Peace Corps Writers
Working to fulfill our goals will be promoting and encouraging Peace Corps writers at the 1999 RPCV Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, August 12th to 15th. We will be sponsoring four workshops – listed below – and have worked with a local bookstore to have available at the conference site a large selection of books by Peace Corps writers.

Workshops in St. Paul
The workshops will feature published RPCV writers who have a vast range of experience with the writing process and dealing with the sometimes agonizing steps of getting published. They will share what they have learned in the process and provide advice and encouragement to those in attendance.

    How To Write A Novel In 100 Days Or Less
         A step-by-step and day-by-day guide to turning your idea into a novel within three months. Writing a novel is easier than you think. If you have an idea for a book and can write a simple declarative sentence, come to this workshop. We’ll tell you what to do next. Presenter: John Coyne.

    Publishing Your Novel and Short Stories
    How to get what you’ve written about the Peace Corps (or not) published in a newspaper, magazine, or as a book. Practical tips and suggestions of where to place your manuscripts. Presenters: Geraldine Kennedy, Mark Brazaitis, Craig Carrozzi, and Richard Wiley.

    Writing For Publication: Op-Eds, Travel and Non-Fiction
    Whatever else RPCVs are, they have opinions, travel a lot, and have ideas to express. These professional writers review where you might find an audience for your writings. Presenters: Michael Quinn Patton, Leslie Ekstrom, and Kitty Thuermer.

    How Writers Write
         Writing can be like bleeding words onto paper, or simple, fast, and nothing at all. How do you write? These authors tell "their side" of the writing in this workshop. Presenters: Kathleen Coskran, Marnie Mueller, Richard Wiley, Mark Brazaitis, and Leslie Ekstrom.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference. For more information and how to register, visit the web site of the National Peace Corps Association.

Let the reading begin
Now, to see what is in the first issue of go to In this issue.

John Coyne, editor

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