Upcoming Events for Writers

This just in from the Adult Programs Coordinator at the Livingston Public Library:

The public is invited to “What’s Happening to my Newspaper?” with Star-Ledger columnist Kathleen O’Brien, who will share her observations on the current state of newspaper publishing. This presentation will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13th at the library. Admission is free and no registration is required.

Kathleen O’Brien has worked at The Star-Ledger as a columnist and reporter since 1996, where her writing has been recognized by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the American Association of Feature Editors, the National Headliner Awards, The Front Page Awards, the New Jersey Press Association, and the Garden State Association of Black Journalists.

She began her career on a Selectric typewriter, and now narrates videos and maintains two blogs. One, called “We’ll Know More on Monday,” chronicles her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. She’s a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She comes from a newspaper family; her father was an editor at The Detroit News. She’s married to a journalist, and has one daughter.

And my friend, author Christina Baker Kline shares this great writing workshop she’s doing for Mother’s Day. (Sorry, guys. This one’s for women only):

Rejuvenate Your Writing Life! A Restorative Mini-Retreat for Writing Mamas
with authors Christina Baker Kline and Deborah Siegel of SheWrites.com
Saturday, May 21, 9:30am – 3:30pm, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West (near the 2/3, F, Q, B)

What do you need to turn your writing dream into a reality?

You spend your days taking care of other people’s needs. This May, give yourself a Mother’s Day gift of time and space for contemplation and creativity. Think of it as a spa treatment for your mind.

Maybe you’ve kept a private journal and dream of starting a blog. Maybe you have an idea for a memoir. Or maybe you just want to start writing and don’t yet know the form. Chances are, if you’re a mother and trying to write, your greatest obstacle is time. Whether you’re at the idea stage or further along, we’ll help you get to the next level not only in your writing, but in your writing life.

Christina and Deborah are two professional writing mamas who believe that writing is vital—even when it has to happen in the crevices of our lives. In this beautiful setting we’ll combine strategies for how to fit writing into your everyday life with concrete exercises and feedback designed to get your creative juices flowing. We’ll provide a stimulating and pampering combination of workshops and advice, group conversations with other writer-mothers, one-on-one consultations, inspiring writing prompts, and Q&As. You’ll leave at the end of the day with fresh ideas and insights, pages of new writing, concrete goals for your writing and your life – and a sense of community, something no writing mama should be without.

This day-long gift-to-self includes a delicious lunch, healthy snacks, caffeine (and caffeine-free) drinks … and of course – chocolate. Cost: $175 ($195 after May 1). Space is limited. Register early to save a spot!


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  • J. Rubino

    The 11th Annual North Wildwood Beach Writers Conference will be held on June 7th and 8th, 2011, at the Wildwoods Convention Center. This year, there will be a new workshop for writers with a book-length manuscript that is complete or near completion: Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway will offer a query writing workshop limited to no more than 12 participants, who may sign up for the workshop when they register for the conference. There will be no additional fee for the workshop, but it will be filled on a first come/first serve basis.
    Jane and Caitlen state: “We have found that many people work diligently on the manuscript only to stall out on the query, and we have found no suitable models online for what a selling query should look like – and it’s the query that is going to persuade them to read your submission.”

    Who they are: Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway are mother and daughter, co-authors of Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, from Crown, a novel-length adaptation of Jane Austen’s early work Lady Susan. They have also co-authored the short story, “What Would James Do?” for the upcoming anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It to be released in the fall of 2011, from Ballantine.

    Separately Jane, who lives in Ocean City, has authored a series of mysteries set at the South Jersey shore, a volume of Sherlockian novellas, and a few short screenplays; Caitlen lives in NYC and is with Lauren Galit Literary acquiring non-fiction titles in parenting, fashion, memoir and narrative as well as selected childrens’, middle grade and young adult fiction. Caitlen will have her first solo title, a middle-grade fantasy, released from Bloomsbury Childrens in early 2012.

    For information about the conference: http://nwbwc.com/
    To contact Jane and/or Caitlen: ladyvernonbook@gmail.com

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