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News from the Arthur C. Clarke Center

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Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop

The Clarion Reading Series began on June 25, but there are still opportunities to participate through the Clarion instructor readings–five evenings with some of the best science fiction and fantasy writers working–presented by Mysterious Galaxy bookstore and Comickaze comics:

Dan Chaon and Lynda Barry: Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 PM (Mysterious Galaxy)

Nalo Hopkinson: Wednesday, July 5, 7:00 PM (Mysterious Galaxy)

Andrea Hairston: Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 PM (Mysterious Galaxy)

Cory Doctorow: Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 PM (Comickaze, Liberty Station)

C.C. Finlay and Rae Carson: Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 PM (Mysterious Galaxy)

The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

858.534.6875 | info@imagination.ucsd.edu | imagination.ucsd.edu

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Reminder: Deadline for Anthology Submissions is Saturday, July 1

By sdwegwebmaster

The deadline for submissions for The Guilded Pen, Sixth Edition, the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild 2017 anthology is just one week away.

This is the sixth year that we will publish the short stories, poems, and imaginative essays of general interest by our members. The anthology is produced as a fund-raising project for SDW/EG, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All royalties from the sale of the anthologies support the mission of the SDW/EG which is to promote, support, and encourage the writing art for adults and youth. Review the Submission Guidelines linked below. A signed, hard copy of the Publication Agreement, also linked below, must be sent and hand-delivered to Marcia Buompensiero c/o SDWEG, P.O. Box 881931, San Diego, CA 92168-1931.

All questions should be directed to Marcia Buompensiero, Managing Editor, at guildedpensubmissions@gmail.com

Via:: San Diego Writers Editors Guild



Inaugural San Diego Festival of Books in August

By sdwegwebmaster

San Diego Festival of Books

Celebrate San Diego’s vibrant reading community at the inaugural San Diego Festival of Books, presented on Saturday, August 26 at Liberty Station in Point Loma.

Support by the power and reach of The San Diego Union-Tribute, the Festival of Books will be open to the public and will connect San Diego readers, booksellers, authors, and businesses around their common love of the written word.

The free event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is expected to draw thousands of book lovers and more than 50 authors. The festival will include discussions and book signings with authors, as well as music, vendor booths, a dedicated children’s tent, and much more. There will be a minimal fee to reserve a seat for the 15-plus author discussions.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is also partnering with KPBS, San Diego’s public broadcasting TV and radio station, in addition to local bookstores such as Warwick’s in La Jolla; Mysterious Galaxy in Clairemont; West Grove Collective in South Park; and the downtown Library Shop to help spread the word and generate excitement in the community.

The event takes place at Liberty Station’s Corky McMillin Companies Event Center, 2875 Dewey Road, and the adjacent Luce Court, on Truxtun Road.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or having an exhibitor booth, email to events@sduniontribune.com. Check the website regularly for updates on the event at sdfestivalofbooks.com.

Via:: San Diego Writers Editors Guild



Northwest Independent Editors Guild Invites SDWEG to Conference

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On behalf of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, Jill Waters, Guild President, invites San Diego Writers and Editors Guild members to Red Pencil 6: Tracking Changes in Editing conference on September 23, 2017, in Kenmore, WA, just north of Seattle. The Washington Guild is making an effort to reach out to other regional editing groups.

The Editors Guild (www.edsguild.org) is a nonprofit professional organization, based in the Pacific Northwest, with a membership of more than 300 editors of the written word. Every other year, the Guild hosts more than 200 editors and publishing professionals at the Red Pencil conference in Seattle—the largest regular editing conference on the West Coast.

This year’s full-day conference will offer sessions that appeal to editors of all experience levels and genres: from fiction to academic, cookbooks to comic books, and everything in between. Both freelancers and in-house editors, and those who do a little of both, are welcome.

Our 2017 keynote speaker is Karen Yin of the Conscious Style Guide and AP vs. Chicago websites. Additional presenters include Carol Fisher Saller of the Chicago Manual of Style, Barbara Fuller of Editcetera, Laura Poole from Copyediting.com, Wendy Barron of Editors Canada, and many more.

The Washington Guild offers SDWEG members a special affiliate discount on registration for the Red Pencil conference. Use discount code RPCALI17 to get $20 off your registration fees. Save an additional $30 on top of your discount with early bird registration from June 23 through July 31. (Registration opens Friday, June 23.)

You can find more information about the conference, additional events, and lodging and transportation options at the conference website: bit.ly/EdsGuild2017.

Red Pencil 6: Tracking Changes in Editing Conference
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017, all day
Where: On the campus of Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028 (about 10 miles north of Seattle)
Learn more at bit.ly/EdsGuild2017

Via:: San Diego Writers Editors Guild



10 Tips for Pitching Your Writing

By jbj_admin

Literary agents and publishers reject more manuscripts today than ever before—well more than 90%.

