WV Writers
eNEWS - March 28, 2006

West Virginia Writers Offer Workshops Around State, Warm-Up for Conference

The West Virginia Writers State Conference is June 9-11, and the program looks promising. Poet Laureate Irene McKinney is one of the headliners this year in poetry. Below are two ways to get yourself ready for the big dance. Workshops by Belinda Anderson and Geoff Fuller are coming up fast. Before that, I'm offering three (3) new places to send your work, with deadlines and requests for short memoir and short fiction.


Great Stories of Few Words Fiction Contest
WRITE 1000 Words
1st Prize: $500 + Publication in Issue #7 (Spring 2006)
Four Finalists: Notation + Possible Publication
2006 Final Judge Amy Hempel

Amy Hempel is well known for her works in fiction and non-fiction. In 1985, she published her first story collection, Reason to Live, which won the Commonwealth Club of California Silver Medal. Amy is also the author of At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom and Tumble Home, and her stories have appeared in Vanity Fair, Harper's, The Quarterly, The Yale Review and several anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. She has won several prestigious literary awards for her work, including the Hobson Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Over the years,
she has served as a judge for the National Book Award, The PEN/Revson Award, The PEN/ Hemingway Award, and the Mary McCarthy Prize among others.

Contest Guidelines: Postmark deadline: extended to April 14 (enter online) and $11 entry fee (check or money order, made out to Orchid: A Literary Review for each story up to 1,000 words. Send entries to: Orchid: A Literary Review. Attn: 2006 Great Stories of Few Words Fiction Contest. P.O. Box 131457. Ann Arbor, MI 48113-1457

The Writer Short Memoir Contest

WRITE 1200 Words DEADLINE June 30.
Prizes $1,000, first place; $300, second place; $200, third place.

The first-place entry, along with the finalist judge's comments, will be published in The Writer magazine. All three winning entries will be posted on The Writer Web site, www.writermag.com.  Finalist judge - Peter M. Leschak, author of nine books, including Ghosts of the Fireground and The Bear Guardian, winner of a Minnesota Book Award. Entry fee $10 per entry, payable to The Writer. Payments must be in U.S. funds drawn from a U.S. bank. Deadline Postmarked by June 30.

Go to Webpage for Rules. Submit two (2) copies of an essay about a meaningful personal experience. Entries should not exceed 1,200 words. Entries must be submitted with an entry form (download the PDF below). Place the title only (not your name) on each page of the entry. Manuscripts must be double-spaced in standard 10- to 12-point type, and
each page must be consecutively numbered. Please paperclip pages together; do not staple or enclose in covers or binders. A $10 nonrefundable entry fee, payable to The Writer, must accompany each entry. Download the entry form from webpage above. Address entries to: Short Memoir Contest, The Writer, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI

Literal Latte Short Shorts Awards
WRITE up to 2000 Words Deadline June 7.
First Prize: $500

* Send unpublished stories, 2,000 word max. All styles and subjects welcome
* Post Mark by June 7th
* Name, Address, Telephone Number on cover page ONLY
* Include self addressed stamped envelope or email address for reply
* Include $10 reading fee per entry or $15 includes fee for 2 stories

All Entries Considered for Publication. Include check or money orders made out to Literal Latte.
Literal Latte Short Shorts Adwards, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, NYC 10003


May 4-7

Develop your writing potential through fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with author and workshop leader Belinda Anderson. Belinda's warm, supportive approach to teaching offers encouragement to beginners and challenges to more mature writers.

Nature nurtures creativity, especially in writers. The senses open to the beauty of the landscape, the sound of a murmuring brook, the touch of a soft breeze. Creekside, nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, invites you to explore your talent. This retreat offers plenty of quiet time for toting a notebook to a picnic table by Indian Creek or up a hiking trail to a bench overlooking a forested landscape.

Belinda Anderson has written for People and Mountains, Goldenseal, Wonderful West Virginia, and Writers' Journal. She conducts fiction and non-fiction workshops and is an adjunct faculty member at the Greenbrier Valley campus of the New River Community and Technical College. Her first collection The Well Ain't Dry Yet, was published in 2001 by Mountain State Press. Her latest collection, The Bingo Cheaters, will be released nationally in June 2006 .

CONTACT: Creekside Resort, Route 122, P.O. Box 111 Greenville, West Virginia 24945. Tel.: 800-691-6420. creeksideresort@yahoo.com.

Meals, lodging, instruction, materials and taxes included in the costs.
$355.00 - Double with twin bed, sharing room with another attendee
$420.00 - Single with queen bed
$450.00 - Private with queen bed; private bath


Starting April 18

Short-Short Fiction & the Basics of Story
Four Tuesdays: April 18 & 25, May 2 & 9 6:30-9:00

Learn (or relearn) the fundamental requirements of stories of whatever length, with special focus on the short-short (aka flash fiction, aka sudden fiction). Participants will learn more about the craft of fiction and will each produce an example of sudden fiction (1500 wds or fewer). Cost: $135

General Topics:
The essentials of plot, character, and dialogue. How sudden fiction skills can improve your short story or novel
Writing prompts aimed at drawing out the essentials.  Detailed examination of strategies & tactics of sudden fiction
Writing with economy and impact. Thorough examination of vigorous writing

Geoff Fuller has been writing and editing for about 25 years. He's worked for universities, for small publishing houses, for a leading national sport textbook publisher, and for a business-consulting firm with government and private sector clients. All the while, he worked freelance: editing and proofing documents, writing articles for newspapers and magazines, and pursuing a literary writing career.

Two Saturday classes: Self-Editing for Fiction Writing. April 29
9:00-11:30 and 1:30-4:00. $60 Location TBA, and
The Business of Writing: May 6 9:00-11:30 and 1:30-4:00. $60 Location
TBA Any questions?
Email Geoff at geocam@adelphia.net.

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