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  Start Close In A Workshop by Brooke Warner Sponsored by: Fremont Area Writers Club When: Saturday, January 24, 2009 What: All Day workshop from 10 am-4pm Where: The home of Evelyn La Torre, 45 Dolerita Court, Fremont, CA 94539 Cost: $65 includes materials Bring: Comfortable clothes and your lunch Register: Email fremontareawritersclub@yahoo.com to register, and an invoice will be…

This year I'm encouraging everyone I know to buy books for the people on their gift list. The book industry is in a scary place right now, and so for all of us who love books, and especially those of us who want to get published, what better way to show support than to use your purchasing dollars to boost…

Earlier this month we witnessed history. Worldwide, people have been calling Barack Obama’s election to the presidency an historic event. What Obama has done, really, is harness the energy of the people. He has a deep capacity to inspire confidence and hope. He’s dared people to dream. How is it that some people have this capacity to inspire us to…

Lately a lot of my writers have been talking about their voice. What is it? How do they find it? How much does it matter? Do they have one even? It's interesting that the question of voice should come up so much now, during a time of chaos and unease in the economy, with the election around the corner and…

A lot of writers are so excited when an agent shows interest in their work that they might ignore what seems like common sense: Ask this person questions about the nature of the relationship you're about to embark upon. Signing with an agent is as big a deal, or bigger, than signing with a publishing house, because this person (if…

This month my own coach encouraged me to stop and think about the real value of rest and recuperation. In our goal-driven society, with all the demands and obligations and aspirations we have, rest and recuperation is vital, but it's also something that can be hard to really give into. Sometimes what's even harder, though, is giving in and then…

Yesterday was Independence Day. Happy Fourth to all! What it got me thinking about, though, was freedom. Because it's so easy to take freedom for granted, I feel like Independence Day is a good day to reflect on freedom, just like Thanksgiving is a good day to reflect on what we're thankful for. This summer has been busier than any…

Make the Most: •Set specific times to write. The days seem longer in the summertime, so there's ample opportunity to allocate time during your day to your writing. Consider two- to three-hour slots. Set up in a cafe, or in a window seat in your house so you don't feel so shut in. Allow yourself to be inspired by the…

This month I'd like to talk about what an author platform is, why it's important, and who needs it anyways. There's a hell of a lot of talk in the publishing industry these days about the importance of the Almighty Author Profile---the AAP. The AAP is important, it's true, but I know how confusing it is for writers who have…

This month's topic is all about Spring Cleaning Your Writing. For those of you who don't think you need to spring clean your writing life, consider how good actual spring cleaning makes you feel. This year I had a very profound experience in getting rid of junk. About two weeks ago, within days of each other, I unloaded two carloads…

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