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Conference e-Letter  
May 24, 2018, Vol. 8, No 4  

Stories from the Heart IX
July 20-22, 2018

Susan Wittig Albert
Workshop Presenter

Stories from the Heart IX is the 9th Women's Writing Conference, held in Austin TX July 20-22, 2018, sponsored by the Story Circle Network. The conference will bring women from around the country to celebrate the stories of our lives and learn valuable lifewriting skills. Join us as we welcome readers, writers, storytellers, and any woman with a past, present, and future.

Program & Registration

Make your travel plans now! This will be our best conference ever, and space is definitely limited. We're offering a great selection of workshops, panel discussions, and presentations, all focused on women's writing: memoir, personal essay, fiction, and poetry—from research to writing to publication. See the program overview for details. Ready to register? That's easy—just go to our online registration form.

See our conference website for more information.

Coaching Sessions

On Friday morning, July 20, we will offer 15-minute mini-coaching sessions with SCN experts in writing, editing, book marketing, and workshop design/development. Signups for these sessions will open on May 15, for those who are registered for the full conference. (We're giving you this information now, so you can make the appropriate travel plans.)

Hot Flash!

Enter your flash fiction (no longer than 600 words) in our Hot Flash contest, open to all SCN members. Topic: Stories from the Heart. Consider (but don't feel confined to) these possibilities and more: heartache, heart throb, heart attack, heartfelt, broken heart, beating heart, dancing heart, bleeding heart...

Open to conference attendees and SCN members. Winners will receive cash prizes and more. For complete rules and entry form, click here.

Call for Exhibitors

This conference will be a perfect opportunities to show off your wares! We welcome exhibitors (including small publishers) who would like to sell books that they have written or published, paper products, print-related services, writing-related items, and hand-crafted items of interest to women. For information and an on-line application form, go here. Application deadline: June 30.

Open Mic

If you have a piece of life writing to share, the Stories from the Heart Conference Open Mic is the perfect opportunity. Conference attendees are invited to bring a piece of their writing to read during "Open Mic," Saturday, July 21. Details here. Whether you come to read, listen, or share, we look forward to seeing you there!

Sarton Winners and Finalists

We will be featuring our Sarton winners in panels and readings. If you are a Sarton winner or finalist and plan to attend, please email Susan (susanalbert01 at gmail dot com) and let her know.

Conference Hotel

We'll be at the Wyndham Hotel again. You'll find information here. The conference room rate includes airport shuttle service, parking, and high speed wireless internet. Looking for a roommate or a carpool partner? Check this page.

Who We Are & How to Join Us

Our mission: The Story Circle Network is dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives and to raising public awareness of the importance of women's personal histories. We carry out our mission through publications, a web site, classes, workshops, writing and reading circles, and woman-focused programs. Our activities empower women to tell their stories, discover their identities through their stories, and choose to be the authors of their own lives.

If you're receiving this e-Letter but aren't a member, please join us. Learn more about how SCN can help you tell your story. We offer
  • a quarterly newsletter with features on women's lifewriting
  • opportunities to publish your work
  • workshops, classes, online courses
  • writing circles
  • an Internet Chapter
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • much more

Membership categories:

  • Member:
    • Online publications: $55 worldwide
    • Print publications: $65; Canada & Mexico: $85; International $90
  • Friend: $90
  • Donor: $125
  • Supporter: $150
  • Contributor: $200
  • Sustainer: $250
  • Patron: $325
  • Benefactor: $400+
  • Organizational Membership: $125

Internet Chapter membership: $20
(To join the Internet chapter you must also be a member of the national organization; chapter dues are in addition to the national dues.)

To join, see our online membership form. You can pay online, or send a check to Story Circle Network, PO Box 1616, Bertram TX 78605-1616.

Susan Wittig Albert (Bertram, TX) is the NYT best-selling author and author-publisher of 50+ award-winning mysteries, memoirs, and historical novels. She has also written YA fiction, including books in the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. She is SCN's founder and current president. Visit her website.
Jeanne Guy
Workshop Presenter

Jeanne Guy, of Jeanne Guy Gatherings, has been a teacher, coach and speaker for 20+ years. A popular presenter, she is best known for her dry wit and engaging facilitation style. She is co-author of Seeing Me, a guide to reframing the way you see yourself through reflective writing, and has finished the manuscript of her memoir, You'll Never Find Us, the story of how her children were stolen from her and how she stole them back. Visit her on Facebook and her website.

B. Lynn Goodwin
Workshop Presenter

B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice, and the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing) and Talent (Eternal Press/Caliburn Press). In addition to coaching writers and pushing Talent into the world, she recently published a memoir about getting married for the first time at age 62 to a two-time widower that she met on ... gulp ... Craigslist.

Leslie Manning
Workshop Presenter

Leslie Manning is an award-winning novelist. She loves writing books about grown-ups (Gaga, Maggie's Dream) and young adults (Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town, Sarton Women's Book Award Recipient). For nearly twenty years, she has tossed every-day people into extraordinary circumstances to see what choices they make. When Leslie's not hanging out with the characters in her head, conducting research for current projects, or tutoring her amazing students, she speaks at libraries, schools, and book clubs. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and is proudly represented by the TriadaUS Literary Agency. Learn more at her website.

Wise Words from the Heart

"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain."
—Emily Dickinson

"In your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go and sheltered so may thrive and grow."
—Louise Driscoll

Have a "heart" quotation to share? Email it to us, and we'll add it to our growing collection.


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This e-Letter is written and edited by Peggy Fountain, Joyce Boatright, and Susan Wittig Albert.