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WRITEFUL PRESS RELEASE
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CONTACT: Eric D. Goodman, MWA Public Relations Director

DATE: April 7, 2007

EMAIL: edgewriter@gmail.com

The CityLit Project’s Fifth Annual Celebration of Literature

Poet Afaa Michael Weaver joins authors Lippman, Fesperman, Suri, Carson, and others at the CityLit Festival V.

The fifth edition of the festival takes place on Saturday, April 19, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Free Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Weaver wrote and published poetry while working factory jobs at Procter & Gamble and Bethlehem Steel. He founded 7th Son Press and published the journal “Blind Alleys,” which featured Andrei Codrescu, Frank Marshall Davis, and Lucille Clifton among others. As a freelancer, he has written for the Baltimore Sun, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune, and the Baltimore Afro-American. He began his teaching career as an adjunct in 1987, teaching at New York University, the City University of New York, Seton Hall Law School, and Essex County College. In 1990, he began at Rutgers Camden and received tenure with distinction there as an early candidate. In 1998, Weaver joined the English Department at Simmons College, where he founded the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center.

Deputy Mayor Salima Siler Marriott, Pratt Library Executive Director Dr. Carla Hayden, and CityLit Project Executive Director Gregg Wilhelm join the poet at 10:30 to declare April 19 “Afaa Michael Weaver Day.” Weaver reads from The Plum Flower Dance at 2:00.

The Maryland Writers’ Association will be present all day at the Festival—find out more about the MWA and learn how you can become a part of the organization by stopping by the booth.

Meanwhile, three of Baltimore’s most prominent literati share their brand new books at 1:00 in Pratt Library’s Wheeler Auditorium. Tom Hall, Culture Editor for WYPR’s “Maryland Morning,” talks with Dan Fesperman, The Amateur Spy; Laura Lippman, Another Thing to Fall; and Manil Suri, The Age of Shiva.

Dr. Ben Carson, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, shares his insight and advice from Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk. Dr. Carson presents at 3:00. The Maryland Humanities Council’s Maryland Center for the Book honors its “Letters About Literature” contest winners from around the state at 11:00 with special guest children’s chapter book author Margaret Meacham. S. James Guitard and Victoria Christopher Murray read from and discuss their latest novels, and sports writer John Eisenberg revisits the Barbaro story in his new book. Michael Olesker, Tonight at Six; Diane Scharper, Reading Lips; and contributors to Freshly Squeezed, a new anthology based on writing from the popular “Write Here, Write Now” workshops, all present special pre-publication previews of their new books. Featured authors reading their work from the anthology include Rick Connor, Fernando Quijano III, Nicole Walton, Tamara Keurejian, Barbara Friedland, Holly Myers, Mare Cromwell, Eric D. Goodman, Nancy O. Greene, and Leo Horrigan. For families, Caldecott Honoree and New York Times bestselling children’s book author Carole Boston Weatherford shares her latest book, Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins.

Poetry is never in short supply at CityLit Festival. Reggie Harris returns to host “Poetry by Place,” a spoken word tour de force featuring poets who appear at various venues around Baltimore. Poets Ink is back again conducting a workshop and reading.

Attendees are also encouraged to browse and buy at the Literary Marketplace, featuring more than fifty authors, editors, literary journals, presses and organizations.

CityLit Festival is made possible with the support of the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.

Programs take place throughout the library. A complete schedule of times and locations is available at CityLit’s website below.

www.CityLitProject.org

Learn more about this and other literary news and events at

www.Writeful.blogspot.com

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THE F. SCOTT FITZGERALD LITERARY CONFERENCE, INC.

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CONTACT: Eric D. Goodman, Public Relations Director

DATE: March 17, 2008

EMAIL: edgewriter@gmail.com

Mary Gaitskill Headlines Authors at Fitzgerald Spring Event

Renowned author Mary Gaitskill will read from her work at the Spring Event of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4 at the Rockville Vis Arts Center.

Mary Gaitskill has been nominated for the National Book Award, National Book Critics’ Circle Award and PEN/Faulkner Award. She is the author of Two Girls, Fat and Thin; Veronica; Bad Behavior; and Because They Wanted To. Her short story “Secretary” was made into a feature film.

Gaitskill will be joined by four local authors: Dave Housley (Ryan Seacrest is Famous), Nathan Leslie (Madre, Believers), Susan Muaddi-Darraj (The Inheritance of Exile), and Lalita Noronha (Where Monsoons Cry).

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Gaitskill and other talented authors read from their work. The event is free to members of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc. and their guests, and the cost is $10 for the general public. There will be a minimal charge for students. Parking at Town Center is free after 7 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

For directions to the Vis Arts Center, visit www.visartscenter.org.

To learn more about this event or about the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc., email FSFconference@gmail.com or potomacrevieweditor@montgomerycollege.edu.

