 5pm Friday 3 August, and remember to include your postal address.

WEBPICK: News Cat Gifs
We love cats. And we love writing. That’s why we can’t get enough of News Cat Gifs – cats reacting to news situations.

Even if you’re not a journalist, you’ll appreciate these. The internet is a never ending source for cute/funny/weird cat gifs and the creators of this tumblr have paired the best with journo/writer frustrations. Some of our favourites are “When I’m getting constructive criticism” and “When I’m proofing a page and there is then instead of than”. Very funny, but be careful you don’t spend all day looking at these.

Other upcoming courses
Seminar: Blogging for Business with Steven Lewis
When: Friday 27 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker
When: Week beginning Monday 30 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 31 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Wednesday 1 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 1 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller – FULL
When: Every Friday starting Friday 3 August 2012 for six weeks
Time: 10.00 am – 12 noon
Cost: $450

Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait
When: Week beginning Monday 6 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Seminar: PR and Media Releases that Get Results with Catriona Pollard
When: Thursday 9 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 9 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker
When: Week beginning Monday 13 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Week beginning Monday 13 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
When: Every Monday starting Monday 13 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 15 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 16 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND Course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff
When: Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND Course: Write a chick-lit novel with Lisa Heidke
When: Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Online Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Nicola Robinson
When: Week beginning Monday 20 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Seminar: Sell Your eBook on Amazon with Steven Lewis
When: Tuesday 21 August 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Wednesday 22 August (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Business Writing Essentials with Tony Spencer-Smith
When: Thursday 23 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Writing for the web with Grant Doyle
When: Monday 27 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett – NEW DATE
When: Tuesday 28 August 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When: Thursday 30 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Build Your Profile Using Twitter with Steven Lewis – NEW DATE
When: Tuesday 4 September 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 5 September 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Perfecting Your Pitch with Sue White
When: Tuesday 11 September and 18 September 2012 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

Seminar: Successful Freelancing with Gayle Bryant and Valerie Khoo – NEW DATE
When: Tuesday 11 September 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Self-publishing – How to do it with Geoff Bartlett
When: Thursday 13 September 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Program: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 18 September 2012 for six months
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $1980

Seminar: From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville
When: Thursday 20 September 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Every Monday starting Monday 8 October 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Jeni Mawter – NEW DATE
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 11 October 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Weekend Course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
When: Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
When: Tuesday 30 October and 6 November 2012 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

Seminar: How to Write a Business Book with Valerie Khoo
When: Friday 16 November 2012 (half-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Cost: $295

WRITING TOURS
Writing in Bali with Patti Miller – FULL
When: Saturday 21 July to Saturday 28 July 2012

Writing in Paris with Patti Miller – FULL
Arrival: Thursday 18 October 2012
Departure: Saturday 3 November 2012

Sydney Writers’ Centre
Suite 3, 55 Lavender Street Milsons Point NSW 2061
http://www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au

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Playwrights Foundation- Meet Aditi Brennan Kapil, playwright, actress, director extraordinaire. Kapil’s BRAHMAN/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival

Playwrights Foundation- Meet Aditi Brennan Kapil, playwright, actress, director extraordinaire. Kapil’s BRAHMAN/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival

After an incredible first weekend, the Festival starts up again with the Olympics this Friday! Meet Aditi Brennan Kapil, playwright, actress, director extraordinaire. Kapil’s BRAHMAN/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show will be presented at our festival this Fri July 27, 2012 at 8pm.

Are you a secret fan of stand-up (or a blatent lover)? Well, check this – stand-up as you’ve never seen it! BRAHMAN/i takes you on a hilarious (and harrowing) journey of a teen Hijra (ancient Indian name for an intersex person) as he/she takes on history, mythology, gender roles, and high school. A story of an American boy/girl tethered by neither gender nor culture. Fun. Intense. Fab. $10 Tickets with Discount Code HIJRA.

Also, Read Aditi’s blog about her writing process! Be in on the jokes and come see BRAHMAN/i

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The Bay Area Playwrights Festival
July 20-29, 2012

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$20 at the Door
Friday, July 27, 2012
2p-5p: Symposium FREE!
Form VS Content, Who’s Your Mama?
with Lauren Gunderson, Mark Jackson, JC Lee, Laura Hope and Abi Basch & company.

8pm BRAHMAN/i: A ONE HIJRA SHOW Show by Aditi Brennan Kapil

Saturday, July 28, 2012
12pm SAMSARA by Lauren Yee
4pm TEA PARTY
by Gordon Dahlquist
8pm IDEATION by Aaron Loeb

Sunday, July 29, 2012
11am Young Theater Makers Convening FREE!
3pm GROUNDED by George Brant
6pm THE HUNDRED FLOWERS PROJECT by Christopher Chen
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Tickets to A.C.T. Theater
California Academy of Sciences Tickets
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Tasting Tour to St.George Spirits
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The Bay Area Playwrights Festival will be held at:
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San Francisco, CA 94103

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