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In the 04/30/2019 edition:

Ignore Name Calling (Be Proud of What You Choose to Do)

By Harvey on Apr 30, 2019 04:41 am
Hey Folks,

When my young son came home from school quietly wiping tears from his eyes one day, I asked what was wrong.

Turns out some of the other kids at school in our gang-infested town had called him a “bastard” as he was walking home. Not for any particular reason, but just to be jerks. Kids do that sometimes.

That word carries an unfortunate and untrue stigma, that a person born out of wedlock is somehow a lesser person.

Of course, it’s all foolishness, even idiocy. But as children are wont to do, my young son took it to heart.

My reaction? I just laughed.

I didn’t get angry or upset or call the school or confront the little smart-alect wannabe gangsters. The latter were their parents’ and society’s problem, not mine.

When he looked up at me, surprised at my reaction and the broad grin still on my face, I said, “Son, do you know what a ‘bastard’ is?”

He nodded, then quietly defined it for me.

I said, “So ARE you a bastard?”

He shook his head.

I said, “Then what does it matter to you what they think or what they call you?” Then, knowing me, I probably recited the “stick and stones” rhyme.

He looked up and smiled. Everything was fine.

Flash forward to the present day.

Some adults say things just to be jerks too, though I usually use another term for them that evokes another name for “donkey” coupled with a depression in the ground where dirt is missing.

When adults say stupid, harmful things it’s usually out of a sense of inadequacy and inferiority. Pulling others down to their level is their way of making themselves feel superior.

Readers and even other writers do it all the time. Sometimes, pretty mucheven do it to the writer in the mirror.

Out of the entire history of humanity, traditional publishing as it exists today has been around only since the late 1940s or early 1950s with the advent of mass-market paperbacks. That’s right. TradPub has been around for only 60 or 70 years. Before that, pretty much EVERYONE was self-published.

Yet traditional publishing has always harbored that sense of inadequacy and inferiority. That and a desire to maintain their sense of power as “gatekeepers” caused them to attack those writers who choose to believe in themselves enough to write when and what they want and to publish their own works.

But the TradPubs went farther. They intentionally attached an illogical stigma to self-publishing. And for some inane reason, a lot of people — even writers themselves — bought into that stigma.

But again, it’s illogical. Think about it.

If a chef believes in himself and his abilities and decides to open a restaurant (or a mechanic or carpenter a shop or a lawyer a practice), nobody snubs their nose and refuses to patronize the place because it’s a self-started, self-funded business. And it’s the same with any other business you can name.

And if you aren’t ready yet to think of writing as a business, that’s fine too.

Because it’s also the same with the other arts. If a photographer takes and sells his own photographs (or a painter her paintings or a sculptor his sculptures or a songwriter or musician her songs) nobody so much as bats an eye.

Yet a writer is to his or her stories exactly what a sculptor is to sculptures, a songwriter or musician to songs and music, a painter to paintings and a photographer to photos.

Why should it be any different for novelists and short story writers who believe in themselves and choose to publish their own stories?

Of course, the answer is, it shouldn’t. Because it ISN’T any different. At all.

So how do I combat that stigma?

I proudly proclaim that some of my long works have been traditionally published but that I would never go that route again.

When they look surprised and ask why, I say, “Because now I believe in myself and my work enough that I don’t need some 20-something acquisitions editor making minimum wage in New York to validate what I do.”

Some of them even ask a question they would never dream of asking another business person or artist: “But do you make any money at it?”

Frankly, how much money I make is none of their business, is it? But to feed the self-critical monster that’s feeding them, I smile knowingly and say, “Enough that I’ll keep writing.”

Finally, if you’ve never had works traditionally published and choose to be an indie writer and publisher, so much the better. You haven’t wasted as much time as I did on tiny royalties.

So good on you. Be proud of who you are and what you do.

‘Til next time, keep your head up and keep writing!


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The Writers Studio – Writing Classes, Pushcart Prize Winners, and other goodies

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Lisa Bellamy Wins A Pushcart Prize
“Wild Pansy,” a poem in Lisa Bellamy’s book, The Northway (Terrapin Books), has won a 2019 Pushcart Prize. The poem will appear in the next edition of The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, which is known as “the most honored literary series in America.”

