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Weekly Round-Up April 12

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
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May 3: Social Meetup
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For National Poetry Month

Daily Poem Sea Cans by Derek Walcott

Daily Poem October 13 by Lauren Ireland

For National Library Week

From the American Library Association
http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/factsheets/nationallibraryweek

Free Online Products from Oxford University Press
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/oxford-university-press-is-making-online-products-free-during-national-library-week_b84538

Writing Related

Literary Map of San Francisco
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/a-literary-map-of-san-francisco_b84427

Philadelphia Public History ‘Truck’
http://www.geekadelphia.com/2014/04/04/get-introduced-to-the-philadelphia-public-history-truck-at-little-berlin-in-east-kensington/

Writing Craft and Publication

3 Deadly Traps for a Writer
http://bestsellerlabs.com/3-deadly-traps-for-a-writer/

What Struggle Means for Character
http://moodywriting.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-struggle-means-for-character.html

So What Is ‘High Concept’
http://diymfa.com/writing/ask-becca-high-concept-anyway

Realistic vs Logic
http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/2014/04/realistic-vs-logic.html

5 Writing Lessons from ‘Game of Thrones’
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/04/08/writing-game-of-thrones/

Writing Lesson with Sandy Pool
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/writing-lessons-sandy-pool/

Putting Your Life In Fiction
http://litreactor.com/columns/storyvile-putting-your-life-in-your-fiction

Writing Life

How To Handle Interruptions
http://www.aboutfreelancewriting.com/2014/04/how-to-handle-interruptions-when-youre-freelance-writing/

Agents Going Off the Rails
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/04/2014/agents-going-off-the-rails/


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Weekly Round-Up April 5

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]
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May 3: Social Meetup
[Facebook RSVP]
[Twitter RSVP]
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Literary Lifestyle

How to Buy Ebooks from Anywhere and Read Them in One Place
http://lifehacker.com/how-to-buy-ebooks-from-anywhere-and-still-read-them-all-1553478027

Writing Craft and Publication

3 Ways to Write a Damn Good Syllable
http://www.copyblogger.com/damn-good-syllable/

Dear Publishers, Signed (You)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/01/dear-publishers-signed-you/

Never Stop Trying [Infographic]
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/never-stop-trying-infographic_b84209

10 Tips About Process
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/31/10-tips-about-process/

Why Learning to Write Plot Matters
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/the-ploughshares-round-down-are-you-learning-what-you-need-to-know-from-writing-classes/

Submission Calls From Around the Web

(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 obligations are in question)

Amazon’s Literary Journal ‘Day One’ Seeking Submissions
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/amazons-literary-journal-dayone-is-seeking-submissions_b84206


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Weekly Round-Up March 23

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 Calendar]

Writing Craft and Publication

5 Valuable Charts that Show How Publishing is Changing
http://janefriedman.com/2014/03/21/5-valuable-charts/

8 Ways Scrivener Will Help You Become a Proficient Writer Overnight
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/03/25/scrivener-proficient-writer/

The 3 Dimensions of Character
http://moodywriting.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-three-dimensions-of-character.html

Authenticity vs Perpetuation of Bad
http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/2014/03/authenticity-vs-perpetuation-of-bad.html

An Author’s Responsibility (How Realistic is too Realistic?)
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/03/2014/an-authors-responsibility/

3 Deadly Symptoms of Self-Doubt
http://diymfa.com/writing/ask-becca-3-deadly-symptoms-self-doubt

How I Write by David Baldacci
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/03/2014/how-i-write-david-baldacci/

Are you writing the right story?
http://diymfa.com/writing/writing-right-story

Embracing (and Encouraging) A Writing and Reading Life

5 tips for Running a Little Free Library
http://bookriot.com/2014/03/24/5-tips-running-little-free-library/

What Really Matters
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/what-really-matters/

They’re Never Just Books
http://bookriot.tumblr.com/post/80798167624/theyre-never-just-books-theyre-whole-worlds

Advice that Every Young Writer Needs to Hear
http://blog.bookbaby.com/2014/03/advice-that-every-young-writer-needs-to-hear/


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Weekly Round-Up March 16

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 Stages of the Creative Process
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/02/19/tiffany-shlain-creative-process/

Story as Architecture / Architecture as Story
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/story-as-architecture-architecture-as-story/

Anachronisms: Nobody Said That Then!
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/hendrikhertzberg/2014/02/masters-of-sex-nobody-said-that-then.html

Perfecting Your Plot
http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/03/guest-post-by-chris-eboch.html

In Writing, There are Rules, and Then There Are “Rules”
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/03/19/in-writing-there-are-rules-and-then-there-are-rules/

