The next Write On! Meeting in Santa Monica will be next Wednesday, May 12. Please send news and events to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com by May 10. If you’d like to support Write On! Online and promote your business or service in the newsletter, email Debra for information about becoming a Friend of Write On! Online.

Write On! May Challenge: In the continuing effort to help writers jump-start their careers, Write On! is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Write On! Query Contest – “Books.” The winner in each category—Fiction and Non-Fiction—will have their query letter read by Los Angeles-based literary agent Betsy Amster. They will also receive a gift certificate from iScript. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Email your query to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com by Monday, May 31. For submission guidelines and prize info, go here. Screenwriters, your turn is coming. The Write On! Online – June Challenge will be Query Contest: “Screenplays.”

Today, Purple Pencil Adventures speaks with freelancing teen Maxine Frendel, She was first published in Teen Voices and now writes for a multitude of magazines and newspapers, including ChickSpeak, Girl Zone, and The Beauty Bean. If you know any young, published authors who would like to be interviewed, please have them email Debra.

Wednesday, May 5: Post a Question for John Lee Hancock, The Blind Side, in the StoryLink Forum by May 5. If your question is chosen, receive The Dialogue: Learning from the Masters DVD (Winner’s Choice) from The Writers Store.

Saturday, May 8: Award-wining journalist, author, and teacher Linda Marsa is moderating a seminar at UCLA Extension—Writing in the Internet Age: The Future of Publishing and How to Capitalize on the Digital Revolution—from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Guest speakers include: Marcia Meier, Hunter Whitney, Jacqueline Stenson, Angilee Shah, Penny Sansevieri, Michael Varma, Nadine Jolie, and Debra Eckerling. Register here.

Saturday, May 8: Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis, authors of I Liked It … Didn’t Love It, will be talking Film Festivals at The Writers Store in Los Angeles from 11am to 12 pm.

Thursday, May 13: Celebrate the release of Dennis Danziger’s book: A Short History of a Tall Jew at 7:30 pm at Village Books in Pacific Palisades, CA.

Friday, May 14: The Cinefist Screening Series presents an exclusive sneak peek at Gary King’s new arthouse film—What’s Up Lovely—at 8pm at the Downtown Independent theater (251 S Main St. Los Angeles). Filmmaker and cast will be in attendance; there will also be a discussion on how the filmmakers ran successful Kickstarter campaigns to raise over $25K for their next film projects. Details on the Facebook Event Page.

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