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I’d like to share a writing opportunity with everyone. I had a great experience at the Odyssey Writing Workshop, a six-week program for writers of #fantasy, #sciencefiction, and #horror.  I highly recommend it.  It's one of the top programs in the world for writers of the fantastic with bestselling and award-winning teachers.  It's very intensive and you'll make incredible progress.  Application deadline April 8.  http://www.sff.net/odyssey/workshop.html #amwriting #writing #amwritingfantasy #amwritingsf #amwritinghorror #writetip

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Odyssey Writing Workshops has done so much to help improve my own writing, so I wanted to share this news with everyone. Odyssey is offering some winter classes on great topics like plotting, POV, or what to do once you've finished your novel draft. Just message me or check out the website if you'd like to find out more about the classes offered this year. 

Check out this winter's online classes from the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust. Instructors include Jeanne Cavelos, Barbara Ashford, and David B. Coe. Deadlines to apply in early December! ‪#‎amwriting‬ ‪#‎writing‬

Best part: You can do this from the comfort of your own home! :)

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Bearded Squirrel
(from Prosthetic Amalgams)
by
Kenny A. Chaffin
All Rights Reserved © 2014 Kenny A. Chaffin


            Seven years from now a bearded squirrel looking like Rasputin glares at me from atop a fence post along the canal. Yes, the same canal I walk along now. He scolds me saying, ‘Why are you here? What have you done, it’s been seven years?’ I just look at him and shake my head because I too can see the past and say, ‘You think it’s easy? You up on your high post from your future vantage point?’ I spit on the grass in front of the post to make my point. I know as well as him what the future holds and am content with it, for I will have looked back on it that seven years ago and I tell him, ‘The world will know of you!’ I turn and walk into the future.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TVLFTVE

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THE CHALLENGE: £500 in 6 months
THE AIM: to give hope to the children of Pakistan

In July 2014 Al Jazeera reported that in Pakistan an estimated 2 million children work for 14 hours a day, six days a week in brick kilns, Sadly this is the only future most of them will have; bleak and back breaking work making bricks.

Working with Starfish Asia, a Christian charity, I have set a target of raising £500 by the 1st September 2015 by selling 250 copies of my novel ‘The Bunker’. This would fund school places for 10 children for a year and give them the future that so few of their peers can have. Every penny (or cent) I make from the sales of ‘The Bunker’, reviewed as the lovechild of Stephen King and Ramsey Campbell, will go straight to Starfish Asia, so please help these children by visiting http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006XW9OMO

For updates about how the challenge is progressing please go to www.markbarham.wordpress.com. For more information on Starfish Asia please go to www.starfishasia.com.

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Hey all! I'm a lifelong lover of reading and fiction. Have been writing fiction and non-fiction since the late 80's when one of my first published pieces was a flash fiction called 'Spinning.'  I've written just about everything from science and technical articles to novels, but mostly poetry in the recent years which brought me round to flash again via reading and study of Creative Nonfiction Flash Nonfiction, Prose Poetry and back to Flash Fiction. 

In this process over the past couple of years I've come to the conclusion that there is only minor differences in these forms. Poetry (traditional or prose) may or may not be 'real' -- the old poetic license thing and I've seen quite a few pieces published as both prose poetry (or just poetry) and flash. These may be fiction or nonfiction, it is not always clear. 

What's your take on these forms and their relationship/overlap?

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You’re invited to check out the recent 5 STAR review by second book “Micro Fiction – An Anthology” has received on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/review/REAX01CS6VE0V

Discuss: Does an author's bio information at all influence how you judge or respond to his/her story?

(E.g., are you kinder or more generous to someone who presents as a newer/inexperienced/possibly young writer? Are you more critical if the bio comes across as pretentious or mentions awards or an MFA?)

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Being new to the literary community, I have self published three books one is at the publisher as we speak. It's a trilogy called The Voices in My Head. My books are fiction and seem to be getting great reviews. I was wondering if I should be looking for a literary agent to represent me. I'm currently working on my 4th book and will be needing a new publisher. 

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Commenters on today's story ("Conditioned Surrender" by Chris Sharp) are talking about the perils of apparent "first drafts" released for publication, among other things.

Now, leaving aside the dubiousness of guessing about an author's skill level or motivation (one person's sloppy first draft might be another person's painstaking best effort), this brings to mind what is always a knife-edged dilemma for us as editors: since we lose about 50% of stories where we request a revision (the author either withdraws the story or simply doesn't respond at all), should a nearly-there story be accepted with suggestions (that may not be taken) or sent back with a revision request (in which case we might lose it altogether)?

Given our hungry daily calendar and the ever-present risk of not having enough decent stories to build the next month's calendar when the end of the month rolls around, what would you do if you were an EDF editor? (And those of you who are EDF editors, feel free to share your perspectives too.)
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