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Help me celebrate CARPE LIBRUM!


If you happen to be going to Washington DC (my home town) in the next month, until May 15, then head on over to 1030 17th Street NW to participate in Carpe Librum.

This event was brought to my attention by Robin Crowell, who is the Operations Coordinator for Turning the Page, a DC-based Non-profit. Here is what she says:

 Turning the Page works with DC pubic school parents to help them become more active and effective participants in their children’s education. Every spring we hold a large, month long book sale, called Carpe Librum, at a downtown DC location to help fund our year-long programs. This year will be Turning the Page’s 12th annual Carpe Librum and we expect to have over 50,000 books on sale (as well as CDs and DVDs).

Here is an opportunity to buy good books at great prices (most items priced at 1 to 4 dollars) or donate used books for us to sell.

Happy Weekend!


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I go to AWP

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) holds a conference every year. I had never been before, and I went to see the Book Fair, meet some friends, and sit in on some of the sessions.

The most impressive thing about this conference is the Book Fair, which is huge. I’ve never seen so many representatives of indie presses all together in one room. I had a wonderful time walking up and down each row as I looked for presses that might be interested in publishing my novels. (This is my Plan B. Plan A, is still to get representation. Plan C is to self-publish).

I also had time to sit in on the sessions, and it was an interesting experience. I should say, first of all, that in my professional life I am a medical writer with a science background. I’m used to people who deal in facts, and always support what they say either by producing relevant data, or by making an argument.

So I was bemused to find myself in a session listening to five people talking around the issue of whether workshops actually work.

This is an important question because workshops are the backbone of MFAs and many writing conferences, so it is important to know if they don’t work and why. I sat in the audience for 75 minutes, without hearing one person explain exactly what the problems with workshops were. I heard two people say that they were problematic, two people say they were not problematic, and one person give a lit-critty deconstructional analysis.

I was puzzled. After all, if you don’t state what the problems are, how can you possibly find a remedy?

Next: I join a book club.

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–Cynthia Haggard writes novels.  She is currently seeking representation for HE MUST BE SOMEONE,  a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.

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