“Am I Publishable, or Not?”
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/18/am-i-publishable-or-not-reading-the-tea-leaves/

Where Pantsing and Plotting Miss the Real Story
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/13/what-both-pantsing-and-plotting-miss-the-real-story/

On Being A Writer & Creative

Confidence is a Choice, not a Symptom
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/03/confidence-is-a-choice-not-a-symptom.html

What Really Matters – What Authors Give Back
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/what-really-matters/

29 Ways to Stay Creative
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/29-ways-to-stay-creative-video-infographic_b83798

11 Writers on Dealing With Criticism
http://flavorwire.com/446215/11-writers-on-how-they-deal-with-criticism/

 Writing Contests Around the Web

(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 obligations are in question)

“Let’s Write” – Deadline Postmark April 10 ($8 to enter)
http://gcwriters.org/contest.html

League of Utah Writers – Deadline June 15 ($10 to enter)
http://luwriters.org/index.html (left column has links)


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Weekly Round-Up March 9

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 change your writing
http://litreactor.com/columns/storyville-kill-your-darlings-how-the-game-of-thrones-can-change-your-writing

The Varied Emotional Stages of Writing
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/03/11/the-varied-emotional-stages-of-writing-a-book/

Top Three Reasons why Fiction Manuscripts Get Rejected
http://www.authorspublish.com/top-3-reasons-why-fiction-manuscripts-get-rejected/

Top 10 Reasons I May Have Rejected Your Short Story
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-top-10-reasons-i-may-have-rejected-your-short-story

Creativitity is Neither Madness Nor Magic
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/creativity-neither-magic-nor-madness/

On Being a Writer

The Overlooked Job of the Writer
http://authorselectric.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-overlooked-job-of-writer.html

On the Care and Feeding of Writers
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/07/on-the-care-and-feeding-of-writers/

Writers Don’t Make Much Money: The Struggle Continues
http://flavorwire.com/443574/writers-dont-make-much-money-the-struggle-continues/

How to Avoid Homelessness and Starvation as a Writer
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/how-to-avoid-homelessness-and-starvation-as-a-writer/

The Busy Person’s Guide to Reducing Stress
http://zenhabits.net/stressguide/

Writing Contests [Around the Web]

(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 obligations are in question)

24-hour Short Story Writing Contest – Deadline April 26 ($5 to enter)
http://www.writersweekly.com/misc/contest.php

2014 Chapbook Contest | The New Michigan Press DIAGRAM – Deadline April 1 ($18 to enter)
http://thediagram.com/contest.html

Eaton Literary Agency’s Annual Awards Program – Short Story Deadline March 31 (free)
http://www.eatonliterary.com/submissions.htm


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Weekly Round-Up March 2

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 obligations are in question)

Ploughshares – Emerging Writers Contest
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/2014-ploughshares-emerging-writers-contest-is-open/

Prairie Schooner Book Prize
http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=book-prize

From Around the Web

Write UnBoxed – Plan B (Or “What To Do When Things Go Wrong”)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/19/plan-b/

Chuck Wendig – Time Again for your Penmonkey Evaluations
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/03/03/time-again-for-your-penmonkey-evaluations/

Writer UnBoxed – MFA vs NYC vs DIY
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/03/mfa-vs-nyc-vs-diy/

10 Compelling Unnamed Protagonists
http://flavorwire.com/442853/10-compelling-unnamed-protagonists-in-literature/

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/10-common-blog-writing-mistakes-infographic_b83195

7 Creative Proofreading Tips
http://www.copyblogger.com/creative-proofreading/

Write To Done –  How to Complete Every Writing Project You Start
http://writetodone.com/complete-every-writing-project-start/

Glossary for Authors
http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2014/03/04/a-new-resource-glossary-for-authors/

The Author Chronicles – Fear of Change
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/fear-of-change/

7 Creative Proofreading Tips
http://www.copyblogger.com/creative-proofreading/

How To Hire an Editor, pt 1 – Know What You Need
http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2014/03/04/editing-for-indies-part-1/

Book Rights and Licensing: An International Overview
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/02/27/book-rights-and-licensing/

The Question Mark is Shaped Like a Hook: Question Driven Plotting
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/02/25/the-question-mark-is-shaped-like-a-hook-question-driven-plotting/


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Weekly Round-Up: February 23

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…”
http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2014/02/20/storytellers-all/

The Aggressive Work Ethic of Highly Creative People- “Imagine you knock on creativity’s door. It seems no one is home. So this is what you do … kick in the door.”
http://www.copyblogger.com/creativity/

Beyond Dickens: Trends and Tech in Serial Fiction
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/24/serial-fiction/

Simple Ideas to Stimulate Creativity INFOGRAPHIC
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/simple-ideas-to-stimulate-creativity-infographic_b82899

