IYWM February 2015 Newsletter


Workshop Proposals!

Gather up your ideas for classes for this year’s IYWM Workshop (June 25 – 28, 2015). Classes last year included “Extreme Grammar,” “Writing for Teens Who Don’t Like Reading,” and “Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult…What’s the Difference?”
Please e-mail your proposals to K. Ceres Wright with the following information:
  • Proposals for at least two classes
  • Proposed class titles
  • A 200-word summary of the content for each class
  • A 200-word biography of yourself
 Each class will last 50 minutes, so please be sure the content fits the time allotted. Also, please indicate if you have any day or time restrictions. We must also know if you have audio/visual needs for your presentation. Keep in mind that there are about 25 slots with the special guests. We try to include everyone, but spots are limited.
The deadline for proposal submissions is March 1, 2015.

For Fun!

Call For Submissions

Craft Tips and Tricks

“I don’t think there is enough respect in general for the time it takes to write consistently good fiction. Too many people think they will master writing overnight, or that they are as good as they will ever be.” Tananarive Due

On taking yourself seriously as a writer (The Writing Coach)
The Struggle To Be A Good Critic (Electric Literature)
I Heart Revisions: A Craft of Writing Post by Elizabeth Langston (Adventures In YA Publishing)
“He Said, She Said”: Is There Any Cooler Way To Show Dialog In Fiction? (IO9)
How to Write Vivid Character Descriptions: Be Invisible! (writershelpingwriters.net)

Alumni Publications

Ann Kopchik, as Anna Zabo, CTRL Me in anthology Rules to Live By

Four intimate tales of power exchange, discipline, risks taken, and pleasures earned.

In CTRL Me, a night out between friends turns hot and tempting when Gabe deliberately pushes Tom’s submissive buttons. Then Tom discovers rope in Gabe’s glove box and not the type for securing luggage.

Tonya Burrows, Broken Honor

Ice-cold and unbreakable, Travis Quinn is the HORNET team’s hard-ass. No weaknesses. Except, of course, for the accident that not only destroyed his career as a Navy SEAL, but left terrifying blanks in his memory. But Travis remembers everything about Mara Escareno–the curve of her lips, the feel of her body…and how he walked out on her suddenly six weeks ago. Mara could never resist the dangerously sexy Travis, which is probably how she ended up pregnant and disowned by her family. And now Travis’s enemies have discovered his only weakness…Mara.

K. Ceres Wright, short story “Better the Demon You Know” in March on Fictionvale

Calandra is a cyberpunk demon hunter belonging to a secret group of Catholic exorcists, but when they’re on the business end of a ruling from Vatican City, she must decide who really has her best interests at heart.

Mary DeSantis as Deanna Dee, “Critical Hit-On” (The Games of Love Book 1)

When Molly Moreau finds her long-time boyfriend with a girl dressed in cosplay, she runs home to try and live a geek-free life. Craig Lawrence lost his last girlfriend because he apparently spent too much time playing guardian to his rebellious little sister. When he meets Molly, he wants more than anything to win her heart, but will this relationship roll yet another 1? Or will it score a critical hit?

T.J. Lantz, Sir Dudley Tinklebutton and the Dragon’s Lair (The Dudley Diaries: a companion series to Rosehaven, The Hidden City- Book 1)

Sir Dudley is a shining example of true knightliness- he is always chivalrous to the ladies (provided they are young and attractive), he keeps his boots polished at all times (his squire’s job), and he never says no to a free drink (he deserves it). He has the perfect career- until one day when he steps foot in Candon, a battered village, besieged by a vicious dragon. Unable to figure a way out of the situation, Dudley soon finds himself face to face with the most deadly creature known to man.

Sherry Peters

Her debut novel “Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf” placed 1st in the 2014 Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book awards in the Middle Grade / YA category.

Her Science Fiction Short Story “Ashan Like Me” placed 2nd in the 2014 New England Science Fiction Association Short Story Contest.

Featured Blog Post

Anticipating the 2015
In Your Write Mind Conference


Time is drawing near. It’s time for writers of different genres to congregate at an amazing Catholic University, a dreamscape structure, situated on a hill in Greensburg Pennsylvania. This sort of thing doesn’t happen. Conferences are genre specific. Horror people get together to discuss how to scare their readers to death. Romance writers are drawn to a huge convention and I wonder if they ponder the merits of erotic and sweet.  I’m sure when science fiction writers assemble they transform their surroundings to a realm of marvel and inventiveness. Fantasy stretches reality to undiscovered dimensions hidden in the cosmos. Is there a place for the genre that chose me? Adventure sprinkled with romantic elements.

What is applicable to In Your Write Mind is not genre. It doesn’t matter if you are published and about to hit the big time, or if you are struggling to get noticed. It’s not important what your sales are; well at least for this conference. What is important is that you write, you are a writer and you identify with that tribe. You can come here and be at home, accepted, and you won’t be demoralized because your writer’s heart is filled with insecurities… (Click to read the rest!)

This could be your time to shine!
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