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Thursday, December 15, 2011

2012 Artists in Residence Program at I-Park

Application Deadline: January 30, 2012

The I-Park Foundation, Inc., a 450-acre natural woodland retreat in East Haddam, CT (U.S), announces its twelfth season hosting its multi-disciplinary residency program. Self-directed artists’ residencies will be offered from May through November 2012, with off-seasonsessions in April and December. Most residencies are four weeks in duration. Residencies are offered to creative individuals working in the following disciplines: Visual (including Environmental) Art, Music Composition/Sound Sculpture/Design, Moving Image, Creative Writing and Landscape/Garden Design. Work samples are evaluated through a competitive, juried process.

A $30 application fee helps defray the cost of the independent jury panels. Accepted artists are responsible for their own work materials as well as transportation to and from the area. The program is otherwise offered at no cost to accepted artists, including a basic meal program where most of, though not all, the food is provided.

Accommodations at I-Park include comfortable private living quarters in an 1850’s era farmhouse and a private studio space. An abundance of tools, equipment, musical instruments and peripherals, site materials, an electric kiln, wireless internet and library facilities are provided.

International applicants are welcome. To defray the cost of travel, four $750.00 grants will be awarded to international artists whose work is held in particularly high regard by the Grant Committee.

Application materials are available online at

For more information, contact Brad Tuggle, Residency Program Director, by e-mail: or by phone: 860-873-2468 .

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Geoff Fuller Online and In-Person Writing Classes to begin soon

THERE’S STILL TIME (but not much!)

The GIFT that keeps on giving, right through the winter months—and beyond!



COMPLETE Course on the Novel

Six classes PLUS. . .

Free project consultation during the class and for subsequent six months

Writing exercises and practice techniques

List of helpful books and other resources for writers

Discount rates for one year on editing, copyediting, proofing, book evaluation and diagnosis, and publishing consultation

(All services and most information in the classes apply to all forms of prose fiction: novels, novellas, short stories, flash fictions.)


1. Plot—situation v. story, stakes and jeopardy, profluence

2. Characters and Setting—creating characters your readers care about and root for

3. Dialogue—the engine of your novel; how to make it vivid, memorable, and realistic

4. Critiques and Common Mistakes—how to recognize and avoid

5. Editing Your Work—Need for editing, stages of editing

6. Market—on seeking, finding, and hiring an agent or publisher (including free book on the process)

Complete course: $175

At least 50% ($87.50) needed to reserve a spot.

Paypal at or message me to make other arrangements.

Class size is limited and slots are filling fast.

Message me here or email me at

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Time running out for the deadline for the WV Writers Ink anthology


Editors: Cat Pleska and Michael Knost
Title: West Virginia Writers Inked (working title)
Submission period begins: September 1, 2011
Submission period ends: December 31, 2011

Please do not check on submission status until March 1, 2012

Publishing Date: Spring 2012

Word count: Up to 3,000 words

Payment: Five-cents per word

Email submissions as an RTF (Rich Text Format) attachment to:

Or snail mail your printed submission to:

WVW, Inc. submissions
c/o L. Barker
104 Silverwood Lane
Charleston, WV 25320.

Note: this anthology is open to West Virginia Writers, Inc. members only. Annual membership cost is $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, and $5 to anyone under the age of 18. Learn more at our MEMBERSHIP PAGE.

This will be a multi-genre* anthology. Accepted are general and literary fiction, literary nonfiction, and narrative poetry.

*(Multi-genre also includes mystery, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc.).

Please keep the story clean of profanity and/or adult content.

No reprints or simultaneous submissions.

Please make sure your name, address, phone number, and email are listed on a cover page of the manuscript. Do not include your name or other identifying info on the rest of the manuscript.

Questions? Email:

Friday, December 02, 2011

Uncle Terry's Gift Ideas from WV Authors List 2011

While you’re finishing up your holiday shopping, don’t forget to support these WV Writer, Inc. authors. And don’t forget to stop at your local bookstores: Tamarack, James and Law, Borders, B&N, Frog Creek Books, the Open Book in Lewisburg, McClain’s Printing, Vandalia Press, Main Line Books, …to name just a few. This is where you might find these books! You may also send links if you have a website as a sales tool. Be happy to post it. Thanks.

UPDATED 12/14/11