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Gecko Gals Ink, LLC- ALL-ZONA BOOK FEST

Gecko Gals Ink, LLC

Authors who are “Differently Expertised”

PO Box 35271, Tucson, AZ  85740-5271

We offer writing workshops for those who wish to compose, whether for private use or publication.

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Mark your calendars now for the ALL-ZONA BOOK FEST  Sunday, October 12, 2014

St. Francis Cabrini Church

3201 East Presidio Road

Tucson, AZ 85716

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Barbara McNichol- Writing Wordshop in Tucson January 25, 2013 HOW TO STRENGTHEN EVERYTHING YOU WRITE

Barbara McNichol- Writing Wordshop in Tucson  January 25, 2013 HOW TO STRENGTHEN EVERYTHING YOU WRITE

January 25, 2013 Writing Wordshop in Tucson. If you’ve resolved to improve EVERYTHING you write in 2013, this Workshop is the place to be!

Enroll today by contacting me at editor@BarbaraMcNichol.com

WORDSHOP DETAILS

What you’ll learn at my “How to Strengthen EVERYTHING You Write” skill-building Wordshop applies to letters, articles, reports, emails, books, and more—both for work and for personal growth.

Specifically, you’ll come away feeling assured you can write concisely and clearly. The result:More clarity, more brevity, more confidence.
The benefit: You’ll communicate better and you’ll also save time and effort.

When: Friday, January 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Where: Lotus Massage and Wellness Center, 2850 E. Grant Rd. Tucson (between Tucson Blvd. and Country Club on south side)

Fee: $59/person includes my printed word choice guide, Word Trippers(a retail value of $11.00).

Please go to this link for full details. Registration is easy; just call me at520-615-7910 or email me at editor@barbaramcnichol.com and I’ll follow up.

Thanks for your consideration, support, and outreach.

Best, Barbara

P.S. If this Wordshop interests you, but January 25th won’t work, let me know. I’ll offer this dynamic workshop again in March 2013. Call me at520-615-7910 or email me at editor@barbaramcnichol.com.

Praise from Wordshop Attendees

“Fall-to-your-knees sublimely awesome!” – Sam Henrie

“Absolutely enjoyed the event—the content, presentation, materials and other participants. I left with so many things running through my mind. I came home and worked on my website for 5 hours. It’s better. So exciting.” – Simone Gers

I appreciated the ‘guts’ of the content being delivered concisely with excellent handouts and lively group participation.” – Beryl A. Varno, LMT

 “Barbara knows her stuff. I learned even more than I’d expected.” – April Reichardt

“This is a must-have workshop for anyone who is serious about becoming a more effective writer.” – John Crosby

“Barbara makes playing words fun and effective.” – Sheila Shea

“Excellent refresher on the basics and attention to detail with whacking wordiness.” – Tiny Read

 “Opportunity to revisit and practice language fundamentals. It ties basic skills to how we express ourselves and how we might be perceived. Love the mantra!” – Dori Klass

“Barbara, this Wordshop made the recesses of my mind wake up…great presentation…lots of fun…and good renewed info. Personal, easy-going, fun, and educational.” – Jamalle Simon

“Interaction of participants is key. You are an outstanding teacher!” – Patricia Taylor

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THE WRITERS STUDIO- ANAMYN TUROWSKI’s Online Level I workshop begins JANUARY 9, 2013 & Other Writing Courses

THE WRITERS STUDIO- ANAMYN TUROWSKI’s Online Level I workshop begins JANUARY 9, 2013 & Other Writing Courses

Helping writers reach their potential for more than 25 years

>> HOLIDAY CHEERS FOR OUR STUDENTS: KATHLEEN HANSEN‘s story, “What You Make of It,” has received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train‘s Family Matters contest. Kathleen is a student in Lucinda Holt’s Level V class, and the story, set in the North Dakota oil fields, came out of an exercise over the summer. ALISON CARB SUSSMAN‘s poem, “Eviction,” has been accepted for publication by Burningword. Alison is in Lisa Bellamy’s Online Advanced Poetry class. 

>> “I LIKE TO THINK OF MY APPROACH AS ONE OF COMPASSIONATE INTENSITY. My Level I Fiction Workshop emphasizes persona writing within The Writers Studio method and recognizes that by registering for class, students have already taken the most important step they can toward developing their craft: the expression of commitment. We’re all in it together–teacher and students. My workshop is a safe place to discuss process, technique, resistance and, of course, the voices and personalities we create to tell our stories.” If you’re a writer living in New York City, who would enjoy the benefits of a live workshop, take ELIOTT SATSKY’s NYC Level I workshop, beginning JANUARY 7, or one of our many NYC 10-week workshops beginning in January. 