Though they want your submissions—they really do—and are sincerely hoping they’ll discover the next successful writer, the sheer volume of submissions causes many to not even respond unless their answer is Yes.

Check the Submission Guidelines of many agents and publishers and you’ll find they tell you this upfront—some variation of “If you don’t hear from us in due time, assume we’re not interested.”

That sounds as lazy and inconsiderate to me as it does to you. How hard is it in this day of single-keystroke technology to at least let a writer know, “Sorry, we’re passing”?

I tell you all this not to discourage you but to give you a realistic picture of what you face in the marketplace.

And I have advice on how to separate yourself from much of the competition to give yourself the best chance at landing a contract.

Make a great first impression by nailing your presentation. Your query letter or proposal must look like you know what you’re doing. Avoid amateur mistakes and put your best foot forward by applying these techniques:

10 Ways to Enhance Your Queries and Proposals

  1. You’ve heard the advertising slogan Just do it. Learn to Just say it. Write as if talking to a friend or writing a letter. Good writing is not filled with adjectives and adverbs. It consists of powerful nouns and verbs. Read what sells. You’ll usually find it simple and straightforward.
  2. Avoid a colored or tinted screen background as your stationery, even if you did that when we all used real paper and snail mail. Editors universally see this as the sign of a rookie. The emphasis should be on your idea, content, and writing—not a fancy look. Black type on a white background is what they’re looking for.
  3. Avoid boldfacing or ALL CAPS anywhere in a letter, proposal, or manuscript, and never use more than one font (typeface). Make sure that font is a serif type (not sans serif as this blog is). That means 12 pt. Times New Roman or something very similar.
  4. Your manuscript should be aligned Left not Justified—which would make the copy on the right look like a published book. Justified Right causes awkward spacing between words to make it work, and you’re submitting a manuscript to be considered and hopefully edited, not a book ready for the printer yet.
  5. While your letter can and should be single spaced, a manuscript, even transmitted electronically, must be double-spaced (not single- or triple-spaced, or even some variation just because it’s your computer program’s default choice). Also, delete extra spaces between sentences. Though you may have been taught to use two, one is what you want, because that’s how sentences appear in print.
  6. Set the space between paragraphs to zero, not another default. There should be one doublespace, just like the space between lines.
  7. Publishers are looking for positivity, even if your subject is difficult. Title your work Winning Over Depression, not Don’t Let Depression Defeat You.
  8. The word by rarely appears on the cover of a book unless it is self-published, and even then it is the sign of an amateur. Your byline should consist of only your name.
  9. Another amateur error is misspelling Acknowledgments (as Acknowledgements, a British variation) or Foreword (as Forward or Foreward or Forword). Foreword means “before the text” and has nothing to do with direction.
  10. If the publisher asks for a hard copy (rare these days), your manuscript should not be bound, stapled, clipped, or in a three-ring binder. Send the pages stacked, each numbered and bearing your name.

What are you planning to submit next? Tell me in the Comments below.

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From the Guild’s Mailbox

By sdwegwebmaster

From Our Mailbag

Occasionally the Guild receives requests for assistance that could turn into opportunities for members. For example, webmaster Sandra Yeaman recently received a message from a North County freelance writer she met at the 2016 La Jolla Writer’s Conference who is looking for a writing mentor. Most of her writing is nonfiction.

If you are interested in connecting with the freelance writer, send a message to webmaster@sdwritersguild.org with “I’m interested” in the Subject line.

Via:: San Diego Writers Editors Guild



Eight-Week Challenge: Week Two

By Sandra Yeaman

Week Two: not much difference from Week One. Again, a reminder of my goals:

  • eat more nutritious food with fewer empty calories,
  • walk at least 5,000 steps per day,
  • spend one day a week reading the backlog of magazines sitting on the end table, and
  • write at least 500 words per day for at least five days each week.

A summary:

  • Food: Close enough.
  • Walking: Not enough.
  • Magazines: Whew!
  • Writing: Oh well.

As for my last two goals: I am writing, though I’m in the research phase, not the putting words to paper phase.

I’ve been struggling with whether my story of life in Iran in the mid-1970s (what we now know were the good old days) is worth telling, or more precisely, what audience may be interested in the lessons I learned during my 28 months there. As part of my survey of comparable or competitive books, I’ve requested a hold on every book in the San Diego County Library on Iran if it deals with the period spanning 1950 to the present, with an occasional book dealing with history from before that time. All those books are showing up at the same time. I have eight checked out right now. Reading those must be my priority. Those magazines can wait.

This week I’ve read the following:

Sky of Red Poppies, Zohreh Ghahremani. A coming of age novel of two schoolgirls from families professing opposite political viewpoints in 1960s Iran. It was my great luck to meet the author this week at an event sponsored by San Diego Writers, Ink, where she read a portion of a short story included in SDWI’s 10th anniversary A Year in Ink anthology. I’ll be reading more of her work. The Moon Daughter is on my to-read list.

