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Dear Writers,

Please share this news with friends who might be interested in my “Immigrant Experience Writing Contest” or any of the writing contests offered through The Literary Stage at the San Mateo County Fair. All entries are due Monday, April 3, 2017, 11:59pm.  Please read all rules https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/pdf/2017/literary_17.pdf

Literary Director Bardi Rosman Koodrin says: “The San Francisco Peninsula Writers is the only California Writers Club branch in the state utilizing a weeklong, 18,000 sq. ft. Fine Arts Galleria with a stage and seating for 125. Now entering our 9th year, we’ve conducted over 150 free “events within the event” on our Literary Stage: workshops, panels, author presentations, one-act plays, and interviews, annual author day book sales, poetry readings, musical groups, and individual song and dance performances.”

Please go to https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/pdf/2017/literary_17.pdf

Top half of page 68 of the 2017 Literary Arts Contest Book Information

is  description of DIVISION 336

THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE: SHORT STORY, ESSAY, OR MONOLOGUE CONTEST
This contest is to honor immigrants who struggle over language barriers, poverty, stigmas, and injustice.
ELIGIBILITY:
Word Count 1,500 word max unpublished short story, essay, or monologue (no synopsis or prologue).
RULES: Your entry could be a firsthand account or a retelling of someone else’s experience. Show how your protagonist goes about pursuing what she/he wants while confronting antagonists (persons or circumstances); use authentic details to show protagonist’s recollection or attitude of “the old country.” Foreshadow the core theme in the first paragraph.
Sponsored by 22-Day Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan  www.writingcoachTeresa.com
Coach Teresa’s blog: http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/
Author of :
Love Made of Heart: a Daughter, a Mother, a Journey Through Mental Illness (novel)
Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days (workbook)
Talking to My Dead Mom (monologues)
AWARD OFFERED
1st Place $100 Rosette
2nd Place $50 Rosette
3rd Place $25 Rosette

 

Entry for Literary Arts  https://sanmateocountyfair.com/literary-arts

click on

Q: Do I have to register online to enter my work in the Literary Arts Contests?
Yes, it’s the ONLY way to participate.
Q: Does my file need to be PDF format?
YES you must convert your document into PDF format and upload that. If you upload
anything other than a PDF, the document will not submit to the fair.
Wishing all contest entrants a joyful experience through the Literary Stage!
Teresa LeYung-Ryan’s “Immigrant Experience Writing Contest” and Other Contests through 2017 Literary Stage at San Mateo County Fair
Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “I can help you identity your themes – to make rewriting your first draft and building your writer’s platform joyful tasks. Make your name stand for something—to attract target consumers who are likely to buy what you have to sell. Reach out, not stress out. I cheer for you!

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/teresa-leyung-ryans-events/
Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan who says “Reach out, not stress out!” will present “Where Are YOU & Your THEMES on Your Writer’s Platform- Building Journey?” for:

The workbook:
Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW – available at http://www.laurelbookstore.com in Oakland, CA and http://www.bookpassage.com in Corte Madera, CA and on Amazon – print edition and Kindle edition!

 

 

Women Authors – Marriage; Memoirs; Thrillers; Audiobooks; Stage Plays; Ask a Luminary

 

Marriage Maven Marcia Naomi Berger‘s News

author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted

Sunday, September 14, 2014 

Marry With Confidence Workshop: Single Women will identify and overcome obstacles and prepare for a fulfilling, life-long relationship. 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, San Rafael.  For more information, phone 415-491-4801.

Tuesdays – September 16 and September 23, 2014 

Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: Two-session workshop. 
Learn to communicate positively and increase romance, intimacy, teamwork, and smoother resolution of issues. No public sharing required. 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm in San Rafael. Phone 415-491-4801 for more information.

Marriage Meetings 24/7 click here

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Professional Education and Training Center offers this one-hour online class you can take any time: The Marriage Meeting Program: A Strength-Based Approach for Successful 21st Century Relationships. Professionals earn one continuing education unit. All welcome!

