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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Writing Raw announces guest author, a FREE literary sharing website (like YouTube, but for the literary world), is announcing our first guest author. Dr. Jason Denaro, author of A Passage to Burma, Vatican FileSS, Stones, and MINDPOWER (to be released at a latter date), is allowing the unprecedented opportunity to read his NEWEST novel, Fiddler, on for FREE!

Reading a Jason Denaro novel has similarities to sitting in a theater watching a Quentin Tarantino movie, with a splash of Alfred Hitchcock sprinkled in along the way.

Suspense, humor, thrills, and intense research go into each of Denaro's works. This exciting new writer often uses unconventional story telling techniques such as moving the reader back a few weeks in the storyline, then flinging headlong into to the same scene in real time as the novel progresses. This technique creates a great visual effect for the reader who suspects what may be about to happen, but cannot always assume.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Karin & Geoff Fuller present Short Takes: Writing from Life

Karin Fuller, Sunday Gazette-Mail columnist, and her husband, Geoff, an experienced writing teacher and award-winning author and editor, are teaming up to present Short Takes: Writing from Life. Students will learn how to turn their personal experiences into stories that move, amuse, and inspire their readers.

Through in-class exercises and homework assignments, participants will recognize how to choose which experiences to write about, how to rekindle memories, and how to craft short narratives that can be used as models or to build a foundation for longer work.

The material will be covered in three, two-hour classes, and Karin and Geoff are open to holding a fourth class (at no charge) for critiquing, questions on markets, or how to publish your work.

Reply to or call 744.4556 for more

Short Takes: Writing from Life Classes available in January or February. Cost: $75 (Sign up before Christmas and receive a 10% discount!)

January 8, 15, 22 OR February 5, 12, 19
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Classes held at Charleston Newspapers Conference Center. Free parking available right at the door.

Gift certificates available.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Morgantown Writers Group Workshop Still Open For Participants!

Where Did You Get That Idea?& Where Did That Character Come From?

Workshop Leader Barbara Smith - novelist, short story writer; free-lance writer/editor, and medical ethicist. More on Barbara below.

Morgantown Public Library - November 15, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration: $10.00

If you plan to attend our Short Fiction Workshop on Saturday, November 15th - send email to The morning workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. Barbara Smith also will critique short fiction manuscripts (1,000 to 3,000 words). If you wish to get into the advanced critique workshop, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., please send your manuscript as a Word attachment to by November 10th.

Manuscript Critique: Barbara will critique short fiction manuscripts (1,000 words to 3,000 words) for the advance part of the workshop. Advance Workshop after lunch, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. She will discuss strengths and weaknesses of the manuscripts. Nominal fee for MWG and WVW members' short fiction critique.

Barbara's Chick Flicks, A collection of 20 Short Stories -
Barbara Smith's new collection of 20 short stories, titled, Chick Flicks is available now at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, Mountain Treasures store in Philippi, and the Alderson-Broaddus bookstore, Philippi public library. Publisher is Mountain State Press, Charleston, WV). Cost is only $12.50.

Of her new collection, Barbara says: "Chick Flicks" is a term used widely to identify movies that appeal particularly to females; e.g., "Steel Magnolias." Because all of the stories in the collection feature females, "CF" seemed a logical title. All of the characters I write about are composites based on real people in real or imagined conflicts. For instance, I might see a shabbily dressed woman walking down the street in Morgantown, and I might combine her "attitude" with the demanding tasks of a woman whom I have worked with who is an aging attendant in a nursing home." The last story in the collection is her #1. "I had a lot of fun writing that. I also, however, especially like "Night Visitor" and "Walk in the Woods," both of which became trigger stories for whole novels. And I like "Raising the Roof," again fun to write. . . "

Currently, Barbara is working on 3 book-length nonfiction assignments (2 autobiographies and a local history), and has a new novel drafted and can't wait to get time to finish it. She's also writing frequent articles for WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA MAGAZINE (four this year) and for local media. In short, she says, "my computer stays hot."

And she has an impressive background: Formerly Emerita Professor of Literature and Writing and former Chair of the Division of the Humanities, Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, West Virginia, she has published: Demonstrative Pronouns (poetry), Judge Ira Robinson: West Virginia Statesman and Man of Letters (biography). She is a community activist and sports nut.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hamilton Stone Review New Issue Available Online

The Hamilton Stone Review is part of a movement of small, independent publishers dedicated to distributing high quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Their intent is to encourage writers, whether unpublished or established, by bringing their work to readers by way of this online literary magazine.

For the latest issue, those of better judgment at this widely respected literary magazine have handed the reigns to author, teacher, and West Virginia expatriate, Meredith Sue Willis. She has gathered some of the best of the best of the mountain state to create 'The West Virginia Issue'.

Don't hesitate to download this to your computer, sit back, and enjoy the fruits of the children of these hills' labor.

Available at:

Enjoy! . . . and thank you Meredith Sue Willis!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Free Fall seeking submissions

Free Fall is looking for writers to make submissions of poetry and short stories of ALL genres as well as articles on various topics, personal essays, and reviews of books on or about writing. Free Fall is a non-paying market and your only compensation for your published work will be the promotion and exposure of your work and you as a writer. The target readers for Free Fall are writers, readers, editors, and agents and our goal is to be a stepping stone for those beginner writers who are still on the back burner and to get your writing out there to be seen.

Free Fall is now in its third year and is expanding to include more work and cover more areas of people's artistic abilities. If you are interested in joining the world of Free Fall and submitting your work to us then please feel free to e-mail your submissions and/or inquiries to We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best in all of your writing ventures.

Free Fall is looking to showcase your talent. If you are interested in having your works featured in this extraordinary ezine please feel free to contact me at freefall_lbp@ This is a non-paying market so exposure is the only payment at this time.