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America, Firoozeh Dumas. A memoir focusing on the humor the author sees, perhaps only in hindsight, about her years as an Iranian émigré. Her comments regarding the prevalence of Iranians having nose jobs reminded me of the fact that nearly everyone I met in Iran asked how long ago I had had my nose done. Apparently, the one I was born with was the Iranian ideal. I contacted the author via Twitter and exchanged flattering comments, mine about her writing, hers about my nose.

Esther: Royal Beauty, Angela Hunt. When I expressed surprise that there were Jews living in Iran, my new Persian friend, Abie Beroukhim, explained that Esther of the Bible was Queen Esther, wife of the Persian King Xerxes. She and her guardian, Mordecai, who served in King Xerxes’s court, were part of the Jewish diaspora that chose to remain in what became Persia instead of returning to Jerusalem from Babylon when Xerxes’s predecessor several times removed, Cyrus the Great, released them from captivity in 539 BCE.

(An aside: Having read this story, I conducted a Google search for Abraham Beroukhim, Abie’s full name, and found this interview with his nephew of the same name. I’m glad that I had previously learned the sad news that Abie had been arrested in the early days of the revolution because reading—or hearing—about it from this link would have been too much of a shock. What happened to Abie is one of the reasons I want to complete my story—he was a major player.)

Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope, Shirin Ebadi and Azadeh Moaveni. This is the first of Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi’s books detailing her struggles in Iran to defend those facing political persecution or the uneven impact of Iranian legal judgments on women who are considered worth only half the value of men. The most heartrending story in this book concerns the rape of a girl by three men who were arrested and charged. One of the men committed suicide and wasn’t tried. The other two men were tried and sentenced to be executed, but the girl’s family was expected to pay blood money to cover the value of the two men’s lives. In their struggle for justice for their daughter, they lost all their possessions, still failing to come up with the amount demanded of them. As a result, the two men were released.

Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, Azadeh Moaveni. The author grew up in California as a result of her parents being caught there when the revolution broke out. In spite of her parents’ objections, she returned to Tehran, intending to remain, working as a journalist for Time. She fell in love, married, and gave birth to a child while in Iran. Nonetheless, the challenges of remaining true to her profession while not crossing lines her security services minder continually reminded her of proved insurmountable.

Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran, Shirin Ebadi. The most recent of Shirin Ebadi’s books explains how and why she now lives in exile, unable to return in spite of having earlier chosen to remain in Iran, fighting injustice from inside, no matter what machinations the government devised to frustrate her in their attempts to get her to stop her advocacy for human rights in Iran.

So I’m writing through the research and reading I’m doing. That’s good enough for now.

Via:: Sandra Yeaman



Online Tips and Caveats

By sdwegwebmaster


1) Social Media Manager Sandra Yeaman has issued this statement: Member email addresses included on the Guild’s website posed a potential risk to members’ privacy because scammers and spammers use email harvesting bots to collect addresses to build their own email lists. As a result, any personal email addresses on pages such as Members’ Works and Speakers Bureau have been disguised by substituting @ with (at). Humans can read these disguised email addresses, but harvesting bots will only see them as strings of text.

2) If you would like to fill out our 2017 Membership Survey online (or in case you missed our May meeting, where paper copies were distributed), please head to https://sdwritersguild.org/2017-membership-survey/ by July 24th. Thank you for your participation!

3) On a lighter note, Sandra also urges members not to overlook the SDWEG Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoWritersEditorsGuild/), where she posts links to articles with tips for writers. In addition, all the Guild’s website posts are linked there, too. Following the Facebook page ensures you will see everything related to the Guild’s activities.

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Tip of the Hat. . .

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TIp of the Hat

To Gary Winters, for his poem “bemused” winning publication in The Muse is In Newsletter and a copy of Jill Badonsky’s The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder.

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Free Writing Classes

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Writing Classes

The Balboa Branch Library (4255 Mt. Abernathy), hosts the “Adult Writing Group” on Thursdays from 2 to 3 PM. Attendees share their writing with one another and participate in directed writing exercises. No sign-up is required. For more information, call 858-573-1390.

The Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library (5188 Zion Ave.) hosts “Life in Stories,” a memoir-writing group, on Wednesdays from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Attendees discuss a weekly topic, share their writing and offer critiques. No previous experience is required. For more information, call 619-533-3970.

The La Jolla/Riford Branch Library (7555 Draper Ave.) hosts the “Pen to Paper” writing group on Thursdays from 1 to 2 PM, and “Writer’s Block” on the first and third Saturdays of every month from noon to 1 PM. For more information, call 858-552-1657.

Via:: San Diego Writers Editors Guild