Southwest Writers Meeting Tidbit, Events for Writers in April

April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

“There comes that time when you go from I want to be a writer to I have to be a writer.” —Shirley Raye Redmond.

Yeah, I think I’m there.

Author Shirley Raye Redmond spoke at the Southwest Writers Meeting in Albuquerque about “The Top 10 Worst Mistakes a Writer Can Make.” A successful writer, said Redmond, must be as smart as the successful cat burglar, á la  Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. Both must have plenty of nerve and choose their targets carefully, among other things. My favorite tip from Redmond’s talk of what not to do: “Not setting aside specific time to write.” I have found it imperative to block off time in my day planner every day for “write,” just like I do for “go to the gym” or “meet ‘T’ for lunch.” Otherwise, “write” is out of sight, of zero priority, and just doesn’t happen.

Some other great writing events coming up in Albuquerque in the month of April:

April 12th, 2012: Screenwriting Workshop With Rick Reichman, Author of 20 Things You Must Know To Write A Great Screenplay, 7:00 p.m., Bookworks on Rio Grande Blvd. Visit

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April 13th–15th, 2012: Poets and Writers Film Festival, Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. Includes showings of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Barton Fink. Visit

April 17th, 2012: Inspiration, Responsibility and Troublemaking, Southwest Writers meeting with talk by poet Stewart Warren, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., New Life Presbyterian Church, Members free, guests $5. Visit

April 21st, 2012: Writers Conference, UNM Continuing Education, Meet agents and editors, learn from successful authors, 8:30am – 4:30pm, UNM Continuing Ed building on University Blvd, Tuition $150.00. Visit

April 29th, 2012: I’ll Drink To That, Poetry and Music series, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Nexus Brewery,

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