Did you know that September is self-improvement month? It’s also past the half-way point for your 2014 Writer’s Passport toWriter's Passport to Success Success. Where are you on your checklist to publishing? For those that are new, or just haven’t viewed it yet, I gave a workshop on writer goals that will further your career success, which you can view here. Accompanying that workshop, I created for you a writer’s ‘cheat sheet’ to publication called the 2014 Writer’s Passport which be found on our website here?

This month I want you to ask yourself: What can I do this month to further my writing career?

One easy thing we have at our disposal as RWA members is the vast array of classes that were recorded from July’s RWA Annual Conference. For only $4/class, you can listen to the audio file from any of the over 150 classes and workshops offered! Topics range from craft-related classes, like Mastering Deep Point of View, to genre specific classes, like the one that sounds so intriguing to me: “To Leach or Not to Leach: Medicine in 19th Century America.” Although most of you know how to get to these classes on RWA, here’s a quickie tutorial to the treasure trove available to you 24/7 on your road to self-improvement:

  • Log into your RWA account at www.rwa.org
  • Under the “Education” tab at the top, select “RWA University”
  • Every month there is a free class sponsored by RWA, as well as paid classes you can take. Below this month’s classes you will see a blue bar with the title of “File Library,” underneath which are the audio files for not only the 2014 RWA Annual Conference, but those from 2013 as well. Clicking on those links will take you to 8 pages (yes–EIGHT!) of classes offered, each of them priced at around $4.

Other self-improvement dates to note this month are:

September 3–PRO/PAN/Open meeting from 10-2pm at the Homosassa library, where you can come ask questions that are specific to you and your manuscript/career.

Person Reading a BookSeptember 6–Is Read a Book Day. Check out something in your genre, or (better yet) something outside of your genre. Try the non-fiction section, for once–expand your horizons and learn about astronomy or the history of gardens in England. It’s surprising how often these gems will spark ideas for your current, or future, WIP.

September 27–SSRA General and Board meeting, where our program will be an indispensable workshop on Beta Readers and Beta Reading. If you want your manuscript to be Beta Read by someone in SSRA, this program is literally a requirement! SSRA is about giving, and you must be willing to give back to the organization in order to receive from the organization. Learning to be a good beta reader is key in giving and receiving.

I look forward to hearing how YOU challenged yourself during this Self-Improvement month!

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Dylan Newton

SSRA President

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Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York where the local library was her favorite hang-out. Despite earning a degree in English Literature, Dylan spent more than a decade sidetracked by an executive position in corporate America where she swears she contracted testosterone poisoning. After leaving, she dedicated herself to more estrogen-rich passions, like motherhood, writing romance novels and her never-ending quest for the perfect date night.

Dylan married her high-school sweetheart and they are busy living out their own happily ever after in sunny Florida with their two incredible daughters and a snoring Shiz-Tsu.

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