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  • Getting Started in the New Year

    By Kristy Stevenson, kristystevenson.com I don’t make resolutions anymore, but with the New Year upon us I thought it was as good a time as any to START something. Something new, something neglected, something fun, something challenging … you get the idea. In 2017, I was grateful that my work went in a lot of different directions. This of course meant that some projects got sidelined in order to meet new deadlines. But I learned to juggle and diversify. Regular and repeat business is [...]

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    Exciting Lineup for 2018 Conference

    By Don Vaughan, Conference Director It’s hard to believe that the first Write Now! conference took place way back in 2008. Since then, TAF’s annual spring writing symposium has become a truly special event that local and regional writers look forward to each year. Write Now! 2018 will take place on Saturday, April 28 at The McKimmon Center on Gorman Street in Raleigh, and we promise a conference you’ll long remember. Our fiction guest of honor will be award-winning short-story writer [...]

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    New Meeting Venue for 2018

    By Mark Cantrell Our monthly meetings are a wonderful opportunity for TAF members to gather in person to share information and good news. Since the association’s founding in 2003, we have met at a variety of locations around the capital city - including book stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. Each time we’ve moved, it’s because our numbers have outgrown the venue. Our previous location has been good to us, but I’m happy to report that we’re on the move yet [...]

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    N&O 2018 Conference Promotion

    By Don Vaughan Did you see the TAF mention in today's issue of the The News & Observer? Their Book Beat column names our spring conference - Write Now! 2018, our fiction guest of honor Megan Mayhew Bergman, and nonfiction guest of honor Mike Sager. They also included a link back to our website with a nod that registration opens February 1. It'll be here before we know it!

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    The Bizarre Bazaar

    By Alison Hill, the-eye.wales and Ms.Horror.com   At TAF we talk about writing, we listen to talks by writing experts, and we advise each other on writing. And folks here do all types of writing – nonfiction writing, fiction writing, short writing, long writing, article writing, copywriting … we’re as versatile as Bubba Gump’s shrimp. But once in a while we lay down our mighty pens (or electronic devices) and do something completely different, like [...]

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    TAF Barbeque A Seasonal Hit

    By Janice Leagra, janiceleagra.com and voxlaurus.com In October, Don and Nan Vaughan hosted a TAF barbecue at their Raleigh home. This event replaced the annual Christmas party this year, allowing for a less hectic holiday schedule for all. It was a fun-filled afternoon for TAF members and their families, with beautiful weather and a lovely breeze under the shade of the mighty oaks in the Vaughans' front yard. I was excited to attend and meet fellow TAF members' [...]

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    Clay and Susan Griffith at Supercon

    By Kristy Stevenson, kristystevenson.com Did anyone get a chance to catch friends of TAF Clay and Susan Griffith, authors of the Vampire Empire series and other books, at Raleigh Supercon this weekend? They presented a wonderful session on Writing in Collaboration. The popular writing duo are frequent guests at Write Now, and have presented at our monthly meetings as well.

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    Sending It Out

    By Megan Cutter, cuttersword.com The past two months, Barton and I have been sending out proposals - a major one each week. We have dedicated Fridays as our day, and while we may schedule one or two meetings, carving out time has been essential to work on some of the larger projects together. These proposals have been everything from contract proposals, grant applications, a book proposal and scholarships. What I have found over the last two months is a transformative shift. I have found [...]

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    On Writing Fast, And Well

    By Don Vaughan In an ideal world, writers would have as long as it takes to finish a particular job. Unfortunately, we don't live in an ideal world, so most of us have deadlines looming over our heads like editorial swords of Damocles. In order to meet these deadlines, it's often necessary to write much faster than we would like. I speak from experience on this issue, having recently co-authored a book that required me to write several articles a day to stay on schedule. The articles [...]

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