A Quick Guide to Not Losing Your Mind About Social Media 1. Whatever platform you chose, social media is secondary to your writing. Don’t use your best, creative time to do social media. You can Twitter when you’re tired and uninspired. Writing? Not so much. 2. There are currently 12-15 social media platforms. Pick two. […]
Overall, this year’s contest was exceptionally successful. We saw an total increase in submissions this year from 112 entries last year to 139 entries this year. The Young Writers category saw tremendous interest this year up from six entries last year to 37 entries this year! We saw the next biggest increase of entries in the Poetry category from 22 entries last year to 42 this year. […]
Two people will be running for two seats in the fall elections in October.
Watch your inbox for more information about how to vote. […]
One week from today – from the very moment I am writing these words – the launch of my first novel is scheduled to occur at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, Tennessee. What a surreal sentence that is to type. In elementary school, as I wrote and illustrated my stapled-together “books” made from lined notebook paper, I certainly imagined such a moment. I certainly dreamed of it. But I am rather bemused as to how I actually got here. I’ve spent some time thinking about how it happened—there have been moments of magic, I can’t deny, and some great, good fortune—but it’s also been a matter of putting one foot in front of the other for years and years and years. […]
Join us at Barnes & Noble as we highlight some Knoxville Writers’ Guild members and their work. The Guild will present roughly 20 local authors, offer a free workshop on social media for writers at 1 p.m., and host author readings throughout the day. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and purchase a few autographed copies for your own to-read pile. Mention KWG at checkout to donate a portion of all your purchases back to the Guild for future projects! […]
Writing residencies and retreats are the stuff of writers’ dreams, but the expense of remote escapes or the submission processes for paid opportunities can be daunting. In a post for Brevity’s blog, Allison Williams suggests a DIY option for those of us with thinner wallets and less patience for filling out applications. […]
The pen doesn’t have to be red and the person wielding it doesn’t have to be a friend. It might even be better if they’re not. The important thing is sharing your work with other writers. We all know writing is a solitary business.
Once the words are down, that’s where a writing group can step in. […]
The Chick History Knoxville Bootcamp is an opportunity to add more skills to your research toolkit. It is geared toward cultural organizations and museums but history and historical fiction writers can benefit from the research and investigation techniques. […]
Would you plan a party, spend money to have it catered, and then give guests one day notice? Never! But time and again, authors do something similar. They publish too soon. Once they consider the book done, some writers simply let the title go to press. After all, writers want to be read, and the urge to publish can be overwhelming. Who doesn’t want to hold her books in her hands? On occasion, some publishers move too quickly also. But being first or fast doesn’t garner an author or press any more acclaim or sales. It hurts marketing and sales. The market is flooded, and we as readers have more choices than ever before about what to read. If a writer or press rushes through important decisions, especially key marketing decisions, it can damage a book’s success—which is heartbreaking. […]
Writers tend to be a solitary lot. Most of us spend our days bent over keyboards and pads of paper putting words on the page or poring over various sources for research. If you’re already an active member of Knoxville Writers’ Guild, you know the value of occasionally getting out of the writing or researching bubble and mingling with fellow scribes. […]