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Michaele Lockhart Author- HOARDING LIES, KEEPING SECRETS

HOARDING LIES, KEEPING SECRETS

by Michaele Lockhart

Michaele Lockhart’s HOARDING LIES, KEEPING SECRETS was released by Steel Cut Press in June. When does enough become terrifying? How many secrets can one house contain? Enter the Morton mansion and discovers horrors hidden for generations.

Returned to the family’s home after her eldest sister dies without a will, Jeanne Stewart must again face the pain of her family’s betrayals, deceptions, lies, tales of a poisoning, and even darker secrets while helping identify antiques and heirlooms for the State’s estate appraiser in what has become the house of a severe hoarder. As the house is emptied of the hoarder’s junk, its emotional weight increases. Jeanne has imagined herself well-acquainted with her family’s history but nothing can prepare her for the final discoveries.

In HOARDING LIES, KEEPING SECRETS, Tucson author Michaele Lockhart opens the door to one family’s two-hundred-year history of deception. For sale on Amazon and from the publisher, SteelCutPress.com. In addition, a Book Club discussion guide for this intriguing story of dysfunction is available from the author’s web site, http://www.MichaeleLockhart.com.

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors. Vol. 41. August/September 2012

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Jaime Kristine Author- OH, YOU HERO!

OH, YOU HERO!

by Jaime Kristine

Not only to dream …

… but to accomplish your dreams.

http://www.jaimekristine.com

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Sydney Writers’ Centre- Safeguarding Australia – how you can help & More Student Success Discover how to turn your blog into a book deal & Many Other Writing Courses

Sydney Writers’ Centre- Safeguarding Australia – how you can help & More Student Success
Discover how to turn your blog into a book deal & Many Other Writing Courses

Phone: (02) 9929 0088

Gearing up for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. A festival like this is always motivational, particularly if you’re exploring the world of writing novels and short stories. If you’re interested in writing fiction and telling stories – or remember that you used to enjoy creative writing at school – then you’ll love our Creative Writing Stage 1. This is available as a classroom course here at the centre or as an online course.

The best part is that whichever option you choose, you’ll cover the same valuable material.

You’ll learn how to:
kick-start the creative writing process
tap into your imagination to let the ideas flow
draw from everyday experiences and memories
examine the many different types of creative writing
build a framework – giving structure to your writing
create memorable characters and bring dialogue to life
and MUCH more!

Creative Writing Stage 1
5-week course starting Monday 3 September 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

If you prefer to study online here’s the next online course.

Online course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman /
Cathie Tasker
5-week online course starting Monday 27 August 2012
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

TIP: Quantify or qualify?
We were recently asked if there’s a difference between quantify and qualify. While they sound almost exactly the same (especially if you try to say both 10 times quickly) they do have different meanings.

The Macquarie Dictionary says that to quantify something is to “determine the quantity of; measure”. In other words, if you’re quantifying something, you’re counting or measuring it. For example:

Economists have tried for decades to quantify the impact of education.

Depending on the context, to qualify something is to “fit with proper or necessary qualities, skills, etc” or “to modify in some way, limit, make less strong or positive” as in “qualifying a statement”. For example:

You should qualify your statements so they’re not misinterpreted.
She qualified the data by pointing out it came from a small sample set.

Qualify also comes up in grammar – it means to modify or describe, as in “an adjective qualifies a noun”.

Put simply qualify means to describe the character or the qualities of something, or to prove capable or fit, while quantify means to express as a number or measure or quantity.
More Student Success

It’s been another big week for many of our Magazine and Newspaper Writing graduates. Maybe it’s the warmer weather but it does seem we’re hearing lots of exciting news recently!

Sara Lucas, who has done a few courses with us, had her piece on women and financial advisers featured on Women’s Agenda, the new free online publication for career-minded women. (It’s published by none other than Marina Go, one of our fantastic Magazine and Newspaper Writing presenters.)

Congratulations Sara! We look forward to seeing more of your work on Women’s Agenda.

Cassy Small also had a very successful week. She’s had two articles published in the September issue of Marie Claire. Congrats Cassy!

Sarah King contacted us about her publishing success. She’s had her first article published in Clean Eating magazine.

And finally, Priya Prashanth who did her course just last month, has had her first article published in the free Indian newspaper, Indian Link.

Congratulations Sarah and Priya! We’ve no doubt these will be the first of many published articles.
Safeguarding Australia Short Story Competition
Writers – your country needs you! The Australian Security Research Centre is holding a short story competition to help them better plan for future possible threats to national security. Now stay with me here, this is for real. According to the ASRC, after September 11 the US army enlisted Hollywood screenwriters (including some who’d worked on McGyver and Die Hard) to “conjure up possible scenarios for future terrorist attacks”.

Now this is where you come in. The ASRC short story competition is for stories between 2000 and 3000 words long, with a security scenario as the story plotline or essential backdrop. First prize is $1000, second $500 and third $300. Entries must be received by 23:00 (AEST) on Sunday 30 September 2012. All the entry details can be found at Safeguarding Australia.

Upcoming courses
Online course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing

Just like those students featured in this week’s student success, you too could get your writing published. Whatever you’re interested in – sport, politics, parenting, anything! – there could be a feature article in it. Our five week Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing will show you what it takes to kickstart your new writing career. You’ll learn all about generating ideas, writing features and selling your story to editors.

