Here comes November…


pumpkin-1014971__180With the 31st just on the other side of the weekend, don’t forget about registering for CritiqueFest. Are you working on a middle grade or young adult novel? Then this is the event for you! Our eight faculty members are all published authors, and many people believe that writers give the best and most on-target critiques of WIPs. At CritiqueFest, you will learn how to give and receive critiques, and you will receive on-the-spot feedback from Published and Listed Members and your fellow writers.  If you are planning to sign up for an agent or editor critique at the spring conference, this is a great way to get your manuscript into shape!

**We’re looking at low attendance for this event. Please register soon! We will be forced to cancel if minimum numbers are not reached by Monday, October 31st!**


Although the year is winding down, it’s never too late to contribute to the blog! If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year or have done it in the past, we’d love to hear how you kept it going on your 50k-word journey. November’s theme  is Off the Wall. With many writers digging deep this month, now’s a great time to share ways to break through writer’s block, stay motivated, and resist distraction!

Not inspired by November? Try December’s theme, Tis’ the Season, to share anything holiday related.  Whether it’s your favorite holiday story, how to stay focused when all you want to do is have fun, book-inspired recipes, or whatever we’d love to hear from you!

If these next two months are booked, perhaps you’d like to contribute early in 2017 (yikes- did I just say 2017?):

January: “Revise, Revive, Reinvent.” December is a great time to let those November projects breath. So let’s prepare for January by sharing ways to Revise your manuscript, ways to Revive your creative spirit, or Reinvent your career through goal setting!

February: “Taking Charge of Your Career – From Workspace to the Business of Being a Writer or Illustrator.” The nuts and bolts of getting it done.

Hope to hear from all of you!

Happy writing and illustrating and GOOD LUCK to all who are participating in NaNoWriMo!


About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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2 Responses to Here comes November…

  1. schmelzb says:

    Thanks for reminders. I am signed up for Critique Fest, but I need to leave early for a family birthday party. Sorry I couldn’ t persuade any others to join us Nov. 12. Please let me know if the event is cancelled. Thank you, Beth Schmelzer

  2. karelmh says:

    This is exactly the program I want. BUT…it’s two hours from home to get there, and because of traffic after 5:00, it would be FIVE hours back. I’m afraid the drive, especially getting home well after dark, is just too much. I do hope you fill enough slots to keep it going, though. Maybe next time you’ll hold it closer to me.

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