Lisa teaches Online Maintaining Your Creative Spirit, which just started. Space remains. More info and registration here.
Lisa also teaches NYC Advanced Poetry starts June 17. Apply for a spot in this class. More info and registration here.

Please Use It
Discount is Now
$15 Off All 8-Week Writing Classes
Use Coupon Code: thrive19
Register here.
Discount must be taken at time of registration online or by phone (212) 255-7075, may not be combined with any other offer, expires 6/14/19.

Small Classes, Teacher Feedback Every Single Week
These 8-Week Classes Start Soon
Grab Your Spot And Use The Discount
Online Level 2 with Joel Hinman starts May 7. More info and register here.
Online Advanced Poetry with Rachael Nevins starts May 13. Apply for a spot in this class. More info and register here.

Online Level 1 with Michele Herman starts June 3. More info and register here.
Online Level 1 with Whitney Porter starts June 4. More info and register here.
See the full lineup and register here.

NYC Level 1 with Scott Hunter starts June 3. More info and register here.
NYC Level 2 with Julianne Bond starts June 3. More info and register here.

Six-Week Classes Start in May
Online Over-50: Six-Week Class
Take this course if you’re 50 or older and write — or want to write — fiction, poetry or memoir alongside people in your age bracket. It’s for all 50+ writers who:

  • Always wanted to write, but never could find the time
  • Wrote when young, but then stopped
  • Have written all along, but have yet to be published
  • Want to turn a lifetime’s experience into short stories, novels, poems or memoirs for others to read and enjoy
  • Open to people new to The Writers Studio as well as current and former Writers Studio students.
Six-week class with Peter Krass starts May 14. More information and registration here.

Online Maintaining Your Creative Spirit
How to deal with the constant disruptions of this present political climate? How to tolerate the constant badgering of one’s inner life, to safe-keep the preciousness of one’s very thoughts? Writers have always dealt with these questions, in the best and worst of times, and these, as many would agree, are certainly among the most challenging. Since The Writers Studio method specializes in zeroing in on the sanctity and perseverance of the writer’s desire to be both personal and public through the use of personas we thought a class that touches on all these matters would be helpful now.
Open to students new to The Writers Studio, as well as continuing and returning students.
Six-week class with Lisa Bellamy started last week but there is still room. More info and registration here.

Online Memoir
How do you write a good memoir? You apply the narrative techniques of fiction and poetry: you take the fascinating, messy raw material of your life and build a frame for it. You distill. You find a voice that’s all you but that also offers you flexibility, perspective and the right counterbalance to the story’s content. You tap into your emotions to give your story energy and urgency.

What’s the best way to start? In this six-week class, we will do close readings from an assortment of wildly varied but equally powerful memoirs – by memoirists ranging from Claude Brown to Annie Dillard — to see how authors have solved these problems for themselves. Then you will try out these methods for yourselves to see which ones fit you best.
Open to students new to The Writers Studio, as well as continuing and returning students.
Six-week class with Michele Herman starts May 14. More info and registrationhere.

Learn To Read As A Writer
Craft Class Highlights
The new session of the Craft Class is now. Here are some highlights:On May 7, James Lasdun will discuss his celebrated new novel Afternoon of a Faun(Norton) with Philip Schultz.
On May 14, Writers Studio NYC teacher Christopher Shade will discuss his debut novel, The Good Mother of Marseille (Paloma Press) with Lesley Dormen.

Check out the full reading list and order the books here.
If you are currently enrolled in any summer writing class or plan to take one, register at a discount here. Or register for this special session without a writing class here.

Big Weekend Event #1
Hudson Valley Reading By
Online Teacher and Director of The Writers Studio Online
Lucinda Holt
and NYC Master Class Student and Administrative Director
Liz Kingsley
Wouldn’t it be fun to meet these folks and hear their work after all these years of online contact?
Saturday May 4 at 7 PM
The Spotty Dog, 440 Hudson Street, Hudson NY
ical and google calendar here. FB event here.
Big Weekend Event #2
NYC Faculty and Master Class Reading

NYC Faculty Member and Master Class Student
Christopher Shade
reads from his debut novel, The Good Mother of Marseille

Liz Kingsley
Master Class student and Administrative Director reads recent work

Sylvie Bertrand
Brooklyn and NYC Faculty Member reads recent work

Sunday May 5 at 7:30 PM
Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd St., NYC NY
ical and google calendar here. FB event here.

