Monthly Archives: December 2015

Lyn Robertson to speak

Self-proclaimed allegorical hit man, Lyn Robertson, will be at the Henderson Writers’ Group on Monday, January 11, 2016, for a short discussion on saving the editor and killing bad copy, or vice versa.

Lyn Robertson hacked into a career of art, history, and all things fascinating through a life of compulsive education and bibliomania. She has degrees in Creative Writing and Sociology, amongst others, with special interest in media and corporate communications and grammar policing. Lyn is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the American Sociological Association. She has been active in various writing clubs, groups, and organizations across the country and written for several organizations and businesses nationwide.

Taxes and you

Rick Greene. retired IRS employee and member of HWG, will do a TAX presentation and answer questions during  the December 30th, 6:30pm, meeting at Skinny Dugan’s. As Rick has said, be aware he was not in Tax Preparation…but he will do his best to explain the process and why you – yes, YOU – need to file properly as an author.

National bestselling author to speak

Mark your calendars!

Laura McBride, bestselling author of We Are Called to Rise, will be a featured speaker at the March 7 meeting at 7pm. The topic “Writing About Vegas” may be of interest to many of our members who set their stories locally.

Laura McBride is the author of We Are Called to Rise, which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014. The novel was a #1 IndieNext pick and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers choice in the US, and a BBC Simon Mayo Radio2 Book Club choice and a Waterstones Book Club pick in the UK.  It received positive reviews nationally and internationally, including a starred review from Library Journal and a A- review from Entertainment Weekly.  Laura McBride was a 2012 Yaddo fellow and the 2015 recipient of the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.  She is a professor in the English department at the College of Southern Nevada, and has lived in Las Vegas since 1987. For more information, see her website:

Fabuloso, Fabula!

Dear Henderson Writers’ Group,

By way of introduction, I write on behalf of Fabula Press ( which is a small publishing house catering to the literary fiction market. Twice a year, we run themed and non-themed short story contests on the web, and publish the top entries in the form of an anthology (both in print and digital formats). We are currently in the process of launching our 2016 winter short story contest styled as Nivalis 2016, and seek your support to spread the word among the authors in your circle/group.   Should authors from your circle choose to participate, kindly request them to duly fill in the “where did you hear from us” section in the submissions page – we try to give due credit to the various writing groups/workshops for their support when their authors are featured in our anthology or where there are many entries from any group.   The details of the contest are as below:   Dates: Contest opens on 01Jan16, and submissions will be accepted till 31Mar16. The results will tentatively be declared in Jun16.   Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:

  1. First Prize:      US$250
  2. Second Prize:  US$150
  3. Third Prize:     US$100

All longlisted entries (top 10-15) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest four such prizes of US$50 each were declared).

Theme: None. There is no restriction on genre either, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science based / alternative history based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team.

Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors’ discretion some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.

Entry fee: US$10.

Judges: The panel of judges includes literary agents, authors and essayists.

Detailed guidelines are available on our website, but do let us know should you need more information.   Hoping to receive your support,

Kind regards,   Anirban Ray Choudhury

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