The Wednesday, May 11th Write On Online Meeting, featuring freelance writer and Blog Talk Radio host J Blair Brown, will be at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT on BlogTalkRadio. RSVP on Facebook. Call in (646-381-4910) or listen online.

MAY CONTEST – 3rd ANNUAL WRITE ON QUERY CONTEST
It’s Query Contest Time! In our continuing effort to help writers jump-start their careers, Write On Online is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Write On! Query Contest. Categories are: Fiction Book, Non-Fiction Book, Teleplay, and Screenplay. Email your one-page query to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com by Tuesday, May 31. Details and prize info here. Winners will be announced on Monday, June 6, on Write On! Online, and in the June Write On! Newsletter. Submit your query today!

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NEWS
Congratulations to Warren Paul Glover, May winner of an iScript, for posting goals. Post your June Goals on Write On Online, and be entered in the monthly drawing to win an iScript.

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Congrats to everyone who completed their April Challenge. Props to all who participated too! The four winners of a book from Michael Wiese Productions for posting and reporting on their big April goal are:

– G.K. Bostic
– Tammy Gordin
– Cara Holman
– Melody Lopez

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The new Campus Explorer blog just launched, and I am  currently seeking authors/experts in the area of higher education. Appreciate any recommendations. Email me for more information. Also, follow Campus Explorer on Twitter and Like on Facebook. Please and thank you!

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Suzi Doll’s post on Dark Shadows is up on the Turner blog. You can read it here.

MC Foley’s The Ice Hotel is being adapted to screen by co-writers of the 2011 Oscar/WGA/BAFTA nominated original screenplay, The Fighter: Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Congrats, MC!

Annette Pasternak is teaching a Brain Gym for Stress Relief workshop from 11am – 12:30pm on Saturday, May 21, at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St, in Los Angeles. For class rate and info, email Annette.

Purple Pencil Adventures: Teen and Tween writers, a new Purple Pencil Adventure is posted every Friday! Learn more on the Facebook Page.

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EVENTS
Art Opening: Chalk Gallery, 12513 Venice Blvd, presents local legend Jeff Cook’s latest body of work: Wolfrule, handmade pieces of beautiful exotic wood sculptures. Come celebrate with the creative community and enjoy gourmet food and drink prepared by the artist himself on Saturday, May 14, from 6 – 10 pm.

The Story Coach Patrick Horton has two fabulous events coming up in Los Angeles next week. On Monday, May 16, he will be speaking at Women in Film in Hollywood “Telling Stories – Selling Lies: The Truth (and lies) About Success in Hollywood.” On Saturday, May 21, he will be leading an all-day seminar on Mastering the Power of Story at the Showbiz Store & Cafe in West LA. Details on The Story Coach website.

Am psyched to be leading a Writers Panel at this year’s 140Conf in New York, which runs June 15 – 16. Screenwriter/documentary filmmaker/author Tracey Jackson, Between a Rock and a Hot Place, and scriptchat co-founder/screenwriter/novelist Jeanne Veillette Bowerman will be joining me. Check out the schedule. Register here.

ONGOING
Sundays: Scriptchat is a twitter chat for new and seasoned screenwriters. Since screenwriters are global, Scriptchat has two chats each Sunday: 8pm GMT is EURO #scriptchat, moderated by Mina Zaher (@DreamsGrafter) and 8pm EST, moderated by Jeanne Veillette Bowerman (@jeannevb). All transcripts are posted on the blog, as well as tons of screenwriting resources.

Screenwriter Karaoke is once a month at Sardos in Burbank. The singing starts at 8:30pm. Details will be posted on Meetup.

The Los Angeles Public Library has a Screenwriters Workshop four Saturdays a month at different branches, from 10:30 am – 12 pm, and every Sunday in the Farmers Market community room from 3 – 5 pm, hosted by Sasha Karova. Learn format and workshop original material (screenplays, 1/2 hour sitcom, and 1/2 hour and 1 hour episodic) with an open reading or read-through. Open reading is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to WritersUnblock@aol.com.

Meditation Friday Nights at The Learning Garden the 2nd Friday of the month. Meditation begins promptly at 8:00 pm. Please dress in layers and bring a blanket and cushion to sit on. Meditation lasts about 40 minutes around a fire in the peaceful surroundings of the Garden. Donations go to The Learning Garden. For more information contact Camille at (310) 382-4323.

WRITE ON!
The May Write On Online Meeting, featuring freelance writer and Blog Talk Radio host J Blair Brown, will be on May 11 at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT on BlogTalkRadio. RSVP on Facebook. Call in (646-381-4910) or listen online. Remember, post your June Goals on Write On Online to be entered in a drawing for an iscript.

Write On! Online has new content Monday through Friday.

Write On! Reviews:
This feature rotates between TV with Phillip Ramati; Film – Maria Fotopoulos; and Writing Resources with Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, as well as guest columns like Cara Holman’s review of National Poetry Month. By the way, Cara is doing the May prompts for NaHaiWriMo.

Author Q&As:
Barbara Kelley and Shannon Kelley, Undecided
Ross Brown, Byte-Sized Television
Playwright Tom Jacobson

Write On! WednesdaysSend 2-3 line upcoming events to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com

Expert Columns:
Creative Marketing by children’s author Martha Swirzinski
Steve On Screenwriting: Your Screenwriting IQ, Part 6 by Steve Kaire
When The Only One Laughing Is You by D.B. Gilles, author of You’re Funny! Turn Your Sense of Humor into a Lucrative New Career
Choosing a Crowdfunding Site by Frank Colin

Plus, Video Interviews and Random Writing Prompts

Published Authors: Share your knowledge by participating in a Write On! Q&A, Video Interview, or Expert Column. Email Debra@WriteOnOnline.com for more information.

FRIENDS OF WRITE ON!
Create Write Now, the Journaling Solutions Center, shows writers how to use Journal Writing Therapy to cure their Writer’s Block, Page Fright, and Inner Critic dis-eases. Free Writer’s Block Cure eBook.

Dream It, Then Do It!: Communications specialist and writing coach Debra Eckerling and life coach/matchmaker/author Marla Martenson have teamed up to bring you tools and inspiration to turn your dreams into reality. Become a Fan on Facebook.

iScript.com has added a new audiobook component to their offerings. Now, you can get high-quality audiobooks made of your writing!

The New Media Film Festival returns to Los Angeles this spring!

Screenwriters and filmmakers, read the StoryLink eZine for interviews, expert columns. contests, and events.

Screenwriter Karaoke meets monthly at Sardos in Burbank. Watch the Write On! video interview with Screenwriter Karaoke creator Merrel Davis and read Jeanne Veillette Bowerman’s review here.

Write On! Track LA Personal Training for Writers! Writing coach Debra Eckerling trains individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses, so they can organize, articulate, and complete their writing projects. Email Debra@WriteOnOnline.com or call 310.908.8980 for more information!

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