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MARYLAND WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE
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CONTACT: Eric D. Goodman, MWA Public Relations Director

DATE: January 28, 2008

EMAIL: edgewriter@gmail.com

BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR LITERARY RESOLUTIONS

Each year, countless writers make resolutions about their writing goals. This is the year you’ll publish that short story, write that novel, or at least put pen in hand and write a few pages each day.

And in May, where will you be? Here’s a great way to keep your writerly resolutions in check.

Register yourself now to attend the 20th annual Maryland Writers Association on Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum.

Keynote speaker Thomas F. Monteleone is but one of many professional, successful writers planning to spend the day helping you reach your own writing goals.

Join local experts and established writers at the 20th annual Maryland Writers’ Association’s conference. You’ll have the opportunity to hone your craft in sessions led by established authors, instructors, and experts. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s plenty for you at the conference. Come explore the many worlds of writing.

To register, or for more information, visit the conference website.

http://www.marylandwriters.org/conferences.html

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I was surfing the net a couple of days ago and found where “The First Ever Writer’s Cruise” was being offered! Of course, this particular cruise has already taken place, but it looks like more are to come! Check it out. Another fringe benefit of being a writer! So get your laptops and sun screen and sit by the pool while drinking a strawberry daquiri! Time to finish up your book!

Find out more here.
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Taryn Simpson is a fulltime freelance writer with 10 books to her credit, numerous articles, writer for MyParkinsonsinfo.com and more. Her latest work is nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, to be announced April 7, 2008. Wish me luck! http://www.Taryn-Simpson.blogspot.com

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Looks like another great author is lined up for the MWA 20th Anniversary Conference!

MARYLAND WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE
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CONTACT: Eric D. Goodman, MWA Public Relations Director

DATE: November 2, 2007

EMAIL: edgewriter @ gmail.com


MONTELEONE KEYNOTES MARYLAND WRITERS’ CONFERENCE

Maryland author Thomas F. Monteleone is confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Maryland Writers’ Association 20th Anniversary Conference.

The Conference, which draws writers from across the state of Maryland and beyond, takes place on Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Maritime Institute of Technology conference center. The address is 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090.

Thomas F. Monteleone has been a professional writer since 1972, and is four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. He has published more than 100 short stories in numerous magazines and anthologies. His stories have been nominated for many awards, and have appeared in a number of best-of-the-year compilations.

He has written thirty-six books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel.

Monteleone is one of many successful authors presenting an array of literary topics at the day-long conference.

Join local experts and established writers for an opportunity to hone your craft in sessions led by established authors, instructors, and experts. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s plenty for you at the conference. Come explore the many worlds of writing.

Register now to take advantage of our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL — now through December 31!

To register, or for more information, visit the conference website.

http://www.marylandwriters.org/conferences.html

Note to Editors: Thomas F. Monteleone is available for interview. If you would like to write a story about the conference and set up an interview with Mr. Monteleone, please contact the Conference Coordinator, Denise Camacho, at dbcamacho@hotmail.com.

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Are you going to be in the Barnes&Noble at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD tomorrow? Why not give to a good cause while you’re at it. When you make your purchases, present a special voucher and a portion will go to The CityLit Project, a non-profit organization that helps to expand the culture of literature in Maryland.

To find out more information, visit the website at http://www.citylitproject.org/?q=node/190. And to get the voucher, send and e-mail to INFO@CITYLITPROJECT.ORG.

Nancy O. Greene
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I received this e-mail and thought I’d pass it along:

MARYLAND WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Eric D. Goodman, MWA Public Relations Director

DATE: October 3, 2007

EMAIL: edgewriter@gmail.com

PERFECT PLACE FOR MARYLAND WRITERS

A popular location has been set for writers from all across Maryland and the surrounding states to join together.

The Maryland Writers’ Association 20th Anniversary Conference will take place at the Maritime Institute of Technology , in the conference center. The address is 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090.

This was the setting for last year’s MWA contest, and the writers in the crowd seemed to agree — this is the perfect place for Maryland Writers to come together and hone their crafts.

The Conference takes place on Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m..

Join local experts and established writers at the 20th annual Maryland Writers’ Association’s conference. You’ll have the opportunity to hone your craft in sessions led by established authors, instructors, and experts. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s plenty for you at the conference. Come explore the many worlds of writing.

Register now to take advantage of our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL — now through December 31!

To register, or for more information, visit the conference website.

http://www.marylandwriters.org/conferences.html

You can also visit www.writeful.blogspot.com for more information.

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I had planned this to be quite a long rambling post on the Midwest Writer’s Workshop, which I went to last weekend. However, it appears that my son has decided to welcome my return back to the house by giving me a pretty nasty cold. So I’ll have to shorten my post quite a bit before the Nyquil takes hold of me and starts me hallucinating about piranhas. You can find most of my thoughts on the workshop anyway at my blog, The Cafe in the Woods. Take a jog over there after you read this. The Cafe is always open.

But what I wanted to talk about here is the necessity for writers to get together with other writers. You heard it all before: writing is a lonely business. The only co-workers a writer has exist purely in his/her head. Getting together with other writers keeps them sane. Blah, blah, blah.

