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What They Say About Us!

Student Testimonies

* I took two Creative Writing courses at our local college several years ago and made no advancement in creative writing skills. Once I found Creative Writing Institute, and sent a short manuscript for evaluation by Mr. Lynn Carroll, I knew this was the most hopeful doorway for me and signed up. After only three lessons of Creative Writing 101, the drive to become a student and writer again was confirmed and on I went.  My tutor, Jo Popek, cheered me every inch of the way. Even the busy CEO, Deborah Owen, took time to write encouraging words. What a great staff. Betty C.

* I just wanted to let you guys know I was assigned to create a newsletter in my technical writing class. We had to write articles based off a fake company we created. I, of course, chose to "own" a used bookstore. So the articles in my newsletter had to be about things people who shop at a used bookstore would read. I wrote several articles, turned them in, and got and 100%! She said my articles were amazing, informative but encouraging, and she absolutely loved them. I wanted to thank both of you and let you know. You really have trained me well! You have given me skills that will help me with future jobs, and school! Thanks!! Arial P.

* This is exactly what I've searched for - [Introduction to Poetry] - poetry forms and rules, punctuation and line breaks. I constantly stumble over the latter. I deeply appreciate your comments and suggestions. There is nowhere else for me to turn for help. Thank you for spending your valuable time teaching this class. I've searched hard for a [poetry] class like this one and am excited to find it at CWI. Terri C.

* I have been absorbing more than I ever dreamed. The dynamic non-fiction course is just that. Dynamic. My dearest friend and writing buddy has her master's thesis in the Library of Congress and has been reviewing my assignment analyses with me at the end of each lesson. She can't get over how extensive the material is. > Lynn answers all my questions promptly, satisfactorily, and with humor. Thanks for everything. Shirley D.

* The [Creative Writing 101] course provided the kind of detailed comments and suggestions for my writing that I have been craving and have not received in other face-to-face classes.  Diane M.

* Lynn Carroll was very thorough, thoughtful, encouraging, knowledgeable and motivating. The one-on-one class experience is like no other class I've attended. I believe this promotes the desire to learn and helps with follow-through. Lynn gave me such a confidence boost, all the while being candid about my strengths and weaknesses. He was understanding when I had a crazy couple of weeks and allowed flexibility for homework. I so appreciated Lynn's honesty and heart. You said you enjoyed having me as a student, but you have no idea how the whole class and mentoring system helped me. I'll be forever grateful for all that Deb, Lynn, and Jo have given me. You are all truly unique. Linda C.



What's Hot and What's Not

by Kevin Keeney


Have you heard of the Swiss Army Knife for writers? It is called The Multi-Tool Pen. This amazing instrument of creation and destruction can punch holes, strip insulation off wires, remove staples, file nails, trim Christmas ribbon, cut a pencil in half, tighten loose screws with either a Phillips or flat head, tweeze nose and ear hairs, scrape paint, eat clams casino with the stainless steel fork… and did I mention you can write with it?

No more digging through drawers for a lost screwdriver. No more scouring the bathroom for missing tweezers. No more searching for your hole punch. With the Multi-Tool Pen in your pocket, you’ll be ready for all kinds of emergencies, along with your daily writing sessions.

This is the perfect gift for the writer who is impossible to buy for. No need to worry about getting this gift back next Christmas. Everyone will appreciate this wonderful piece of craftsmanship and ingenuity.

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Writing Terminologies

for Sports Journalism

by Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM

This is a great study for writing sports journalism.

Ace describes a very good job at whatever sport the athletes are playing. Can also be used to designate the best player in the game. “Tiger Woods was the ace of the entire PGA and he blew it!”

Class, used as a noun in this instance, is a feature of sportswriters. “Classy” being a player who is courteous to the writers and his/her opposing team. “Classless” occurs when the coach passes on a postgame handshake.

Distraction used as a noun means anything that hinders winning the game.

Era as an adjective connotes a certain period of time. Sometimes this period is marked by the presence or lack of presence of a Superstar athlete or coach: “pre-Johnson era”.

Glass jaw is someone's Achilles heel (weakness)

Hat-trick used in baseball would me that the batting team took three bases. A threefold play. “The Cubs just pulled a hat-trick and the crowds are going wild!.”

Jumps in figure skating are the interchanges whereby skaters leap or rotate their bodies on the ice. In addition to simple jumps, there are six main revolving jumps: the axel, the loop, the toe loop, the salchow, the lutz, and the flip. “Michelle Kwan just performed a triple lutz followed by the salchow and toe loop. What a seamless performance she gave tonight.”

