Friday, March 18, 2011

Midwest writers: become a writing fellow.

Last year I submitted a bunch of words and won a writing fellowship sponsored by Indiana's venerable, and philanthropic, Ball Foundation.  I packed my bags, hydroplaned across the state, through the rain and slid in to the U-shaped table just in time to meet the other eight writers, all amazing, from different backgrounds, and writing different genres or screenplays.  Most of us loved coffee. And laptops. And the late Alan Garinger. 

At the retreat we shared our love for books and swapped pages and raced to see who got up the earliest to write. Also, I was fortunate to meet a few other young adult writers, including two of my favorites: Leo DiCaprio loving Lara Elrich--WHO JUST LANDED AN AGENT! 'Tis true and good news. Look for Lara's novel THE HERO very soon. I also met candy loving rescue dog aficionado Michele Shaw, who will be agented for her contemporary YA (I know it, 'cause she's awesome). It was time worth spent, with amazing writers.

If you have the inclination and the time, here's how to submit your work.  

Good luck!


  1. Thanks for the info...I better get moving.

  2. Aw, it was SO great to connect with you, too! We've MET! Live and in person vs. just on twitter! How awesome is that? Add your name to the list of those soon to be agented as well!

  3. I LOVED this retreat--and had such a great time with you, too. I'm so happy that you're querying, and I'm sure you'll find your dream agent in no time :-) Keep me updated!!!

  4. Michele, I know, we're real live people, right? You are a terrific writer friend. Thank you, girl.

  5. Hi Lara, I loved it as well. Wish we could do it again, without all the rain! Still, it was great to write and revise with like, unfettered. Thank you for you nice comments and let me know, too, about The Hero.