The 12 Steps to Intimacy- “As a writer, how do you show these first six steps? Does your heroine retreat behind dark sunglasses? Does she get a thrill when his hand brushes her arm? You can develop any of these with dialog, internal monologue, or plot.”
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-12-steps-to-intimacy-part-1.html

A Protagonist’s Moment of Realization
http://moodywriting.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-protagonists-moment-of-realisation.html

Status as Character Calling Card- “The main character in a story will tend to have something about them that marks them out.”
http://moodywriting.blogspot.com/2014/02/status-as-character-calling-card.html

How to Write Well: 10 Essential Self-Editing Tips
http://writetodone.com/how-to-write-well-self-editing-tips/

The Overlooked Job of a Writer
http://authorselectric.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-overlooked-job-of-writer.html

The Question Mark is Shaped Like a Hook: Question-Driven Plotting
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/02/25/the-question-mark-is-shaped-like-a-hook-question-driven-plotting/

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Literary Agent
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/02/questions-to-ask-your-prospective.html

The Ploughshares Round-Down: Waiting on a Job? Wait Better.
http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/the-ploughshares-round-down-waiting-on-a-job-grad-school-publisher-wait-better/

Raymond Chandler’s Ten Commandments for Writing a Detective Novel
http://www.openculture.com/2014/02/raymond-chandlers-ten-commandments-for-writing-a-detective-novel.html

Book Rights and Licensing: An International Overview for Authors
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/02/27/book-rights-and-licensing/


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Weekly Round-Up: February 16

Category : Weekly RoundUp

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 nothing of my first 22 years.” – http://www.salon.com/2014/02/04/the_accident_that_killed_me/

The Joy of Literary Destruction: Writers who broke all the rules – http://www.salon.com/2014/01/19/the_joy_of_literary_destruction_writers_who_broke_all_the_rules/

The Author Chronicles: Practicing What I Preach – http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/practicing-what-i-preach/

Dealing With Setbacks – “In these days of relentless self-promotion, we authors generally avoid sharing our bad news.” – http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/06/dealing-with-setbacks-2/

The Terribleminds Holy Mother of God Lordy Lordy Hallelujah Guide to Creating Super Crazy Awesomepants Supporting Characters – http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/02/17/the-terribleminds-holy-mother-of-god-lordy-lordy-hallelujah-guide-to-creating-super-crazy-awesomepants-supporting-characters/

The Oddville Press Goes Live – http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2014/02/17/the-oddville-press-goes-live/

The Local Book Launch – “On January 18th I held a launch party for the final book in the Earth’s Pendulum trilogy, The Dreamt Child. I think it was a success. You may decide if you agree with me when this is finished.” – http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2014/02/17/the-local-book-launch/

A Protagonist’s Moment of Realization – http://moodywriting.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-protagonists-moment-of-realisation.html

Become a Successful Writer Despite Your Friends and Family – http://writetodone.com/leanne-final/

Make Trouble for Your Character – http://www.thepassivevoice.com/02/2014/make-trouble-for-your-character/

Overcoming Object Love: How To Write Female Leads Who Are People – http://litreactor.com/columns/overcoming-object-love-how-to-write-female-leads-who-are-people

Always Be Willing to Rewrite – http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/louis-sachar-always-be-willing-to-rewrite_b82582

Plan-B, or What to do When Things Go Wring – http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/19/plan-b/

Submission Call
Dragonfly Art Magazine – “…seeks submissions of poetry, art, and photography…deadline March 3…” – http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2014/02/16/dragonfly-arts-magazine-seeks-submissions/

Workspace
The Fire Works: coworking space launches in West Philly – http://technical.ly/philly/2014/02/17/fire-works-coworking-west-philadelphia/


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Weekly Round-Up: January 19

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 To Build a Fictional World – Kate Messner via Passive Voice Blog
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/01/2014/how-to-build-a-fictional-world/

David Farland’s Daily Kick In The Pants – Plotting
http://www.davidfarland.net/writing_tips/?a=331

Staying Motivated: 8 Writing Tools to Keep the Words Flowing
http://diymfa.com/writing/stay-motivated-8-writing-tools-to-keep-words-flowing

How Writers Can Stay Productive Even During Sick Days
http://allindiewriters.com/sick-days/

It Takes the Time It Takes
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/01/20/it-takes-the-time-it-takes/

The Secret to Writing a Best-Selling Novel
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-rubinstein/the-secret-to-writing-a-b_1_b_4630781.html

LitReactor – What’s In A Name
http://litreactor.com/columns/whats-in-a-name

The #1 Tool to Make You a More Productive Writer
http://diymfa.com/writing/more-productive-writer


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