29 Great USA Writing Conferences in March 2020 – Written By Erica Verrillo

Thank you very much for your great and helpful articles, Erica! We really appreciate your hard work!


Conferences are not only the best way to meet agents, get tips from other writers, and learn about the publishing industry, they make you feel like a writer. We all need community, and this is how we, as writers, get the necessary incentive to keep writing.

All of these conferences and workshops charge tuition, but some offer financial assistance. There are deadlines for applying for aid, so make sure you plan ahead.

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Independence Day 2019

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, poet, and lecturer who lived from 1803-1882. He spoke and wrote about Transcendentalism, which is a belief system that puts importance on an individual rather than a whole society. He was a leader of this movement. This poem is a showcase of that belief. Emerson believed people were the ones who made a nation strong. It wasn’t because of the wealth or societal structures like politics and religion. In Transcendentalism, the value is placed on a person, and following one’s own instincts rather than conforming to what a society orders is encouraged. Emerson’s motto was, “Trust thyself.”

A Nation’s Strength

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

What makes a nation’s pillars high
And its foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?

It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust,
Their glory to decay.

And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet;
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor’s sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly…
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.

Memorial Day 2019

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Please, pray with me for the ones who are out there, facing the danger to fight for us, for our freedom, for our Country. 

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America Will Always Stand
Randy Travis
Album :America Will Always Stand

She stands in the face of evil
And will not lose hope or faith
America, the land of freedom
Still the home of the brave.

So raise the banner, called Old Glory
Let us join our fellow man
History will write the story,
America will always stand.

Walking through the fires of danger
There are those who gave their lives
They’re the world’s greatest heroes,
And we won’t forget their sacrifice.

So raise the banner, called Old Glory
Let us join our fellow man
History will write the story,
America will always stand.

America is not divided
Our enemies they will be stopped.
‘Cause, we the people are united
And still, one nation Under God.

So raise the banner, called Old Glory
Let us join our fellow man
History will write the story,
America will always stand.

History will write the story,
America will always stand…

Songwriters: Becky Bluefield / Doc Walley / Michael Anthony Curtis / Randy Travis / Yvonne Sanson
America Will Always Stand lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Registered Copyright or Not?

This is an informative, interesting and very important blog post for not only new, but all writers. Thank you so much for sharing Claire!

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The Why’s and Why Not’s of Copyright.

I’ve been surprised by the differences of copyright offered in the countries an Author resides in, along side how long it can take to get Registered Copyright, especially in the USA.  So what is all the fuss about, why do some authors go for registered and other, like myself, don’t bother.

Well the answer to why I don’t bother with registered copyright is because it isn’t an option here in New Zealand.  According to research I’ve done we only have what some authors call ‘The Poor Man’s Copyright.’  So are we in New Zealand as protected by International Law as others.  Yes we are.  So why is registered copyright so important in the USA?  Why is it so slow?  

In the UK they do registered copyright online.  I have yet to establish if anyone world wide can apply, or if…

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14 years ago

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14 years ago… September 11, 2001, the United States of America faced terror! Four coordinated  terrorist acts have ended thousands of lives in our beloved country.


  • American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center complex in NYC.
  • American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia
  • United Airlines Flight 93 was steered towards Washington D.C. but crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after brave passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.


All of these attacks have claimed the lives of 2’996 people.


It was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States with 343 and 72 killed.


In the meantime health implications have demanded the lives of many more.

Why am I telling you this? For two reasons:

Number 1:

As a reminder of what happened to our Nation, to our Country, to our Home, to our people. May we always keep them in our hearts!! Lost, but never forgotten.

Memoriam prayer:

Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning hush,

I am the uplifting rush

Of quiet birds’ encircled flight;

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there, I did not die


Number 2:

It is alarming to see what’s happening in our country right now! People shooting, killing each other! People who are supposed to be neighbors, friends, family! Death, racism, hatred spread out and destroy our home, our country from the inside!


September 11, 2001, our president has delivered one sentence in his speech, which I would like to repeat here:

“This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time.”


Remember, how it was after the terrorist attacks! Please, think back and remember how we felt, how we acted towards each other? Is this forgotten? Is it really gone?


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Shouldn’t we all remember September 11, 2001? Shouldn’t we all honor the ones who lost their lives, sacrificed themselves and went through a living hell? Don’t you agree it’s time we think back and realize  what all the victims hearts have done? They connected us!! All their souls have woven an enormously strong bound of affiliation, solidarity and brotherhood.

Shouldn’t we all be grateful we had the lost ones in our life – and start loving again, instead of killing? Helping again, instead of destroying? And seeing each other again as what we were meant to be?


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Good bless America – and God bless you!