On this blog every Tuesday and Friday I write about story techniques, structure, and/or publishing. Comments and questions are welcome. I also have a personal blog, Amy Deardon, on which I write about a variety of topics purely as they catch my fancy.

I've written one novel, A Lever Long Enough, that I'm honored to say has won two awards. In my life BC (before children) I was a scientist who did bench research.

My book, The Story Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story, is now available in both hard-copy and e-book formats. I also coach would-be novelists and screenwriters to develop their story. YOU CAN CONTACT ME at amydeardon at yahoo dot com.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Big Giveaway of Prizes, No Purchase Necessary.

Happy New Year Everyone! As my last entry of the year, I wanted to let you know about some bonzo prizes you can enter to win. Famous Writing Institution Gotham Writer's Workshop is offering an iPad 2, a 10-week writing workshop, a Kindle eReader, a Nook eReader, and great magazines and books for writers.

No purchase is necessary.

This contest is limited to the USA or Canada, and entry deadline is midnight Friday January 13 2012. Below is a list of 63 prizes. 63 individual drawings will be held. You can enter up to ten categories.

Good luck!

Enter the Contest now: http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/WishList.php?referrer=27440

Entry Deadline midnight Friday Jan 13 2012
Canada or USA


The Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again by Sven Birkerts

Gotham Baseball Cap

The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack

Submit: The Multimedia Guide to Submitting Short Prose (2 DVDs)

The 50 Funniest American Writers edited by Andy Borowitz

A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft edited by Andrea Barrett & Peter Turchi

Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing by Roger Rosenblatt

The Seven Basic Plots by Christpher Booker

Poetry in Person: Twenty-five Years of Conversation with America's Poets edited by Alexander Neubauer

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Book Proposals & Query Letters by Marilyn Allen & Coleen O'Shea

Six-week Creative Writing 101 Online Course

Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little by Christopher Johnson

Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces by Roy Peter Clark

Poets & Writers (One-year Subscription)

The Lonely Voice: A Study of the Short Story by Frank O'Connor

The New Yorker 2012 Desk Diary

How Not to Write a Sitcom by Marc Blake

Write/Rewrite Wall Clock

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer (2nd Ed.) by Moira Allen

Fiction Gallery by Gotham Writers' Workshop

Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now by Sam Barry & Kathi Kamen Goldmark

Six-week Reading Fiction Online Course

The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life by Marion Roach Smith

The Writer (One-year Subscription)

Zoetrope All-Story (One-year Subscription)

Six-week Script Analysis Online Course

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch eReader

The Dialogue: Interviews with Master Screenwriters (3 DVDs)

Writing Movies: The Practical Guide by Gotham Writers' Workshop

Jeff Herman's 2012 Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents by Jeff Herman

The Maeve Bincy Writer's Club by Maeve Binchy

Four-week "How to Blog" Online Seminar

Four-week "How to Get Published" Online Seminar

The Yahoo! Style Guide by Chris Barr and Yahoo! Editors

Apple iPad 2

Next Word, Better Word: The Craft of Writing Poetry by Stephen Dobyns

Gotham Sweatshirt

Script (One-year Subscription)

Daily Muse: Writer's Diary 2012

Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide by Gotham Writers' Workshop

Write What You Don't Know: An Accessible Manual for Screenwriters by Julian Hoxter

Word Hero: The Fiendishly Clever Guide to Crafting the Lines That Live Forever by Jay Heinrichs

Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book edited by Sean Manning

Barron's Painless Grammar (3rd Ed.) by Rebecca Elliott, Ph.D.

The Film Novelist: Writing a Screenplay and Short Novel in 15 Weeks by Dennis J. Packard

Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves: Telling Stories in an Age of Blogging by Jerry Lanson

Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You'll Ever Read by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark

My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

Is Life Like This? A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months by John Dufresne

The Word Snoop by Ursula Dubosarsky

The Nighttime Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time by Joseph Bates

Messenger Bag

10-week Writing Workshop - Online or in NYC

Final Draft Screenwriting Software

Bookmarks (One-year Subscription)

Gotham Writers' Workshop $100 Gift Certificate

Playwriting for Dummies by Angelo Parra

Amazon Kindle eReader

Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies by Deborah Halverson

The Well-Spoken Thesaurus by Tom Heehler

Story Craft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction by Jack Hart

$50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

So, Is It Done? Navigating the Revision Process DVD

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