Kill or kill shot in badminton describes a rapid downward shot that is not easily returned. “Sabrina went in for her kill-shot and Victoria was absolutely unable to reciprocate. Point Sabrina.”

Net shot in either tennis or badminton means a shot from the forecourt that barely clears the net and then drops off precipitously.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of various sports terminologies, and this column just touches the tip of that list.



Getting Started in Writing

What would you give to be a good writer? Would you be willing to study hard? Would you be willing to start at the bottom? Would you be willing to invest in yourself? That’s what learning the writing trade is all about, and most students can learn it in two years or less at Creative Writing Institute.



Knocking on the Publisher’s Door

by Terri Cummings

What is it like to climb the non-published mountain, knock on the publisher’s door and watch it crack open? In a way, it's like trekking Mount Everest. Legs burn, heart pounds, lungs squeeze as the mouth sucks in high altitude scattered air molecules. But when a trekker reaches the summit, the world spreads its arms and offers a fresh view! Relief, excitement, and success fuse. Dopamine explodes from the brain, zings through the chest, and replaces toil’s pain. When my work appears online or in print, my dopamine rushes, skin tingles, and eyes crinkle. Like an addict, I crave bites of success. Achievement trumps the toil.

For three years, I sat behind the desk, read books, studied, and wrote. In time, friends, family, and I spread the word of my poetry and fiction novel endeavors. Then a writing group invited me to join.

Members of the Wednesday Writers Group critique one another’s work. We revise and start over again. Week after week. Literally and figuratively, our voices evolve as we read drafts of poems, short stories, flash fiction, plays, blogs, and novels aloud.

Last April, I read three poems at an open mike poetry event. Unbeknownst to me, two editors of two different literary journals sat in the audience. Afterward, they asked me to submit my work. For the first time, I experienced the rush of a writer, published and validated.

Like a sponge, I absorb instruction from Creative Writing Institute’s mentors, as well as independent workshops, books, and blogs. Although the learning process continues, it enhances but does not replace the creative process. I study as I write and submit work to literary journals, magazines, and contests. Over and over again. It’s an endless process.

At poetry readings, the hush that blankets an audience embraces me when I stand before the microphone. Afterward, other poets and writers critique my reading and writing. They share contest or workshop information, send invitations to literary events, and include me in social gatherings. A new circle of friends and acquaintances, separate from family, has formed.

Like a high five, payment for a written piece rewards the writer. I received $1.25 for a 220-word flash fiction piece. Not enough for a burger, but enough for a dose of dopamine. In the spring of 2016, an independent book publisher will print my first chapbook. Then I’ll rake in $7.00 of the $15.00 price. When I complete the fiction novel, I may self-publish it and keep the proceeds.

Although I have not broken into the literary world, I’m peeking around the door. Occasionally, someone hears my tiny voice calling from the mountains of submitted poems and manuscripts.

Success is within your reach, too, if you stay on track. Every day, study, read, and write. Join a writing group or start your own. Identify prospective writing platforms, and submit your work. Let the publisher hear your voice. When you crash through the door and conquer the mountain, savor the rush. Then start again. Best wishes in your endeavors!




Reader, Student, and Staff Accomplishments

Step right up and be counted. No matter how big or how small YOUR accomplishments, send them to and see them published in this column.

We take special pride in our first announcement from Kevin Keeney, one of our volunteer writers. Congratulations, Kevin!:

* Quote: " Today, after years of procrastinating and NOT writing, I received my first rejection. Thanks to you and CWI, I am now an official writer! Feel free to put my "accomplishment" in the newsletter with the more successful accomplishments if you like. Kevin Keeney  *High fives, Kevin!

* Diane Robinson, tutor for Writing for Children, says Sir Princess Petra's Mission, book three in multi-award winning series The Pen Pieyu Adventures, is now featured in a Goodreads Giveaway until September 28, 2016 at Amazon is also featuring a paperback sale and the price fluctuates daily at

The Dragon Grammar book, for middle grades through adults, will be released soon. If you are interested in reviewing it, email Diane at

Newcomers who sign up for her newsletter will receive the 55-page pdf. Sir Princess Petra coloring book. Subscribe here:
Stay tuned for a coloring contest coming up--separate adult and kid divisions.

* Congratulations to student Karin Krafft who won first place in the Cedar Mill Writing Group for the month of April. The topic was irresistible temptation. Karin is presently enrolled in Short Story Safari and we are excited to watch her progression. Good job, Karin!

* Just released, CWI instructor, Emily-Jane Hills Orford's young adult novel Gerlinda... a troubling story about a young girl whose father, once a Hitler youth, abuses his family and makes life miserable for the children both at home and at school. Set in the 1960's, all Gerlinda wants is to feel like she belongs - somewhere.

* Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women receives 5 star review from Maria Beltran. Emily-Jane Hills Orford honors the countless women who have made a difference in the lives of others. Throughout history, there have been millions of women all over the world who have done so and in millions of different ways so that writing this book must have been a dilemma for the author. Ms. Orford, however, found a beautiful solution out of this conundrum by simply identifying the fields where these women made their marks and zeroing in on the personalities that must have made the most unforgettable impression on her.

The result is a book that is an easy, informative and enjoyable read. Although this is not a voluminous book, it surprisingly offers a wealth of information about extraordinary women in history and it is one that we are not likely to forget. This is because the author presents her subjects in such a way that we get to know these amazingly extraordinary women as real people and not just as footnotes in history.

* CWI student, Carlene Barrett, is pleased to announce her poem, The Straw that Broke, has been published in the highly esteemed ArtAscent (Art & Literature Journal 16, December 2015 issue), on page 85.  Congratulations,Carlie!  This is just the beginning, girlfriend. 

* Terri Cummings, up and coming writer/poet and student of Creative Writing Institute, is pleased to announce three of her poems, Death of a Marriage, A New Season, and Grey Abbey made it into the semi-finals of the 2015 Songs of Eretz Poetry Contest. The results will be out at the end of the year. > Three more poems will make it into the Songs of Eretz Poetry Review and they are: Pearl Harbor:  USS Oklahoma, Home of the Brave, and Starving Artists. Publshing date unknown.> And believe it or not -- Tight Spaces, Heart Land and Soul Cleaning will be published in the Winter 2015 Issue of Dragon Poet Review. The expected publishing date is December 1, 2015. Check it out at

Update: Terri just received a notice saying her poem, The Phantom Read, has been accepted by Still Crazy. Congratulations!

Folks, THIS is how you market!!! Keep sending those submissions over and over and over again. Terri has the process nailed! High fives, Terri!

* Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce To Be a Duke by Emily-Jane Hills Orford took Honorable Mention in the Fiction - Animals Category in the 2015 International Book Award Contest. The same book was also named Finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Congratulations, Emily-Jane, writing tutor for Novel Writing and other writing courses at Creative Writing Institute.

* High fives to one of our writing judges, Jianna Higgins, who won first place in the Chatelaine Awards! She also won a gold medal in the Global eBook Awards and was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards. Jianna has been studying with Creative Writing Institute for some time. She has already formed her writing platform and accomplished outstanding achievements. Congratulations on a job well done, Jianna! We are so proud of you.



A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 25:10



























Short Story Contest Extended to Sept. 15 



This is the greatest opportunity for publication you will ever have.  

Welcome to Creative Writing Institute's annual short story contest. This is going to be our biggest and best contest yet. In a small fee-based contest like this, the competition is much less and your chances of winning are much greater. Our fee is the price of a Starbuck's cup of coffee and it helps subsidize our nonprofit charity contest, so invest in us, and at the same time invest in yourself.

Publication: we will publish the first, second and third place winners, two honorable mentions, and ten additional Judge's Pick stories in our fifth annual anthology, along with best-selling guest authors and stories written by Creative Writing Institute's staff. Enjoy the competition. Join the fun!

Judge's Pick: you may be asking what a "Judge's Pick" story is. That is a story that impressed a judge so much that he/she nominated it for publication, even though it was not a winning entry. A very high commendation for the author!
First place:
* $200 and Gold eMedal OR a free, privately tutored writing course valued at $260

Second place:
* $100 and Silver eMedal OR $200 applied toward a privately tutored writing course

Third place:
* $50 and Bronze eMedal OR $125 applied toward a privately tutored writing course

Fourth and Fifth place:
* Honorable Mention eMedal

In addition, we will publish ten Judge's Pick stories.

For the First Time -- the Lucky Draw!

We would like to express our gratitude to Microsoft and TechSoup for donating a Norton AntiVirus Package for five computers, valid for one year. *The Norton Package will only open in the USA.
eMedals: You will love the classy eMedals. Make them any size you want. Post them on your site and on social media! Keep it forever.
Revealing our Cover: for the first time, we are revealing our cover for the next anthology, which will be titled  LOST. (You can see the enlarged picture at


The theme sentence is below the picture. Be sure to use it in your story.



I am completely and utterly lost.


•   Open genre

•   One prize per person

•   Entry fee: $5 per submission

•   Submit each story individually

•   Word limit is 1,500 to 2,000 words.

•   Story may not have been published before.

