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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Free eBook by Daleen Berry

From WV Writers member Daleen Berry:
Daleen Berry2:29pm May 26
From midnight last night until 11:59 p.m. Monday (PST) my e-book, "Sister of Silence," is free at Amazon. I'm calling it a Memorial Day Special, in honor of the women who have or are fighting another kind of war.

Even if you have already read it, please download a copy or gift one to someone who needs it.

Please download it in honor of Shannon Stafford, Lori Dodson and Leslie Layman, the three Preston County women who died from DV in just three weeks here. (For more info, see my website, but realize this does not count the murders in the other 54 WV counties.)

We may not eradicate DV, but I really believe we can make a difference, and the fact that Sen. Rockefeller has invited me (and others) to a roundtable meeting to discuss what can be done next week shows that people in positions of power recognize something needs to change.

Out of courtesy for the tons of people I've included in this email, please do NOT reply to it. If you want to contact me, just email me privately at

Thank you, very much!

PS: If you don't have a Kindle, that's okay. Amazon has a free app you can download, so you can then read any of their e-books on your tablet, phone, or computer.
Sister of Silence
An amazing true-crime story that unfolds faster than you can keep up, and leaves you longing for mor...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Doug & Telisha Williams Sampler from WVW Conference 11

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Friday Night Entertainment at the 2012 Summer Conference

On Friday night, comedian and WVW member Steve Goff presents "The West Virginia Writers Rough Draft Radio Show". Sit back a let your fellow WV Writers entertain you as we draw from our membership to put together a rollicking evening of comedy, music and good vibes.

We will close the evening with the triumphant return of Doug and Telisha Williams. D&T made their conference debut last year and were such a smash, we're bringing them back. Lucky us. They will also be teaching songwriting workshops during the day!

If you plan to attend the conference, and would like to be a part of the show please contact Steve Goff at the address below.  We've got a limited amount of time and can't insure everyone will get a slot. I'm looking for variety, so tune up the old saw, or dust off that comic monologue you wrote in high school. Steve Goff. WV Writers Rough Draft Radio Show .

Monday, May 07, 2012

Conference First Timers Guidelines 2012

We recommend that you register in advance by completing the forms on our web site at

If you plan to stay overnight, be sure to fill out the separate Cedar Lakes form, as well. You'll also need to fill it out if you plan to eat meals there, which I recommend, because it's hard to get out and back without missing a workshop or two.

On the weekend of the conference, stop at the Cedar Lakes office when you enter the grounds. The office is the first building on your right as you enter. You'll get your meal tickets (more like a typed sheet of paper) and your room keys. DO NOT LOSE YOUR MEAL TICKET.

Ask the Cedar Lakes staff to point out the Assembly Hall building for you (they'll give you a map, too, but you can see the building from the office). Come there next and register. If you have pre-registered and prepaid in full, there is usually a "quick line" you can jump to and simply check your name off the list, grab your name tag and goody bag (we always have the best goody bags of any writers conference), and head to step three. If you still need to register, that's fine too. We accept cash, checks, and can now accept credit cards via Square Up at the registration desk.  (Cedar Lakes can accept credit cards for room and meals).

Stop by the reception table for a cold (or hot) drink and a snack.

The Assembly Hall is also where the Writer's Wall competition is located. For the Writer's Wall, participants can bring in a one page piece of poetry and/or prose to anonymously post to the wall (which means, naturally, that your name must not appear on it). There will be a sign up book and an intern to help with the process, assigning each entry a number which conference attendees will be able to vote for using the ballot slip in their goodie bags. The winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Saturday night.

Similarly, there will be five total sessions of People's Choice, with prose and poetry sessions on Friday evening and prose, poetry and youth sessions on Saturday. During People's Choice, attendees are invited to read a piece of their own work that must come in at under 5 minutes in length. After all the pieces are read, ballots will be passed out for fellow readers and other attendees to vote on their favorite pieces. Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Saturday night.

You don't have to register for the individual workshops in advance. Just pick them as you go. Some people find that it's easier to print out the schedule (or use the one given to you at registration, which will be the most accurate) and then highlight two classes each session that you're interested in. Then, when the time arrives, you can pick between the two. Some people like to have a "back up class" in case one is overcrowded, or in case you find yourself enjoying a particular track so much that you want to stick with it (poetry vs. non-fiction, for example). We would recommend that you take at least one class outside of your chosen genre; not just for the broadened experience, but because you might find inspiration or a particular nugget of writing wisdom that you can apply to what you're working on. For example, if you write fiction, take a poetry workshop or a nonfiction editing workshop, which can help with your craft.

Be sure to dress light but bring a sweater and an umbrella. It’s an annual tradition that it rains very hard on at least one of the conference days. The classrooms can also be hot. And wear shoes that are comfortable for walking, not only for walking to and from the dining hall but for taking strolls around the grounds of Cedar Lakes.  Oh, and open toed shoes can be sort of iffy, for there is a great deal of goose poo to be found in certain parts near the big lake.

We also hope you're planning to attend the banquet and stick around for entertainment, as we'll have some nice surprises in store!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Manuscript critiques at the WV Writers Summer Conference

WVW is pleased to announce that manuscript critiques will be available for the 2012 conference. You may have up to 8 pages of your manuscript and a one-page synopsis or up to 8 pages of poetry critiqued for a cost of $25.00. This includes a 15-minute, individual session with the critiquing author
during the conference. The number of critiques is limited, so they will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Here's a list of the award-winning authors who will be offering critiques:

1)  Lee Maynard – Appalachian, memoir, humor, adventure, etc. (wear your thick skin and be ready for Lee's honest, tough, evaluation of your work.);

2)  Sandy Tritt – Short story, inspirational, how-to-books, etc. (;

3)  Michael Knost – Sci/Fi, horror, supernatural, fantasy, etc. (;

4)  Geoff Fuller – Anything - except poetry (, conference presenters' bios)

5)  Wilma Acree – Poetry only (;
6)  Karin Fuller – Memoir, humor, children's books, inspirational, romance, etc. (, conference presenters' bios)

If you would like a critique, here's what you do:

1)  Select a writer from the list that you feel best matches your work;

2)  Email Teresa Newsome at or call her at 304-601-2460 to reserve your slot.

3)  Mail your manuscript and $25.00 check or money order (payable to WV Writers, Inc.) to Teresa Newsome, 5245 Pond Fork Road, Madison, WV 25130, no later than May 21. Please do not send a manuscript if you have not reserved a time slot.

Hurry! This is an opportunity too good to miss.