Writers’ Tip: Free Writing Course

June 23, 2011

As elusive as a unicorn sliding down a double rainbow, a free writing course worth its salt is a beautiful thing.  NYU is offering “What Makes You Such an Expert?  Getting Published by Writing What You Know” on July 12th at the NYU Bookstore.  No charge and open to the public.  Not too shabby!


June 23, 2011

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.

William S. Burroughs

Writing Market: Short Shorts Contest

June 16, 2011
Short Jeans - Frente by Mariana ♪♫
Short Jeans – Frente, a photo by Mariana ♪♫ on Flickr.

Literal Latte’, an online journal of prose, poetry and art, offers writing contests every season. The Short Short Fiction Contest – 2000 word maximum – closes June 30th. Entry fees are decent; no electronic submissions.

Au Naturel

June 13, 2011
Georgia O'Keeffe Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy by pamelainob
Georgia O’Keeffe Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy, a photo by pamelainob on Flickr.

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.

Georgia O’Keeffe

Authors’ Algorithm

June 11, 2011
003006b by Milton Stern
003006b, a photo by Milton Stern on Flickr.

Writers, you know how circuitous the road to publication can be. Check out this flowchart from YA writer, Kate Hart. It’s funny and on the money.


June 9, 2011
Stairs by Chris (archi3d)
Stairs, a photo by Chris (archi3d) on Flickr.

Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.

Indira Gandhi


June 8, 2011
Holy Spirit by Eye of the Storm Photography
Holy Spirit, a photo by Eye of the Storm Photography on Flickr.

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.

Abraham Lincoln

Online Market for Writers: Patch

June 6, 2011
Writing journal by avrdreamer
Writing journal, a photo by avrdreamer on Flickr.

The recent merger of Huffington Post and AOL’s hyper-local news site, Patch, means tons of job openings for writers. One thing I would suggest is that you “know your niche” before you apply – mine was a seniors’ column for Cranford, New Jersey’s Patch. Check this link to find the local Patch in your neck of the woods.


June 4, 2011
Day One Hundred Fifty [Explore] by americanadian_8
Day One Hundred Fifty [Explore], a photo by americanadian_8 on Flickr.

A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways – by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.


This Can’t be Comfortable

June 3, 2011

The Missouri Review boasts some of the most literate and engaging prose and poetry around – take a look at Julie Moore’s Recovery – not to mention a reasonable $3.00 submission fee.  I’m thinking there’s gotta be a story behind the picture on the cover, but some things, you just shouldn’t ask.