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2017 Tucson Festival of Books

Every March, Tucson hosts a festival of books at the University of Arizona campus.  This is the 9th year and is the second or third largest in the country.  Last year was the first year I attended and I made sure to go back this year.  I couldn’t have asked for better weather each time […]

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“Tucson Festival of Books” March 12-13, 2016

I recently moved to Tucson, Arizona and had the opportunity to attend the Festival of Books.  I’d been to one book fair before, but it didn’t compare to this one.  This is the eighth year of the festival and it already ranks as one of the largest in the nation.  I was told it was second […]

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“Texas Writes” Program

The Writers’ League of Texas has established a program called, “Texas Writes” to reach out to writers in rural parts of the state.  Published authors from the League provide writing instruction and discussion during a weekend afternoon.  It’s open to anyone who wants to attend and is usually held at the local library. This past weekend I attended […]

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“Historical Fiction Bootcamp” with James L. Haley

The Writers’ League of Texas hosted this workshop by author James L. Haley in Austin on October 10, 2015.  The title says it all, bootcamp.  In 3 hours, Mr. Haley gave us everything we needed to know to write historical fiction.  It didn’t give much time for questions, but we got a ton of information. […]

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“Be Your Own Best Editor” with Jodi Egerton

This workshop was hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas and was held in Austin on September 19, 2015.  Jodi Egerton was our instructor. I didn’t count how many people were in this class, but the turnout was good.  As authors, we were all interested in the editing process and to be able to do […]

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“Never Let Me Go” with Michael Noll

The entire title of this seminar was “Never Let Me Go: How to Grab the Attention of Readers, Editors, and Agents,” which seems much too long.  The instructor, Michael Noll, provided a shorter title, “How to Write an Awesome First Page.”  The seminar was hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas and was held in Austin on […]

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“Fine Tune Your Craft While Writing Flash Fiction” with Nan Cuba

This workshop was hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas and held in Austin on August 29, 2015.  The instructor, Nan Cuba, is a professor and writer in residence at a college in San Antonio and is the author of the novel, “Body and Bread.” Nan began by going over the history of flash fiction.  […]

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“Eight Ways of Knowing: Research and Creative Nonfiction” Workshop

This workshop was hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas and was held in Austin on Saturday, May second.  It was presented by Ann McCutchan, a biographer and the first Executive Director of the League. Ann began her class before we even entered the classroom.  She sent us six essays to read before class.  Once […]

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“More Than a Feeling: Writing with Emotion” Workshop

This past Saturday, I attended a workshop hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas in Austin.  Greg Garrett was the instructor of the class which was designed to help us put more emotion in our characters.  I think this is the third class of his that I’ve attended and I must say I’ve enjoyed each […]

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“How to Write Compelling Stories for Young Readers” with Shana Burg

This past Saturday, I attended this class hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas in Austin.  It’s normally a three and a half hour drive south, but for the first time since I’d started going to these classes, I was stuck in a traffic jam just south of Georgetown.  I managed to find my way […]

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