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FanFiction

Events planned during the spring, every year, supporting and encouraging both original and fan-fiction writing.

Editing

NaNoEdMo is January-February. The PFWA hosts FREE events every year, offering seminars focused on various aspects of editing.

NaNoWriMo

Join writers around the globe in an event that takes place from Nov 1 – Nov 30. The goal? Write 50k words in 30 days.

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Write-ins. ALL THE WRITE-INS.

There are several write-ins this month. “Write-ins” gatherings of writers to get together and write at a cafe/library/gathering place. Writers don’t generally write collaboratively during these events, but rather focus independently on their own projects, but may occasionally ask the group for advice. Sometimes, a host of a write-in my propose a “word war” in

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…And the Fan Fiction Initiative begins!

Thanks to all who braved the snow and drunken St. Patrick’s Day crowds for the kick-off of this year’s Fan Fiction Initiative.  Didn’t make it? Stay posted to the FFI page for updates to the resources. You can still participate! We will have a series of Write-Ins, coordinated with Philadelphia regional Camp NaNoWriMo (in which you

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Thanks for coming out to our Mixer!

We had a tremendous turnout to tonight’s Writers Meet Up. Thank you to all who came out, we had a great time swapping advice on the writing process, finding editors, and publishing. We’ll definitely be having another mixer, probably after the summer break. Stay tuned for announcements, and watch our google calendar. About Jean Beausoleil

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Antagonist and Villains Event

Thanks again to everyone who came out! As mentioned, here’s the link for the worksheet that was part of today’s event: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x3laxo566q1hmwa/AandV_worksheet.pdf?dl=0&preview=AandV_worksheet.pdf If you enjoyed what you learned and have a minute, it would fantastic if you hopped over to http://writingonpoint.com/event/villains-and-antagonists-building-the-other-side-of-the-story/ and leave a rating. It would be helpful both for me and for writers who

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NaNoEdMo Begins!

Hello Writers! We have several upcoming events for the unofficial National Novel Editing Month. At the end of November’s Nanowrimo, we asked “wrimos” (read: NaNoWriMo participants) what kind of programming they would need most for NaNoEdMo.  We heard that, while many reached their word count goals in the 30 days, they did not have a

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Looking Back at 2015, Looking Forward to 2016

We at the PFWA headquarters want to get a big Thank You to all who supported us throughout our second year. We continued our major initiatives and, in response to community desire, began to host writers social and networking events. 2015 began with our National Novel Editing Month event. This year, we scaled back due

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When the rain isn’t just the rain: Crafting Your Second Draft, Step Two

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In this post, we’ll talk about some of the ways you can evaluate your first draft’s cast, setting, and even story flow regarding the narrative plot arc and the character emotional arc. Step one is all about gathering key information on the story you wrote. Step two and onward, until rewrites begin, is the analytical

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Our Community Calendar is Fixed!

Hello Writers, We’ve been working hard on compiling a calendar of events that would be of interest to you–from write-ins to poetry open-mikes and workshops. Previously, you could only find this calendar through a direct link to the google calendar, but it has now been uploaded to the “Community Calendar” page. Just click on the

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The First Draft Read Through : Crafting Your Second Draft, Step One

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So. The good news first. Writing a second draft will have different problems than writing the first. The bad news is that it can take as long, or longer, as your first draft, and all those different problems may not be ones you’ve dealt with before. You might have a learning curve on how to craft draft two. How

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February Updates

First Edit-In of the Season will be on February 5th at 6:30, hosted by NJ Beausoleil. Make sure you mark you calendars (or use Google to add it from ours to yours)! More details are coming soon for our NaNoEdMo plans for 2015. Check back this week to see what else gets announced, and maybe

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Year in Review

We at the PFWA headquarters want to get a big Thank You to all who supported us in our first year. We made great progress for our inaugural year, with three large initiatives granting resources and education to local writers of Greater Philadelphia. Last January we held a “National Novel EDITING Month” with six events,

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Back from Hiatus

After a successful Fan Fiction Initiative in the spring, PFWA took the summer off to regroup and recharge before the fall. We’re looking forward to picking up where we left off and bringing more initiative-centric programming to the writers of the Philadelphia area. Don’t forget to check out NaNoWriMo – PFWA supported events through the month

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Weekly Round-Up April 12

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Our Initiatives PFWA’s Fan-Fiction Initiative Continues Through April General Literary Happenings April is Poetry Month & Camp NaNoWriMo April 13-19 is National Library Week Upcoming PFWA Events April 19: Democratizing Fiction [Facebook RSVP] [Twitter RSVP] [More Details >> Add to Calendar] May 3: Social Meetup [Facebook RSVP] [Twitter RSVP] [More Details >> Add to Calendar] For National

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Weekly Round-Up April 5

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Our Initiatives PFWA’s Fan-Fiction Initiative Continues Through April April is Poetry Month & Camp NaNoWriMo PFWA Blog: From the CAO’s Desk A Subjective History of Reading Fan Fiction by Jean Beausoleil Upcoming PFWA Events April 19: Democratizing Fiction [Facebook RSVP] [Twitter RSVP] [More Details >> Add to Calendar] May 3: Social Meetup [Facebook RSVP] [Twitter RSVP] [More

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Weekly Round-Up March 23

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Our Initiatives PFWA’s Fan-Fiction Initiative Continues Through April April is Poetry Month & Camp NaNoWriMo PFWA Blog: From the CAO’s Desk The Stigma Against Fan-Fiction by Jean Beausoleil Upcoming PFWA Events April 19: Democratizing Fiction [Facebook RSVP] [Twitter RSVP] [More Details >> Add to Calendar] May 3: Social Meetup [Facebook RSVP] [Twitter RSVP] [More Details >> Add to

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From the CAO’s Desk: FFI- A Subjective History of Fan Fiction Reading

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websites mentioned: ffnet, AO3, wattpad and kindle worlds. I first started reading and writing fan fiction, as many others on ffnet (www.Fanfiction.net). The first fandom I fell into was Kingdom Hearts, a Japanese RPG videogame of which the protagonists travel from an origin of a small, isolated island to distant worlds themed after Disney films.