For those of you who roll your eyes and think, I’m fine in my own little world, thank you very much. I don’t need anyone else to invade this space…my question for you is, why are you sabotaging yourself? Seriously, get thee out to meet some writers. It’s not only good for your soul, but it’s good as far as networking.

We don’t like to think about networking. Writing is a ‘creative’ business, one that comes from the gut, not the head (though we spend much of our writing time deep in our heads…hopefully). The word ‘networking’ has too much of a business connotation to it. One that’s left for the world of cubicles and water coolers and listening to your boss rambling on about his daughter’s upcoming recital. We don’t like the word ‘networking’ because it implies that our work can’t be based solely on its own merit. It means we have to talk to other people, other people who can look at our work and immediately judge it as not something they really care for. And for the ones who do look at it and clap and rain praises on it, we immediately become jealous. Surely they don’t mean that. There must be something wrong with it.

As writers, we need other writers. And not just those we meet online, but we need to see other writers face-to-face. We can only talk to our spouses/partners/S.O.s about writing for so long before their eyes start to glaze over. And try to talk to a non-writer about writing. Just try.

When we get together with other writers, we commiserate with each other. We talk about our writing habits. We discuss idiosyncrasies that only work for writers. When I was at the workshop the other day, we all participated in a writing contest. Never have I felt more at home with other people who understand the need to sit and stare into space before scribbling madly, wildly, oftentimes talking to themselves, and still be considered the normal thing to do.

And we learned from each other. One of the best things that happened at the workshop was when I really learned what it meant to ‘show vs. tell.’ One of the speakers had someone sit down and describe an incident that happened next to his hotel room. He was doing a good job with his eyes closed, describing the scene. “So when I banged on the wall, nothing happened, so I turned up the volume on the TV…”

The speaker said, “Stop. How did you turn up the volume?”

The man frowned and replied, “Uh, I pushed the volume control on the remote and the green bars appeared on the TV, zipping horizontally across the screen…”

And right there, I saw it. I swear, I saw those exact green bars. It was so poetic, described so perfectly, I wanted to weep, I got it. And all around the table, you can see people’s eyes widening, writers nodding their heads up and down, saying, “OooooOOOOOHHHHH! I get it! I get it!”

Some things you can learn by reading. But when you’re with a group of writers and you learn something like that, it gets burned into you. Nothing can’t erase that experience. Nothing.

So go out and meet some writers. Find a writer’s group. Go to a writer’s conference. Do something to get you out of the house and shaking hands with another writer. Your writing life will be all the more richer for it.

Ah, and a yellow striped piranha just floated by, which means that the Nyquil has kicked in and that I’m done writing for now.

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I know that title sounds awfully conceited, but I assure you, I am truly blessed to have had this project plop into my lap as it did. I feel like I just co-wrote the best book of my career. And, this magical book has provided some opportunities and surprises along the way:

1. The book was shipped to New York last week and is on its way to the Beijing, China International Book Fair. Hopefully, the book sellers in this region will request to carry the book in their stores which will increase the book’s popularity.

2. Someone created a Yahoo group for the Book! It’s called “MangoTreeCafe” and everyone reading this blog is welcome to join by CLICKING HERE

3. As I mentioned before, the book is for sale and you can order a copy (or several hundred!) by CLICKING HERE

4. Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank everyone here at the Writer’s Block for being patient while I blabbed incessantly about “The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road”! Its an important book and I believe will be very successful (From my mouth, to God’s ear as my grandmother always said).

IF ANYONE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DOING A REVIEW OF THE BOOK, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

ALSO, HAS ANYONE DONE A VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR? HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?

I would love to hear from anyone who has bought the book. Now to continue Marketing the book. A writer’s job is never done. 🙂

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My partner and I have decided to self-publish and with good reason. The Beijing Book Fair is coming up in August and my partner would like to pander our wares to book sellers.

We also decided to self-publish because of a newsletter I received yesterday. It was from a well-known author that stated she published with Lulu.com because no one, including agents and publishers would pay attention to her because she was a “nobody”. She began self publishing her book and sent it to another author with better connections and she was blown away.

This blown away author sent it to her agent who in turn sent it to a large publishing house who decided to buy it. That’s the way it is these days…unless you have the collateral to appease a Simon and Schuster or Random House, authors have to fend for themselves and show that “the proof is in the pudding”.

This powerful book (if I do say so myself) will be offered shortly on Barnes and Noble and Amazon as well as the blog. When that happens, you can rest asuured that I will blab all about it right here.

Just think; 1 author in Beijing, China; the other in Nashville, TN, 1 internet connection = 1 helluva good read.

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Taryn Simpson is a professional ghostwriter and has recently completed a novel with her writing partner, Alan Solomon, “The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road”. Keep up with the latest on the book and how it fares at the Beijing, China Book Fair. http://www.MangoTreeCafe-LoiKrohRoad.blogspot.com

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