Helen Ryder Freelance Author- Useful Free Writer Resources for Aspiring Authors

Useful Free Writer Resources for Aspiring Authors

by Helen Ryder Freelance Author

This past year has seen a lot of literary events take place across the country offering some fantastic opportunities for aspiring writers and editors alike gain access to vital information about everything in the writing world, from the politics of publishing to the creative process itself. Industry experts, professors, and writers from journalistic, academic, and creative fields gather to discuss various ideas and concepts which offer key advice as well as challenge current trends in publishing for popular and literary fiction and non-fiction. Networking also comprises an essential component of these events and as a result, many writers and editors walk away on the brink of new opportunities, goals, and dreams.
But for writers who are not within a commutable range of these events or simply cannot allot time on their schedule, then the online world is the next best thing. While it may not offer the same kind of engaging and integrative experience as in-person conferences, seminars, workshops and other social events, it does provide a venue and a widespread community which can offer invaluable guidance. Here are a few choice resources for writers which may come in handy – and best of all, they’re free!

Creative Writing

There are two different types of resources which are useful for creative writing: 1) a database which has legal access to thousands of documents which fall into the genre, and 2) a resource which offers useful tips for improving creative writing skills. Bartleby, Poetry.com and Project Gutenberg provide an excellent collection of literary titles from all the classic writers, while Amazon also offers several free classics for kindle readers (those who don’t own a kindle can download an app for pc or smartphone) and some local libraries also offer these resources. Creative commons – where material is released into the public domain – is a great place to search for some free literature, as well as many university websites across the country.
The emergence of self publishing has also given rise to sites like wattpad, which not only feature a library of classics but also user-written creative work which is published and open for feedback; it can be a great exercise for beginners and developed writers who wish to share their material. As for writing tips, a few simple google searches will reveal a vast universe of information which is fantastic for the sake of variety, but writers must not be afraid to try out new techniques, kill old ones, reinvent themselves, move on or return to the familiar – after all, there is no absolute rule to writing. Purdue University offers a comprehensive database on creative writing spanning from the basics to elaborate frameworks of writing principles, while Brain Pickings showcases fun, charming tidbits of advice from famous thinkers – a light-hearted yet passionate site which is always entertaining and inspiring.

Convincing Copy

Success in the publishing world – as well as the media world – doesn’t just depend on one’s ability to write specific types of fiction. It also requires a strong understanding of journalistic, academic, and technical writing just to name a few, and the many different voices which go alongside it. As the web becomes the primary source of information for just about everything, it’s important to be able to produce copy which can effectively help writers to market in the virtual world as well as the real one. Creative thinking is definitely an asset here, and the art of writing copy itself – given its highly strategic and innovative structure, as well as variety – is an excellent way to cultivate some good writing skills. Visiting professional sites which specialize in various forms of copy and offer reading samples is one good way to get an idea of what customers want. Xlibris, a leading publishing company, is also a great resource which offers some great guidelines for writers who are eager to venture into publishing and need a head start on crafting some copy for that particular field.

The World as a Classroom

Since the emergence of the mighty MOOC (massive open online course), leading academic institutions from all over the world have opened up their classrooms to the rest of the planet, giving access to some of the most acclaimed professors and fascinating topics of study at the university level. MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and UT are just a few of the major players on this circuit, offering courses in everything from advanced planetary science to studies in literature and writing. It’s a great way for aspiring writers to get started, with sites like edx and coursera leading the way in free internet education. Most classes do not require pre-requisites, and students can opt to either audit the class or actively participate in course work to receive a grade at the end of the semester. All that is required is a fairly competent computer and internet connection for access into the lecture hall and some truly inspiring classes which animate the soul, and while in-class discussion is not available, there are discussion forums where ideas can be shared and cultivated so that a collaborate aspect is still present.
It’s an old tune but the most importance piece of advice which spans the board is practice, practice, practice – and use the internet to its full potential for this purpose, be it through blogs, social media previews and snippets, and more. With so many online writing communities available where people can give and receive feedback, develop their ideas and share knowledge, the prospective writer is in a better position than ever to learn and to make things happen in this rapidly changing world of information.

Helen Ryder Freelance Author https://us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch#

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“It’s a strong cast made stronger by Spector’s dialogue and director Christine Young’s staging, which effectively highlights the comical awkwardness of human interaction.” – KQED

Winner of Aurora Theater’s
Global Age Prize!

