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Join us for the May meeting on Blog Talk Radio at on May 16 at 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT. Special guest will be author Ja-Naé Duane, How to Create a Revolution: A Step-by-Step-Guide to History’s Social Influencers. Listen online or call in: 646-381-4910. RSVP on Facebook.

Post your June Goals on Write On Online and be entered in a drawing for an iscript. Congratulations, Jeffrey Westhoff, May  winner of an iscript for posting goals.

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content: Write On! Reviews, Author Q&As, Write On! Wednesdays, Expert Columns, Special Features, and more! You can also listen to the April meeting with author Beth Howard, author of Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie, on Blog Talk Radio.

Writers, please email Debra@WriteOnOnline.com if you have a 2-3 line news item or event and/or if you are are interested in contributing a Write On! Review, writing an Expert Column, or participating in an Author Q&A. Write On!

APRIL CHALLENGE WINNERS
Thanks to everyone who posted goals/commented on their progress on Write On Online and Facebook during the month of April. Three winners were chosen at random. And the winners are …

– Stephanie Olivieri
– Warren Paul Glover
– Winona Bennett Cross

Each winner will receive one of these books, thanks to Michael Wiese Productions:
Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films (2nd Edition) by Tom Malloy
Hollywood Game Plan: How to Land a Job in Film, TV and Digital Entertainment by Carole M. Kirschner
The Complete Filmmaker’s Guide to Film Festivals: Your All Access Pass to Launching Your Film on the Festival Circuit by Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis

NEWS & INFO
From member Beth Davis Cato: May is Writo de Mayo, an annual challenge that began on the NanoLJers community on LiveJournal. Participants use the month of May to establish their own personalized writing goals; some choose to recreate NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words, but the targets are really quite diverse, ranging from daily word counts to submissions goals to revising work. Anything goes. The ultimate goal is to stop procrastinating, and to encourage each other as they achieve their writing goals, whatever they may be.  (Kinda like Write On Online, yes?)

The LA Times ran Tom O’Connor’s romantic/funny essay about how he met his girlfriend. Worth a read. P.S. Roger Ebert retweeted it – how awesome is that!

Dawn Metcalf’s debut novel Luminous is a Top 40 Pick for the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association! Read the full fiction list for 2011. Congrats!

Abigail Lewis: Whole Life Times regularly hires writers for FOB, shorter pieces (± 350 words) on our topics and with some kind of LA-area angle. Pay is modest. We also are regularly looking for stories on yoga and education and of course always welcome queries. For more information email Abigail.

Write on Members: Let me know if you have a book being released or some awesome news, so we can include it in the next newsletter.

EVENTS
May 19: Looking for real success in a changing industry and changing world? Attend Patrick Horton’s “Mastering the Power of Story” full day seminar in West LA. Details here. Listen to Horton on Write On Online’s March Meeting on Blog Talk Radio.

May 20: Danny Manus is holding a live, interactive webinar from 11am -1pm pacific, called “The No B.S. Guide to Pitching & Pitchfests.” For pricing and more information check the event listing. Writers who are pitching at Great American Pitchfest should definitely consider this webinar.

May 22: Laurel House’s fourth book, QuickieChick’s Cheat Sheet to Life, Love, Food, Fitness, Fashion and Finance on a Less than Fabulous Budget, will be released by St. Martin’s. This first e-tease “QuickieChick Guide: Fit to Flirt: Get the Body You Want and the Guy You Deserve” is free to download.

June 1 – 3: Great American Pitchfest in Los Angeles.

June 5 – 7: Blog World & New Media Expo takes place in New York.

June 19 – 20: The 4th Annual State of NOW/#140conf, “Sharing and Finding Meaning,” is set to take place at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Register today.

Sundays: Scriptchat, a twitter chat for new and seasoned screenwriters, 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.

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

Check out the New Media Film Festival for screenings, giveaways, and more!

Purple Pencil Adventures: Teen and Tween writers, a new Purple Pencil Adventure is posted every Friday!

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