MONG-LAN's books of poems include Song of the Cicadas (Juniper Prize), Why is the Edge Always Windy? and the bilingual edition Tango, Tangoing / Tango, Tangueando: Poems & Art. A Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in poetry, her work has been frequently anthologized (Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize) and she is currently based in Buenos Aires.
CHRISTOPHER STEPHEN SODEN is the author of Closer (Rebel Satori Press, 2011). He currently writes theatre critiques for Examiner.com, PegasusNews.com, John Garcia's The Column and A + C DFW. His work has appeared in The Texas Observer, Sentence, Gertrude, ArLiJo, and Best Texas Writing 2.
What can be more fun than travel writing? Learn what editors are looking for in a travel piece and how you can deliver that to them. The first week we'll "travel" together and keep our eyes open for interesting tidbits to weave together as a travel story. During the second week we'll turn our discoveries into a creative nonfiction story that an editor will purchase, and the third week, we'll look at different markets in which to sell your work.
MARY BLYE (HOWE) POSANI is an award-winning author of two books and more than 100 articles. Mary's written on numerous topics and her travel writing has appeared in Chicago Tribune, AAA Going Places, Texas Highways, Austin American-Statesman and many others.
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So you got this big idea, eh? Or do you? It's the most important thing in writing, even more than writing itself, but it's hard to know if it's good or not. National awarding-winning fiction author, Paul Black, reveals the secrets to developing the initial concept. Students will learn how to research and hone their idea, develop a great log-line, dissect the good from the bad, vet their concept and outline their story.
PAUL BLACK has been a professional creative for more than 20 years. His novel trilogy The Tels, won Writer's Digest's Book of the Year for Genre Fiction and was also a finalist in the Independent Publisher's Book Award for Science Fiction. His latest book, The Presence, won the 2011 gold medal for science fiction in the same competition.
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