Rising Stars Calendar of For-Credit Writing Activities & Freelance Writing Opportunities.
RISING STARS CANDIDATES
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES, EVENTS, AND FREELANCE WRITING INITIATIVES
FROM OCTOBER 21, 2016 TO JUNE 20, 2017
T is for Tuesday and Twain
The Many Faces of Mark Twain
The Art of Newspaper Reporting
Front Page Reporting: Boston Tea Party
Not Guilty: Attorney's Closing Argument
What is a Travelogue
Floating Over W.Com in a Hot Air Balloon
My Relationship with Music and Writing
Dialogue: Argumentative & Persuasive
Setting Up and Keeping a Journal/Blog
Breaking the Ice: Writing a Poem with
a fellow candidate
Learning to write an Editorial
Freedom of Speech On Fire
Creating a Poetry Slam
Writing Prose Poetry
Writing a Haiku Sonnet
Submitting a Poem/Story to a Writers Journal
Reading/Writing a 5-Star Book Review
A Laughing Matter: So You're a Stand-Up Comedian ?
Read the First of Two Books
RS Book Club
Credits: 2,500 to
read and review in
ENTERING WRITING CONTESTS
February 1 to February 28
March 1 to March 20
April 2 to April 25
April 12- May 10
all of our Candidates
Prizes, credits, gps
May 2 to May 20
May 24 to June 4
credits: 2,500 or
June 1 to June 28
New Horizon Courses
Waiting for registration info
credits:1,000 per course
January -March 10
Keep a Personal Journal of any kind of your
Rising Stars Candidate experience.
At the same time, keep a record of your credit
earnings. Walk us through your experiences
as you traverse the program
from month to month,
writing, reviewing and enjoying
the experience. Keep a record of
glitches and difficult moments,
if any. Write about the
total experience each month to
help us learn what works and
what doesn't in order to ensure
the best outcome for Candidates
in the future. 500 credits per month
Add up to 3 poems or stories to your portfolio
Each item will yield 250 credit points per month
with a max of 3 items X 250=750 credits
Ask your Sponsor and a
fellow Candidate to review
BOOKS in the Book Club.
This includes reading and posting
your impressions of the book in
The Book Club.
Check Deadlines: Book Club
*Read 1st, 2nd & 3rd Book
2,000 credits per book +
500 for reviewing
REVIEW 3 pieces in the portfolios
of your fellow Candidates:
Tiotal 3 reviews: 250 credits
per month (mandatory}
FEBRUARY AND MARCH, 2017
NEW OFFER: MONTH OF FEB.
500 credits per piece applies
to a maximum of 4
submissions delivered to outside journals
and book publishers for a total of
2,000 credits in February.
(change made to encourage our
candidates to submit more work)
Must show email receipt of work by journal
or publisher. Send to Gabriella
IMPORTANT-->Report to Publishing Place to list
the journals and publishers you use
in the "Exchange" This way we can
keep track of your activity.
**Candidates with 17,000+ credits will
receive badges for
work well done instead of credits
starting March 1.
MUSIC CHALLENGE: Submit 6 music
favorites you think of as inspiration.
Describe the music and why you
like it and what it means to you.
Instructions sent via email.
Submit in bitem form to Gabriella
POP-UP POETRY CHALLENGE
The wonderful Poets Place we have here
on W.Com featured a Haiku Sonnet written
by a brand new writer on W.Com today. It is touching
and a wonderful example of a Poetry Sonnet.
Here is what Dave, Poets Place's leader shared:
"East meets West in this intriguing hybrid blend of
traditional Japanese and English forms, as
described and demonstrated in the following link:"
We will give 5.000 credits if you need
them, or a badge if you don't, plus 5,000 gift points
to each Candidate who
is willing to create a poetry sonnet--a new adventure
for almost everyone in this group.
