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The Society of Southwestern Authors- May 15, 2016 Forum

The Society of Southwestern Authors Forum
May 15th,2016
At the Tucson City Center Inn Suites
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tucson City Center InnSuites Resort
475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701
Coming from the north or south on I-10, take the St. Marys/Speedway exit. Go East to Granada St. traffic light. Turn right on Granada. Second driveway is the Inn Suites. OR traveling west on Speedway, cross Stone Ave.  Next left is Main St. Turn left, cross RR tracks. Go straight. Main becomes Granada at traffic light, and second right driveway is The Inn Suites.
 Five Stories a Day, Every Day
Betty Webb has a new mystery series based on her work at the Phoenix Zoo. She will discuss how to jump start the creative process. Find out more on her website 
Email: or Telephone: 546-9382
by Wednesday May 11th,2016
Cost: $25.00 w/ RSVP $30.00 at the door

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The Writers Studio- Ben Marcus teaches, Mexican writers read, the library changes

Ben Marcus teaches, Mexican writers read, the library changes
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I like big doses of grief when I read:

Richard Yates, Flannery O’Connor, Kenzabaro Oe, Thomas Bernhard. — Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus has published in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, and Harper’s.He is a Guggenheim Fellow, the winner of three Puschart Prizes, and the fiction editor of the The American Reader.

Tonight he discusses his book, Leaving The Sea, with Philip Schultz in Craft Class. Attend and/or download all nine historic classes. Reading list is here. Register here.

Where Will All The Books Go?
Slate explores how the digital age is changing the library.

Our Writers Publish. So Can You.

Lisa Badner’s poem “Fuck Passover” is featured in five2onemagazine. Lisa is a student in the Master Class and the coordinator of The Writers Studio Tutorial Program.

Doris Cheng’s story “Hellion” was accepted in Calyx Journal and will appear in Summer 2017. Doris is a student in the Master Class and teaches Online Level II.

Rosalia Scalia’s story “Mother’s Dresser” was accepted in Ragazine. Her story began as an in-class exercise. Rosalia has been a student with Anamyn Turowski and Joel Hinman.

Janelle Drumwright’s short story “Smilestone” received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers for January/February 2016. Janelle teaches in The Writers Studio Tucson.

Reneé Bibby’s flash fiction “Rabbit or the Wheel” will appear in the August issue of Wildness, an imprint of Platypus Press. Reneé is director of The Writers Studio Tucson, where she teaches.

It’s This Week. Go.

This is the start of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, featuring dozens of world-renowned authors, intellectuals, artists, and academics celebrating the literary culture of Mexico. The Writers Studio community gets a special 20% discount to all events. Discount code: WRITE2016.
It’s not too late for spring and not too early for summer.Register now to get the class you want and start living as a writer.
NYC – Tucson – San Francisco – Amsterdam –  Online – Kids Write – Hudson Valley
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Barbara McNichol Editorial- Workshop How to Strengthen Everything You Write

Barbara McNichol Editorial-  Workshop
How to Strengthen Everything You Write

This week marks an annual milestone in business: Administrative Professionals Week. It’s a reminder to praise administrative assistants in your world and thank them for their contributions. If you’re an admin yourself, many thanks!

As a way to celebrate, let me suggest investing in professional development through a half-day training. For you or admins you know, consider registering for the upcoming Streamline Your Writing WordShop™—a valuable opportunity for anyone in business!

This focused, interactive, and highly practical session teaches top writing techniques guaranteed to make written communications a lot better. As a bonus, all attendees receive Word Trippers, a printed word choice guide for choosing the right word when it really matters. (See full details at

As an experienced editor, I’ve helped hundreds of people streamline their writing over the past 22 years. I especially love working with administrative assistants, business professionals, and, well, anyone who writes!

Happy Administrative Professionals Week!


Streamline Your Writing WordShop™

Friday, May 6 — 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Tucson College, 5151 E. Broadway and Rosemont

Only $67 for one. $110 for two.

Email to register by May 2.

P.S. If you can’t make this date, I’m happy to set up a half-day WordShop™ for a minimum of six people in your organization. Call (520) 615-7910 to discuss your needs.

Wrote Tom Forsythe, CLTC, of Lof Lopez LLC:

“Barbara conducted two, two-hour business writing workshops for our firm. We covered numerous letter-writing and email composition tools including pronoun use, Whack Wordiness, Word Trippers, and many others. Everybody found ways to improve their written composition skills.
I highly recommend her services.”


WordShop in Tucson Friday May 6

Barbara McNichol Editorial
(520) 615-7910

Professional editor nonfiction books and articles.
Word Trippers 2nd edition

Copyright © 2016 Barbara McNichol Editorial, All rights reserved.