>> “WHILE I’M GIVING STUDENTS INFORMATION ON NARRATOR AND MOOD VERSUS TONE, we talk about being a group. We come together to write, to get each other writing and keep each other writing….Because that’s the bottom line – writing. The more you write the better life is.” ANAMYN TUROWSKI’s Online Level I workshop begins JANUARY 9, and is one of five introductory online workshops we offer, all beginning in January and on different days of the week to accommodate everybody’s schedule.

>> START 2013 “WRITE”: TAKE A FREE INTRODUCTORY CLASS IN TUCSON (AZ) ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 (1:30-3:30 p.m.).” Eleanor Kedney, Director of Branch Studios, Janelle Drumwright, and Reneé Bibby, Writers Studio teachers, will offer an introduction to The Writers Studio method. Learn about the elements of craft and receive a writing exercise to begin a story or a poem. A Writers Studio student will present an example of her work in response to the exercise. 3861 North First Avenue. Beginning and advanced writers welcome. Reservation required: Janelle@writerstudio.com or 1-602-330-5192.

WINTER SCHEDULE OF 10-WEEK WORKSHOPS IN FICTION & POETRY BEGINS JANUARY 8 | 

CRAFT CLASS BEGAN DECEMBER 4 (you can register for it at any time).

–> WARM WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR!

 www.writerstudio.com / 212-255-7075 / TWITTER / FACEBOOK / question@writerstudio.com

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Barbara McNichol Editorial- 2013 Wordshops: Jan. 25, 2013 (Tucson, AZ) & Feb. 21, 2013 (San Jose, CA) & Astra Writing in Greece

Barbara McNichol Editorial- 2013 Wordshops: Jan. 25, 2013 (Tucson, AZ) & Feb. 21, 2013 (San Jose, CA) & Astra Writing in Greece

If you find this ezine helpful for improving your writing, please share
it with friends and colleagues who would appreciate it too. Email
them this link and encourage them to sign up at http://www.barbaramcnichol.com
Thank you for spending these few moments to improve your writing.
In this issue of Add Power to Your Pen:
10 Ways to Make Your Writing Stronger
Enticing Retreat in Greece
January 2013 Wordshops
Favorite Quotations

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Top 10 Writing Techniques
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Over the years, I’ve been attracted to top 10-20-100 lists
like a moth to a light. Case in point, because I’m hooked on
playing and watching tennis, I soaked up the Top 100 players
of all time list recently compiled by Tennis Channel. (Who is
number one, you ask? Roger Federer.)

In my world, I’ve compiled and revised my own top 10 list of
good writing techniques. Among the Top 10 are:
Ignite Your Verbs
Nix Mixed Modifiers
Show, Don’t Tell

Whack Wordiness
Match the Word to the Meaning
But I didn’t list all of them here; instead, please review my
Top 10 Techniques and, most important, apply them! When
you do, you’ll realize how much stronger your writing can be.

If you’re a recent subscriber, you may recognize this list
from your 15-page handout “How to Improve EVERYTHING
You Write.” This Top 10 list makes a good review. Request
your Top 10 List here. And resolve to use each one in your
writing in the New Year!
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Latest on Nonfictionbookeditor.com
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Find the Time to Write Shorter

Your Writing Conference Planner for 2013

An Author’s Sage Advice on Self-Editing

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An Exotic Retreat for Women Who Love Traveling +
Hiking + Writing = Greece
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What a combination for a workshop! Add an idyllic setting
and you’ve created magic. As Thordis Niela Simonsen, the
creator of Astra Writing in Greece, writes:

“When I purchased a roofless abandoned house in Greece and
restored it by hand over the course of many years, I had no
idea that it would become the headquarters for Astra Writing
in Greece, an intimate program for women writer s who like to
travel and hike. Seven writers, a daily writing practice,
walking in hilly terrain, a Greek village setting—our overriding
goal is to provide a nurturing, non-judgmental writing
environment that allows you to connect again—or perhaps
for the first time—to your authentic voice.”

Sound enticing?

Astra Writing in Greece welcomes your application for this
retreat next spring (May 24 to June 3, 2013). For details,
visit http://www.astragreece.com/writing.html

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2013 Wordshops: Jan. 25, 2013 (Tucson, AZ) & Feb. 21, 2013 (San Jose, CA)
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Wouldn’t it be great to know (before you turn in your
manuscript) what your editor looks to fix and not make
those mistakes in the first place?

