Pennwriters Presents

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On Monday, September 25th, I will be this month’s guest at Pennwriters Presents, an online Q&A session provided by the Pennwriters writing organization through its Facebook group.

Pennwriters Presents offers access to industry professionals, who answer questions on a variety of topics. Here is the official blurb about the upcoming September session:

Pennwriters Presents proudly hosts guest Ramona DeFelice Long, an award-winning professional skilled in multiple areas of writing and editing. Ramona will take your questions from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, and again from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on any of these topics: working with an editor, self-editing, mysteries, short stories, women’s fiction, and writing retreats.

Post your question for Ramona on the Pennwriters Presents Facebook page on the 25th and she will post her reply. Please join us! The Pennwriters Presents Facebook page is open to all current Pennwriters members.

Guest bio: Ramona DeFelice Long is an author, editor, and online writing instructor. As an author, she has written fiction and essays in all sizes. As an editor, she focuses on mysteries and women’s fiction and has edited over 200 novel manuscripts, a dozen short story anthologies, and countless novel openings and short stories. As an instructor, she teaches online courses through Sisters in Crime and is currently putting together a workbook for mystery authors. Her writing has been acknowledged by the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Pennsylvania State Arts Council, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her two favorite things are crème brulee and going away for a writing retreat.

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I have been a proud member of Pennwriters since I joined the Indiana Women’s Writers Circle in Indiana, PA, back in the 1990s.

Pennwriters is a multi-genre writing organization established in 1988 to help writers of all levels, from the novice to the award-winning and multi-published, improve and succeed in their craft. It is focused in Pennsylvania but its membership is international. The group offers an annual three-day writers conference and area events and has a strong internet presence, with email groups, online classes and social networks. For more information, visit their website.

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