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Today I’ll be talking with the Sisters in Crime of Columbus, Ohio (SiCCO). Don’t you just love that acronym?

We’re going to talk about how to get your writing in the best shape for submitting it to editors and agents (and contests, too!). I read some great stories and can’t wait to meet the authors. Some of the things we’ll be discussing are manuscript format, action verbs, punctuation and style guides.

For example, did you know that you’re supposed to put only one space at the end of a sentence and after a colon? Do you know when that standard changed? In the mid-1980s. Want to know why? Well, you’ll have to invite me to talk to your group to find out!

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Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m., at the Wild Fig Bookstore in Lexington, Kentucky, I’ll be reading from my unpublished novel. I’ve been working on it for about 20 years and it is just about done. If you come, you’ll be the first people outside my writing group to hear the tale. River City Talent Showcase is the story of Sandy McKinley who, after being laid off, moves to Ohio and joins an all-women’s singing group whose sole purpose is to make its members sing the same, look the same, dress the same, act the same and think the same. In the middle of all this sameness, Sandy struggles with who she is and what her priorities should be. While she’s figuring out who she is, her father (who has Alzheimer’s) is forgetting who she was. (more…)

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Hey folks! This summer I’m going to be giving some talks and conducting workshops around the Tristate, if you’d like to catch me without signing up for a multi-week class. Check out these great opportunities to hear me!

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Thanks to everyone who came to the Write On! Workshop Cincy Style yesterday. Judging from the evaluations, and speaking for Val and me, a great time was had by all! And didn’t Colleen Zuber at the Refuge Coffee Bar serve us a great lunch? Steve Gillen’s presentation on Copyrights and Contracts (and all the extra tips he gave us!) is surely going to save many of us a lot of headaches.

For yesterday’s participants: did you feel as if your head was spinning and you couldn’t write fast enough? For those who couldn’t make it: are you kicking yourself now? Never fear! Sign up now for the Write On! Workshop that we’re holding in Dayton on March 31, 2012. See you there!

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BY POPULAR DEMAND! You asked for it; here it is! An all-day writing workshop in Cincinnati. Wendy Beckman and Valerie Coleman present the Write On! Workshop Cincy Style. After holding several successful WOWs in Dayton, we’re holding one in Cincinnati on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at the Refuge Coffee Bar in Covedale. (more…)

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Looking for a place to read your manuscript in a welcoming, warm environment with good food? Welcome to the “Writing Workshop Workshop“! We’ll be meeting at the Refuge Coffee Bar on Sunday, September 11, at 2 p.m. to share your writing and learn the gentle art of critiquing and being critiqued. Read more about it here. (Note the change of location!)

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“Writing to Publish: Level II” at UC’s Communiversity
You already know the nuts and bolts of being a writer. In this series, we’ll take your book idea, select one target publication and submit a query/proposal (as appropriate, according to genre and publisher). Prepare to come with one focused, solid idea and know who the audience is for that subject. We will also workshop your writing in at least one class. We recommend that you have completed at least one of my other courses, such as “Discover Your Writer Within” or “Writing to Publish I,” or that you have previous writing workshop experience.
Mon., 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM; 6/20/2011 – 8/8/2011(no class July 4 or July 11)
6 weeks; $119.00 , #3302
2220 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45206. Park free in back lot off Cypress St.
For parking and VP campus map: http://www.uc.edu/ce/documents/commu/VPAdminPark.pdf
(Direction suggestions: http://www.uc.edu/ce/documents/commu/VP_Directions.pdf)
Location: Administration Bldg, Rm 701 – UC Victory Pkwy Campus (historic Edgecliff by Eden Park); park free

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Looking for a place to read your manuscript in a welcoming, warm environment with good food? Welcome to the “Writing Workshop Workshop“! We’ll be meeting at Allyn’s Cafe on Sunday, September 11, at 2 p.m. to share your writing and learn the gentle art of critiquing and being critiqued. Read more about it here.

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Or I will be horribly lonely.

The “Dayton Book Expo” (being held 11 to 4 at Sinclair Community College) is going to be a blast, full of first-time authors telling their life stories, experienced novelists with another edge-of-your-chair romance, and panels of folks for you to listen to. Many of the books have been self-published, so if you think you might want to follow that path, follow I-75 to Dayton.

Now about that loneliness thing…. (more…)

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