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Back Up There, Buddy: How Not to Lose Your Work

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Maye Ralston has published creative nonfiction, journalism, essays, and poems in newspapers and in corporate and commercial magazines since 1985. Her commercial writing practice was balanced between journalism and corporate writing and included writing content for, deploying, and consulting about social and emerging media, websites, ezines, and blogs. She currently writes opinion editorials and short essays …

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Becoming a Conscious Reader

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Writers don’t simply read for pleasure. We read to become better writers. This is what committee member Cathy Shouse reminds us below. Cathy Shouse is a journalist who has published hundreds of stories in newspapers and magazines. She is the author of Images of America: Fairmount, and prior to joining the planning committee where she …

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Romance Manuscript Makeover with Dianne Drake

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Midwest Writers Workshop has the antidote to a winter that is dragging on forever! Focus on March 22nd, Manuscript Makeover Day at the Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, IN. We offer three choices of one-day intensive sessions, each one a chance to immerse yourself in polishing your manuscript with hands-on guidance from a professional, award-winning author. This …

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Overlooking the obvious

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Kelly O’Dell Stanley is a long-time MWW conference attendee and one of our newest committee members.  She is full of doubt and full of faith, trying to make sense of it all through words. A graphic designer and writer, she’s always frazzled, always reading, always watching, always waiting to see what she can discover of …

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Announcing One-Day Intensive Sessions: March 22, 2014

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Spring clean your writing! Midwest Writers Workshop invites you to “Think Spring!” and join us in one of our most popular offerings: The Manuscript Makeover. These one-day intensive sessions offered at the Ball State University Alumni Center, Muncie, IN on March 22, 2014 (9 am to 3 pm) and will help you to de-clutter and …

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MWW: Helping writers live a pants-optional lifestyle since 1973

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Kelsey Timmerman, a member of the MWW committee, is the author of two books, and the co-founder of The Facing Project, which seeks to connect people through stories to strengthen community.  He met his agent at our summer conference in 2007. You can follow his global writing adventures at his blog, on Facebook, and on …

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40th Midwest Writers Workshop given “5 Stars!”

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What a way to celebrate the 40th Midwest Writers Workshop! At capacity (happily) six weeks before the workshop! First time establishing a waiting list. First time (sadly) turning away writers desperate to attend. Participants traveled from 20 states, and according to the word eavesdropped in the Conservatory, the Library, Assembly Hall and all corners of …

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Interview with author Matthew V. Clemens

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Matthew Clemens, in collaboration with Max Allan Collins, has penned seventeen TV tie-in novels including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Dark Angel, Bones, and Criminal Minds. Twilight Tales published the pair’s collected short stories in My Lolita Complex and Other Tales of Sex and Violence.  They have also authored a pair of thrillers You Can’t Stop Me and No One Will Hear …

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Interview with agent Victoria Marini

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Victoria Marini is the newest member of the Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency. Victoria’s  website includes her blog, client list, query updates and more. You can also find her on Twitter. She started taking on clients in 2010, and she has begun to build her own client list which includes literary fiction, commercial fiction, pop-culture non-fiction, and young …

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