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Cosplay = costume + play

If you find yourself in Lexington and wondering what to do this Saturday, April 5, consider joining ECWG member Bob McKinley at the first annual Bluegrass Cosplay Con at the Clarion Hotel on Newtown Pike. For information on workshops, vendors, contests, special guests, and more, visit http://bluegrasscosplaycon.com/.

 

Calling all Y/A  fiction writers!

Writer’s Digest is sponsoring a free, agent-judged contest for book-length young adult fiction. What could you win? Exposure to an agent and a critique of your work! Visit http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/15th-free-dear-lucky-agent-contest-young-adult-fiction for details. But hurry: the deadline is April 9. (And thanks to ECWG member Robin Baskette for the tip!)

 

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Perhaps it is because of T.S. Eliot’s famous observation (“The Wasteland”) that April has been designated National Poetry Month by the American Academy of Poets. The energy of the very planet is stirred up as the seasons turn from the extremes of one solstice toward that of the other. Whether you write poetry or not, April is full of inspiration in both the natural and online worlds.

Nothing could be more simple than the A to Z Blogging Challenge, even if you don’t blog. Every day except Sundays, you write something inspired by the corresponding letter of alphabet, beginning with A on April 1 (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).

Even if you’re not a poet, you can sign up to receive daily writing prompts from WordXWord’s 30/30 Poetry Challenge (http://3030poetry.com/). If you’d rather not have those pesky prompts popping up in your inbox every day, you can resolve instead to visit the Writer’s Digest’s Poem a Day Challenge (http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2014-april-pad-challenge-guidelines/) for their daily prompts.

Then there’s NaPoWriMo — the poet’s version of NaNoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month and National Novel Writing Month, respectively). Find ideas for taking your writing to the next level at http://www.napowrimo.net/

And for you novelists who were too busy in November to pound out your 50,000 words, the good folks at NaNoWriMo offer a month-long writing experience at Camp NaNoWriMo (https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in). They also run a second camp session during July, so mark your calendars.

No matter what your genre, crack your fingers, get your tools and supplies lined up, and prepare to get some serious writing done in April!

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If you missed Writers Digest editor Chuck Sambuchino at the Carnegie Center, he’ll be giving a presentation entitled “How to Get Published” at the Southern Kentucky Bookfest in Bowling Green this Saturday, April 16, at 1:00 CDT. If you go, be sure to stop by and see fellow ECWG members Charlie Roe and Doris Settles, both of whom will be selling books at the festival.

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