WVU This Week June 6, 2012
Quote of the Week
"You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analagous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination. Hold the philosophy, hold the adjectives, just give us a plain subject and verb and perhaps a wholesome, nonfattening adverb or two."
Larry McMurtry (June 3, 1936) is an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work is predominantly set in either the old West or in contemporary Texas.
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*** A Birdie Told Me - Writing Markets
While Pugalicious Press is closed for novel manuscripts in the month of June, they are accepting stories for their anthology for their YA Steampunk Anthology, “Real Girls Don’t Rust.”
Not sure what Steampunk is, read on:
“Steampunk is a genre which originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld and China Mieville,of Wikipedia.”
If your short story is between 5500 and 7500 words and fits into the genre of YA steampunk, they want to read it!
Submit the whole manuscript as a Word .doc file (no .docx) by September 1, 2012, with the subject heading: submission–YA anthology.
Please include a bio, publishing credits if any, and a synopsis.
Here’s the minimum offering on the payment and royalties for this anthology: $25.00 at time of publication, plus 10% royalty and they are asking for first e-book and printing rights for two years.
They look forward to reading your short story!
***Upcoming MFA Courses
MFA Courses are always free to annual, 3-year, and lifetime members.
Classes starting June 7 Registration ends June 9
MFA 207 Setting and Character
Classes starting June 14 Registration ends June 16
MFA 208 Difficult Characters
Classes starting June 21 Registration ends June 23
MFA 209 Point of View Basics
Classes starting June 28 Registration ends June 30
MFA 210 The Art of First Person
Classes starting July 5 Registration ends July 7
MFA211 The Art of Third Person
Classes starting July 12 Registration ends July 14
MFA 212 What is a Plot?
Classes starting July 19 Registration ends July 21
MFA 213 The Art of Sequencing
Classes starting July 26 Registration ends July 28
MFA 214 Describing and Withholding
***F2K Free Creative Writing Course
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***Upcoming WVU Classes
Check the Schedule for course listings.
Register now for upcoming June & July classes.
Classes Starting June 6 Registration ends June 9
B107 Writers Way Part 1 facilitated by Janet Smith
B114 Point of View & Related Topics
F112 Character Development
P202 Poetry Triggers - What's in a Name?
Classes Starting June 13 Registration ends June 16
B101 WVU Orientation,facilitated by Melissa Anne
C108 Comedy Workshop: Working with Captions
F222 Writing Boosters - Brainstorming for Smells
N116 Writing for Magazines Part 3 Prerequisite N114
Classes Starting June 20 Registration ends June 23
B113 Constructive Feedback, facilitated by Melissa Anne
F108 Creativity in a Box
N104 Writing Short Non-Fiction Part 1
P204 Poetry Triggers - Using Beginning Lines as Poetry Starters,
Classes Starting June 27 Registration ends June 30
F102: Romance Writing Part A
F300 Crafting Stories for Children
N132 So, You Want to be a Travel Writer
Classes Starting July 4 Registration ends July 7
B109 Writers Way Part 2 facilitated by Janet Smith
C100 Comedy Writing Part 1
F114 Doing it With Dialogue
F200 Independent Novel Workshop
N124 Writing for a Living
Classes Starting July 11 Registration ends July 14
F110 Where Creativity Lives
F230 So, You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? Part 2
F146 Let's Make a Scene
N110 Writing Articles Part 2, Prerequisite N108
P158 Poetry Triggers - Going Over the Edge
Classes Starting July 18 Registration ends July 21
F186 Writing Boosters - Story Starters #3
F242 Science Fiction Workshop
N118 Writing for Magazines Part 4, Prerequisite N116
N106 Writing Short Non-Fiction Part 2, Prerequisite N104
Classes Starting July 25 Registration ends July 28
F158 Beyond the Elements: Six Memos for the Next Millennium
F208 Writing the Screenplay – Part 2, Prerequisite F206
N140 Writing the Memoir
MFA303 Blank Verse Part 1
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