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ANNOUNCEMENTS Posts Topics Last post
This is for head's up on activities at the Institute
425 52 go September 14, 2015, 07:09:35 PM in Re: ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT I... by Londy Leigh
Things you might "need to know" about Writer's Retreat
394 32 go February 03, 2014, 07:33:22 AM in Re: New appearance???? by Beth Consugar
Useful information of reputable services for writers.
25 4 go May 28, 2015, 10:01:09 PM in Re: Paid Crits and Edits by queenn
Issues of the Children's Writers eNews as they come out. My answer to folks who've asked me to start archiving the enews.
329 209 go October 01, 2015, 01:01:25 AM in October 1, 2015 by jfields
Do you know about a workshop that you want to share? A conference? A booksigning? Let us know here.
472 108 go July 14, 2015, 01:32:25 PM in Re: Eat Sleep Write News... by ColoradoKate

Monthly Themed Discussions Posts Topics Last post
No New Posts October: "What is Your Submission Process?
How do you handle rejection? How many submissions do you make at once? How do you decide to whom to submit? Agents or publishers? What do you want to talk about?
5 2 go October 02, 2015, 03:29:45 AM in Re: research by jojocookie
No New Posts September: Genre-Specific Writing
This month we're looking at tips and talk about genre. What specific types of writing are you doing? How are you learning how best to do it?
18 3 go September 24, 2015, 09:13:34 AM in Re: A Variety of Genres by jfields
No New Posts August: "Writing for Contests"
This month we'll discuss how to stand out in a contest, how to pick a good contest, and maybe share contest experiences.
40 5 go August 25, 2015, 03:33:07 AM in Re: how to find by judyr
No New Posts July: "Layered Plots"
This month we'll be talking about layers in plots -- emotional layers, plots with subplots, layers of meaning, anything you like.
26 4 go July 22, 2015, 03:46:12 AM in Re: picture books by judyr
No New Posts June: Working Thru Burnout
We all experience times when it's hard to continue -- whether you call it Writer's Block or Burn Out, it can be tough to keep on trying. Let's share stories about what we do in the tough times.
23 3 go July 05, 2015, 07:37:07 AM in Re: Taking Too Long by DONeill
No New Posts May: What is Voice? What is Style?
We had a lovely guest speaker visit on this very topic, but it's ripe for more discussion.
34 5 go May 22, 2015, 03:30:05 AM in Re: And, then, etc. by judyr
No New Posts April: Side Jobs: Working and Writing
All kinds of things to do with the balancing act of writing with another job, possible side jobs that are related to your writing goals, and maybe some stuff about money and writing.
61 4 go May 06, 2015, 06:37:50 PM in Re: Balancing Life & Wri... by Londy Leigh
No New Posts March 2015: Tips and Tricks
Share your tips and tricks for dealing with writing problems, marketing problems, time problems -- what have you learned that's made your writing life better?
41 7 go April 09, 2015, 05:20:58 PM in Re: Over the hump by Ellen
No New Posts February 2015: "Tropes and Cliches"
What elements of genre are so common they've become clich├ęd. Does that mean they cannot be used? How can we turn a trope on it's ear to make something fresh and new?
68 8 go May 12, 2015, 12:30:03 PM in Re: The feisty girl MC by mommakell
Whether we work, volunteer, raise children, or go to school, we all have things that pull on our attention. So how do we fit writing into the mix? Let's talk about it this month.
61 4 go March 19, 2015, 10:39:29 AM in Re: Making Time in my wr... by Nanlisa
No New Posts December: No Themed Discussion
We'll start fresh next year if folks are interested.
29 1 go January 24, 2015, 07:53:48 PM in Re: Let me know... by AlaskanRC
No New Posts November: Proposals and Synopsis
Let's demystify this process so they're a little less scary!
41 7 go November 26, 2014, 03:14:50 AM in Re: nonfiction by judyr
No New Posts October: Nonfiction, from Idea to Publication
Every about nonfiction is open to discussion: picking a topic and a slant, research, organization, markets...whatever interests you in this broad topic is fair game.
52 9 go October 31, 2014, 11:46:36 AM in Re: Best magazines for h... by jfields
No New Posts September: Discouragement
Rejection, writer's block, lack of support -- all these things can lead to discouragement. What can lead us out? Let's discuss discouragement.
96 7 go January 18, 2015, 03:44:00 PM in Re: Burn Out by DonnaMW
No New Posts August: Goal + Motivation + Conflict + Tension
30 4 go August 15, 2014, 08:37:40 AM in Re: Secondary characters by jojocookie
No New Posts July: Point of View
What is Point of View? How do different point of view choices affect your storytelling? How can they affect sales? Let's talk about it.
104 11 go April 21, 2015, 01:41:44 AM in Re: Help the reader to c... by jojocookie
No New Posts June: Backstory
This month we'll talk about developing your character's backstory (backstory is an important part of characterization, but where does it come from), what you need to know vs. what you need to say, backstory and where to begin, flashbacks, backstory and dialogue, bad backstory (info dumping, dump openings), defining backstory (really, it's hard to discuss if we're not all talking about the same thing).
84 8 go June 15, 2014, 03:30:41 PM in Re: So what is backstory... by salex
No New Posts May: Story Tension
Discussions on building tension, maintaining tension, the importance of tension to engage the reader -- if it's tense, let's talk about it.
80 9 go June 01, 2014, 05:34:31 PM in Re: June Discussion Topi... by hardt
No New Posts April: Revision
This month we talk about the hard work we do AFTER the writing part -- making our work ready for publication.
123 9 go May 01, 2014, 09:55:20 AM in Re: Starting tomorrow, n... by Nicki
No New Posts March: Promotion
How to promote your work, when to promote your work -- tough questions with no easy answers so let's talk about it.
175 20 go March 31, 2014, 05:00:54 PM in Re: Tie Breaker -- Revis... by jfields
No New Posts February: Submissions
What to submit, how to submit, when to submit, how to find someone to send your stuff to. They're all fair topics in this month's discussion.
140 16 go February 24, 2014, 03:31:43 AM in Re: What is the best way... by judyr
No New Posts January: Breaking the Rules
101 11 go January 31, 2014, 05:31:01 PM in Re: Tie Breaker: Discuss... by salex
No New Posts December: Characterization
Creating characters, making each character feel unique and separate, motivating your characters -- this month, it's all about the people.
219 13 go February 20, 2014, 11:53:16 AM in Re: what if your mc is t... by Okami
No New Posts November: Getting Started -- from idea to completion
This month's discussion will focus on all the steps toward completing a project -- idea, planning, writing, revision and the thrill of finishing!
83 12 go November 30, 2013, 08:04:23 AM in Re: Writing the Story by Audrey
No New Posts October: Building Plot: the Problems, Effort, Complications, Twist, Resolution
Throughout October we'll discuss Building Plot: the Problems, Effort, Complications, Twist, Resolution -- special drop in guests will be invited as well.
189 18 go November 03, 2013, 02:00:22 AM in Re: Quick Drawing -- Wan... by chippy