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Matilda Butler says:

Dear Friends:

Would you be willing to cast a vote for our website?
We are one of 200 websites who have been nominated for a prize. The prize will be awarded to the websites that are in positions #1 and #2 (have the most votes) by September 30, 2014. You can vote multiple times.

The list is not alphabetical — it is arranged by number of votes. So you will need to look for us. We are listed as:

Memoir Writing Blog  WomensMemoirs.com

Thanks. I really appreciate this. More than just the prize, I hope that some new people will notice our blog and come visit www.countyoffice.org

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Paula C. Chinick says:

“I wanted to share some exciting news. My first novel, RED ASSCHER~Living In Fear received a GOLD medal from Global Ebook Awards for best fiction thriller!   I had hoped for at least honorable mention, but to take first place in the thriller category is such an honor.”

P C Chinick
http://redasscher.com
http://redasscher.com/blog

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Betsy Graziani Fasbinder says:

“I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Fire & Water, The AudiobookI was blessed to find a talented voice artist in Monica McKey and a fantastic sound engineer in Adam Sullivan of Great Magnet Recording.  I served as producer/director to these talented experts (mine was the easy job) and I’m so proud of what we’ve created.  Monica’s gorgeous voice and great talent give the story another dimension and Adam’s wizardry brought it all seamlessly together.”

If you’ve read Fire & Water and enjoyed it, please pass this announcement on to your audio loving friends: Commuters, those with visual impairment, or just audio lovers. …And please consider posting a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads!

Betsy’s Blog: Art Finds a Way

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B. Lynn Goodwin, Writer Advice Managing Editor and author of YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers, says: “I am a featured expert in InspireMeToday’s Ask a Luminary series! InspireMeToday.com is an amazing and free website that shares inspiration from global thought leaders each and every day. You can start your day with the wisdom of Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Neale Donald Walsch, Marci Shimoff, or one of hundreds more!

Ask a Luminary offers you the chance to ask a question and get an answer from an expert like me. It’s the inspirational version of Dear Abby! From empowerment, love and relationships, to business and entrepreneurship, to health and spirituality, Ask a Luminary covers every topic. Check out my answer if you’ve been wondering, How Can I Find My Path? and write back. I’d love to hear from you.

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Mary Honey B. Morrison

keeps it real on

The Nic Nice Show

November 6 – 9, 2014

Single Husbands stage play – Southwest Arts Center,  Atlanta, GA

Mary B. Morrison, New York Times best-selling author is bringing her play, Single Husbands back to stage!  An all new cast! Mary has nineteen published novels including her newest release If You Don’t Know Me.
She writes for Kensington Publishing Corporation as Mary B. Morrison and Grand Central Publishing as HoneyB. In her novels Mary addresses social and sexual issues while empowering her female characters.

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Cheers to Marcia Naomi Berger, Matilda Butler, Paula C. Chinick, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, B. Lynn Goodwin, and Mary Honey B. Morrison!!!!!!

Sincerely,

Author and 22-Day Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan
http://writingcoachTeresa.com
author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW. Click here for print edition. Click here for Kindle edition.
  • author of Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby
  • author of “Talking to My Dead Mom” monologue series
  • proud member and past officer of Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter
  • proud member (SF Peninsula, Redwood, Sacramento branches) and past president (San Francisco Peninsula Branch) of California Writers Club


 

 

  • Click here for Writing Contests  through Literary Arts Division of the San Mateo County Fair – many genres (including novels, memoirs, short stories, fantasy, science fiction, essays, poetry, children’s, immigrant experience) – open worldwide – $10 per entry -  online entries due April 1, 2014   5:00pm Pacific Standard Time. Cheers to Literary Arts Director Bardi Rosman Koodrin, sponsors, judges, all contestants!

 

 

Check out my blog post  “Coach Teresa says: Who or What is the Antagonist in Your Story?“  before you send your manuscripts to agents, acquisition editors, or writing contests.

