Romance writing workshop Feb. 20

In Print member Beverly Long is presenting a writing program,  “Everything You Wanted To Know About Writing a Romance Novel,” at the Cherry Valley Library at 6 p.m. Feb. 20. She’ll be discussing the writing process – everything from conceptualizing an idea to writing, editing, and selling the completed manuscript to a traditional publisher or pursuing indie publishing.
There is no cost to attend but advance sign-up is requested. Here’s a link to the program:

http://www.cherryvalleylib.org/wpcherryvalley/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-writing-a-romance-novel/

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Join us for JanOWriMo

by Sharon Boehlefeld

JanOWriMoWhile several In Printers won NaNoWriMo this year, and several more took part, November just doesn’t work for some writers. At our second November meeting, the members of LS Writing Gals (fans of In Print, all) decided we could make a better effort after the holidays. So we decided to have a JanOWriMo of our own. JanOWriMo is January: Our Writing Month. And our motto is “We write after the holidays.”

We’re inviting everyone we know to take part in our writing marathon. There are no big prizes (so we’re no threat to NaNoWriMo), but there is no one-size-fits-all goal either. You pick your topic. You pick your goal. You win the priceless reward of having accomplished what you wanted to at the end of the month.

If you aren’t sure what you want to do, we’ll have a story cube prompt every day. Writing something based on a roll of the dice may open the doors of your own imagination and you won’t need them after a few days.

Find out more on our JanO Facebook page or blog.

 

Lesson from Malala

We are all impressed by the bravery of Malala Yousafzai. Her courageous response to an attempt on her young life, and her wonderful ambition to secure the right to an education for girls and boys around the world are unquestionably admirable.

Even her completion of a book, with the aid of British journalist and author Christina Lamb, is admirable for the teenager. But kudos have already come to this Pakistani activist who, encouraged by her father, had already written a blog for BBC radio and won several awards for speaking out about education for all.

But even after we finished reading I am Malala: The Girl who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, we members of Writers as Readers book club weren’t entirely sure we really knew Malala. We were left wondering whose voice we’d heard in the rush to get her story into print.

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