This week in our class we worked with distilling our story down to its pure, poetic essence. Stories were refined, expanded on and presented from new angles. All the work that is coming out of this class has depth and honesty. The topics have ranged, but the heart of the works blossoming have remained true to excellence.
Next week will be our last class and we will be making a final presentation of these stories that we have tweaked, stretched, turned inside-out and reshaped. We will also be discussing how writing can be an invaluable therapeutic tool.
For those of you who have decided to submit your stories to the Christmas Lites anthologies we talked about in class, here is that information:
Many of you are very familiar with the Christmas Lites anthology published every year. Every year Amy Eye from The Eyes for Editing compiles a Christmas anthology to support the NCADV (The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). EVERY SINGLE DIME that is made from the sales of these books goes directly to the charity. This is the fifth year for Christmas Lites, and Amy is opening it up to visual artists and poets as well as the traditional prose offerings.
“I don’t pay anyone for their stories, and there will be no royalty payments made to you,” says Amy. “The only thing you will get out of this experience is knowing that you donated some time and one of your beautifully crafted stories to make Christmas a little better for those who are dealing with the very real, and very devastating effects of domestic violence. Last year, Christmas Lites made it into the top lists on Amazon; it took a few years for us to get noticed, but we are getting noticed AND that means bringing in more money to this charity.”
If you are interested in contributing some of your creative work to a good cause, contact Amy Eye through her website,theeyesforediting.com.
Here are Amy’s guidelines:
- It can be of ANY genre
- It has to mention Christmas in it somehow
- It doesn’t even have to be a story – a poem or some sort of artwork would be amazing!
- It has to be at least PG-13
- Word count I ask to be no more than 5K
- Entries due asap.
This year Line by Lion Publications will be helping Amy produce this book, and J.A. Clement will be doing cover art. I’ve had the privilege of contributing to the Christmas Lites anthologies from the beginning. The opportunity for me to give something I love doing as a gift makes my season meaningful every year.
“I am serious when I say ANY genre, horror, steampunk, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, children’s stories,” said Amy. “I love the books to be as diversified as the authors contributing to it. So please, I know it’s a little early and wet to be thinking about the holidays, but we are all writers/artists here – we can do ANYTHING! Including making a positive difference, in our own little way.”
If you are curious to learn more about the NCADV, please check out their website, ncadv.org.