Come February, for 25 years the SCWC will have empowered writers with the vital tools, information, feedback and connections needed to get published. The latest to join the roster of success is SD23 conferee Tim (T.B.) Smith. His debut novel, The Sticking Place, is out December from Hellgate Press. And SD21/22 conferee Pam Goldstein reports braving short stories since her last attendance, getting several published in five different anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Empty Nester and this year’s Christmas books (Simon and Schuster). Also, her first play, The Interview, opens in April. Writes Pam, “Whenever I falter I think of the SD with great fondness and go from there.”
The Hummingbird Review has announced a winner of the LA8 “What if?” writing contest. E. Scott Menter of Irvine, CA, will see his short story, “Dolphinarium,” published in the literary quarterly. Another submission, a non-fiction piece by Kelly Thacker of Murray, UT, also struck the attention of publisher Charles Redner and managing editor Robert Yehling, so much so they’re publishing it as well. Both stories will appear in the next issue, out February. Congratulations Scott and Kelly!
Lots of additions to the SD25 staff, including Stephens Press editor-in-chief Carolyn Hayes Uber, who’ll be joining us for the first time. Still a few more to announce, including our final special guest speaker, but do check out the staff page to see who all are presently confirmed. While we now begin filling out the schedule with actual workshops, new to the SCWC is the PoetryCram alluded to last update. Limited to 12 participants, this 1-day intensive is dedicated to those wanting to publish a collection of poetry in professional chapbook form.
Another seriously hands-on session limited to 12 participants is Jean Jenkins’ Best Foot Forward: Polishing To Impress 1 & 2. Quite the success when it debuted in September, Jeanie’s made some slight tweaks to make it even better than before. If you’re a genre writer and feel your work’s ready to go, get full details here.
That’s all for now. If you’re in town December 10th, don’t forget to join us and San Diego Writers, Ink for Mark A. Clements Appreciation Night.