Remember that a story, even a short one, has a beginning, middle, and end.  A “snapshot” of an event is not a story.  A story must have a main character, even if that character is the only character.

Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan cheers for Writing Contest Creators, Sponsors, Judges, and Contestants!

 

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung-Ryan   aka  22-Day Coach Teresa helps clients identify their themes and archetypes; she is the author of:

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook for all genres)

Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby (novel used in college courses)

“Talking to My Dead Mom” monologues

Creator of The Immigrant Experience Writing Contest

Coach Teresa’s website http://writingcoachTeresa.com

To subscribe to Coach Teresa’s Blog , please click here.

Writing Contests 2012 – novels, memoirs, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, science fiction, mystery, and more!

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Thanks to Bardi Rosman Koodrin’s encouragement, I’m sponsoring a writing contest through the San Mateo County Fair Literary Arts Division again. Please read on . . .
To find the actual guidebook with all of the contests, go to contests and then click Fine Arts Galleria to download it. Our literary section begins on the bottom of page 63–please follow instructions on that page. Deadline for literary arts entries and forms is Monday April 16th, 2012, 7:00pm; mailed entries must be postmarked by April 13, 2012.  Rules are on Page 70–please read carefully.
Page 67 look for Division 328 THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE: NOVEL, MEMOIR, OR SHORT STORY Writing Contest

Sponsored by Teresa LeYung-Ryan — author of Love Made of Heart: an immigrant daughter’s journey to self-forgiveness (the book is used in college composition classes); author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW;  as editor/story consultant, Coach Teresa helps her clients polish their manuscripts by identifying themes and archetypes; read Coach Teresa’s blog at http://writingcoachteresa.com

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B. Lynn Goodwin’s WRITER ADVICE – 7th Annual Flash Prose Contest.  Short Fiction/Memoir, 750 words max. First Prize: $200, Deadline: April 18, 2012.  Guidelines  www.writeradvice.com

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Cheering for all writers!

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Coach Teresa says: “Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams!”

http://writingcoachteresa.com

As editor/story consultant, Coach Teresa helps her clients polish their manuscripts by identifying their themes, universal archetypes, front-story and back-story.

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Love Made of Heart is used in college composition classes. Thank you, Teachers & Students!

 

 

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Dear Writers,

Coach Teresa here . . . to encourage you to ask your protagonist “Who are you?”  and show up (with your writing instruments) so that she/he can answer your question over time.

Over time–You create the magical bond between you and your characters.

Whether the story is being presented as fiction or nonfiction . . .  Ask yourself:  “What incident shook my world (or someone I care about‘s world) and I must tell the story.”

With memoirs, the author and Protagonist are YOU. You ask yourself: “What happened to me?”  “How do I tell my story to hook Reader?” My answer is this: “You as Protagonist–stay in story-world. Move about in your story as though you do not know the ending. ‘Grow’ with yourself in story-world. No interjecting commentary from the author that would take us out of story-world. Let us see your story unfold as it happened. After all, you experienced the story in real life; to give us editorial comments as the “experienced one” will usually give the effect that an actor is stepping in front of the camera to interrupt (while the story is being played out in Reader’s mind’s eyes).

With novels, you created the protagonist.  Perhaps he/she was modeled after yourself; even if that weren’t the case, you the author get under his/her skin. Because you are writing fiction, you have the luxury of changing the sequence of events and the specifics of the events. Novel authors also must not interrupt the story with editorial comments that aren’t apropos for the plot point.

“What incident shook my world (or someone I care about‘s world) and I must tell the story.” In my novel Love Made of Heart, something happened to Protagonist Ruby Lin’s mother.  When Ruby finds out what has shaken her mother’s world, her own world also get jolted.

I’m reading Mary Jo McConahay’s memoir Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest and being hooked by her prologue.  The author was fascinated by an exhibit in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. So fascinated that she went back to the museum the next day to look at the representations of the indigenous Lacandón people, descendants of the ancient Maya.  “I must go there,” she told her sister.

