Thursday, September 29, 2022

Rules Are Rules, or Are They?

To help us improve our craft of writing, we’ve all taken classes. Read many articles on the rules of grammar and writing. Listened to members of a critique group talk about writing rules. Which ones should we follow? What advice should we take to heart, or more precisely to keyboard?

Answer: Take what works for you and discard the rest. Nothing is cast in stone.

My writing workshops all begin with the disclaimer that I don’t know everything, and nothing that will be suggested is a “must.” 

Again, take what works for you and discard the rest. That goes for this blog post, too.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Book Review: Jade's Blood

It is exciting times when two of my Ladyscribes have books coming out in the same month. The first is from my writing buddy Kat Huddleston who has just released her vampire paranormal fantasy novel Jade's Blood. I remember critiquing the very first draft, I knew it was going to be good because, like our buddy Rita Woods, Kat's first drafts are golden. She has written so many great short stories.

High school history teacher Max Maguire didn't believe in vampires, until...

When Max Maguire begins to suspect one of his brightest students is in trouble, he ends up walking down the wrong alley and suddenly he's on the menu for a beautiful, powerful and quite vicious vampire named Jade.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

2022 October to December Writers Workshops and Conferences

Whether a one day session, one week conference, or a month-long writing workshop, writing related events are a good way to commune with other writers. They are opportunities to network and get your name out there. In some instances, you can meet and mingle with editors and agents. Some offer critiques or pitching sessions. Nowhere will you find a higher concentration of introverts enjoying each other's company. Local conferences are a good place to meet potential critique groups or recruit members. Note that information for this list is accurate as to what was available in December 2021. Dates and formats may change. Some events may be postponed or cancelled.

Some are free. Some require a fee. Some are more social than others. Many are for new writers, but a few dig deep into craft. You should choose an event that speaks to your needs and desires.

Unfortunately, with the pandemic, many in person events have been cancelled. Some have been replaced with virtual events, podcasts, or online classes and lectures. Virtual events allow for a wider audience and lower costs since attendance does not require travel and lodging. Many plans remain up in the air as the situation shifts.

October 7 - 9, 2022 Write on the Sound Conference in Edmonds WA visit the site for updates on whether it will be an in-person or virtual event this year.

October 7 - 9, 2022 Annual James River Writers Annual Conference is to host a mixed schedule of in-person and online events, keeping COVID protocols and the safety of their guests, speakers, volunteers, and staff top of mind in all of their planning. To this end, with ever-changing circumstances beyond their control, they will assess the viability of hosting in-person events at the beginning of each month.

October 21 - 23 2022 Surry International Writers Conference, Surry, British Columbia, Canada will be a virtual event.

November 4 – 6, 2022 La Jolla Writer’s Conference has been tentatively scheduled. Check their site for updates.

Let us know in the comments if you have details of any other conferences and we'll add them to the list!

Posted by Diana Hurwitz, author of Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict, Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict, Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers, and the YA adventure series Mythikas Island. Her weekly blog, Game On: Crafting Believable Conflict explores how characters behave and misbehave. Visit for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.