Guest Topics Posts Topics Last post
No New Posts VOICE & STYLE with Chris Eboch
Bring your questions on Voice and/or Style on March 4 & 5th!
93 15 go May 07, 2015, 05:19:11 AM in Re: Start Here by Fancy
No New Posts RESEARCH with Barb Kramer
On January 27-28, Barb Kramer will be visiting to answer questions related to research. Post your questions and she'll be happy to answer.
48 15 go June 01, 2015, 08:54:16 AM in Re: picture books by jfields

Front Porch Chatting Posts Topics Last post
Let's talk about Critique Groups. Are you in one. Where did you find yours. What do they do.
23 2 go May 10, 2015, 12:32:35 PM in Re: Looking for Critique... by DonnaMW

Student Talk Posts Topics Last post
No New Posts Course Lessons
Stuck on a Lesson? Want to talk about what you wrote? Here's the spot. Let's stick to course convo here. This is the section student services answers in sometimes too!
994 82 go March 07, 2015, 02:18:24 PM in Re: Delaying Assignment ... by Londy Leigh
No New Posts Research Chat
If you're researching a specific subject and feeling stuck...you can ask for brainstorming and nudges here. You never know when one of us might be an expert! On topic please.
997 113 go August 29, 2014, 02:33:57 PM in Re: Need help regarding ... by hardt
A place to talk about the many facets and faces of publishing today.
26 3 go May 28, 2015, 10:03:27 AM in Re: Off-ROAD -- BOOK PAC... by jfields
We are going to learn to create plots! Da da da doom!
398 12 go October 08, 2012, 04:56:51 PM in Re: Novels are like bunn... by jfields
No New Posts Idea Sparkers
A place to play at the art of writing -- it's supposed to be fun, so no on-topic police here.
2165 120 go September 28, 2015, 09:00:16 AM in Re: I am at Zero at Idea... by batwriter79

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