You can find out by attending a hands-on Wordshop™
that helps you apply proven writing/editing techniques to
your work.

You’ll learn to:
write a strong, persuasive message devoid of clutter
add “muscle” to your words and eliminate the “fluff”
plan and revise your work with speed and confidence
avoid wording mistakes that affect your credibility—
and your reputation
This fun Wordshop will help you improve EVERYTHING you
write—from business letters to sensitive emails to blog
posts, articles, ebooks, and more.

For full details, email me with Wordshop in the subject
line.
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December’s Favorite Writing Quotations
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“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they
tangle with human emotions.”
– James Michener

“’Tis the good reader that makes the good book…in every
book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides
hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (sent by Cyndi Maxey)

“You can’t write a story that’s got any life in it by
sitting at a writing table and thinking. You’ve got to get
out into the streets, into the crowds, talk with people, and
feel the rush and throb of real life — that’s the stimulant
for a story writer.”
– O. Henry

Please email me your favorite quotations about writing,
words, and books.

– Barbara

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© 2012 Barbara McNichol

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THE WRITERS STUDIO- 2013 PUSHCART PRIZE XXXVII, BEST OF THE SMALL PRESS, at LE POISSON ROUGE (NYC) & Many Writing Workshops

THE WRITERS STUDIO- 2013 PUSHCART PRIZE XXXVII, BEST OF THE SMALL PRESS, at LE POISSON ROUGE (NYC)

“Helping writers reach their potential for more than 25 years”

>> SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012 (5 PM): THE WRITERS STUDIO celebrates the release of the 2013 PUSHCART PRIZE XXXVII, BEST OF THE SMALL PRESS, at LE POISSON ROUGE (NYC). The event will feature readings by poets PATRICIA SMITH and TIMOTHY LIU and fiction writers JOSHUA COHEN, JESS ROW, and DEB OLIN UNFERTH. This is the perfect occasion to discover acclaimed and new talents, mingle with peer writers and learn what we are all about. Editor and founder Bill Henderson will introduce. Le Poisson Rouge, Main Space, 158 Bleecker St., NYC. $10 admission at the door, one drink minimum. Looking forward to seeing you there!

>> CONGRATULATIONS TO LISA BELLAMY, whose poem “Men” will appear in Slipstream’s Spring/Summer 2013, issue #33. Lisa teaches Online Level III and Advanced Poetry. OUR WINTER SESSION OFFERS MANY MORE 10-WEEK WORKSHOPS, BEGINNING DECEMBER 10. Get a full preview of our WINTER SCHEDULE. If you’re not sure which class to join, or have questions, give us a call at (212) 255-7075.

>> “LISA BELLAMY IS A TERRIFIC PRESENCE at The Writers Studio. I appreciate the work she did to make my book of poems, Dear Editor, useful and intriguing for the students’ own writing searches. Their ideas and responses contributed to a very interesting and enjoyable craft class. I loved hearing their processes–it looks like that class is a great experience for writers, very fruitful for thinking and community, and they are lucky to have her.” AMY NEWMAN, author of Dear Editor (Persea Books 2011), was a guest teacher this fall.

>> TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4: WINTER CRAFT CLASS BEGINS. In this new session, we will be reading works by Teju Cole and Cynthia Huntington, among others. and welcome two guest teachers, poet Gerald Stern and fiction writer Caitlin Macy. Register now to attend these historic classes, or listen to their podcast afterwards. Current reading list. You can register anytime during the nine-week session and receive all nine classes. Read more Register Now.

>> BE GENEROUS TO YOURSELF AND THE WRITER IN YOUR LIFE. By joining one of our 10-week workshops in Fiction & Poetry, you will learn how to turn autobiographical fragments into successful narrative or poetic pieces. The classes will also help you set up a regular writing schedule. The Writers Studio was founded more than 25 years ago on the belief that when the desire to write is strong enough, anyone can learn the craft necessary for full creative expression.
Learn more about our method.

