July 26, 2021

One way to jump-start your writing is to join a regular write-in, like the virtual one I run for the Pequot Library every Monday morning at 10am ET. It’s designed for you to work on whatever writing project will help you move forward. (Adding words, editing, revisions, research, outlining – it all counts.) If you’re…

July 21, 2021

What a great group we had today! We were able to help an author new to self-publishing with ideas for making things go more smoothly, inspire those who were feeling stuck to get writing again, and generally encourage each other. Here’s a summary of what we discussed. Meet sister writing duo Liv Constantine this Thursday,…

July 12, 2021

Zoom has brought home to me that none of us is an island, and we are an international community of writers. Among my new Zoom friends of 2020, I count Canadian Suzanne Craig-Whytock, author of  Smile, The Dome. Her next novel The Seventh Devil, and short story collection Feasting Upon the Bones, are due to be published…

July 1, 2021

Last Sunday, I read some of my memoir out loud  – in public – at the Norwalk Arts Festival. It was somewhat nerve-wracking, and I nearly brought the whole sound system down when I tripped on the cable… But it seemed to go over well, and, in case you’d like to see it, here’s the…

June 21, 2021

In addition to the events and resources I mentioned last week, members of the Writers Rendezvous had a number of useful things to share. Janet Luongo (Rebellion 1967) mentioned The Bay Area Book Festival, based in San Francisco, whose last featured event is an interesting talk on memoir on June 24, from 7-8pm. Entitled What…

June 17, 2021

We had another great meeting on Wednesday, where we discussed, for the first time in ages, some live events for writers. There are still plenty of virtual events, and I suspect many will remain so, because they enable people to access events far from where they live, without the time and expense involved in travel….

May 24, 2021

Here, as promised is the second part of this month’s update. Apart from the writing events, there are ideas for submitting to a new reading software, information on publishing with different types of companies, and webinars you can watch after the fact at a reduced price. Thanks for reading! The Mark Twain House is holding…

May 20, 2021

We had an interesting meeting yesterday, and I canvassed people to see how they felt about Zoom versus in-person Meetups. The general consensus was that Zoom worked better, because we had people coming from New York and New Jersey (and occasionally from even more exotic locations), who might not otherwise be there. So, I plan…