FEBRUARY 10-MARCH 25
2nd Book: The Sympathizer
By Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Pulitzer Prize Winner
**Individuals with 17,000+ credits will
receive badges instead
of credits from March 1 until June 20
**ONGOING from January:
b}NEW HORIZONS Courses Continue
through February/close on March 10
Dates: FEBRUARY 1- MARCH 26
Since Your February activity is one that challenges you
to write dialogue, I decided to add rambunctious
conversations to your Dialogue Challenge !
----->In each case, your dialogue will include two individuals.
We will ask Rising Stars Super Stars judges
to select the 2-3 best of each dialogues. Prizes Awarded
for the best in each category.
Re Argumentative Dialogue,
the judges will select the most absorbing,
riveting, and irrefutable arguments.
Re Persuasive Dialogue, the judges
will select winners based on your ability
to create dialogue that is compelling,
powerful, and persuasive. In both cases,
we are looking for substance
and genuine personalities.
Persuasive Dialogue. Dialogue needs some form
of tension or suspense to hold reader interest.
Sometimes suspense is
created intrinsically, as when readers know more than
the character, and sometimes it is created extrinsically,
through character conflict.
Imagine two characters. One wants to do something and
the other does not. Or one wants
something the other has. Write a dialogue between
these two characters, where one character is
determined not to give in to the other, to create extrinsic tension.
Number of Words: Min: 600 Max: 800
Argumentative Dialogue. Dialogue simulates
an electric conversation.
Dialogue must be an argument pared back to remove
mistakes, and filler words. Remove all niceties
such as please and thank you, any repetition,
all filler words, etc., to capture the essence
of a real argument.
Number of Words: Min: 600 Max: 800
FEBRUARY 20- MARCH 15:
How to Create a Poetry Slam (E)
Add a Little Drama to Writing and Reading Your
Poem Out Loud
If you think Poetry Slams are just for
teenage kids who rant, take a look at these:
You Tube: Poetry Slam, Inc
Individual Worlds Poetry Slam/ October 11-14. 2017
You'll learn what a Slam looks like and how it sounds
on You Tube. Type in the title: Individual
Worlds Poetry Slam in October, 2017" listed above
I know what you're thinking: Poetry Slams
are spoken. Yes. but most are written first much like
a song that relies on lyrics. Stand in front of a mirror to recite
your poem. Tap your toe to add the rhythm half of your Slam.
A poetry slam gives you the
opportunity to be passionate about something
in your life. This is a unique
challenge, one you may not have tried and
may never be tempted to try if you don't give
it a try now *Smile* We will give out PLAQUES
to the brave writers who dive in to do this with
Tap your foot when you recite your poem. When you see adults
reading their slams, you'll want to try it too.
They are your instructors. They teach by example.
Follow the slammers on You Tube !
POETRY SLAM BONUS:
**Carol is working with us to create
a forum for you to recite your poetry slams.
**Individuals with 17,000+credits will earn
badges in place of credits when announced
in individual challenges.
FOR ALL OF OUR CANDIDATES:
MARCH 10-APRIL 20, 2017
PROSE POETRY Writing Challenge:
Take advantage of this glorious opportunity to
learn how to write Prose Poetry.
When the time comes, we'll take a closer look at
prose poetry. I know you will enjoy creating
your own imaginative prose poems.
Examples of Prose-Poetry:
A machine named
Universe knew about
itself what it knew at
present, nothing more.
Away it skipped,
blowing bubbles and
careful not to step on
A RED STAMP.
If lilies are lily white if they exhaust
noise and distance and even dust, i
f they dusty will dirt a surface that
has no extreme grace, if they do this
and it is not necessary it is not at
all necessary if they do this they need
Making Use of Imagery to Write a Prose Poem:
*Vladimir Nabokov's message is submerged in imagery:
The brook in the gully behind the garden,
a trembling trickle most of the time, was tonight
a loud torrent that tumbled over itself in its avid
truckling to gravity, as it carried through corridors
of beech and spruce, last year's leaves, some
leafless twigs, and a brand-new, unwanted soccer
ball that had recently rolled into the water from
the sloping lawn after Pnin disposed of it by
Credits will be earned based on individual submissions.
