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MI - a Place of Literary Action

Hello writers! A member recently gushed to me that Mechanics' Institute is the place where people actually write, that MI is the place of literary action in real time and that it’s a place where we don't just "talk" about writing, but where it really happens. Quite honestly that conversation made my day and it inspired me to write more about what goes on at the Library that may be of interest to our community of writers.

If you're a contest lover, our partner, the San Francisco Writers Conference has announced the Catherine Coulter Scholarship for the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference to be held over President’s Day Weekend in February. Bestselling thriller novelist, Catherine Coulter, has agreed to be a keynote speaker in 2019 and is also sponsoring a scholarship so that one lucky winner can attend the Conference for free! To apply for the scholarship, write a 1200 word (maximum) story based on Catherine's writing prompt: You wake up in a strange room, all alone, and you have no recollection of how you got there. Someone knocks on the door.

Your entry must be Fiction…but can be in any genre.  The winner will receive a full registration to the conference PLUS a tête-à-tête with Catherine at the event! (See details HERE.) Entry must be received by November 1, 2018 at 5 pm. There is no fee to enter this scholarship competition…or any of the scholarships SFWC offers each year.


We have a new Mystery Writing Group forming. If you are eager to join a critique group that focuses on mystery, as well as suspense, and thrillers please contact Rick Homan, Rick@RickHoman.com.


The next Writers Lunch is with Rudi Raab and Julie Freestone who will be presenting: Stumbling Stone: Writing and Publishing a Novel Based on Real Life on July 20 at Noon. If you've never attended a Writers Lunch BRING YOUR LUNCH and I will provide the dessert, coffee, and tea. See you there!


Only at MI can you draft your book proposal, improve your grammar, and grow your writer persona all within the month of July. Check out these outstanding classes!

Elements of the Book Proposal with Andy Ross

Making Your Writing Unforgettable: Finding the Literary Voice That Makes Your Readers Keep Turning the Pages with Connie Hale

“Everyday Celebrity”: a Personal Branding Workshop with Jess Ponce


Thank you so much for participating in our Writers Community.


Happy scribbling!


Posted on Jul. 5, 2018 by Taryn Edwards