This past weekend at the 19th San Francisco Writers Conference, I had an incredibly productive and enriching experience! The conference was respite from the difficult reality of the post storm disaster affecting my family and home. Reconnecting with professional contacts and networking with others in the industry is crucial and I’d let too many other things distract me since the Before Times. I was able to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and add to my network of professionals of the industry. I decided on a new writing project while there, wrote the pitch on Saturday morning and by that night’s Gala and Open Mic, I’d reworked and revised, received feedback from the ever gracious Michael Larsen and Katherine Sands, and been the lucky random person in the room during David Henry Sterry’s Keynote to receive feedback in front of the everyone attending!
I came empty handed to SWFC#19 without manuscript, proposal notes or a planned pitch to make. As one SFWC tribemate remarked, I entered the conference “shellshocked” from current circumstances. By Sunday, I understood the validity of that observation. By then, after three days of workshops, discussions, and fellowship, and having written, revised, revised, revised and delivered a poem at Open Mic, I felt more like myself for the first time this year. Writing is my core, it feeds my soul. There’s been a drought. I’m back at the well.
Returning home with only one backpack full of new books to read, I’ve already registered for the 2024 conference. If you’ve never been to the San Francisco Writers Conference – make 2024 the year you attend. Register early, the price goes up numerous times throughout the year. Monday morning, I felt renewed energy and enthusiasm, have regained motivation and focus as I engage with my 2023 writing goals. Now the work begins!
Emerging writers, struggling artists of narrative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction you have one week left to send in your entry for the registration scholarship to attend the 2013 San Francisco Writers Conference in February. The winner receives not only a fully paid registration to the conference, but also a standard book publishing package complements of BookBaby, and a one year Sunshine membership to the writer’s resource and community at San Francisco Writers University. If there are any runner ups, they also receive a one year membership at San Francisco Writers University.
The Victoria A. Hudson Scholarship will award a registration scholarship (value equal to full registration cost) to one emerging writer of any genre to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference, February, 2013. http://www.sfwriters.org/ Scholarship covers registration fee only, does not include transportation, lodging, food (except what is included with registration) or speed dating with agents. The winner and any runner ups will also receive a one year Sunshine membership to the San Francisco Writers University online community.http://www.sfwritersu.com/
Emerging writer is defined as: Does not have an agent or book contract, and writing is not your primary occupation/supporting you. You know if you are emerging. This is for the many still struggling and dreaming.
Submission period is 1 September – 1 December, 2012.
Send three pages representative of your writing, plus a short essay not to exceed 500 words on the topic “I write because…” No identifying information should be on the writing sample or the short essay. In a sealedenvelope place your cover letter with with your name, mailing address, email, and a short Bio. Write only the title of your work and the genre on the outside of the envelope. Work will not be returned. Writers may enter more than one genre but should send separate entries. Any identifying information outside of the sealed envelope will disqualify your entry. If you’d like confirmation of receipt, include a self addressed stamped post card.
Mail your entry to: SFWC Scholarships C/O Hudson, PO box 387, Hayward, CA 94543 postmarked NLT 1 December 2012.
[ ] Essay 500 words or less, not in envelope.
[ ] Writing sample with title, no more than 3 pages, not in envelope.
[ ] Cover letter with name, mailing address, email, and short bio INSIDE sealed envelope
[ ] Sealed envelope has genre and title of your work written on outside, nothing else.
[ ] No identifying information anywhere outside of the sealed envelope.
[ ] Optional self addressed, stamped postcard for receipt of entry.
Download No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique or the short Ebook Chow (now .99 cents) in the iBookstore, Barns & Noble, Kobo, Diesel, Smashwords and many other Ebook venues. Portions of Chow’s price goes towards development of a Veteran’s MFA Writing Scholarship. Both listed under author name Victoria A Hudson.
Author First Look
First look provides a read of an emerging writer or indie author’s work in progress via a link to their posted first chapter. These are works in progress – so don’t expect perfection. Check the Author’s Bio for how to connect with the writer and if the writer wants feedback or comment. Enjoy the story, essay or poem. Perhaps it will whet your desire for a future book purchase so you can find out what happens next!
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How to get your own first chapter posted:
Your chapter or series of 3-5 poems should be posted on your website. Send an email with the permalink and I will link back to your site. Include your short Bio (no more than about 100 words) and any comment about the work or a series synopsis for posting on First Look Pages. If the book is part of a series, give a spoiler warning if warranted.The link to your site will be embedded in your Bio. If you want reader input, be sure to write that in your comments. Once your book is published, make sure to send me the news and I’ll update your Bio.
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Free Literary Magazines aka Recycle Reading
I read a ton of literary magazines. Tossing them in the recycle bin seems so….wrong. Would you like one? Just send me a message on twitter @Vickigeist with snail mail information and I’ll send you one. If so inclined, you can snail a buck or two for the postage. P.O. Box 387, Hayward, CA 94543. You can also just snail a request in if you’d rather with or without that buck or two.