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One adage of our times seems to be "if it's on the internet, it's there forever." This holds true for photos, news articles, and yes, even online reviews. One group of more than 1,100 writers is hoping to change this to at least some degree. The Horror Writers Association (HWA),... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Writers Circle
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There are many advantages to choosing a pseudonym. Sometimes what you write might not be published not necessarily because of what it is, but who the author is. Other times, the author just wants their privacy. Sometimes, it can be a way for a famous author to test whether they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Writers Circle
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So you've written your masterpiece: the great novel you know everyone should read. What now? Well, the answer is to try to get it published, of course. Whether you are trying to get an agent or you are contacting an editor at a publishing house directly, you will need to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Writers Circle
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Photo courtesy Flickr user Truckeroo Thursday, April 10 You’re probably familiar with the name Kyle Kinane from his appearances on everything from Conan to Workaholics to NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daily, but now’s your chance to see the funny man up close and personal. Kinane will be at DC... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!
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By Stephanie Ostroff Routines keep us focused when we start drifting off course. They snap us back to reality and remind us that yes, we can do this. The words will come to us. Turning to a familiar writing ritual can help us find balance. Most authors have that one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Writers Circle
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Photo courtesy Flickr user Ashley Jones Thursday, April 3 The temps are finally starting to spike upward and we’re sure Fido is as excited about it as you are. Grab your four-legged friend and head to Jackson 20 in Alexandria, where you’ll find Doggy Yappy Hour every Thursday from 5... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!
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Photo: Courtesty Flickr user Chris Waits Thursday, March 27 In a city as, ahem, pricy as DC, keeping one’s finances in order is key. To the rescue: Finances De•mys•ti•fied, the brainchild of Dominique Broadway, a finance coach dedicated to helping women with identifying best practices and tools to budget thoughtfully.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!
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Tech Tools for Writers: Scribophile A writer armed with the right technology is a force to be reckoned with. If you're an author who's learned to embrace the Digital Age, it's probably dawned on you that the Internet is a friendly place for wordsmiths. Sure, there are the myriad distractions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Writers Circle
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The word “free” has a nice ring to it, especially when writers are involved. While there are an inexhaustible number of workshops, retreats and conferences targeting authors and budding writers, most will do a number on your wallet. If you’re not in a position to fork over a couple hundred... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Writers Circle
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Photo: Courtesy Flickr user santanartist Saturday, March 15 Even if you’ve never been out to Alexandria’s Restaurant Eve (though we’d recommend you do), you can still finally get a taste of renowned chef Cathal Armstrong’s skills. Head out to the Potomac Yard Barnes & Noble, where Armstrong will be signing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!
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Photo: Courtesy Flickr user R.U.P.A.K-A.N.T.O Writing is a solitary pursuit, yet paradoxically we crave connection during the process. Writing retreats acknowledge both of those needs: the desire for solitude and for camaraderie with other writers. What’s more, retreats break you out of your routine backdrop, giving you a new environment... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Writers Circle
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Photo: Courtesy Flickr user Tracilawson Thursday, March 6 Spend your Thursday evening getting crafty at the American Art Museum. The DIY Handi-Hour pairs brews picked by Greg Engert of Churchkey (tickets include two drink tickets and light crafts), plus music from the Danny Burns Band, plus all the materials you’ll... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!
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By Stephanie Ostroff A train ride is a smorgasbord for the senses. Landscape whisks past us through smudgy windowpanes, wheels thud across tracks. Personal space is redefined. We can’t help eavesdropping on strangers who hunker down in the seats beside and across from us. There are no pressing needs to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Writers Circle
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Photo courtesy Flickr user Twohelmetscooking Thursday, February 27 Head on over to Sixth & I to hear from Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Google, and Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas, as they talk about their book, The New Digital Age. If there’s one thing DC is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!
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Here at The Writer's Circle we like to keep you up-to-date on great conferences where you can hone your writing skills surrounded by likeminded authors. These events are perfect for budding writers and experienced authors, a chance to hear from talented published voices, receive tips on getting your work out,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Writers Circle
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Here at The Writer's Circle we like to keep you up-to-date on great conferences where you can hone your writing skills surrounded by likeminded authors. These events are perfect for budding writers and experienced authors, a chance to hear from talented published voices, receive tips on getting your work out,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Writers Circle
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Photo: Courtesy Flickr user mootown Thursday, February 20 We can think of no better host for the ultimate literary-meets-comedic showdown than Sixth & I, which is hosting Literary Death Match this evening at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door) and garner... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!
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By Stephanie Ostroff The world of e-books feels like dicey territory for a lot of writers. Some are fiercely devoted to the art of hard-copy publishing. Others shrink away at the thought of reading using an app on a little screen. Mixing all this technology with our manuscripts seems overly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Writers Circle
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Thursday, February 6 Head on over to Urban Chic in Georgetown and you’ll support a good cause while perusing the gorgeous apparel on offer at this luxe locale. Urban Chic is partnering with the Young Ambassadors Council to raise money for its WINNter Affair, a gala to benefit the Children’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!
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Tech Tools for Writers: Creatavist By Stephanie Ostroff A writer armed with the right technology is a force to be reckoned with. If you're an author who's learned to embrace the Digital Age, it's probably dawned on you that the Internet is a friendly place for wordsmiths. Sure, there are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Writers Circle
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We’re in the home stretch of winter, which means soon the birds will be chirping, flowers will be sprouting, and festival season will be upon us. Spring is peak season for literary and writing events, and there’s no better way to celebrate winter’s end than with a good book festival.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Writers Circle
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Photo: courtesy Flickr user RCB Thursday, January 30 With the mantra, “cookies are the new Valentines” to guide the excitement, Buzz Bakery in Alexandria is offering a Valentine’s Day Cookie Class this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $55, and you’ll learn to bake and decorate sugar cookies... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!
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Thursday, January 23 At Sixth & I’s “Winter Brews” seasonal beer and chocolate tasting, you’ll get to sip and taste a whole bunch of tasty picks. Festivities kick off at 7 p.m., when the Beer Activist, Chris O’Brien (also the author of Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!
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By Stephanie Ostroff Want to get inside your favorite author’s head? Visit his old stomping grounds. It’s no secret. Writers have long desired aesthetically pleasing abodes, knowing that inspiration often springs forth from one’s surroundings. Naturally, what makes for the ideal writing backdrop is entirely subjective. While a simple, sparsely... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Writers Circle
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Thursday, January 16 With the forecast starting dip back down to the typical chilly temps, it’s the perfect evening to head over to Irish Whiskey in Dupont for its first S’Mores Night, kicking off at 6 p.m. Grabbing hold of its outdoor patio rather than letting it languish ‘till spring,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at 365 Things to do in DC!