Checking in: We are 2/3 of the way through April. How is everyone doing on their Write On! April Challenge: Challenge Yourself? Are you doing Script Frenzy, the Poem-A-Day Challenge for National Poetry Month, or something spectacular and ongoing during the month of April? You can win just for declaring Your April Challenge! Four winners will be chosen at random to receive a book thanks to Michael Wiese Productions. For prizes, details, and to post the way in which you will Challenge Yourself in April, go here. Check in and report your progress in the comments! Write On!

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The April Write On! Meeting on Blog Talk Radio featured guest Pilar Alessandra, the director of the Los Angeles writing program “On the Page” and author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter. Get a taste of Pilar’s tips in the Meeting Recap. Listen to the show on Blog Talk Radio.

The May 11th Meeting will feature freelance writer and Blog Talk Radio host J Blair Brown. Listen to my BlogTalkRadio interview on Livin’ the Dream! with J Blair Brown. Post your May Goals here and be entered in the monthly drawing to win an iScript.

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Am working on a new project in the area of higher education. Am currently seeking story ideas, authors/experts to interview, etc. Appreciate any recommendations. Please email deckerling@cs.com for more information.

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Friday, April 22: Celebrate Earth Day at Starbucks. Get a free brewed coffee or tea when you bring in your reusable travel mug or buy a new travel mug for 20% off.

Saturday, April 23: Script Frenzy Day, 12pm – 4pm, at On the Page Writers’ Studio: 13907 Ventura Blvd. Suite 101; Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (upstairs, left corner office). Sign up through: www.onthepage.tv. Chairs and desks for up to 25 people. Come in and write! Pilar Alessandra will be on hand to give a once-over to first pages and to help with any story issues.

Tuesday, April 26: The Biz Panel is back. This time, it’s all about money. Join Susan Baker, Rebecca Quinn, Lizzy Shaw, and Alaia Williams with special guest Justin Krane of Krane Financial Solutions. The event, which includes networking, a Q&A, and lots of goodies, starts at 7pm at Buddha’s Belly in Los Angeles. Go to the Event Page for details and registration.

Wednesday, April 27: Mediabistro Book Party at Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel, 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, hosted by Mediabistro’s GalleyCat and eBookNewser editor Jason Boog, as well as Debra Eckerling and Michelle Thatcher, from 7pm – 9pm. RSVP here.

Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 30: The LA Times Festival of Books moves to the campus of USC. Details and schedule here.

Wednesday, May 4 is the inaugural Fashion140 Conference in New York. Co-created by Jeff Pulver of the 140Conf and Lilly Berelovich of Fashion Snoops.

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Save the Date – June 15 – 16: Am thrilled to be leading a panel at this year’s of the 140Conf in New York. Screenwriter/documentary filmmaker/author Tracey Jackson, Between a Rock and a Hot Place, scriptchat co-founder/screenwriter/novelist Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, and I will be talking about Writers Creating Community using the Real Time Web. Register here.

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Please send 2-3 line news and events to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com for Write On! Wednesday.

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  1. Cara Holman 7 years ago

    2/3 of the way through– whew!

    With NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month), I’m right on track. In fact, I’ve been going the extra distance and writing more than one haiku a day lately.

    Not as on track with the Poetic Asides PAD Challenge. I got behind on Day 5 of the challenge, and have been working hard to play catch up. I still have a half dozen or so back posts to attend to, but I haven’t given up!

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