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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Woodland Press seeks WV Writers, Inc. members for new haunted anthology

Working Title:

Appalachian Mountain Monsters & Mayhem
Freaks, Ghouls and Creatures that Live Among Us

-- Publisher: Woodland Press, LLC
-- Format: Trade Paperback
-- Payment: three cents per word (up to 2,200 words and upon publication) plus one copy. Reprints will receive half a cent per word.
-- Story length: 1,000 to 2,200 words
-- No multiple or simultaneous subs.
-- Email submissions only. We will accept .doc or .rtf attachments only. Do not copy and paste story into the body of your email?use this for your cover page information. Send submissions or inquiries or
-- Photos permitted if they somehow pertain directly to the story
-- Turnaround time should be 30 to 60 days. If you have not received a response after 60 days, send an inquiry to:
-- Deadline: November 15, 2008
-- Target publication date: Spring 2009

Stories MUST create or expand a monster/legend/ghost-tale/folklore from the state of West Virginia or Kentucky. We're seeking stories--fiction or nonfiction--about Mountain and Bluegrass State legends/ghosts/monsters (yet, our preference for this anthology is monster tales). You do not need to be a West Virginian to write the story, but you do need to keep the story (and tall tale) true to West Virginia or Kentucky. All stories should include real towns and counties. Do not tell us the biography of the legend, tell us a story with the legend or monster at the plot's center.

We seek tales with a solid plot and good character development. Monster tales should grab the reader's attention quickly and hold it
until the end. We want powerful and emotional tales -- creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. However, we DO NOT want stories
containing explicit language or content.

The most common reasons for rejection will be lack of originality, slow pacing, poor writing, and/or failure to follow the guidelines.
Please visit for the only manuscript format we accept.

We purchase non-exclusive Electronic Rights, First English Anthology Rights, and First World Anthology Rights, for publication in the
English language anywhere in the world, and in clothbound, paperback, World Wide Web, reprint, Audio, and eBook editions of the publication. For previously published Work, we purchase non-exclusive Electronic Rights, non-exclusive English Anthology Rights, and non-exclusive World Anthology Rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world, and in clothbound, paperback, World Wide Web, reprint, Audio, and eBook editions of the publication.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Laurie Helgoe Workshop in Charleston

Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D., author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Raising Boys and The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Breaking Up will be offering a workshop in Charleston, WV, in September entitled Get it Published.

Tuition: $140 if postmarked by August 15, 2008
$150 space available after August 15, 2008 Fee includes book proposal workbook


9:30 What It Takes

10:00 How It's Done

10:45 Break

11:00 Making It Publishable

12:30 Lunch (on your own)

1:45 Anatomy of a Book

2:30 Break

2:45 Agent Matchmaking

3:30 Go. Get Published!

For more information or to register, visit her website at

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

National Christian Writers Conference Registration Open

Registration is underway for the fifth annual National Christian Writers’ Conference and Book Expo to be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza, Virginia Beach, VA 4453 Bonney Road.

Aspiring writers and individuals from Virginia and across the nation who want to learn more about the writing, publishing and book marketing industry are invited to attend. Early bird registration (on or before August 15, 2008) is $49.00, full registration (after August 15, 2008) is $75.00.

Special pricing for Active Duty Military and/or Veterans is $49.00 and College Student or Teen with identification is $49.00. The registration fee will cover breakfast, lunch, all workshops and workshop materials, as well as entrance to the book expo.

See their website for futher details...

Monday, July 07, 2008

Hub City Writers Workshop

SPARTANBURG – Registration has opened for “Writing in Place,” a three-day creative writing conference for adults, sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project and held at Wofford College in Spartanburg Aug. 1-3, 2008.The Hub City conference is a hands-on, intensive writing experience, designed to help both beginners and professionals develop the craft of creative writing. The conference is limited to 72 people this year, and registrants must sign up for one of four tracks: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or screenwriting.Keynote speaker to open the conference will be novelist Tommy Hays. He is the author of the novel The Pleasure Was Mine, which was read on National Public Radio’s “Radio Reader” and was a 2006 Southern Independent Book Alliance Fiction Finalist. His previous books include Sam’s Crossing and In the Family Way. Other workshop leaders include fiction writer Betsy Cox, Peter Caster, Sebastian Matthews, and poets Rick Mulkey and Jennie Neighbors Additional faculty members include Vera Gomez, essayist John Lane, Lyn Riddle, and Patrick Whitfill and Susan Tekulve. The cost of the conference is $160. Lodging is available at Wofford College for $15 a night. For more information, call 864-577-9349 or visit

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Poetry Class at Shepherd University

Dear friends, neighbors, and all lovers of words ===

I want to invite folks to join our Poetry class this green July
at Shepherd University, Mon.-Thurs. at Knutti Hall. Our warm
meetings last summer were graced with good poems composed
on campus and beyond. =Please pass the word to any writers
who may be interested. (English 472 would be almost FREE
to senior citizens; for SU students it would count for three
human credits.) We shall explore a terrain of wakeful
dreaming that brings images to light and music.
Do join us with your pen or mouse, and trap
poems that need to be released soon!
You will have my permission if you
give yourself permission to write
poetry of summer's unfolding.
Prof. Ethan Fischer author of
radio mysteries & BEACHED

P.S. Grace Cavalieri plans to speak as guest poet!