I’m on page 7 of Mary Jo’s book–she has just met Moises Morales, an archaeoastronomer (one who studies ancient beliefs about the sky). I’m intrigued.

Coach Teresa Says To Ask My Protagonist: “Who Are You?”

Happy writing! Happy reading and researching! Happy rewriting!

If you need a story-consultant/editor, please review my webpage by clicking on this link.

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

“Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dearest dreams!”

http://writingcoachteresa.com
author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days

 

Coach Teresa’s This Reminder and That Reminder for Writers / Authors


Happy New Year !

I Wish You . . . Work that Makes Your Heart Sing

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Back-up your electronic files–on a flashdrive or use an online service. Sometimes I email files to myself and then move those emails into folders.

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Make 2012 writing career goals, starting with January.  If you’re not in northern California . . . to look for similar events or organizations that I associate with, go to Google and key in the words: events for writers  OR writers organizations . . . and the name of your city and state. ShawGuides is another resource.

Coach Teresa here with mine:

  • edit a section of a client’s novel
  • provide Chinese-ism for a colleague’s short story in an anthology
  • attend January 5th 2012  6:00-7:30pm Women’s National Book Association get-together at SFPL Click here
  • prepare for my January 8th 2012 presentation Writing-Career-Make-Over with Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan at California Writers Club Redwood Branch in Santa Rosa, CA Click here for details.
  • meeting with colleague Elisa Sasa Southard for our monthly writing date
  • prepare to serve as roundtable discussion leader for Linda Joy Myers’s National Assn. of Memoir Writers to talk about building a writer’s platform — Thurs. January 8th 2012  (4:00pm California time). Free on the Internet. Please sign up.
  • attend planning meeting for Women’s National Book Assn-SF Chapter
  • meet with mastermind members Linda Lee, Mary E. Knippel and Lori Noack
  • attend “Create Your Success Story from the Inside Out” workshop facilitated by Mary E. Knippel for Women’s National Book Assn-SF Chapter on January 29, 2011 Click here
  • continue helping clients with my workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW click here
  • schedule editing clients
  • continue writing my next novel!

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Authors (whether or not you’re self-publishing), remember to register your work with the Copyright Office. http://www.copyright.gov

eCO Online System

Before using the service, we recommend you first read eCO Acceptable File Types, eCO Tips, eCO FAQs, or eCO Tutorial (PowerPoint) eCO Tutorial (PDF). For recently added features, see eCO Updates.

Advantages include:

  • Lower filing fee of $35 for a basic claim (for online filings only)
  • Fastest processing time
  • Online status tracking
  • Secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright Office deposit account
  • The ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files
  • Available 24 hours a day, except for routine maintenance every Sunday from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 AM Eastern Time

Processing Time: The time the Copyright Office requires to process an application varies, depending on the number of applications the Office is receiving and clearing at the time of submission and the extent of questions associated with the application.

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Happy New Year!

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

http://writingcoachTeresa.com

Teresa is author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Teresa is author of Love Made of Heart (to inspire adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their families)

Coach Teresa edits manuscripts (contemporary novels; thrillers; children’s novels; memoirs; short stories; anthologies) for authors who want to attract agents  & publishers  OR  want to be their own publishers.



 

 

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I wish You

a warm and safe home

nutritious foods everyday

ease of movement

work that makes your heart sing

true friends

worry-free thoughts

hopes and lovely dreams

joy and light for Self

a dancing spirit

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

http://writingcoachTeresa.com

Teresa is author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Teresa is author of Love Made of Heart

Coach Teresa edits manuscripts (contemporary novels; thrillers; children’s novels; memoirs; short stories; anthologies) for authors who want to attract agents  & publishers  OR  want to be their own publishers.

 

 

 

In The Apartment (script by Billy Wilder and  I.A.L. Diamond ), the 2 protagonists are C.C. Baxter, an insurance clerk (whose apartment is much in demand by four executives for their extramarital activities) and Miss Kubelik, an elevator operator in the insurance company (who is described by Baxter as a “perfectly respectable girl”).

