Sunday, September 28, 2014

Contests and Online Writing Classes

It has been awhile since my last blog, but I want you to know that I have been busy writing. Which is what this blog is about, reading, writing and sailing!

Last week was the first sail race for the Ocala Sailboat Club. Ken fixed a nice lunch for all to enjoy before the race and the weather cooperated.

Online Writing Classes

In the meantime I have been taking an online creative writing class by Creative Writing Institute.
I'm taking the Short Story Safari class and it has been challenging and enlightening. I've never heard of the Debowen method, but it does challenge me in news ways to write.

You can check out all their writing classes here:
WOW, Women On Writing also offers online classes and I have signed up for Susan Bradford Edwards nonfiction class. This class is being offered in October and another one in November.
They offer contests with a submission fee of $10, for and extra $10 you get a written critique of your work. Now that's a bargain!

Check it out here at their website:


Contests! I did mention contests didn't I. It is a great way to stay motivated and create new stories with the prompts that are provided. Institute of Children's Literature has a contest for the Kindergarten age group. If you are member then the contest is free. If not your fee includes a free newsletter.

SCBWI has lots of regions that offer free contest to it's members. Even if you don't win, most include a grade that will help you edit your story and have a better chance of selling it. Writers workshops and conferences are available. check it out at