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Writing Workshop Lesson 8: What is a hook?

Workshop Introduction What is a hook? Editors and agents make a decision about your story based on the first few pages—sometimes the first paragraph. They don’t have the time or patience to read the whole thing if the opening doesn’t … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 2: Fiction Genres

Workshop Introduction Fiction Genres There are many genres and subgenres, with lots of cross-over between genres. Many stories could fit into several different genres, although they are usually marketed in the one they have the strongest connection to. Most authors … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 1: Elements of a Good Story

Workshop Introduction Elements of a Good Story There are seven basic elements to any good story. As you read through these elements, think of your favorite stories (books, movies, etc.) and how they embody each one. 1. Theme or moral … Continue reading

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Free Online Writing Workshop

Welcome to our free online writing workshop. Beginning next week, we’ll be presenting one lesson here each Wednesday—a total of 10 lessons. Each lesson includes at least one exercise designed to reinforce the topic of that lesson and to help … Continue reading

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Win a Travel Mug!

Take the Trip of a Lifetime! And you can win a free travel mug! Announcing the release of Trip of a Lifetime: An Anthology. What is your idea of the trip of a lifetime? Is it relaxing on a sandy … Continue reading

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Review of “The Storm is Coming”

Our first themed anthology, The Storm is Coming, has been reviewed by Karen Dahood of Bookpleasures.com. Please take a moment to check out this honest review, and share the link with your network. The book can be purchased at Amazon … Continue reading

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The Storm is here!

And you can win a free paperback copy! Announcing the release of The Storm is Coming: An Anthology. Storms can come out of a clear blue sky, or they can build over a long period. They can take many forms, … Continue reading

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Call for Submissions

Submissions are now open for an as-yet untitled character-based Sleeping Cat Books anthology to be published in the fall of 2012. This anthology will be a black and white paperback edition and an ebook edition of short fiction. We will … Continue reading

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Win a $100 Amazon gift card!

We’re looking for supporters for our upcoming spring anthology. To that end, for every $5 you donate through the PayPal donation widget on the anthology page, you’ll receive one chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. See the page … Continue reading

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New online short story workshop!

Sleeping Cat Books is proud to announce that we’ve just opened the doors of a new workshop! This online self-paced course will walk you through the creation of a short story (up to 5,000 words) in 10 lessons, with personalized email feedback … Continue reading

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