•   No swearing, profanity, explicit sexual scenes, graphic violence, etc.

•   Your story must include this theme sentence: "I am completely and utterly lost."

•   Winners agree to minor editing rights and will grant first, non-exclusive, electronic rights.

•   All Rights return to the author upon publication.

•   Accepting submissions until Sept. 15, 2017, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time.

•   Apply the theme sentence to an emotional state, a physical location, fighting

     illness, or any other application that comes to mind.

•   Copy and paste your document into

   Do NOT send your submission as an email attachment. We will not open it.



Direct questions to head judge, Jianna Higgins, at  



How to Win a Themed Contest

by Deborah Owen, CEO

Creative Writing Institute

Have you wondered if there is a trick to winning contests? The answer is a big yes! There are tricks to winning all contests, especially themed ones, but before we go into that, let’s talk about the little-known rules of contesting.

Above all, don’t choose a pre-written story and alter it to accommodate the theme. If you rewrite it enough, you can make it fit, but stories that are written specificially for the contest stand out. A judge can spot it a mile away.

Story Tips

There are no new stories, so don’t drive yourself crazy trying to find one. Instead, think of a unique angle for an old one. For example, boy sees girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy dates girl, but here’s a unique angle – suppose a hit man takes a contract to kill a woman, falls in love with her, protects her, and he becomes the target. Or... boy finds lost dog and returns it to owner. Dog continually pulls the two together.


The very first line should open in the middle of an action scene. The first paragraph should give a sense of place, time, and characters involved.


Your readers should know enough about the protagonist’s physical appearance and emotional mindset to create a mental image. Describe the protagonist without listing the description. Instead of saying, Lilly was short, curvaceous, and had blue eyes, you could say:

He had never seen such blue eyes. Azure blue. No, ocean blue.

   Or were they sky-blue? Whatever the color, they were paralyzing.

Alex stood a head taller than Lilly’s five feet, two inches, and ogled

as the curvaceous blonde twisted her way down the sidewalk.


Use two and three syllable words to progress the plot rapidly. When writing a story, save every possible word and use the saved words to (a) describe a person, (b) build scenery, (c) or progress the plot. 

When Writing to a Theme 

  • Informative theme stories rope judges in. For example, if you’re writing a story that concerns a boat and fishing, research that kind of boat, what kinds of fish are available in that area, and how to fish for them.
  • Most importantly: build the entire story around the theme sentence, phrase, or word. To do that, use keywords that mentally link with the theme. For instance, if the word “Key” is the theme word, you might write a story around a mystery key that the protagonist finds. As you go through the possibilities of things it might fit, each item will infer the word “key.”
  • Ways that characters can reiterate the theme word: they can mutter to themselves, talk to their own image, talk to a pet, talk to a friend, leave a message, or talk on the phone. Avoid showing their thoughts (called internal dialogue), as it lends to telling instead of showing.

Example: Brent ruffled his dog’s fur. “I’ve had a hard day, buddy. You’ve got it made, ya know? A tough day for you is losing a bone. A tough day for me is trying to solve a crime with a one-word clue – key. Whaddaya think she meant by ‘find the key’? What key? The key to a deposit box? Nah. Too obvious. Key to a code? Key to a puzzle? Key to a house? A key person?”


Know the Judges


  • Before you write the first word of your entry, familiarize yourself with the company that is running the contest. What are their standards? What do they sell? What are they interested in? If you send a story packed with swearing or sex to a contest run by a Christian organization, don’t count on winning!
  • Who are the judges?
  • If judges are not identified, what type of judges would that company choose? Conservative? Wildly liberal? Young? Elderly?
  • Who judged last year’s contest? Research them and read everything they wrote. This year’s judges will run along the same lines. If, for example, the company is Christian and the contest judges are elderly, they might like a story with a moral, or maybe a conservative story that uses a senior citizen as the protagonist. If the company is young, motivational, and liberal, your options are broad.
  • Read last year’s winning entries and dissect them. Note the age and personality of the protagonist, the plotline, and how many times the theme was mentioned or inferred.

Ten Unforgivable Contest Sins


It only takes one unforgivable sin to sink your boat. 

  1.   Don’t exceed the word count by even one word!

  2.   The theme phrase must be letter perfect.

  3.   Watch your punctuation.  

  4.   Check for open ended quotes.

  5.   Don’t break a single rule.  

  6.   Check subject and verb agreement.

  7.   Don’t use inconsistent tenses.

  8.   The plot should have a major climax.

  9.   Never tell an emotion.  

10. Have a surprise ending. 

  • Every short story should consist of 60% or more dialogue. Too much narration indicates more telling than showing.
  • Judges prefer a consistent point of view.
  • Third person, past tense, is the most popular voice.
  • Tangle the plot so it contains more than one issue.
  • Twist the ending.