WINTER SCHEDULE OF 10-WEEK WORKSHOPS IN FICTION & POETRY

* NYC WORKSHOPS IN FICTION AND POETRY begin December 10, 2012
NYC Level I, taught by Brian McDonald, begins December 10
NYC Level I, taught by Whitney Porter, begins January 7
NYC Level I, taught by Elliot Satsky, begins January 7
NYC Level I, taught by Therese Eiben, begins January 8
NYC Level I, taught by Rebecca Gee, begins January 9

* ONLINE WORKSHOPS IN FICTION AND POETRY begin January 7
Online Level I, taught by Michele Herman, begins January 7
Online Level I, taught by Anamyn Turowski, begins January 9
Online Level I, taught by Rachael Nevins, begins January 8
Online Level I, taught by Whitney Porter, begins January 10
Online Level I, taught by Yetsuh Frank, begins January 21

* SAN FRANCISCO WORKSHOPS IN FICTION AND POETRY begin January 8
San Francisco Workshops Financial District, taught by Lorraine Babb, begins January 8
San Francisco Workshops Rockridge, taught by Gail Ford, begins January 9

* TUCSON WORKSHOPS IN FICTION AND POETRY begin January 8
The Tucson Workshops[1], taught by Janelle Drumwright, begins January 8
The Tucson Workshops[1], taught by Renee Bibby, begins January 10

* AMSTERDAM WORKSHOPS IN FICTION AND POETRY begin December 5
The Amsterdam Workshops, taught by Linn Kolbe, begins December 5

* CRAFT CLASS begins December 4

>> Click here for a complete schedule of classes

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Arizona Mystery Writers – November Meeting an active-duty FBI Special Agent

Arizona Mystery Writers – November Meeting an active-duty FBI Special Agent

Morning Speaker:

Our speaker is an active-duty FBI Special Agent with 20 years experience in major investigations such as apprehension of the Unabomber, the destruction of the Twin Towers, and TWA flight 800. He is currently FBI Liaison to the local prison system, where he works with serial killers, cult leaders, and gang bosses.

Afternoon Writing Workshop:
Practice writing, based on a prompt suggested by the speaker’s topic. For example, if a Judge gave a talk on memorable cases, the afternoon prompt could be “A judge gives you an unusual sentence. You thank her.” Attendees can write solo or in a group, then we share our masterpieces. Afternoon also includes handouts with info like writing contests, tutorials, and informative web sites.
This month our El Parador menu choices are Beef Fajita Salad or Chicken Carnellos (stuffed tortillas), both served with extras like Pico de Gallo and guacamole, or a Spinach Quesadilla with fresh fruit. Remember to pick up a chip with your menu choice from the table outside the meeting room.

Please RSVP as soon as you can at the contact information below, and definitely before the deadline of noon on Wednesday, November 7th. A special note – I will always acknowledge your RSVP via e-mail or phone, if only to leave a message. If you do not hear from me, I didn’t get your RSVP! Keep trying!
See you there!

Gail Gibbs, Membership Chair

Arizona Mystery Writers Meeting – Saturday, November 10, 2012.
El Parador Restaurant, 2744 East Broadway Blvd, 10am – 2pm. Tucson

$15 for members who RSVP, $20 for walk-in members and non-members, includes lunch.
$10 for either the morning or afternoon session, without lunch.

Please RSVP at membershipamw@gmail.com or call 575-313-2837 by Wed., November 7, 2012

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Barbara McNichol Editorial- How to Strengthen EVERYTHING You Write Wordshop in Colorado & Word Trippers

Barbara McNichol Editorial- How to Strengthen EVERYTHING You Write Wordshop in Colorado & Word Trippers

As the election campaigns heat up, how’s your energy level
in response to them? This Word Tripper addresses the ends
of the high-low energy spectrum.

Word Tripper for October 25, 2012
If you’ve been watching the recent presidential debates,
you’ll agree that style is of supreme (paramount) importance
that’s equivalent to (tantamount to) naming a winner for
each debate.

There! Now you have a current-event reason to use these two
delicious words!
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Paramount, tantamount – “Paramount” means chief in
importance or impact; supreme; preeminent; superior in power
or jurisdiction. “Tantamount” refers to an equivalent as in
value, force, effect, or significance.

“By getting half-drunk before a televised debate, the
senator committed an act of paramount folly, tantamount to
dropping the Mother of all Bombs on his political future.” –
Kok C. Tang
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Praise for Word Trippers
“I really enjoy your mailings and appreciate your succinct
descriptions of the language distinctions.” – Jan Carothers
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How to Strengthen EVERYTHING You Write in Colorado
Sign up by Nov. 3: Don’t miss this dynamic writing skills
“wordshop” with Barbara McNichol on Thursday, Nov. 8.
How to Strengthen EVERYTHING You Write will be offered
at DeVry University in Westminster, Colorado, from 8:00 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m.
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NOW, refer to 360+ Word Trippers all in one
place. This print book and Kindle e-book helps
you use these pesky word pairings correctly. Full
details at http://www.wordtrippers.com or head straight
for Amazon by clicking on the Word Trippers cover.

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