Nevada County student writers shine in the Seedlings chapbook. Seedlings is a Sierra Writers publication featuring winning entries from the 2018 Young Writers Competition (YWC).
On the first weekend of the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour, studio #30 (off Newtown & Discovery Roads) will feature the chapbook. “Seedlings will help area teachers prepare students for the 2019 competition and give tour attendees a chance to appreciate the young literary talent growing in the community,” says Lisa Redfern.
Redfern is a Deer Creek artist and member of Sierra Writers. In addition to showcasing YWC student writing, she will be displaying her own literary art (personal monsters) as well as her Life on the Creek series.
Students have five months to compose and polish prose for a chance to win cash awards and publication in the 2019 Seedlings chapbook. Prizes range from $100 to $25 depending on the grade of the entrant.
Support for the YWC is generated through Sierra Writers membership dues, donations collected at monthly meetings, book exchange and literary events. Chapbook printing and production is funded through program sponsorships.
Nevada County middle and high school Language Arts teachers are encouraged to attend the tour to pick up competition guidelines and winning entry samples.
From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on both days, Lisa will be available to share information and answer questions about the Young Writers Competition and sponsorship opportunities.
From the extinction of California’s Grizzly Bear, environmental destruction, and racist atrocities to situations engendering multi-cultural cooperation, Gary Noy links California’s haunting past to contemporary issues still playing out today.
When it comes to writing about themselves, authors usually languish. This post will help overcome Author Biography writing reluctance.
The Author Biography page on your website is a piece of your media kit that should be created before someone asks for it.
While not as dynamic as a tweet or Facebook post, it needs to be updated regularly, especially when you’ve created new work. On your website, this page can be the ‘long version’ that every short version springs from.
Journalists, publicists, author appearance schedulers, and blog interviewers are just a few of the people who will pull information from this source.
Nonfiction Author Bio
A nonfiction author, with the aim of booking speaking engagements, will lean heavily on experience that lends authority to his / her topic. This type of author biography should adhere to business communications style and standards.
Fiction Author Bio
A fiction writer, memoirist, actor, or artist will have a softer approach, connecting with their audience on a personal level.
Author Biography Writing Steps
Begin with a connecting statement, something your reading audience can relate too. This can be a hobby, belief, lifelong interest, etc. (Something that relates to your writing topics.)
Details. This section is about the areas in which you are an expert, inside information that your book(s) didn’t cover, or challenges you’ve faced.
Authority. Education, experience, and publication credits (magazines, anthologies, or awards).
Additional titles you’ve published.
Where you live.
Option; endearing information about spouses and children or pets.
Website & contact information.
Your published work is an opportunity for a reader to view the world with a fresh perspective. Your Author Biography builds trust and establishes you as a writer/creator with a unique perspective. It also sets a tone for how you conduct the business aspects of your career.
Investing the time to write your Bio – well – before it is needed, will return long-term dividends.
*If this post helped you write an Author Bio that you are pleased with, feel free to post a short version of it in the comments section below.
Back in 2012 when I had been blogging for two years, I had gotten to know the blogging community pretty well through top sites for bloggers like Copyblogger, which has since turned into a multi-faceted media and software company. I was struck at the time by the almost total disconnect between authors, who were learning…
‘New’ ideas are built on top of what already exists.
Artists, authors, designers, and engineers may look like they are alone when they are working, but every creative knows that the things they produce are aggregates— with their own personal flair mixed in.
Like the famous Sagrada Familia it has taken five generations of builders to bring Antoni Gaudi’s grand vision to light.
In the internet age, creatives turn to the worldwide web for inspiration— be it for photography, soundtracks or clip art.
Too many people believe that everything online is free. It’s not.
If you use media without proper licensing or permission, you could face a copyright infringement lawsuit, or get flagged on YouTube for improper use.
As a creative, it is important to understand how copyright works, what is protected, and when something is available for free use.
Copyright laws, in general, protect a creation from being copied for the life of the artist, plus 70 years. After that, the piece enters the Public Domain. (SBTEA)
Public Domain works are 100% free for private and commercial use and do not require attribution.
Lawrence Lessig’s lectures and books help artists safely navigate the muddy waters of fair use. He is largely responsible for establishing an ever-growing community of photographers, artists, illustrators, videographers and musicians who support creativity by contributing current work to the Public Domain.
Writing a News Release (aka Press Release) is easy when you know the formula. It is a standard format that makes the job of the journalist efficient.
Authors can use News Releases to announce new titles, events, or highlight aspects of their work in progress.
The ‘trick’ to having your News Release picked up by media is filling in the blanks with interesting and mistake-free content. (The chances of your News Release being published are greater with local publications. If you’ve set your sites on national or world news coverage, a professional publicist is well worth his / her fee.)
Each element of the News Release, and where it belongs, is highlighted with purple arrows below. (Sample text is from a News Release for CyberPatriot team recruiting.)
At the bottom of this post, is a FREE PDF download of the 6 Elements of a News Release and links to additional Author Media Kit articles.
CyberPatriot is a National Youth Education Program. It was created by the Air Force Association to “inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”
CyberPatriot sponsors include Northrop Grumman Foundation, AT&T, Cisco, Microsoft, Norton, and Facebook. If teams advance high enough, they qualify for all expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition and for scholarships.
Recruiting for new teams begins in April. If you are interested in becoming a CyberPatriot Volunteer Mentor for your group or school, visit the CyberPatriot website for outreach materials.
The program also offers elementary school education and summer camps as well as the NYCDC program.
“If you want to be serious about writing, treat it like a business,” says Jordan Fisher Smith, a conference keynote speaker.
Joyce Wycoff, a event board member, says that when a writer attends a conference, “You are showing up for your writing.”
A writing conference is a place to;
hone your craft
make connections, and
establish an action list
“Agents and publishers often say that writers’ who attend conferences are more serious about their craft and are more likely to succeed,” Wycoff comments.
This year’s conference was on the same day as the Women’s March.
Politics was not discussed, but keynote speakers recognized the passion that the marchers expressed.
“A writer is not outside of what is going on,” said Molly Fisk. “People recognize themselves in our writing.”
“Being a writer opens a door,” she continues. “It is permission to think.”
“Art happens when people get together to share their struggles,” Jordan Fisher Smith, commented. “You write because you are called to it.”
Following my current interests, I attended Marketing and Publishing and Guided Critique break-out sessions.
Catharine Bramkamp, a writing coach and social media expert discussed a variety of platforms, member demographics, and analytics. “Know where to spend your time on social media. Be aware of the results that you want to achieve. Keep yourself from getting sucked in, but do enough to have a presence online.”
Bob Jenkins, is a professional storyteller with a PhD in criticism. “Criticism is theanalysis of art; what works and why it works, as well as what doesn’t work and how to fix it,” he explains.
Jenkins delighted his listeners, and the brave souls who pre-submitted writing samples, with dramatic readings of their work. His suggested improvements were striking and gratefully received.