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From a short story contest, to a writer’s retreat, to a gathering of web writers, there’s a great, big world out there

While I try and digest the past week’s activities at TLA, I thought I’d provide a few links that might give you some ideas.

WriteCraft Writer’s Resource Center has been praised by Writer’s Digest and listed in their Top 101 Websites for Writers for the past two years. They run a quarterly contest where writers respond to a visual prompt to write their short stories. The next contest deadline is June 15, 2005. The winner receives $25 or a $25 certificate to Amazon and their story is published on WriteCraft’s site. Take a look at the Fall 2004 contest winner "I’m Thinking of a Word" by E.N. Wilson.

Ever wondered what it would be like to go on a writer’s retreat? Check out Moorishgirl, to read about the author’s recent trip to Hedgebrook. Laila Lalami has been blogging since 2001 and is an accomplished writer. Her blog is consistently numbered among the best of the literary blogs

Looking for a reason to go to San Diego? Why not plan on attending this year’s Journalcon 2005 October 21-23. The original Journalcon began in 2000 in Pittsburgh, then Chicago and San Francisco. These were the online writers before the rise of blogging. Texas hosted Journalcon 2004 in Austin. Last year D.C. played host. Anyone who writes online for a personal website or for a public audience, anyone who blogs or journals, any web writers and any other "interesting internet people" will gather, meet, discuss and discuss and, no doubt, disagree. Subjects will range from blogging to publishing software and everything in between. In short, it’s a conference for those in the "new media."

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