New West connects with new talent

If you ever doubted that Bozeman was made for writers, you should have seen 'em come out of the woodwork for the New West launch party.

I was there (thanks, Arnie!) and for once quite smug about my freelance/hack status. If you look closely at the 6th photo after the text at the link below, you'll see part of my swelling head.

New West Celebrates Bozeman in Style | New West Network | Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

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Slamdance screenplay submission

10th Annual Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Postmark Submission Deadline: July 7, 2005

1st Place: $5,000 Grand Prize

Skyline Screenwriting Award for Best City Story: $1,000
-Sponsored by Andrew Lauren Productions
-Prize includes a reading in New York during the IFP Market

The Top Ten (& Skyline Screenwriting Award) also receive:

+ Final Draft Pro Software
+ Subscription to Scr(i)pt Magazine
+ Staged Readings for the Top 10
+ 2006 Slamdance Film Festival Passes
+ Qualify for WGAw Independent Writers Caucus Membership

Visit Slamdance.com for more information or e-mail screenplay@slamdance.com

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"American Made" Screening in Livingston

The House of Fine Art, an eclectic gallery focusing on fine art, film, photography, and music will be screening the multiple award-winning short film, AMERICAN MADE during the Friday, June 24, Livingston Art Walk. Written and directed by American Film Institute graduate, Sharat Raju, AMERICAN MADE tells the story of the Singh family as they take to the road in their American made car on what will most likely be their last family vacation. With the oldest son getting ready to move to New York and the youngest son busy with high school, Anant Singh, the father, decides they need to see the Grand Canyon as a family. This is a story about a father and son in post 9/11 America. A young son struggles to understand why his Indian born father must wear a traditional turban and a father struggles to understand his son's thoughts. This is an American story of an American family.

AMERICAN MADE has screened all over the world and has won more than seventeen major festival awards. Screenings are free and will be at 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm. Please call 579-9778 for more information. The House of Fine Art is located at 119 W. Callender Street, Livingston, Montana.


RE:     June 24, 2005 Livingston Art Walk

Contact: Penny Ronning
Phone:  406-579-9778
The House of Fine Art
             119 W. Callender Street
             Livingston, MT 59047

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Writers' Bootcamp

The FastTrack to Success copywriting bootcamp is still signing up for the October 2005 session:

American Writers & Aritsts Institute
Copywriting Bootcamp

American Writers & Artists Institute
245 NE 4th Ave Suite 102
Delray Beach, FL 33483

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Big Brand Theory seminars

Learn the history and evolution of the best brands at one of the Big Brand Theory events. Cities for 2005 are Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Seattle and Atlanta.

The Big Brand Theory Conference 2005. New Topics. New Speakers. New Ways To Get Ahead.

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Auburn Media's cool RSS excerpts

Here's another terrific resource for writers -- a roundup of blogs about writing or by writers that's much more than the usual list of links. This setup gives robust excerpts from recent posts. Definitely worth a look at:

Writer Blogs :: RSS Excerpts

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U of I two-year intensive


The Iowa Writers' Workshop is a two-year residency program which culminates in the submission of a creative thesis (a novel, a collection of stories, or a book of poetry) and the awarding of a Master of Fine Arts degree.

For almost 70 years, young writers have come to Iowa City to work on their manuscripts and to exchange ideas about writing and reading with each other and with the faculty. Many of them have gone on to publish award-winning work after graduating. With the spirit of an arts colony and the benefits of the research University of which we are a part, the Writers' Workshop continues to foster and to celebrate American literature in all its varied forms.

Source: University of Iowa

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Media Bistro courses

Here's a link to the current Spring 2005 slate of courses offered through Media Bistro. Great contacts for writers of fiction, nonfiction, corporate communications, advertising, pr and more.

Media Bistro Courses

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Submit your writing workshop or event

Do you have a writing workshop or event you'd like to post here? Send information and links to Writers' Events Editor.

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Oregon Coast Writers' Workships

Oregon Coast Professional Fiction Writers' Workshops listing of 2005 events is available at this link.

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Clarion SciFi & Fantasy Writing Workshop

Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop prepares for its 37th year. East Lansing, Michigan from June 12 through July 22, 2005.

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