Week beginning Monday 3 September 2012 for 5 weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395
Build Your Profile Using Twitter

Twitter is a powerful social media tool that can help you connect with the right people in your industry, build a loyal fan base and help boost your profile. Just ask your presenter Kerri Sackville, who started on Twitter with zero followers. In less than a year, she scored a legion of raving fans, an agent, a book deal, and is now a best-selling author. In this seminar, Kerri dissects how she used Twitter to build her profile and, importantly, shows how you can do the same.

Two-hour evening seminar on Tuesday 4 September 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85
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!

Week beginning Monday 3 September 2012 for 5 weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

TIP: Identifying your subject and object
Sometimes, you might come across people referring to the “subject” and “object” in a sentence.

The “subject” is linked to the verb: the person or thing that does the verb is the subject. In the examples below, the subject is underlined:

Rambo sits under the desks.

Students in the online writing program can listen to the lessons at any point during the week.

The “object” is the person or thing involved in the subject performing the verb. So in the examples below, the objects in the sentences are:

Rambo sits under the desks.

Students in the online writing program can listen to the lessons at any point during the week.

THE RISE OF THE FIFTH ESTATE
Greg Jericho knows a thing or two about Aussie politics and blogging. He was outed as the blogger behind Grog’s Gamut by The Australian last year and subsequently left his job in the public service. He is also a judge for the Best Australian Blogs Competition, so we’re very pleased to see he’s released his first book!

THE RISE OF THE FIFTH ESTATE: social media and blogging in Australian politics explores how social media and digital news has changed the media landscape. He examines how traditional media outlets are dealing with this, how politicians are using the new media to engage with their constituents, and the new breed of blogging journalists. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in politics and the media.

Plan ahead – From Blog to Book
It must be every blogger’s dream – scoring a book deal from their blog. Well, Kerri Sackville did it and has now published two books. Her first, WHEN MY HUSBAND DOES THE DISHES: A MEMOIR OF MARRIAGE AND MOTHERHOOD, was published in 2011. This year she published her second book, THE LITTLE BOOK OF ANXIETY.

Want to know how she did it? In an in-conversation with me, Valerie Khoo, you can hear how Kerri began her writing journey and build a devoted following to her blog through Twitter. She’ll also talk about strategies you can use to build your audience and profile, how to get noticed by publishers, and how to make yourself a “marketable” author.
From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville and Valerie Khoo
Two-hour evening seminar on Thursday 20 September 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

WEBPICK: 20 irrefutable theories of book cover design
So none of us would admit to judging a book by it’s cover (though I’ll happily admit to judging wine by its label), but there’s no doubt that good cover design can play a part in a book’s success. This post in the Guardian, Scent of a kitten: the 20 irrefutable theories of book cover, reveals some of the secrets of book designers.

If you’re busy planning your book cover, you may want to consider face theory – the idea that because humans spend so much time decoding facial expressions, they’re more likely to pick up a book with a familiar face on it. Or maximisation – just make everything big. And, of course, you could just put a picture of a kitten on the cover.

Other upcoming courses
Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker
When: Week beginning Monday 27 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
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 – FULL
When: Thursday 30 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Week beginning Monday 3 September 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 3 September 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with James Roy
When: Every Monday starting Monday 3 September 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Build Your Profile on Twitter with Kerri Sackville – NEW COURSE
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

Online Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Nicola Robinson – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 10 September 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
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
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

Weekend course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
When: Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker
When: Week beginning Monday 17 September 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

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

Weekend course: Your Story Structure with Kathryn Heyman – NEW DATE
When: Saturday 22 September 2012 (one-day course)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $250

Seminar: Introduction to Travel Writing with Geoff Bartlett
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
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 26 September 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White – NEW DATE
When: Wednesday 26 September 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: PR and Media Releases that Get Results with Catriona Pollard
When: Thursday 27 September 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

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: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Tuesday 16 October 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

WEEKEND Course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff – NEW DATE
When: Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND Course: Write a chick-lit novel with Lisa Heidke – NEW DATE
When: Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin – NEW DATE
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 25 October 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 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: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry – NEW COURSE
When: Wednesday 31 October 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 7 November 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Daytime course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Kate Forsyth – NEW DATE
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 15 November 2012 for five weeks
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Cost: $395

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

2013 WRITING TOURS
Writing in Bali with Patti Miller – NEW DATE
Arrival: Saturday 3 August 2013
Departure: Saturday 10 August 2013

Writing in Paris with Patti Miller – NEW DATE
Arrival: Thursday 24 October 2013
Departure: Saturday 9 November 2013

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

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT! Sign up now for the EARLY BIRD PRICE for the 2012 Wrangling With Writing Conference:

The Society of Southwestern Authors- ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT!

Sign up now for the EARLY BIRD PRICE
for the 2012 Wrangling With Writing Conference:

The New Century in Publishing

Price goes up after August 31, 2012!

Check out the SSA Website for all the latest information about our presenters
and make sure to sign up with one of our guest agents, editors or publishers!

Don’t forget about the writing contest!
See attached pdf for details.

http://www.ssa-az.org

And click on the Wrangling With Writing link!

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