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Barbara McNichol Editorial

5090 N Camino de la Cumbre

Tucson, AZ 85750

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The Writers Studio- Pulitzer Prize Winner Credits The Writers Studio


When I brought in my breakthrough story, I felt I was carrying a weird animal in my bag. It was the first story I sold. — Jennifer Egan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
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Pulitzer Prize Winner Credits The Writers Studio for her Breakthrough Moment
in New York Magazine
“I don’t think I’ve ever felt more of a clear triumph, a sense of finally having crossed over a chasm.” –Jennifer Egan, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for A Visit From The Goon Squad in New York  Magazine, January 11, 2016, discussing her first successful story, written at The Writers Studio .
Level I begins January 28. Register now
Level II begins January 25. Register now
Intermediate Poetry begans January 7. You can still register
Level I began January 11. 
You can still register
Level I begins tomorrow, January 20 ❤ spots open>. Register now
Tutorials are now available for adults and teens. Write to so we can find the best teacher to help you achieve your literary goals.
Jane Shirley’s short story “The Red Fox” recently won Second Place in Calliope‘s “The Best of Calliope Fiction 2015.” The piece started as an exercise in Lisa Bellamy’s class.

Shirley Sullivan’s short story “Three Quarters Gone” will appear in the Winter 2016 edition of The Fiddlehead. Shirley was a tutorial student with Therese Eiben.Cécile Barlier’s short story “Immersion” is forthcoming in Fall 2016 issue ofSou’wester. Cécile is a student in Mark Peterson’s San Francisco Advanced Workshop.

Susan Tatiner’s poem “The Fitting Room Prom Queen” was recently accepted byThe Voices Project. Susan is a student in Lisa Bellamy’s class.


Young Dyslexic Poets and Writers: Encourage the dyslexics age 7-17 in your life to submit to the Karina Eide Young Writers Awards 2016. Any creative writing welcome — poetry, fan fiction, humor, science fiction, short stories. More details here. Cash awards for kids!

Fiction Writers with Something Ready To Go: Send a story of up to 10,000 words to Literal Latte by January 15 to compete for the K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award for publication and $1000 award. Details here.

Short Story Writers Who Like Cash Prizes:The North Carolina Writers’ Network will award $1000 to the winner of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, with consideration for publication in theThomas Wolfe Review. Deadline is January 30. Details here.

Writers Under or Over 30: Epiphany’s Spring Writer’s Contest is open for submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and best prose under 30 until February 15. Details here.

Unpublished NYC PoetsNo, Dear, issue 17 encourages poets in NYC for whom this will be your first publication to submit poems on the theme of “Document” for their next issue. Deadline is February 15, 2016. Please include your neighborhood of residence. Details here.

NYC – Tucson – San Francisco – Amsterdam –  Online – Kids Write – Hudson Valley / The Berkshires
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Jana Segal Film Maker- Performing Our Stories Workshop: Theatre as a Tool of Community Organizing

Jana Segal Film Maker- Performing Our Stories Workshop: Theatre as a Tool of Community Organizing

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Ruminate Magazine- SHORT STORY PRIZE & POETRY WORKSHOP & Visual Arts Prize

         «« chewing on life, faith, and art »»

Cover Art by Zahra Nazari 
Issue 35: A Loss for Words is out and about!
I love the scary/beautiful mystery that is implied in the phrase a loss for words. It means we’ve come to the end of ourselves, which is both frightening and good. It means that no matter how much talking, examining, or even deep pondering we give, some things are simply imponderable.
Join us as we explore the “frontiers of the unsayable” as Marilyn Robinson says.
P.S. Now is a great time to subscribe!

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P.P.S. Looking for weekly inspiration? Check out the Ruminate Blog for great essays from your favorite Ruminate contributors!
This post from our blog editor “5 Ruminate Blog Posts to Revisit this Summer” is a great place to start!
Issue 35 Out in the Wild
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just use the hashtag #Ruminate Love.)

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Just two weeks  left to enter our annual Short Story Prize. 1st place receives $1500 and publication in the magazine. 
Each issue includes personal notes from our readers on a particular topic. The topic for this issue is “Writ in Water.” In 400 words or fewer, tell us about the murkiness, clarity, and salt-sting of water in your life. Deadline is August 3rd. 
Ruminate poetry editor, Kristin George Bagdanov, is offering one-on-one poetry critiques and workshops. Use coupon code PoetryWorkshop to save $5 off any workshop throughout July and August.
We invite you to enter our annual Kalos Visual Art Prize. 1st place receives $2000 and a feature spread in the magazine. 2nd place receives $500 and publication in the magazine.
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Writers Studio- Quietly helping writers reach their potential

       Writers Studio- Quietly helping writers reach their potential

Dec 23, 2014

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