Then there’s Miss Olsen. She is secretary to Jeff Sheldrake who is head of Personnel. Miss Olsen appears in only a few scenes, yet, she personifies multiple archetypes—shape-shifter; herald, but also threshold guardian; antagonist, but also ally. Her character fascinates me. Baxter’s and Kubelik’s heroes’ journeys would not have begun if not for the action of this not-so-minor character.

For more information about the movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053604/

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C.C. Baxter -  portrayed by Jack Lemmon

Miss Kubelik – Shirley MacLaine

Jeff Sheldrake – Fred MacMurray

Dr. Dreyfuss-  Jack Kruschen

Miss Olsen – Edie Adams

 

 

 

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May your major and not-so-minor characters be memorable!

I recommend your studying The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler and The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master by Martha Alderson.

Happy writing and rewriting!

Editor / Manuscript Consultant / Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

http://writingcoachTeresa.com

Teresa is author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Teresa is author of Love Made of Heart

Coach Teresa edits manuscripts (contemporary novels; thrillers; children’s novels; memoirs) for authors who want to attract agents  & publishers  OR  want to be their own publishers.

 

Coach Teresa, How do I fix my children’s story? Agent says it’s too episodic.

In my previous blog post about how to remedy an episodic storyline  . . . here’s an argument from one of my clients who writes children’s books . . .

“But kids aren’t that sophisticated, are they? Shouldn’t stories for that age group be episodic?”

Coach Teresa here . . .  Kids know what a good story is, especially if they’ve read the timeless classics (to name a few:  The Hobbit; The Wind In the Willows; Charlotte’s Web; The Phantom Tollbooth; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. What are other memorable children’s books? Wordsworth the Poet by Frances Kakugawa is a contemporary favorite of mine )

Also, keep in mind that a children’s story has to hook adults (agents, acquisition editors, publishers, booksellers, reviewers, shoppers).  How do you hook adult-readers, even if you choose to be your own publisher?

Answer:  Create memorable characters and follow screenwriting teacher Terrel Seltzer’s advice:  “Someone we care about wants something badly and is having a terrible time getting it.”

Here’s my post from May 26, 2011 about Terrel

I encourage you to set the stage.  Give the reader sensory details—not only sight and hearing but also taste, smell and touch.

To create a story with thematic significance, let your metaphors / similes / inferences move your story forward or provide clues.

 

 

 

Coach Teresa says: “Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dreams!”

Want to attract agents  & publishers?  Want to be your own publisher?

Email:  writingcoachTeresa    at    gmail.com

http://writingcoachTeresa.com

Coach Teresa  LeYung-Ryan loves to edit:

  • novels & memoirs with feisty protagonists and universal messages;
  • children’s novels that help young readers understand their feelings and build self-confidence

 

Coach Teresa, what does it mean when an agent says my story is episodic?

Authors of novels, memoirs, children’s novels–this advice is for you.

Episodic = This happens, then this happens, then that happens… An episodic story is not compelling because there’s no connection between character growth and action plotline.

The answer: Show the transformation of your protagonist(s) . . . not because “things happen to her/him” but because her/his choices/behavior lead her/him to the next step, to the next step, as she/he goes after what she/he wants.

Examine every scene. Ask yourself this question: What does your protagonist want in this scene?  What is she/he afraid of?  Who/What is the antagonist in this scene?

As Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson says:  “When the dramatic action changes the character at depth over time, the story becomes thematically significant.”

Re-read your favorite book that has a similar premise as yours.

Cheering for writers!
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Coach Teresa says: “Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dreams!”

Want to attract agents  & publishers?  Want to be your own publisher?

Email:  writingcoachTeresa    at    gmail.com

http://writingcoachTeresa.com

Coach Teresa  LeYung-Ryan

specializes in:   novels   / children’s novels  / memoirs



 

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