Archive for October 20th, 2009

Ghost Story Writing Contest

October 20, 2009

Author Linda Joy Singleton’s


Have you ever seen a ghost? Write a story about your real or imaginary ghost encounter in 400 words or less. Make it exciting, scary, strange – and have fun!

Submit your entry to:, stating that this is your original writing and that you have permission from your parents/guardian to enter and share your work on these authors’ blogs/web sites. Contest ends on October 31. First place & honorable mention winners will be announced mid-November on

Include your age, full name, and contact information (email/address). Entrants must be between ages 9 to 16. One entry per person.

Prize: autographed books! The winner will receive autographed copies of DEAD GIRL WALKING, DEAD GIRL DANCING and DEAD GIRL IN LOVE, by Linda Joy Singleton; HAUNTED: THE GHOST ON THE STAIRS and THE RIVERBOAT PHANTOM, by Chris Eboch; and GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING and THE GUIDANCE, by Marley Gibson.

The winning entry and honorable mentions will also be posted on Linda Joy Singleton’s blog(s) and Chris Eboch’s web site.

The winners will be selected by Chris Eboch, author of the HAUNTED series; Linda Joy Singleton, author of the DEAD GIRL series; and Marley Gibson, author of the GHOST HUNTRESS series.

Plot and Storytelling Workshop with Janis Cooke Newman!

October 20, 2009

The California Writers Club ~ Mount Diablo Branch
Presents a
Morning Workshop
November 14, 2009
With Instructor
Janis Cooke Newman

Our November workshop offers an outstanding opportunity to ramp up our plotting and character-building skills. Renowned writing instructor and award-winning novelist Janis Cooke Newman will lead an intensive 2½-hour workshop, designed to improve our storytelling skills.

Her focus will be on the craft of structuring a dynamic, start-to-finish narrative, using the techniques of bestselling authors. The workshop will include proven plotting exercises and tips for turning well-crafted sentences into stories our readers can’t put down.

Author of Mary, a historical novel about Mary Todd, Janis has taught creative writing for the past nine years at Book Passage in Corte Madera, the Writing Salon in San Francisco, and privately. She currently teaches at the San Francisco Writers Grotto, of which she is a member. Visit her website at Janis also moderates a daily, online writing community called Creative Caffeine (

CWC Members and all interested fiction writers are invited to attend.
Date & Time: Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon, followed by a buffet luncheon. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m.

Location: Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant at 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill (near the corner of Gregory Lane and Pleasant Hill Road). Parking is available both in front and behind the restaurant. The restaurant’s phone number is (925) 933-9091.

Cost: $35 for CWC members (lunch only: $20), $40 for non-members (lunch only: $25).

Menu: Zio Fraedo’s sumptuous buffet lunch.
Reservations: Reservations are required and must be received no later than Noon on Wednesday, November 11. To make reservations, contact Veronica Rossi, via e-mail at, or by phone at (925) 743-1886. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.