Just Theater Presents

In From the Cold
Directed by Christine Young

Runs Through November 23!
Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley

Ladies Night at Chili’s, the hidden meaning of 80′s movies and the quandary of where the past ends and the present begins are all part of the mystery surrounding this aging Cold Warrior.

http://www.justtheater.org or 510-214-3780

Central Works Presents

Directed by Gary Graves

Runs Through November 23!
Central Works Theater, Berkeley

A new comedy about the Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense

or 510-558-1381

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Borderlands Theater- #GivingTuesday & The Migration Project

Borderlands Theater- #GivingTuesday & The Migration Project
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November 18, 2014
Have you heard of #GivingTuesday ?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving using the hashtag #GivingTuesday (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.) Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

In short, it’s a day of giving, from kind acts to giving your favorite .org some .love as in the form of donations (hint- hint us.) Borderlands is excited to partake in this eventful day, helping start a new tradition in philanthropic giving… and of course, we can certainly use your donation. As you know it takes money to run a theater and we can’t do it without your support.

#GivingTuesday only happens one day this year, around the world. Will you join us? Use #GivingTuesday to spread the word, the kindness, the love, the generosity!

Watch the video for more information on #GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday 2014
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THE MIGRATION PROJECT Migration November 14, 15, 21, 22 @ 7:30pm
ZUZI! Theater, 738 N 5th Ave, Tucson

Written by Eugenia Woods, Directed by Borderlands Producing Director, Marc David Pinate. Choreography by Nanette Robinson. A workshop performance in collaboration with ZUZI Dance Company.

Tickets: $18 General; $15 Students, Seniors, Military.
Reservations can be made by email at themigrationprojecttucson@gmail.com or by calling 520-975-4021

“The place I call home expands with every risk I take, every truth I share”
Check out the article in the Arizona Daily Star:’Migration Project’ shaped by changing community

Consider Volunteering with us!

Producing award winning theatre takes a lot of work! When you donate your time to volunteer, we get to make the kind of theatre in Tucson that no one else is doing, and it truly makes the difference to us.

Some of the ways to volunteer include:
House Management
Bulk Mailing prep
Database updating
Flyer and poster distribution
Set Load In/Strike
Event set up
The benefits of volunteering include:
Meet the actors and artists who create our shows!
Get a behind the scenes view at how theatre is made.
Sit in on a dress rehearsal.
Volunteer appreciation events.
The satisfaction of playing a direct role in the cultural enrichment of the community.
To sign up, just send an email to miltaortiz@gmail.com. Put “Volunteer” in the subject line. In the body, include you name and phone number. Our Volunteer Coordinator will email you back to confirm you are signed up. Or call the office (520) 882-8607. Simple as that! Sign up today.We have volunteer opportunities all the time!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with us! See you at the theater!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Borderlands Theater Family!

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Randy Ford Author- INTRUSION Chapter Ten Installment Twenty-Six

Chapter Ten Installment Twenty-Six
Members of his congregation now didn’t seem to want to talk about it. Once it came out … once Albert came out … once Albert made a statement from the pulpit… some considered it a confession, many felt betrayed … members didn’t want to talk about it. Once the rumors stop they didn’t want to talk about it. But when someone brought it up, Albert didn’t feel embarrassed about it. Once the rumors stopped most members of the congregation, though they now disapproved of Albert, they felt it was now the bishop’s call, the bishop’s business, their problem, but his business.

“Oh, God!” Albert prayed.

“Tell me, Albert, what can hurt you now? You’ve taken a big step, the biggest one. Now you can face anything.”

Albert shook his head and looked up at Buddy. “They’ll take my church away from me.”

“No doubt they will,” Buddy agreed, which got him another stern look from Albert. Obviously Albert didn’t like the idea. Obviously it made Albert angry, and obviously he couldn’t fight it. Or was it so obvious? Could he fight it? Was there a way? Would it do any good? The nearest he came to answers then was “I don’t know.” What did he know?”

“Who? Is there someone out there who can help you? Is there a process?” Buddy asked.

“No. In our conference the bishop makes the call. No, now wait a minute,” Albert said. There was the Board of Ministry and the annual conference. So Albert wrote the Board of Ministry a letter in which he stated: “I am a homosexual. This is not some new and frightening facet in my personality. I am still the same Albert Humphry you have always known. I have decided to address this issue publicly and during the upcoming North Central Texas Annual Conference session. I love my church. I love the Methodist Church. That hasn’t changed. I don’t see it changing.” And in Albert’s case this was nothing short of explosive.