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PFWA Event Calendar Woes, Being Fixed

Our sincerest apologies to all our viewers! PFWA’s online event calendar was corrupted during maintenance and needed to be re-installed. Because of the corruption, even though our data was safe, we need to recreate all our events from scratch. Please have patience as we update our calendar. All PFWA events should be up-to-date by Sunday,

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Weekly Round-Up March 16

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Our Initiatives Fan-Fiction Initiative Continues Through April April is Poetry Month Upcoming PFWA Events April 19: Democratizing Fiction [Facebook RSVP] [Twitter RSVP] [More Details >> Add to Calendar] May 3: Social Meetup [Facebook RSVP] [More Details >> Add to Calendar] Events Around the City Upcoming: Cherry Blossom Festival http://www.uwishunu.com/2014/03/coming-attraction-the-2014-subaru-cherry-blossom-festival-returns-with-tons-of-family-friendly-events-across-philadelphia-april-2-13/ Writing Craft and Publication The 10

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Weekly Round-Up March 9

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Our Initiatives Fan-Fiction Initiative Continues Through April April is Poetry Month Upcoming Events April 19: Democratizing Fiction [Facebook RSVP] [Twitter RSVP] [More Details >> Add to Calendar] May 3: Social Meetup [Facebook RSVP] [More Details >> Add to Calendar] Writing Craft and Publication Characters and Characterization http://authorselectric.blogspot.com/2014/03/characters-and-characterisation.html Kill Your Darlings: How Game of Thrones can

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From the CAO’s Desk: FFI- The Stigma against Fan Fiction

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This past weekend, I was a presenter at Anime Boston. The previous day, I had attended a panel on “Hunger Games and Battle Royal,” which compared and contrasted the American YA novel and film with the Japanese film and manga. Also at the con, was a panel about Culture Convergence, in which the presenter-who is

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PFWA Public Town Hall, currently @ Cosi (4th & Chestnut, Philly)

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Everyone is invited out to offer insight, opinions, and expertise on PFWA’s direction over the next six months! Want to see more events? More write-ins and workshops? How about any popular communal efforts like BigBang or April’s Poetry month? We always love to hear from you, and today is your chance to do it in

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Weekly Round-Up March 2

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Writing Exercise Describe One thing in Ten Ways http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/02/27/writing-exercise-describe-one-things-ten-ways/ Upcoming Writers Conference Pennwriters – May 16-18 http://www.pennwriters.org/prod/ Writing Contests / Submission Calls (note: linked contests and submission calls are not endorsed by the PFWA. These notifications are provided as a service to our viewers and subscribers. Before submitting, please review what rights, money, or other

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From the CAO’s Desk: FFI- “How did I get into Fanfic?”

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To those who know me from Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month,) this story will be a familiar one. In February, 2010, I returned to the United States after living for 18 months abroad in Europe and Asia. As someone who was always preoccupied with picking the right words to convey a message, I had a

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PFWA Intro to Fan Fiction CANCELLED

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The Event for this afternoon (“Intro to Fan Fiction, March 8 @ 1pm”) has been CANCELLED due to the speaker falling ill. We apologize for the inconvenience. About JR WesleyJR, aka Jesi, is the PFWA’s Chief Information Officer. Her formal education was in Information Systems and Technology with a minor in Business, but her passion has

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Weekly Round-Up: February 23

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Timely Feature on Fan Fiction (have you checked out PFWA’s Fan Fiction Initiative?) Publishers Are Warming to Fan-Fiction, but can it go Mainstream? http://www.wired.com/underwire/2014/02/fanfic-and-publishers/ From Around the Web Storytellers, All – “I was listening to the words and following the story of the song and began to think about how we—all of us humans—are storytellers…”

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Weekly Round-Up: February 16

On The Web Risky Business – “You know what I like to do for fun? Sit around and obsessively analyze the thoughtful, detailed, eloquent rejections my agent and I have received from editors.” – http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/12/risky-business/ Blitz Writing – Writing When There is no Time – http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/blitz-writing-writing-when-there-is-no-time/ The Accident That Killed Me – “Thanks to a freak occurrence, I remember

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Weekly Round-Up: January 19

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Philly Submission Call Don Ron Books: Submissions Wanted For “West Philly Fiction” http://donronbooks.com/submissions.html Happening In Philly The Creative Cafe Opens in University City http://www.geekadelphia.com/2014/01/23/the-creative-cafe-replica-opens-in-university-city-offers-the-chance-to-have-your-dreamcup/  Upcoming Classes from Girl Develop It Philly http://www.geekadelphia.com/2014/01/21/upcoming-classes-from-girl-develop-it-philly/ Writing Stories That Kill: Seven Tips for Writing Crime http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/01/17/writing-crime/ Lifehack: How To Write A Book And Actually Finish The Job http://www.businessesgrow.com/2014/01/07/how-to-write-a-book/ How

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