There is a long tradition of writing responding to visual art, so the city thought it would be fun to post a challenge to local poets and authors to respond in verse or prose to a piece of local art. Click here for details.
Deadline: Friday, July 27th
Prize: Two winners, one chosen by the artist the other by the LB Arts Commission, $250 each. The winning pieces will be published on the city website along with a month-long exhition at City Hall.
Reed Magazine, California’s oldest literary journal, is accepting submissions for Issue 152.
No matter your medium, the staff at Reed Magazine wants to hear your stories. Submit your poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or visual art, and let your voice be heard. Click here for details.
Submissions Open: June 1 thru November 1
Rattle’s mission is to promote the practice of poetry.
If you’re a poet, go to this page every month to find a new piece of art to inspire your poetry. You’ll have one month to write and submit your poems. Two winners—one chosen by the artist and the other by Rattle’s editor—will receive online publication and $50 each month.
LitLaguna is a non-profit group created for the sole purpose of supporting the literary arts in Laguna Beach. Our goal is to encourage the creation and enjoyment of the written and spoken word and to unite the literary community.
Laguna Beach writer, Kate Buckley's short story was published in the "Belmont Story Review." Check it out on Amazon.
Click here for description and excerpt.
Book Review by Laguna Beach Book Blogger Randy Craft
New Book Review by Laguna Beach Book Blogger Randy Kraft
Find out about Laguna's secret trove of little free libraries: where they are and the people who created them.
CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH
ART-INSPIRED WRITING CONTEST
MAP OF LAGUNA BEACH'S
LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES
LITERARY WORKSHOP SERIES
Third Street Writers Writing Workshop, Mondays 10:00-1:00 at the Laguna Beach Library
Third Street Writers is dedicated to fostering the development of new and veteran writers by providing opportunities to study, produce, and showcase literature.
Join us as we work with writing prompts, read and comment on works in progress. For information click here.
Toastmasters of Laguna Beac, Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
St Mary's Guild Hall (behind the church) 428 Park Avenue
Toastmasters is a non-profit organization devoted to the development of communicatation, public speaking, presentation and leadership skills.
Anyone interested in improving their public speech is welcome to attend. For more information click here.
Laguna Beach Library Poetry Workshop, First and Third Saturdays, 2:00-4:00, Community Room
Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and workshopped. Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets—this is not a workshop for beginners.
Laguna Beach Community Services Department Literary Workshop Series
Fridays - Times and duration of workshops vary - Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street
For more information or to enroll: Click here.
How to Improve the First Few Pages of Your Novel to Attract the Attention of Agents
A hands-on workshop that is both candid and kind. By the end of the session, through targeted discussions of each participant’s first five novel pages, as well as those of a few established writers, you’ll learn valuable fiction-writing skills that will make your work stand out in a crowded field and (with luck!) attract the attention of agents.
Effective Communication in a Digital World
Learn how to prepare a 2-3 minute icebreaker speech and then give your speech to the class. You will receive immediate feedback and evaluations from the Toastmasters instructors.
The Art of the Short Story
Participants will learn techniques for generating authentic and unique story ideas as well as the elements necessary to create an effective story. Through independent exercises and an examination of a few classic texts, we’ll unlock the inner writer, silence the inner critic, and create original material.
The Art of Reading and Understanding Fiction
There is a skill to reading and appreciating stories. This workshop will teach you the method to the madness behind great fiction. Two short stories will be explored in a book-club format. This class is great for writers. Like an artist, to master your craft you need to understand what makes certain works great.
The Nuts-and-Bolts of Novel Writing
Learn proper formatting and grammar techniques for fiction writing. Gain an understanding of genres, POVs, “showing not telling,” crafting dialog, word choice, and switching tenses. Along with techniques and tricks of the trade, participants will receive advice on how to get their story told quickly and revise it after.
Writing for Television or Movies
Attendees will learn and discuss the language and tools used when crafting a story for the screen. The class itself is an exploration of character development, a lesson in understanding cinematic plot points and an appreciation of film and story.