Submit Where Our Students Have Published
Bomb’s Biennial Fiction Contest
“Each year BOMB hosts a literary contest to recognize the talents of an emerging writer, selected by a distinguished guest judge in the field. We are pleased to announce that this year’s fiction contest will be judged by writer and artist Renee Gladman.” All entries judged anonymously. Deadline May 5. Details here.

Chicago Quarterly Review
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
“The writer’s voice ought to be clear and unique and should explain something of what it means to be human. We want well-written stories that reflect an appreciation for the rhythm and music of language, work that shows passion and commitment to the art of writing.” No deadline noted. Details here.

Flash Fiction Magazine
Very Short Fiction
“What is a story, precisely? The essential core event in all stories ever told in the history of humanity can be expressed in just three words: Conflict changes life. Therefore, the prime definition becomes: a dynamic escalation of conflict-driven events that cause meaningful change in a character’s life.” Accepting stories between 300-1000 words. No deadline. Details here.

“We like poems of any length. Send up to four poems at a time. We’re looking for poems that move us, that might make us laugh or cry, or teach us something new. We like both free verse and traditional forms—we try to publish a representative mix of what we receive. We read a lot of poems, and only those that are unique, insightful, and musical stand out—regardless of style.” No deadline. Details here.

Pank Chapbook Contest
Novella, Poetry, Short Story Collection, Essay Collection, Lyric Essay
Pank Magazine is a literary magazine fostering access to innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers.” Deadline September 1. Details here.

Finishing Line Press– Chapbooks, Full-Length Books, Journal
“We are always open to publishing a good chapbook.” Deadline December 31. Details here.
“Finishing Line Press will gladly accept full-length poetry book manuscripts, and we do not require a reading fee/processing fee for full-length poetry manuscripts shipped to us via regular post.” Deadline December 31. Details here.
The Paddock Review accepts previously published and unpublished poems for its online journal. Deadline December 31. Details here.

Start Something New, Or Fine-Tune A Manuscript
Tutorials Now Available
The Writers Studio Tutorial Program is a great option for all writers, including those of high school age, who can’t attend weekly workshops, who want to focus exclusively on a personal project, or who want to concentrate on their work on a one-to-one basis with one of our teachers. They are all taught by our experienced staff members. Details here. Write to Lisa Badner, Director of Tutorials, with questions: lisabadner@writerstudio.com
Lock In Your Spot
$15 Off 8-Week Writing Classes
Use Coupon Code: thrive19
Please use the discount and register  here.
Discount must be taken at time of registration online or by phone (212) 255-7075, may not be combined with any other offer, expires 6/14/19.
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The Australian Writers’ Centre – May 2019 Book Sale

Ends Sunday...

Words. They’re big, they’re small – and put in the right order, they can change the world.

Words are our passion – and we’re guessing they’re yours too. So this weekend, we’d like to reward your passion with THREE online fiction courses at sale prices. It’s Writing Season!


  • Short Story Essentials – showing you step by step how to create a knockout story to submit to competitions and anthologies, including story feedback!
  • Anatomy of a Crime – learn how to write about murder with bestselling crime and thriller novelist Candice Fox. Hours of content, chalk-outlined with amazing detail.
  • Fiction Essentials: Characters – hot off the press, this course is ideal if you want to create stronger characters for your stories; a big stumbling block for many authors.

Each course allows you to start immediately, learn at your own pace and enjoy 12 months’ unlimited access to the content.

Things to remember:

  • These three (3) courses only are on sale until 11.59pm Sunday 9 December.
  • Prices are as listed – discounts already applied.
  • Buy today and access the course any time you want in the next 12 months.
  • You can buy 1, 2 or all 3 of the courses – it’s up to you.

If you have some fiction writing to tackle this holidays, don’t miss the opportunity to grab one of these excellent courses. Because, after all, it’s Writing Season!

Kind regards

The Australian Writers’ Centre team

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Please direct all enquiries to head office
Email courses@writerscentre.com.au | Phone (02) 9929 0088


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The University of Arizona Poetry Center – May 2019 Events

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