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Monthly Archives: April 2009

What did you learn at Spring Conference?

Those of you who missed Spring Conference missed some outstanding workshops, readings, and discussions about the craft and business of writing. As tempting as it may be to gloat, though, I hope that those who were there will share a little bit of what they learned with the rest of the Network. If you attended […]

Spring Conference News

The 2009 NCWN Spring Conference is only two days away.  Registration is still open, but please note that all of our fiction workshops are now full. Meanwhile, in this morning’s Shelf Awareness I saw some good news for the keynote speaker from last year’s Spring Conference: “Linda Gregg won the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize, which […]

Chapbooks for National Poetry Month

Happy National Poetry Month! If you decide to renew your membership or join in the month of April (National Poetry Month), you will receive an award-winning poetry chapbook. These chapbooks make great graduation presents or Mother’s Day gifts. You can join online at And don’t forget that today is the last day to register for […]

Early Registration Over Soon

You only have until this Thursday, April 16, to register for the 2009 Spring Conference at the early-bird rates of $99 for Network members, $150 for nonmembers. After Thursday, registration will cost members $135, and nonmembers $165. Some workshops are already full, and others will fill up soon.  Please register now to make sure you […]

Quick Updates

The Network offices will be closed tomorrow, April 10.  We’ll be open again on Monday, April 13. Of course, even though the office is closed, you can still register online for the 2009 Spring Conference – and I suggest you do so soon, since several of the workshops are close to capacity. The latest post […]

Crazy over Corpora

Here is a very useful tool if you want to pinpoint a character’s regional or foreign accent in English. If you have an insatiable curiosity for English words, have fun with the Corpus of Contemporary American English. Type in any English word, and you can view how it has been used in speech,fiction, popular magazines, […]

I would’ve posted yesterday . . .

. . . but yesterday was April Fools’ Day, my second-favorite holiday of the year, and I wouldn’t have been able to resist the temptation to add a little prank to my post.  Something like, say, announcing that everyone who renews their membership in April gets an automatic six-figure book deal with Random House. So […]