Monday, October 3, 2016

Early bird registration extended until Friday, October 7th!

Dear writers,
This is a dynamic local conference that covers all the genres. I did a workshop on building character last year and speakers cover everything from craft to marketing to blogging and more. You can't go wrong by attending.  And the registration fee is quite affordable. I recommend it.

Early Bird Registration Extended through this Friday, October 7th!

Southwest Valley Writers Conference
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Avondale Civic Center
11465 W Civic Center Drive
Avondale, AZ 85323
Session: Who’s Who Now: A Look at the Changing Landscape of Contemporary American Poetry
Valerie Bandura Finn
Born in the former Soviet Union, Valerie Bandura’s collection of poems, FREAK SHOW (Black Lawrence Press, 2013) was a 2014 Patterson Poetry Prize Finalist.  Her second book, HUMAN INTEREST (Black Lawrence Press) is slated for publication in 2017.  Bandura is a graduate of Columbia University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  She was the recipient of the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellowship, and residency from the Vermont Studio and Bread Load Writer’s Conference.  Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Cimarron Reiew, Crazyhorse, Mid-Atlantic Review, Third Coast, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Beloit Poetry Review, Best New Poets, and others.  She teaches writing at Arizona State University where she lives with her husband, fiction writer Patrick Michael Finn, and their son.

8:00am – 9:00am  Registration & Breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am  Keynote Speaker: Amy Silverman, Riding the Wave
Council Chambers
10:10am – 11:10am  Breakout Sessions:
Sonoran Room: Deborah Ledford, Contemporary Storytelling: Demystifying the Formats
Mojave Room: Valerie Bandura, Who’s Who Now: A look at the changing landscape of contemporary American poetry
11:20am – 12:20pm
Sonoran Room: Tina Radcliffe, The Art of the Short Story
Mojave Room: Laura Truman & Jesse Caufield, They say write what you know: what if that isn’t enough?
12:20pm – 1:20pm  Meet your next favorite book, Networking Luncheon
You will receive a new complimentary book with your registration and have the opportunity to either keep your book or exchange it with someone else during this luncheon.
1:20pm – 2:20pm
Sonoran Room: Drew Eastmead, How to blog and earn money in a Google world
Mojave Room: Deena Remiel, READY, SET, WRITE!
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Sonoran Room: Terry Greene Sterling, Wire Your Writing
Mojave Room: Karen Grove, Iain Lundy & Patricia L. Brooks, Panel Discussion: All the Questions You’ve Ever Had about Publishing…But Didn’t Know Who to Ask
3:30pm Book signing

Registration Options: 
Registration includes breakfast snacks, Lunch and access to all conference sessions.
  • Early Registration discount: $75
  • Late Registration:  $95
Early registration extended until October 7th
Late registration begins October 8th


For questions contact: Stacey Lindsay or visit

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Friday, July 22, 2016

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often surprising and delightfully affordable.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tempe Book Festival

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A Celebration of Books

Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tempe Public Library
3500 S. Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85282


 Come out with the whole family to celebrate books and the joy of reading!  The festival will feature great books by bringing together local authors, book illustrators, booksellers and publishers for a day of panel discussions, book signings and fun for all ages.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

This Crazy World--The 21st Century Examined

So I went to Fry's Foods (aka Kroeger's in the midwest and east). I shop there every week and it's one of my favorite grocers. I needed milk and bread and wanted to check the price of a sale item. I was stopped at the door by a gatekeeper who told me, rather disdainfully, that I had to register first.

"What," I indignantly complained. "Register? I've never had to register before."

"New policy," the gatekeeper shot back. "If you don't register, you can't pay (no that's not a typo).

"Ridiculous," I protested. "I don't even have any items in my cart. Actually, I don't even have a cart because they're all inside."

"All the more reason to register." The gatekeeper extended a hand. "Credit card, please."
As you've probably guessed, this conversation never took place. I made it up as a prank. But just this mornings something similar
did happened  that inspired my snarky little post.

I was searching the internet for information on writing a business plan—something I definitely need—and got directed to the SBA, our nation's small business association. What's the first thing they asked for? You guessed it, my personal information, plus email address and a password. A website for the SBA needs that information?  I didn't know if it had anything to help me. For all I knew they were data mining and selling my personal information as part of a package. That does sound paranoid but it's a doesn't mean they aren't out to get you scenario. It really happens.

Actually, it's happened to me before—the data mining, not selling my info, or at least I hope. Most recently, a cute clothing ad caught my attention and I clicked on the site. Guess what happened? I'm sure you have. We want your personal information. Before I could get into the site to browse. Along the same line are the sites that offer an intriguing product but take a gazillion pages to tell  you the price.

I never give those kind of companies repeat business.

Some, though, you just can't get away from. How about the big firms that require your credit card numbers then keep them on file. Some even give you one-click shopping which gives you the privilege of making mistakes on the fly. Viola, you suddenly have a pasta maker when you wanted a wrench. In this case I really needed that business plan template and in other cases I needed the widget, the cottage cheese, the bestselling book. Whatever. I needed it.

One thing I know. Store loyalty cards notwithstanding, they are not a condition of doing business with brick and mortar stores No sane retailer would ever require a customer to provide personal information before they could walk inside and look at the merchandise.

But if they did, would I fill out the form and whip out my credit card so I could get into Fry's? You bet I would. It's my favorite grocery store.

That's kind of scary, isn't it?

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