Writer’s Digest’s Short Short Story Competition

If you’re up for the challenge—and want a shot at national recognition—enter your best work in Writer’s Digest‘s Short Short Story Competition by the Early-Bird Deadline of November 15!

To make a long story (really) short, your ability to write a captivating story (in 1,500 words or less) could help you pocket $3,000, a feature in Writer’s Digest magazine, and more.

Make it bold. Make it brilliant. Most important, make it brief.

One First Place Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2017 issue
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A copy of the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2017 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2017 Guide to Literary Agents

Sixth Annual 805 Writers’ Conference 2016

The 805 Writers’ Conference has announced the dates for 2016: Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, at the Ventura Crowne Plaza Hotel on the beautiful Pacific Beach. This marks the sixth year for the conference, which has grown annually, topping out at 238 attendees in 2015. The conference is presented by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing (PIPW) and co-sponsored by five other literary nonprofit organizations and local businesses. Continue reading

The Manuscript Academy

Now introducing The Manuscript Academy, the conference built with a writer’s needs, comfort, and budget in mind.

The Manuscript Academy offers world-class publishing instruction that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home, a coffee shop, or even the bar down the street. Unlike traditional conferences, you simply need a computer, a tablet, or even your smart phone to enjoy the very best content from some of the top minds in the literary community.

Classes, panels, and forums designed to give you the full educational and networking value of a traditional conference.

  • No need to pay for plane tickets, hotels, meals out, or child care.
  • Pause, rewind, take notes at your convenience, over a 30-day period.
  • Watch in your PJs, then discuss and network with fellow attendees in the member forums.
  • High-quality, beautifully edited video.
  • One-on-one meetings with experts.

805 Writers’ Conference


Speakers and Program Announced for the Sixth Annual 805 Writers’ Conference in Ventura, California

Saturday sessions focus on the Business of Writing, and Sunday’s focus on the Craft of Writing. Additionally, the conference offers half-day workshops for fiction, narrative nonfiction/memoir, poetry, and writing articles for publication.

Early-bird discounts on registration are now available, but end August 31. Discounted hotel room rates are $149 a night.

Saturday Speakers and Topics:

Demystifying the Publishing World, with Zhena Muzyka, Enliven Books Publisher, an Atria/Simon & Schuster imprint

What Independent Publishers Want from New Writers, with Ms. Muzyka, Mark E. Cull of Red Hen Press, and Christopher Meeks of White Whiskers Books

Legally Speaking—What Writers Need to Know to Protect Themselves, with Dana Newman, Literary Attorney and Agent

Super Fans—The Secrets of Selling More Books, with Penny Sansevieri, best-selling author, NYU instructor, and CEO of Author Marketing Experts

How to Write the Grabber Query Letter, with Toni Lopopolo, literary agent, former executive editor at Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, and writing instructor at Temple University

A beachside reception for all attendees and speakers follows this session.

Sunday Speakers and Topics:

Master Self-Editing: The Important Checkpoints for Fiction and Memoir, with Toni Lopopolo

The Magic of Editing: What Turns Writers into Authors, with Emily Heckman, former Simon & Schuster executive editor, now freelance editor and author

The Big Three of Fiction—Dialogue, Interior Monologue, and Narrative, with Shelly Lowenkopf, author of over 35 books, former executive editor, and 30-year Masters in Writing professor at USC and UCSB

The Swiss Army Knife: Tools for 21st-Century Writing—Toni Lopopolo and Shelly Lowenkopf

And a special keynote speaker, to be announced soon.

PLUS: Ask the Experts: a luncheon event included of full day and weekend passes where you join different speakers at the lunch; and Meet an Editor, free meetings with book editors to review your first ten pages and discuss their ideas to improve your writing.

MWA Midwest Write-In Retreat

The MWA Midwest Write-In Retreat is July 9.

Join StoryStudio for a special Write-In this summer — all of the coffee, cozy chairs, and inspiration you expect, but with a bonus: we’ll be playing host to the Mystery Writers of America!

As always, we open the doors from 10am to 4pm, and you’re free to come and go as you like. You’ll get access to our classrooms, wireless, snacks and beverages, and encouragement from other writers. Bring your laptop and settle in at one of the classroom tables. Or relax with a notepad and sink into the sofa.

For this special Write-In, we will welcome members of the MWA, an organization that supports writers of mystery and crime fiction, runs literacy programs, and seeks to bring recognition to the genre and those who practice it. The MWA will hold brief, optional information sessions and raffle off books by their members.

This free Chicago writing event is open to all. You don’t have to be a mystery writer to take part!