Now that wintery weather is starting to kick in (at least here in the Northeast), it's time to hibernate and start entering all those writing contests you've been putting off over the summer. If you would like a professional edit before you enter, please contact me for a 10% discount by referencing this blog post in your initial email.
This past month, I took myself off to a cabin in the middle of the woods for four days—no wi-fi, no TV, no indoor plumbing...just me, some books, and a bear for company (black, not toy). It was the perfect environment for doing nothing but reading. Some people need tranquility and birdsong to feel inspired or meet a writing deadline. Rachel Cohn is not one of them. She recently told me she left a writing getaway halfway through because it was too quiet. Whatever your creative needs, the following conferences, workshops, and retreats are held in a range of settings across the country to help you hone your craft, hear from the experts, and, hopefully, come away ready to send that book out into the world!
Before I ever knew Paul, I read Ten Mile River and was so blown away by his writing, his intensity, his ability to look vulnerability in the eye and somehow leave the reader feeling stronger, that I knew I had to meet him. In person, Paul is one of the most warm-hearted individuals I have ever come across and I'm thrilled he agreed to be interviewed for Behind the Desk. His new book, When Friendship Followed Me Home, is out today (June 7), and is already being hailed as one of the best summer reads!
I've done the math and it turns out that Jen is my oldest friend. We met when I moved to Saluda, North Carolina at the age of five, became pen pals when I returned to England at the age of eight (playlists on tape, yin yang necklaces, and lots of colorful ink were involved in these letters), and last year I attended her beautiful wedding back in Saluda. Jen is not only adventurous, smart, and kind-hearted, but she's also a champion of books and reading. Can there be a greater type of person on the planet?!
The previous post on writing contests can be found here, with a number of prizes still up for grabs (until April 30th). As before, these contests are primarily for unpublished writers and, if you would like a professional edit before you enter, please contact me for a 10% discount by referencing this blog post in your initial email.
Good luck to you all!
Rachel Cohn is not only a New York Times bestselling author nor is she just an author who has published thirteen YA and children's books (with four more due out in the next couple of years!); she also happens to be my brilliant half-sister. If it weren't for her, I may never have entered the world of publishing (or been an extra on her book-turned-movie, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist). Rachel was kind enough to be my first subject for Behind the Desk, so I'll let her take it away...
In December, I posted about contests for unpublished writers (those deadlines are now approaching!). This month, I'll introduce you to some conferences, workshops, and retreats in the United States that are open to the public and suitable for a variety of writing levels (beginner, published, simply curious, and so on). Events like these can be a great place to meet published authors, hear them lecture about the craft and process of writing, improve your own work, and interact with your peers. If you attend one of these programs, or have attended in the past, I'd love to hear your feedback on how it went!
The number of literary contests can be overwhelming, so what I'm going to do is focus on the awards for unpublished writers and let you know about upcoming deadlines every few months.
If you decide to enter one of these competitions, but would like a professional edit first, please contact me for a 10% discount by referencing this blog post in your initial email. Even if you don't want an edit, I'd love to hear from anyone who decides to submit for these writing contests!