Daily Archives: August 5, 2012

Arizona Mystery Writers- Hosts Michael Orozco, TPD Homicide Detective will speak on “Dealing With the Horrors of the Job.”

Arizona Mystery Writers- Hosts Michael Orozco, TPD Homicide Detective will speak on “Dealing With the Horrors of the Job.”

Arizona Mystery Writers invite you to attend our September 8, 2012 meeting.

Morning Speaker: Michael Orozco, TPD Homicide Detective will speak on “Dealing With the Horrors of the Job.” Detective Orozco is author of INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF INNOCENTS.

Afternoon Writing Workshop: Each month features a writing assignment based on a prompt associated with the subject presented by the morning’s speaker. Members can write solo or in a group. Our afternoon session also includes a handout of info like writing contests, tutorials, informative web sites, and other stuff.

Join us, the second Saturday of each month, September through May, at El Parador Restaurant, 2744 East Broadway Blvd. Tucson. (East of Tucson Blvd), 10 am to 2 pm. $20 non-members and walk-ins includes lunch, $15 RSVP’d members. $10 for one session, morning or afternoon, no lunch.
Make your reservation and menu choice by noon Wednesday before the meeting, at http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com or rsvpmystery@gmail.com. Use Pay Pay online or cash at the door.

Taken from the WRITE WORD, the Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 41. No. 4 August/September 2012

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Social Network for Poets and Fans of Poetry

Social Network for Poets and Fans of Poetry
Ever wonder what a world of poets would be like? We did too. It’s why we launched http://www.openmicvoices.com

Our member poets and fans of poetry are connecting and sharing poems, knowledge, and feedback.

You can add and record your poetry audio, video and photos- absolutely free! Groups and venues for poetry are more than welcome to join too, and create a profile that showcases their benefits to poets world wide. –H L Hunter

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the Newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors

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Odyssey Storytelling- Greyt Tales

Odyssey Storytelling- Greyt Tales

Sunday August 26, 4 p.m. at Fluxx Studio, 414 E. 9th St.

Tickets: $20 if purchased online* by August 21 or $25 at the door
Odyssey Storytelling is happy to be teaming up with the Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption to present “Greyt Tales.” Five storytellers will share their personal greyhound experiences in the form of a story. The event also includes a merchant fair, wine tasting, appetizers and desserts.
“Greyt Tales” is greyhound and large-dog friendly. Guests are welcome to bring 50-pound or larger canine companions to the event. The ticket price includes sampling of two red wines and two white wines, with non-alcoholic options available. Appetizers include a combination of hot and cold items, fruit and cheese. Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging is providing a wide selection of desserts, prepared by a Le Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef. Beer, wine and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from sale of art and dog-related merchandise will also support Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption.
Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to rehabilitating and re-homing retired racing greyhounds. It provides medical care, shelter, home training and socialization for recently retired greyhounds. The organization works to place greyhounds into adoptive homes.
Odyssey Storytelling is a project of StoryArts Group, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and celebrating the art of storytelling. Odyssey Storytelling is collaborating with volunteers from Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption to teach participants about storytelling as a means of sharing personal narratives and experiences.
For more information or *to purchase tickets visit http://sagreyhoundadoption.org/ or contact Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption at 520-955-7421.

Odyssey Storytelling creating connections ~ one story at a time

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Sydney Writers Centre- Peter Porter Poetry Prize & Melbourne Writers Festival & Many Writing Courses

Sydney Writers Centre- Peter Porter Poetry Prize & Melbourne Writers Festival & Many Writing Courses

Student success – Susan Hourigan
Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Golden rules of writing for the web
Melbourne Writers Festival

One-day seminar “PR and Media Releases That Get Results” with Catriona Pollard. So many people think that PR is a dark art where you need special skills and a contact book full of journalists’ names in order to get anywhere. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In this seminar, you’ll learn:
how to determine your target audiences
how to structure media releases and what you must include
who you should quote and what they should say
how to deal with journalists
online distribution strategies
how to contribute articles to publications
how to approach bloggers as part of your PR strategy
and MUCH more.
PR and Media Releases That Get Results with Catriona Pollard
One-day seminar on Thursday 9 August 2012
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

Click here for more information or to enrol online.
TIP: Where are your modifiers?
Modifiers are words or phrases that describe something in a sentence. They can be adjectives, adverbs, clauses or phrases, and should always be placed as close as possible to the word/s you’re describing. For example:

Magnussen emerged from the pool, stunned and shattered.