Yes, Albert felt better. Yes, after that Albert felt better. He felt better since he couldn’t continue to live a lie. He didn’t know how to lie, so he couldn’t live one. Yes, he felt better, and it could be attributed to his public stance. And it wasn’t long before he joined the Gay Liberation Front in a few rallies.

But before it went that far, the bishop offered Albert a deal – resign from his current position and seek another non-parsh position and the matter would be drop. When heard this, Albert swallowed hard. He didn’t know what to say. He had already composed his letter. The bishop may or may not have seen it. “Nonsense. He saw it. It was addressed to the bishop, so he saw it.”

What Albert faced was hard. He felt unsure. He felt lost. He felt angry. Again it came back to the question of why. He knew he didn’t have choice. Once he came out he didn’t have many choices, except he decided to fight for his job. Fight! He would face the North Central Texas Annual Conference rather than resign. People may not like it, but he wasn’t about to resign.

Then who was he? He was Pastor Albert Humphry, and he wasn’t going to easily give in. And he told this to Buddy before he broke down. Buddy held him. They held each other. It calmed Albert, but he was still upset.

And so that was when Albert and Buddy became intimate. Although they had sex before then, this time it was different. This time it was the bedroom of the church parish, and they didn’t care if anyone disapproved. Buddy had wanted this for months, long before it was possible or Albert thought it was possible. No one knew this or would know it, but it was important to Albert and Buddy not to have hide their relationship. They would still have to be discreet, but it was different because it was no longer news … no long something they had to hide. Yes, they would remain discreet, but they felt less pressure. In a letter the bishop offered Albert a deal … resign from his current position and seek another non-parish position and the matter would be dropped.

Albert refused the deal, by saying “this arrangement would be neither healthy nor Christian.” Then the bishop and the Board of Ministry reached a decision. They concluded that Albert was “unacceptable in the work of the ministry” while giving no particular rationale for that conclusion.

The bishop knew a lot more than anyone else would about what went on behind closed doors. No minutes were taken concerning the bishop’s and the Board Ministry’s decision, and even though there was quite a discussion about homosexuality and the church but none of it was recorded.

Albert and Buddy went to see the bishop, thinking that it might make a difference if the bishop met Buddy. Now that everything was out in the open, they hoped it would make a difference if the bishop met Buddy, while they knew it wouldn’t. They knew it was hopeless. They knew the bishop wouldn’t changed his mind. They knew the bishop couldn’t change his mind. They knew it wasn’t up to the bishop, but they went anyway knowing it wouldn’t/couldn’t hurt. It couldn’t help, and it couldn’t hurt. The bishop seemed sympathetic to them, but the bishop said what they knew he had to say. They returned home more frustrated and sadden. Although they never gave up thinking there had to be a way, they realized it would be almost impossible to change minds.

What still remained at hand here, however, was did Albert have the courage to face the whole North Central Texas Annual Conference and all it would entail.

A minister whom everyone knew … who turned out to be gay … now wanted to “flaunt” his sexual preference in front of the whole North Central Texas Annual Conference. The bishop advised against it. The bishop was against it. Of course, he was against it, adamantly against it but telling Albert he shouldn’t do something it wouldn’t work. It never would.

Other than the bishop, no one told Albert he couldn’t bring his case to the North Central Texas Annual Conference or anywhere else he wanted to. For that was Albert’s right.

Albert called on God for help. The idea of talking to God because of Albert’s experience always appealed to Albert, so he asked for God’s help. Furthermore, the Church taught that praying to God helped, when in distress praying helped, so why did Albert feel alone now? Albert asked himself this when he wasn’t with Buddy. Unlike Albert, Buddy wasn’t afraid of losing everything. Perhaps because he already lost most things that was important to him, Buddy wasn’t afraid of losing everything. He wasn’t afraid of God punishing him for being gay. Intellectually Albert wasn’t afraid of this either because he believed in a loving God, but he couldn’t help thinking “God’s going to punish me for it. No! No, God made me that way. God made me gay.”

