It's OVER for this Year - The Muse Online Writers Confernce

Ah, and Awh, it's over. It was an action packed, information jammed packed, amazing, and overwhelming week - just like last year's. You would have thought I'd remember not to overload with more workshops than I can handle. But, how do you do that? I want that class, and that one, and oh yeah, that one...

Since the two super duper honchos (creator, organizer, manager and presenter) of The Muse Online Writers Conference, Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard Johnson are members of this little writers group, it's a must to write about their absolutely astounding endeavor and achievement.

For this I'm posting the article I have on my site (with a bit of tweaking):

The Muse Conference is an amazing concept. I will plug it from now until next year's is at our doorstep. It is an astounding opportunity for writers to learn their craft, or a new one, get advice and tips, network, and move forward in their careers.

Before this week I didn't realize that Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson actually thought of disabled writers who can't attend conferences in person and writers who can't afford to go to them when they considered joining forces to attempt this wonderful and arduous undertaking. This type of altruistic act is a blessing for those in these categories. It allows us to partake of the knowledge and experience of wonderful writers, authors, editors, marketers, and publishers. And, it gives us the opportunity to get professional critiques of pieces of our writing within some of the workshops offered.

But hold on, if this isn't enough, you are given the opportunity to PITCH YOUR WORK!

Can you believe it? All this for FREE and in the comfort of your own home with 24/7 access to the site for the entire week (and usually longer). And all thanks to these two wonderful and generous women.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU AND BUNDLES OF APPRECIATION to Lea and Carolyn for the time, effort, expense, and the obvious caring that goes into these amazing conferences.

So, what am I actually saying here? Simple: Run, jump, skip, hop, swim, whatever it takes, but SIGN UP for next year's Muse Online Writers Conference as soon as you can!

Registration opens in November; I'll post a link here when it's available.

And, while it is absolutely FREE, if you can afford to please help out with the conferences by donating whatever you can - even a dollar is something!

Talk to you soon,


  1. Karen, not sure my last post went through. Just want to keep the link to it alive for future use. You are so sweet to pass the word for the Muse Conference. Let's ave this and do it again next August. Get as many as it can serve exposed to it.

  2. I discovered the Muse online conference in time to register for the first one three years ago. At the time I was writing nothing but poetry. I hooked up with Linda Barnett Johnson and ended up joining her writers forum, where I was required to write fiction as well as poetry.

    I had never written a word of fiction prior to that point -- three years ago this coming November.

    At this year's muse conference I pitched my chapter book, "The Angry Little Boy," and was given the OK to submit.

    And I'm working on my second MG, a story about a girl who wants to go to music camp.

    It is entirely, underline that, entirely, a result of Lea, Carolyn, Linda, and the other wonderful people who volunter their time and energy to put on this wonderful conference.

    I sincerely hope that "The Angry Little Boy" is accepted for publication.

    But whatever happens, know this: I wouldn't be here, a member of this virtual book tour group, and at work on my second -- no less-- book if it weren't for this conference.

    Oh, yeah, I've left out all the great stuff that has happened to my poetry as a result of the conferences -- but this is getting long, so I'm going to end here.

    This year's conference is over, but y'all still have the chance to sign up for next year.

    Don't let another muse-less year pass you by.

    Margaret Fieland

  3. I just finished my first Muse on line conference. It moved me forward in my writing skills and goals like nothing else could. My dream is to write a YA novel. The teachers comments on my writing have given me the confidence to get started. I'm mapping out a YA fantasy and I'm having the best time!

    Lea saved my life in my pitch session when I had computer problems. I owe her my life!! Lea and Carolyn, thank you for all your hard work. I'm sure there are many stories just like mine and Margarets. You will be BLESSED!!

  4. Carolyn, will do.

    Margaret, it's amazing how one thing affects another. This group was started as a direct result of last year's conference.


  5. Ah, good ole Lea!

    That's great,Kathy, that you're shooting for a YA - I know you can do it.


  6. I posted about the Muse Conference on my blog, too,

    I have another major one with the link to register scheduled to post on Oct. 30.

  7. Carolyn and I are thrilled everyone enjoyed the conference. We're beginning to get updates on the pitches. Go to the conference website;

    then click on 2009 Testimonials


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