Berkley Mystery Writing One Day Intensive Workshop

BERKELEY MYSTERY WRITING INTENSIVE A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY, APRIL 18 How did a Berkeley mom with twins write a first novel nominated for an Edgar? What does a San Francisco writer do to create page-turning suspense? What are the most common mistakes crime novelists make when they create fictional cops and P.I.’s? Join crime fiction writers Cornelia Read, David Corbett, Juliet Blackwell, Tim Maleeny, and Sophie Littlefield at the Berkeley Mystery Writing Intensive. Bay Area authors, emerging writers, and law-enforcement professionals will teach you how to polish your fiction, find an agent, and get published. The $140 Registration fee … Continue reading Berkley Mystery Writing One Day Intensive Workshop

Workshop with David Corbett: Demonstrate Character: Make a Scene

Demonstrate Character: Make a Scene Saturday, April 4, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd Corte Madera, CA 94925 (415) 927-0960 Building strong, credible characters who engage our empathy requires a dynamic understanding of their inner life, not a laundry list of traits. This demands an understanding of the primacy of scene-character is revealed more in what is said and done than described. By sketching scenes that dramatize the core conflicts of the character’s lives, students learn to give flesh and blood to their fiction. For more information or to register click on the following link: … Continue reading Workshop with David Corbett: Demonstrate Character: Make a Scene

Steve Wade

A finalist in the Lorian Hemingway and Glimmertrain Short Story competitions (2006), Steve Wade was awarded Second Prize in the Biscuit International Short Story Competition (2008). Recently published in an anthology by Turner Maxwell Books, he is currently shortlisted for The Hennessy New Irish Writing Prize, The Fish Short Story Prize and West 47 Online Short Fiction Prize (2009). He has just completed a novel, for which he is seeking representation.      Steve’s contribution to The Write Room is his short story The Birthday Continue reading Steve Wade

The Birthday

  The Birthday by Steve Wade   Another birthday. My thirty-seventh. Somehow, there seemed great significance attached to my being thirty-seven. There were famous figures in history who didn’t quite kick-off their careers till they were thirty-seven. George Barnard Shaw was one of them; that I knew. And there were others too, but I couldn’t think of any. I’d do a Google on them later.    The connection with great men, tentative though it was, had me humming and half-singing to myself in the bathroom. Good acoustics.      The wave of excitement sloshing about in my stomach, as I … Continue reading The Birthday

American Short(er) Fiction Prize

American Short(er) Fiction Prize *Our new contest highlights great work in shorter fiction–stories of 1,000 words or less, to be exact.* * *First prize *receives $500 and publication. *Second prize* receives $250 and publication. Judged by the editorial staff of American Short Fiction. Contest is open from February 16 to May 1. Submissions accepted online via the /ASF /Submission Manager. *Guidelines* 1. All entries must be unpublished and 1,000 words or less. Please type and double-space. 2. The entry fee is $15, payable through our publisher’s online store [ <>%5D. Please pay the entry fee before submitting your work through … Continue reading American Short(er) Fiction Prize

The Custodian of My Transgressions

The Custodian of My Transgressions  by Patrick Pomeroy      You held me in your arms,   But not for very long.  I cried for your milk. I nursed until you bled.    I needed your love..your warmth.   You could barely stand it.  I was writhing and couldn’t know  Your thoughts. What was in your head.  I but an animal enough to know  What was not in your heart.    Later in my young life you would  Retreat.   From all that was maternal,  All that I needed for my child’s   Heart to beat..and my soul to eat.       To your room where you slept a … Continue reading The Custodian of My Transgressions

92nd Street Y Literary Events for April and May

 92nd Street Y   LITERARY READINGS AND EVENTS    APRIL/MAY 09   Sun, Apr 5, 11 am, $40 BIOGRAPHERS & BRUNCH – JOHN STAPE ON JOSEPH CONRAD You can’t have a conversation with Joseph Conrad, but you can meet his biographer over brunch at the 92nd Street Y.  Hear about the life and work of Joseph Conrad from biographer John Stape, and enjoy informal conversation over a buffet brunch following the talk. John Stape is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad and the co-editor of The Collected Letters, as well as the author of new biography The Several … Continue reading 92nd Street Y Literary Events for April and May

Contest and Awards for March 2009

Alabama Writers Conclave Contest ENTRY FEES $3 to $10 Deadline: April 30, 2009. 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50;  4th: $25 and up to 4 Honorable Mentions. Categories: Fiction – maximum 2,500 words. Short Fiction – maximum 1,000  words. Juvenile Fiction (stories for ages 4-12) – maximum 2,500 words. MUST LIST GENRE AND TARGETED AGE GROUP (i.e.  picture book, 3 & up). Nonfiction – maximum 2,500 words  (PLEASE SPECIFY IF WRITTEN FOR ADULT OR CHILDREN). Humor  (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) – maximum 2,000 words or  50 lines (for poems). Traditional Poem (any “form” poem,  i.e. villanelle, sonnet, sestina) – … Continue reading Contest and Awards for March 2009