Thursday, February 12, 2009


There are writer conferences where you take in a smattering of workshops, enjoy a keynote speech by an award winning author, and get 15 minutes with an editor who critiques your manuscript.

I've been to those and even had some magazine articles published as a result.

But it was my involvement with the Founders Workshops that made me a bonafide published author of historical fiction. My book BLUE is the direct result of one of their history writing workshops.

At Founders Workshops writers get a host of luxuries:
- a week of personal attention from stellar instructors
- individual cabins with private workspace
- rolling hills and a rippling creek
- gourmet meals by a top-notch chef
- bottomless cups of beverage of choice
- the chance to network with publishing experts
- a small group of fellow writers who stay in touch forever after!

And so I bring to your attention (just in time for Valentines Day) this little corner of writer heaven.

Applications are currently being accepted through February 20th for the Highlights Foundation Founders Workshop: Whole Novel Workshop for Historical Fiction, May 2-9, 2009, near Honesdale, PA. This weeklong intense workshop offers the one-on-one attention found in degree programs, but without additional academic requirements, lengthy time commitments, or prohibitive financial investments. Our aim is to focus on a specific work in progress, moving a novel to the next level in preparation for submission to agents or publishers. To read about workshop leaders Liza Ketchum and Ellen Levine and to get full details, visit our web site:

Give yourself a valentine. Sign up for this event. It's better than a box of chocolates. And I can assure you, that when you get there, chocolate will be waiting!

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