August 22, 2022

Welcome to the second half of the August Writers Rendezvous update. It includes a variety of things to take advantage of, including a new reality show about writers, book fairs and events, and info on how to get published. America’s Next Great Author is a groundbreaking reality television series designed to discover a new American…

August 18, 2022

Our second hybrid meeting introduced us to some new members, which produced some interesting topics of conversation. The attack on author Salman Rushdie was one such. In response to the attack, PEN America, the New York Public Library, and Penguin Random House are organizing a demonstration on the steps of the NYPL to support free…

July 24, 2022

Here’s more info on writing conferences and contests, plus an interesting definition of erotic romance vs erotica – useful if you’re going to include sex scenes in your fiction. It’s notoriously difficult to write well, but if you’re going to do it, you may as well be informed. 🙂 Erica Verillo publishes a monthly list…

July 21, 2022

This week’s Writers Rendezvous was our first real attempt at a hybrid meeting – both in person and on Zoom – since the pandemic began, courtesy of the Westport Library. Nine of us came in person (including some newcomers) and four showed up on Zoom! It was great to see people I’d never met IRL…

June 20, 2022

Since I began writing, I’ve found podcasts/videocasts on the topics of writing, reading, and publishing a source of both entertainment and information. From those filled with practical information about the craft of writing to those focusing on the business of publishing, to those that interview authors about their books – most have something to offer….

June 17, 2022

I had great fun this month getting together with other winners at the Connecticut Press Club Awards evening, emceed by best-selling author Jane Green. (Winners in the photo, L-R: Rendezvous members Alison McBain, Elizabeth Chatsworth and Mitzy Sky.) I was thrilled to see so many winners from the Writers Rendezvous – for which I take…

May 19, 2022

I’ll be appearing at the Pequot Library today, May 19 at 6pm, to talk about my memoir, Love’s Journey Home, with Randye Kaye, author of Happier Made Simple. We’ll be talking about our books, and life events we have in common. I’ll be revealing a special offer on the eBook version of the book…No need…

April 25, 2022

It’s National Poetry Month, and on Sunday, April 23, Shakespeare’s birthday, The Poet’s Salon organized a celebration at the Fairfield Library. In addition to members Alison McBain and Ed Ahern, who organized the event, panelists included Laurel K. Peterson, William P. Hayden, and Janet Krauss. The open mic was excellent, as was the wonderful Jonathan…

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