Winning any position (even honorable mention) means you are an award winning writer. That will look mighty good on your website, blog, and resume!

Closing Thoughts ~ Before you submit, read your story aloud.~ Have a friend critique it.~ After you submit, send a thank you letter to the judges.~ Immediately after judging is over, write to a judge and ask information    on how your story ranked and what you can do to make it a winning    entry. ~ Judges are good people to know, but do NOT be a pest. Very carefully    nurture those relationships. How? Friend them on social media! Entering free contests means stiff competition. Your best bet will be finding contests with an entry fee of $5 to $10 and low cash prizes.  Winning a contest is easier than selling a story, so do your homework properly and jump into the fray! This author knows a lady who won six national competitions by following these rules! Well? What are you waiting for? That prize money has your name on it!  

BIO: Deborah Owen is the CEO of Creative Writing Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that sponsors cancer patients in writing courses. CWI also offers writing courses to the public at a discount price. Each student receives a personal tutor. 



Enter a Writing Contest! Get Brave!

by Deborah Owen, CEO of Creative Writing Institute


Believe in yourself. It’s good to understand you aren’t a Thoreau or Stephen King, but isn't it worth the price of a Starbuck’s coffee to learn how good you really are? The sheer fun of it is worth that much! 

I began contesting several years ago, and the first one I entered was huge. I didn’t know that at the time, but when I learned II took honorable mention over 16,000 other entries in the Writer’s Digest Contest, I almost fainted. But just think… I almost won… not because my writing was so good, but because my story was unique and it had a good angle.

A big dose of morphine couldn’t have made me any higher. Here I am years later, and I’m still riding that wave. It was well worth the money to have that marvelous experience.

Contest Tips and Tricks: 

• First and foremost, follow the guidelines or your entry will be disqualified.

• Enter contests that have small fees, as they have less competition than free contests. If you’re a beginner, don’t enter a contest that charges more than $10. Why? Because you’re getting into professional contesting at that point.

• What you should expect to pay:  Creative Writing Institute's contest is only $5, but fees vary. Contests that give cash prizes must charge a modest fee to subsidize the awards.

• Winning the lottery is much akin to winning a writing contest. Against all odds, even when you think you don’t have a chance, you might win! The results of one CWI contest showed a point spread of three points between first and third place! Wow! Really close. Don’t cheat yourself out of this great learning experience.

• As you search for contests, beware of scams. Some places will ask for a high entry fee, and virtually all of the entrants will receive a letter telling them they have won. When the “winner” replies, the scammer will want another $20 for a biography, and later they’ll ask for more money to enter for the grand prize. The so called “winners” are told their work will appear in an anthology (collection of short stories or poetry), but of course, the organization will prod them to sell anthologies to family and friends. A little common sense goes a long way in this kind of thing.

• There are only three kinds of fees that you should consider: (1) Entry fee, (2) reading fee, and (3) critique fee, if you want the judge’s feedback [well worth the money]. Choose the contest that best suits you and go for it! Just search “writing contests” and you’ll find more than you can enter. They usually run in the spring and fall, so get brave. Gamble the price of one cup of coffee, if only for the sheer fun of it. It’s a great experience.

Check our guidelines and enter before August 31, 2017, midnight, EST. This is the kind of contest where you really have a chance. Hey – don’t forget to click “like” before you go – top right corner!




Success depends on your courage - not your circumstances.

U are in control of your own destiny.

Confidence is a necessity. If it isn't real, that's fine. Fake it 'til you make it.

Creativity is key. Approach articles and stories with a unique angle.

Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and take refresher courses to stay motivated.

Stop making excuses.

Simple planning will help you find success in 2016.

Have business cards made. They aren't expensive. Pass them out freely and declare yourself to be a writer. Don't try to sell anything without having it professionally edited. Don't try to succeed without having the proper education to do so. Learning to write is one of the least expensive vocations you can pursue. Most people can learn the basics with three courses. What do you have to lose? If you don't try, you'll never know what you might have become.

Becoming a writer takes courage.



Your desire for success must be greater than

your fear of failure.



CWI, a Nonprofit Charity

that Offers Free Courses to Cancer Patients

We also provide professionally written creative writing courses to the general public at great prices. At CWI, you will receive a private tutor at no extra cost. Your tutor will escort you through the learning maze, grade your homework and answer your questions. At CWI, we go the extra mile that others only talk about!

If you are a cancer survivor and wish to apply for a scholarship, see



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