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We support, celebrate, and teach writers.

Weekly Digest March 24, 2019

Weekly Digest


We are Elizabeth & Catherine—two sisters who celebrate, support, and teach writers!

Here’s how we’re doing that this week.

March 24, 2019


Our February contest winning stories are live on our website here.

Our 3,000-word winning story was “Broken” by Anna Zetlin. Anna did a great job developing the plot, the characters, and building the drama. I was drawn in and wanted things to turn out for the best, yet I knew that was not likely to happen.

Our 1,500-word winning story was “Night Train To Porto” by Steve Carr. Steve is our most winningest writer to date. Our contests are blind, so we don’t know he’s won until after we’ve selected his story. Steve’s super-short-story-writing-power is that he can write a story that has the reader guessing until the very end. He is skilled at building suspense and adding an unexpected twist when you least expect it.

Lastly, our 500-word winning story was “The Suitor’s Room” by Roger Sippl. If you’ve never written a 500-word story, it’s hard work. Roger used every word carefully to emote a story. Less is more, and Roger nailed it.


We’re so grateful to all the writers who submit stories each month. And we are honored to publish their stories in our forthcoming second anthology. Learn more about it here.

Our March contests are open through March 31. If you’d like to learn more about our short story contests, please visit our Submittable page here.


Our Writing Club is really taking off, especially our recently added Monday 7 p.m. ET session. This 4 p.m. Pacific session works out great for our West Coast friends.

In addition to four, 60-minute writing sessions per week — Mondays at 7 p.m & 10 p.m. * Wednesdays at 9 a.m. * Fridays at noon (All times Eastern Daylight Time) — writers receive a Weekly Accountability Check-in form from us.

We send the email check-in on Saturdays and ask our writing club friends to reflect on the week in terms of their writing. The #1 response to “How do you measure your writing success” is “I showed up.”

And that’s why we started the Writing Club. To give ourselves and our writer-friends a designated time and place to show up and commit to an hour of solid writing.

Please join us! Then open your planner and write Writing Club once, twice, three, or four times a week. With a scheduled appointment to write, you’re going to show up, aren’t you!? Your financial investment also helps keep you accountable.

All sessions held via zoom. To download zoom for free, follow this link.

Learn more about our Writing Club here.

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Weekly Webinar Series: Wednesdays

THIS WEEK: Wednesday, March 27…

Click here to learn more.

We’re going to share everything we know and teach our coaching, ghostwriting, and publishing clients every week in an evening webinar format where we’ll show up with an agenda and topic, but we will be open to the vibe of who shows up and what questions the group brings to the session.

So, if you learn from your peers and super-supportive teachers, join us.

Wednesday, March 27 — 4 Things Every Writer Must Do Before Starting A Book

Wednesday, April 3 — How to Focus Your Topic

Wednesday, April 10 — Self-Publishing Advice No One is Telling You

Wednesday, April 17 — Here’s Why You Should Begin with a Bang!

Learn more and sign up here.

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Monthly Workshop Series: APRIL EROTICA

NEXT WEEK: Thursday, April 4, 2019 through Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sessions: 8 pm EDT / 4 pm PDT

4-Week Workshop on Erotica Writing

Each session will include instruction and writing prompts and activities.

Workshop Options:

  1. Purchase all four weeks for $180 total.

  2. Purchase individual weekly sessions for $55 each.

Below is your curriculum for these interactive sessions. Click here to learn more or to enroll.

Week 1. April 4, 2019

Introduction to Erotica: What is Erotica and Why You Should Write It

  • Objective: By the end of this class, you will have a strong understanding of what erotica is and why you should write it.

  • Should you use a pen name? Overcoming the fear of your mother reading it.

  • Understanding your motivation for writing erotica.  Is it to affirm yourself? To “out” yourself? To live a fantasy vicariously through your writing that you’re too afraid to do in real life?  To make a strong statement about something?

Week 2. April 11, 2019


    • You’ve Gotta Have a Strong Story Erotica is Not Porn

    • Avoiding Clichés

Week 3. April 18, 2019


  • Why character development is important.

  • Sex robots should only be used for fantasy!

Week 4. April 25, 2019

Sex Scenes That Sizzle

    • How to wrap words around the intense emotions and feelings of lust, love, and spiritual connection.

    • How to describe love.

    • How to create unique love scenes -- settings, sensual stuff, dialogue.

    • Formula for writing gripping scenes.  Goal, conflict, disaster, emotion, decision, action (find the book).

Click here to learn more or to enroll.

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We’d love to hear from you! Send us a note about the good things you’ve got going!

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