The Board Ministry was hostile and the Conference was more hostile. If Albert thought the Board Ministry was hostile, the Conference was more hostile. Just like Albert expected it to be: polite but hostile. Once, Albert may have been a minister in good standing of the Methodist church, a rising star in the church, now he was … no, he wasn’t an outcast. It would’ve been unchristian to consider him an outcast. Now he was gay and “unfit” for the ministry. And they deliberated and deliberated, discussed and deliberated … they beat it to death, but what they didn’t consider was that Albert had always been gay. Nothing had changed … he was the same Albert, except now everyone knew he was gay.

Albert had not left the church. He had not left his family, On the contrary, his family and church left him, church family left him. And all his life he had been around that family, and he and Alice had been childhood sweethearts. Albert thought he first noticed Alice in the second grade.

In the second grade Albert gave Alice a pearl necklace for her birthday. Albert saved up and bought Alice a pearl necklace, not that it was real but his sentiment was real enough, and that was what a boyfriend did, and that was in the second grade. Sure, that was a long time ago, in the second grade or third grade. In the the second grade or third grade, Albert bought and gave Alice a pearl necklace for her birthday, and they were boyfriend and girlfriend, only then it didn’t have the same meaning it later did.

Now he didn’t like to think about back then. Except he couldn’t help to think about it, sometimes, just like he thought about many things about his and Alice’s relationship. Like when his girls were born, and how happy it made him feel.

“We were boyfriend and girlfriend since the second or third grade,” Albert said, as he relived it all in spite of it all. “And I must have been attracted to her. Why was that? Buddy, I want you to know. Why was that?”

Then, startled by his question, puzzled by it, Albert sat next to Buddy and held his hand. Luckily, Albert could not revive his feelings for Alice. Albert still loved Alice in a way, but not in the way he once pretended to love her, and back then when he did, he tried, tried very hard to fool himself. But he did realize that he was grieving, grieving over the loss of his two little girls.

So after Albert wrote his letter to the bishop and Board of Ministry stating that he turning them down by saying that he found this arrangement “neither healthy nor Christian” and gave them notice that he would address the issue publicly and before annual conference. (This encounter received widespread coverage in the media.) Meanwhile having moved out of the church parish and knowing now that he would soon have to move anyway, he and Buddy moved in together.

Even if Albert was not someone who would normally want to lead a demonstration, a group of members of the Gay Liberation Front appeared with him before 600 clergy and laypersons, demanding that they “cease the harassment” of Rev. Humphry. But after all of this it didn’t matter. All the members of the Gay Liberation Front wore buttons reading “I am gay,” but it didn’t matter. After a lively debate by clergy members with opinions ranging from ignoring the matter to pressing for a church trial, it didn’t matter because they ended up voting to suspend Albert from ministry and surrender his clergy credentials. There was no mention of misconduct or homosexuality in the action, simply that he was “unacceptable” as a United Methodist minister.

Where better but the conference should the spirit of Christianity be found, if not there where? To Albert his sexual preference shouldn’t have made a difference. To him in the eyes of God, it wouldn’t make a difference, so it shouldn’t have made a difference in the church (before man got in the way that is)/ It was nothing short of a revolution, but it shouldn’t have been. Albert wasn’t someone who normally would’ve led a demonstration, yet now he found himself in front of one, and the start of a revolution. Which was where, after that, that Albert was occasionally seen.

Randy Ford

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Eduardo Santiago Author- MIDNIGHT RUMBA


by Eduardo Santiago

1950s Cuba in all its doomed, glamorous glory …

From the author of TOMORROW THEY WILL KISS

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edited by Nasario Garcia

Stories like these of tragedy and sadness shard by old timers (viejitos) are as diverse as the voices behind them. Each bilingual account personifies faith, fortitude, compassion, and buoyancy. Without these human attribues, people beset with tragedy would succumbed to tragedy itself.

The point in this book is not to promote or engage in doom and gloom. Rather, it is to show how humble but strong and devout folks, living in isolation … in most cases far removed geographically from an urban environment … coped with tragedy and despair. The net and pschological effect of murder, drowning, the Ranger’s indiscriminate and callous slaughtering of poor people’s cattle, bewitchment, or the quirks of nature on the human psyche was profound but not daunting. “These are real people talking about real lives.”

If the victims of misfortune became heroes in their community, then the aggrieved surely could be categorized as tragic heroes. A more praiseworthy tribute could not be accorded these courageours and remarkable men and women who believed in redemption.


(978-1-890689-56-8) 2010

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