APRIL: SUBMITTING POEMS and STORIES to JOURNALS
OUTSIDE Writing.Com:Submit up to 4 pieces
@500 credits per piece for a total of 2,000 credits anytime during
the month of APRIL. This program is available every other month
February, April, June, 2017
A SPECIAL OFFER: Help us greet and review 6 Newbies pieces.
It's important that we welcome and encourage new writers on
W.Com. This is your opportunity to give back what what done
for you when you joined W.Com. Our Candidates can still
remember how wonderful it was to be welcomed and encouraged
through the reviewing process. REVIEWING NEWBIES
Rewards: An award, 6,000 gift points, and 500 credits per Reviewer.
WE HOPE YOU'LL TREAT THESE AS NOBLE CHALLENGES.
These are the last of the mandatory challenges.
We hope you'll enjoy tackling these issues.
April 12-May 10 Required
A MUST-WRITE FOR ALL OF OUR CANDIDATES
FREEDOM of SPEECH UNDER FIRE
In light of this timely challenge, I thought I'd introduce you
to a program I admire whose newsletter I receive regularly.
You can too !
VISIT PEN AMERICA--pen.org
1st,2nd, and 3rd prizes will be given badges.
The remaining submissions will receive
1,000 credits if wanted or needed.
Or, you may request 3,000 gift points.
MAY 2-May 20th -- RISING TO THE CHALLENGE:
WRITING AN EDITORIAL
participate. Make use of advance notice to plan ahead.
Sample Editorial: New York Times
Rewards to be determined based on quality of work.
A LAUGHING MATTER: May 20 DEADLINE
RS Candidate's Comedy Challenge
Must be written for this challenge
Special Stand-Up Comedian Prizes for the best
(will doubtless be your best award)
Consider an "Ice Breaker: See below
PAST CHALLENGES: JUST FOR FUN:
October: Write:"Not Guilty"--a closing argument written
by a defense lawyer to be delivered to the jury
to determine guilt or innocence. You create the
story and the outcome.
500 credits CLOSED
Write: Floating Over Writing.Com in a Hot Air Balloon:
November:This is a travelogue.
Write what you see, what you enjoy, who you meet
along the way, where you stop for a visit, and
what you enjoyed most.
300 credits CLOSED
October:Pop-Up Poets: "T is for Tuesday and Twain"
Reading and reviewing a Mark Twain
Poem. Total # of credits: 1,200 + badge
for all of the best. CLOSED
November: Reporting on Boston Tea Party
Credits: 1000-1,200 based on quality of work.
CLOSED January 15
Bonus points for Candidates who respond to ongoing Pop Up Poets
Challenges (without skipping a Challenge)
*ICE BREAKER: Creating a Poem or Story with
Your Sponsor or another Candidate !!
ONGOING ACTIVITY: ICE BREAKER: HOW THIS WORKS:
Break the Ice:
Scenario # 1:
Decide whether you and your sponsor will build a story or poem together. Each of you will take turns adding a sentence or line to the story or poem. The line you add must have a remote or better connection to the one before. However, it can be silly or serious or a little off the wall. The poem must be 20 lines. You will set the number of words for your story. Be sure to give your poem or story a title. Have fun, laugh, or not...enjoy the process. This piece belongs to both participants. The piece must be free-standing, and it must have an item number. Post in Candidate's Cafe. This Candidate earns 500 credits. Sponsors do not collect credits.
Scenario # 2
If you write a poem or a story with another Candidate, each of you will earn 500 credits. You may post in both portfolios. The poem must be 20 lines. You set the max number of words for your story.
Scenario # 3
Writing a Story or Poem with a total of 4 Candidates or Sponsors:
You may write a poem or story with 4 Candidates-- or a combination Candidates and Sponsors. Each Candidate will earn 1,000 credits. No minimum or maximum # of lines.
WALK, DON'T RUN ! Avoid racing through a writing challenge. Figure out (by trial and error) how much time you need to produce way better than average work each time you sit down to respond to "Rise to the Challenge"