Attending an In-Person Writing Convention in Today’s World

In September my friend Pam and I flew to Minneapolis to attend Bouchercon World Mystery Convention’s first on-site event in three years. I sat on a panel and handed out my author cards, but the main purpose of our trip was to present Calgary’s bid to host Bouchercon 2026. Tourism Calgary recruited Pam and me to co-chair the venture.

September Song for a Butterfly

September Song for a Butterfly

I learned recently that a dear man, an old poet I once knew, had died. This morning I woke up remembering the day I met him.

Opal Writers SEPTEMBER 2022 PREVIEW

Look at what is coming in the SEPTEMBER issue! Author of the Month, Articles, Fiction, and we have included some webinars just for Writers! AUTHOR OF THE MONTH: Nzondi (Oware Mosaic) September Articles Mother and Daughter: The Story of our Reconciliation | Sharon Leder Where Do You Get Your Ideas? | Sheila Hudson Author Events: …

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8 Tips for Submitting to Writing Contests

8 Tips for Submitting to Writing Contests

One way to get your writing noticed is to have short stories or poems published in a writing contest. You may win or be ‘placed’ for your submission and can then utilize your achievement to raise awareness of your writing.

Return to In-Person Writing Events

The fall book promotion season is almost here. Will events be largely online, as they’ve been for the past two and half years of this pandemic? Or are people eager to return to in-person festivals and conventions? My guess is both.