In This June 2008 Issue:

Writers Resources:
a. The Writer’s Market
b. Amanda Castleman’s Travel Writing Course
Writers Tips:
a. Thesaurus
b. The Flip Dictionary

Writers Resources

a.) The Writer’s Market. If you are going to pick up one book this is it! Focusing on where and how to sell what you write, it offers 4,000 listings for book publishers, consumer magazines, trade journals, literary agents and more. The online version offers over 6,000 listings! Click Here for Details on the Writer’s Market


b.) There is nothing better to get your feet wet as a new travel writer, gain some confidence or take your writing to the next level than a great class. I can personally attest to Amanda’s class- because I took it. It is a wonderful way to learn the nuances of travel writing, work on your writing skills and receive great feedback.

Here is the class description Free Trips to Flat Tires: Introduction to Travel Writing
The glamour of travel writing attracts many people. After all, who wouldn’t want free trips to exotic destinations? But it’s not all easy living. Journalists must concoct ideas, sell them, plan the trip, research extensively and then craft a gripping article. It’s work. Nice work, if you can get it, but a far cry from slobbing on the beach with a margarita.

The ten-week course prepares you to enter this competitive arena. Explore the different types of travel writing, including first-person memoirs, destination guides, historic reflections and news flashes for globe-trotting executives. Learn to devise appealing pitches and target the right editors. Discover the tricks of the trade, from filing taxes to building a journalism portfolio.
Other topics include narrative devices, polishing prose, research techniques and – perhaps the greatest challenge – how to earn a living wage. The class also covers ethical considerations (for example, those cushy subsidized trips alienate publications like The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times).

You don’t need to be a world traveler to become a "writer about place". Reveal the secrets of your hometown for visitors. Record an exceptional hike or festival. Share family holiday hassles and tips on how to avoid friction. The important thing is to learn how to capture a journey’s sensations – even the frustration of a flat tire – then spin them into published work and paychecks.

This course takes you through the process step-by-step, with feedback from the teacher and other students. It can help amateur and seasoned writers alike discover a new voice and inspiration. By the last lesson, you should have a polished draft ready for submission – and be on your way to making vacation a vocation.
Next dates: July 21, 2008; September 29, 2008.
Learn more on Amanda’s site or

Writers Tips:

a.) Know what you want to say, but can’t think of the right word? A Thesaurus is one of the most helpful tools for any writer and two great sources for finding the word you are searching for is the Flip Dictionary and

b.) The Flip Dictionary:
Best-selling author Barbara Ann Kipfer has created a huge reference book that offers cues and clue words to lead writers to the exact phrase or specific term they need. It goes beyond the standard reverse dictionary format to offer dozens of charts and tables, listing groups by subject (such as automobiles, clothing types, plants, tools, etc.) Click Here for Details on the Flip Dictionary


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