While modifiers are great for adding life to your sentences, misplaced modifiers can dramatically change the meaning of your sentence. Misplaced modifiers are those modifiers that haven’t been placed closely to the word they’re describing. For example:

She served lunch to the children on paper plates.

This sentence suggests that “children on paper plates” were “served lunch”. The modifier “on paper plates” should be closer to the noun it’s modifying, “lunch”. So:

She served lunch on paper plates to the children.

Here are some other amusing misplaced modifiers we came across:
“The patient was referred to a psychologist with several emotional problems.”
(The psychologist has emotional problems?)

“One morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got into my pyjamas I’ll never know.”
– Groucho Marx
(Even Groucho Marx wondered what the elephant was doing wearing his pyjamas.)
Student Success
This week we heard from Susan Hourigan. She did our self-study course, How to Get Published in Magazines and Newspapers, and since finishing has been busily writing and pitching her articles. She has just had her first article, on the ancient Celsus Library in Turkey, published in the Australian Archaeology Magazine. Here’s what she wrote to us:

Not long ago I completed one of your at home courses on writing for magazines and newspapers. I wanted to write and say thank you for your course and the way it is presented. You certainly gave me the courage to step out and do what it takes to get the work done.

Congratulations Susan! We look forward to hearing about many more publishing successes.

Peter Porter Poetry Prize
One of Australia’s richest and most respected poetry prizes is now open for entries. The Peter Porter Poetry Prize, now in its ninth year, is run by the Australian Book Review. It offers a first prize of $4000 and up to six runner up prizes of $400. The winner and shortlisted entries will also be published in the March 2013 issue of ABR.

Poems of up to 100 lines can be entered and multiple entries are permitted. There is an entry fee of $20 per entry (or $15 if you’re an ABR subscriber). Entries close Friday 30 November 2012. You can download the entry form and conditions here.
Upcoming courses
Creative Writing Stage 1

Learn how to tap into your creativity and write your novel, or short story, or memoir. Whatever your writing goals, our five-week Creative Writing Stage 1 course will help you achieve them. In this course you’ll learn all the elements of fiction writing, including character, voice and structure. This course always fills quickly so book early.

5-week course starts Thursday 9 August 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395
Screenwriting Stage 1

Have a great idea for a movie but aren’t sure how to get the script written? Join us for our five-week Screenwriting Stage 1 course with experienced screenwriter Tim Gooding. You’ll learn the basics of screenwriting and get lots of feedback on your script. By the end of the course you’ll be well on your way to seeing your own film in production.

5-week course starts Monday 13 August 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395
Online course: Travel Writing

If you dream of making a living from writing about your travels, this is the course for you. In five weeks you’ll learn about what needs to be in your travel writing toolkit, how to find inspiration wherever you are, and how to pitch your work to editors. This course is held in our virtual classroom, which means you can do it from wherever you are, whenever suits you!

5-week online course starts Monday 13 August 2012
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Plan ahead – Writing for the Web
Writing for the web is very different to writing for print. You want your website copy to be clear, concise and engaging and you also want to ensure your copy is scannable. In this one-day seminar you’ll learn the golden rules of writing for the web and develop an effective framework for your own website.

During this practical seminar you’ll learn how to engage your readers through good web copy, discover guidelines for concise writing and learn how to use keywords for search engine optimisation.
Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle
One-day seminar on Monday 27 August 2012
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

WEBPICK: Melbourne Writers Festival
Simon Callow, Germaine Greer, Robert Dessaix, Martha Nussbaum, The New Yorker – these are just some of the names you’ll find on the Melbourne Writers Festival program.

Kicking off on 23 August, the festival is full of events on art, food and wine, poetry, philosophy, journalism and music. There are plenty of free events but also lots of great events you’ll need to buy tickets for – and they’re selling fast so check out the program here.

Other upcoming courses
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

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker – NEW DATE
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: 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

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 22 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

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
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
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
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

Seminar: Introduction to Travel Writing with Geoff Bartlett – NEW DATE
When: Tuesday 25 September 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Marina Go – NEW DATE
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 26 September 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

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
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

Seminar: Blogging for Business with Steven Lewis – NEW DATE
When: Friday 26 October 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 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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