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Submissions call for Alpaca Umbrella Online Magazine

Alpaca Umbrella, a new online writing magazine is looking for submissions for its first issue In the tradition of the great Victorian authors this site will give writers the opportunity to publish longer short stories, novellas and even full length novels in monthly instalments. Alpaca Umbrella welcomes submissions of unpublished fiction in any style or genre. Each installment can be anything between 500 – 3000 words . The initial submission should contain at least three installments, the second two being held back for future publication if accepted.

Please see the website for full submission guidelines. Find out more:

Countdown to ‘Draft a Novel in 30 Days’

Dear writers: Are you up for the thrill of a lifetime, powered by your imagination? That’s what you can expect from this audacious course that begins August 23; early registration ends Aug. 13. If you can devote at least two hours a day, every day, you will receive from Quill Studios all the structure, instruction, and support you’ll need to find your novel story and ride it to “THE END.”

If you long to get that novel out of your mind and onto the page, this is an amazing process to achieve that. It’s short-term immersion for long-term gain. I created this course modeled after, and taught it with Phoenix College and in Laguna Beach. All students say it helped them discover their authentic voice and personality on the page. PLUS you end the course on Oct 6 with a rough-draft of your book-length manuscript and an editing plan. Not a bad use of 45 days total (Aug 23 – Oct 6, with time to gear-up and wind-down after 30-days of production in September)! Check out the many benefits of this proven method. I’d be honored to help you thrive through this course. Regardless, write on!

Trina Belanger, MFA

Quill Studios

Enrich your life through writing

Courses/Workshops/Editing/Personal Coaching

6499 S. Kings Ranch Road, # 6 – 44

Gold Canyon, Arizona 85118


La Phoenikera Writers’ Guild

La Phoenikera Writers’ Guild offers programming that promotes intergenerational and intercultural dialogue outside of the university setting. LaPWG strives to offer a safe space for all individuals in order to improve written, oral, and visual literacies in the Phoenix area. All classes, special events, and workshops are designed to engage participants in a larger dialogue about current events through the examination of classic and contemporary literature. Instructors introduce critical thought for novice and professional writers of all ages, creating a forum for participants to develop and expand their work beyond the walls of laPWG.

Through these endeavors, laPWG seeks to help local writers master various levels of craft, become contributing voices in the community, engage in social activism, publish their work, and develop teaching and writing partnerships within the greater Phoenix area.

Fall classes include: Into The Mystic: Poems of Devotion & Ecstasy, Intro to Prose Writing, Teen Writing, Fairy Tales & Their Modern Re-workings, Appalachian Poetry, & a 1-week Revision Workshop (Poetry).
Group Name: La Phoenikera Writers’ Guild
Group type or focus: Creative Writing Classes

(August 8) Open Mic Night at 24 carrots

Hello Friends,

Our small family owned cafe in Tempe is hosting a poetry & music open mic night on friday August 8th from 6 pm to 8ish, i would love to extend an invitation to the members of this meet up to join us 🙂

in addition to celebrating the creativity of our community, we’ll be raising awareness and “selling” mini cupcakes for donation, proceeds benefiting one of our chef’s infant nephews battling a rare disease called Shwachmann Diamond Syndrome (SDS), and to raise awareness of this condition.

We host an open mic once a month and try our best to pay it forward during these events by supporting our communities causes. If you can help us pass this along I’d appreciate it greatly 🙂

more details can be found here:


Draft a Novel in 30 Days! (Classes from August 23rd to October 6)

Dream of writing a novel? Make it a dream with a deadline, and fulfill your dream with the toughest course you’ll ever love. If you can devote at least two hours a day, every day, for just over six weeks, this dream will come true.

You don’t need prior creative writing experience, or even a ready story idea. The course will provide all the guidance and instruction you’ll need. Many veterans of this course had no prior related experience, yet the process made them writers. The success rate for students with this instructor and process is 81% (over four offerings: two with Phoenix College and two through Laguna Beach Community Services).

If you are excited about this idea and can take the time, please don’t be intimidated by the audacity of the goal. Your imagination will be primed to literally run wild, and your job will be to type fast enough to keep up! And through that heady production you will find freedom, fun, and the heart of your story. Get the most from your limited free time, by accomplishing a lofty goal in this time-efficient manner.

Participants will immerse in high-octane writing and end the course with a rough draft of a novel and a plan for revising it. This ambitious effort requires a commitment of at least two hours a day, every day, for the duration of the course.

Saturday August 23 – Monday October 6, 2014

Instruction will be delivered via daily e-mails and weekly class sessions. Students must have an active e-mail account and daily Internet access.

CLASS SESSIONS* in Scottsdale, Arizona:
Saturday August 23, 1-4 pm; Saturday August 30, 1-4 pm; Mondays 6-8 pm on September 8, 15, 22, 29 & October 6.

*Class sessions are intended to be video-conferenced. If any out-of-area student cannot participate virtually, he/she will be offered weekly one-on-one time with the instructor. Attendance in September is encouraged but optional.


Class size is limited. Completed registrations received in excess of the course cap will be held on a Waitlist. See details online.

WHAT QUILL STUDIOS WILL PROVIDE:  all the structure, instruction, and motivational support you’ll need to find your story and ride it to ‘THE END.’

If you’ve ever said, “One of these days I’m going to write a novel,” make this the day you take the first step by registering for this course. Look on our website to learn more and read about the many benefits you’ll gain through this experience.

Instructor:  Trina Belanger, MFA

August 15-16 WriteNow! conference ($100 – $125)

Meet internationally known writers at the WriteNow! 2014 Conference, to be held 6-9 p.m. Fri., Aug. 15, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 16, at Embassy Suites Phoenix – North, 2577 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix, sponsored by Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter, a group of local mystery writers.

Entitled “Mastering Crime Fiction: A Whodunnit How-To,” the conference features guest speakers including authors Catriona McPherson, Timothy Hallinan, Mark Sullivan and Graham Brown, who will discuss various aspects of writing crime fiction.

The nonprofit organization will also honor writer Jenn McKinley as Guest of Honor during the Saturday luncheon. McKinley is the author of a variety of cozy series, such as Sugar and Iced in her Cupcake Mysteries, and in her London Hat Shop Mysteries, her latest Death Of A Mad Hatter.

Also available for a $20 additional fee this year is a one-on-one critique of the first 15 pages and a synopsis by a Desert Sleuths published member. Participants will meet the Desert Sleuths member on Aug. 15, where writers will have the opportunity to bring their work for a personalized critique, which will be sent to the writer within two weeks following the conference.

Registration, which includes appetizers on Friday evening, a continental breakfast and plated lunch on Saturday, is $100 for members; nonmember registration is $125.

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is part of an international organization that promotes professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.

More about the conference, including registration, at

Margaret Morse
Vice President Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths
Location: Embassy Suites North, 2577 W. Greenway, Phoenix 85023
Price: $100 Desert Sleuths members; $125 non-members