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Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi wins freedom of speech prize

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, imprisoned since 2012 for "insulting Islam," was awarded a prestigious free-speech prize on Tuesday. Badawi was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize along with British Poet James Fenton.

Journalist awarded for promoting science

Emily Willingham, a U.S.-based biologist and freelance journalist, together with David Robert Grimes, a cancer researcher, has been awarded the 2014 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science.

New artist residencies focused on disability culture Special

Chicago - There are not many residencies for artists and or writers with disabilities. Mostly residencies are for everybody, but a nonprofit organization has partnered with a university to provide unprecedented residencies.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Writers Group has the 'Write Stuff' for over 15 years Special

Sonoma - Perhaps their longevity as a group is a generational thing? Yet, if that were so, then the group would be simply social and not an outpouring of literary treasures. The moods can vary as do the styles, but each month the group presents original work.

Op-Ed: Hachette v. Amazon e-book feud must consider needs of new authors

Book publisher Hachette and entertainment powerhouse Amazon are locking horns over e-book pricing. Amazon wants to lower the prices of e-books, citing higher readership and high price elasticity, while Hachette wants to avoid a possible price war.

Review: WHITEWASH — A tribute to 5 Pointz Special

New York - "WHITEWASH" is a gallery show at Jeffery Leder Gallery. It is a tribute to 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center and a response to its destruction. The show is curated by Marie Cecile-Flageul.

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies in Mexico City home, 1927-2014

Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, famed Colombian journalist, novelist, short story writer and screenwriter Gabriel Garcia Marquez has passed away at the age of 87 in his Mexico City home.

'Ride Along' still cruising; Annie Awards pick 'Frozen'

With well over 100 million people watching the Super Bowl, domestically, movie box offices will be quiet, at least for the day. But, there is a winner here and that is, once again, "Ride Along."

Media startup Assignmint adds journalist Maer Roshan to Board Special

Journalism startup Assignmint today announced the addition of veteran journalist Maer Roshan to their Board of Directors. The announcement of Roshan's addition comes just as Assignmint launches the private beta version of their software for enterprise.

Nigerian writers want better deal Special

The Association of Nigerian Writers ANA wants to create a viable and affordable publishing outlet for young and budding writers. The Lagos branch of ANA says the intitiative will help authors tackle some of the challenges of writing in Nigeria.

New book aiding suicide charity offers 'anything and everything' Special

The end of the holiday season may leave many with happy memories, but for others, it can be dark indeed. A new anthology of short Irish fiction is hoping to address the spectre of suicide, and help suicide charity Console at the same time.

PEN Canada deeply concerned about 'blunt attempts at censorship' Special

Toronto - PEN Canada, a national organisation of writers, has announced a new initiative to counter “efforts by different levels of government to curb, control, obfuscate, and sometimes even suspend the basic rights of Canadians”.

Digital Journalists landing more opportunities thanks to digital publishing and community experience

With the rise of social media and communities such as Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram, news organizations and brands are facing increased pressure to find editorial talent who can work seamlessly in the fast-paced world of digital media.

Kath Lingenfelter on the writing life and her years on House Special

Kath Lingenfelter learned much from her two years writing for the hit medical drama. Now that the series has ended, it's time to move on.

Inside the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012

Sydney - What should be public and what should be kept private? That’s the theme for this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival, which officially starts on Monday.

Review: Ottawa writers learn to market and distribute their own book

Ottawa - A new Ottawa not-for-profit group invites local writers who seek to explore ways of publishing, marketing and distributing their books.

Writers compete to have morgue named after them

Dundee - Ten of the world's top crime writers are competing to have a new morgue and research facility in Scotland named after them.

Connecting Dots: Reporting on the Byron Bay Writers' Festival Special

Byron Bay - Offering art, entertainment, food, and ideas, a growing number of literary festivals worldwide are attracting ever-increasing participation from an international sub-culture.

Op-Ed: Best practice option for pro writers — Word 2010 Special

I write 4,000 words of SEO per day, plus other articles. My old Word program crashed on me after 13 books, thousands of articles and millions of words. The new Word 2010 is all over its predecessors.

New site helps writers, illustrators to showcase their work Special

A new online community has launched recently which aims to give people the chance to showcase their literary and visual work.

Panel: Writers worry freedom of expression may be restricted

Writers and free-expression advocates from across the globe are in Geneva today in conjunction with the Human Rights Council warning about the potential harm of imposing legal restrictions on expression considered offensive or defamatory to religions.

Interview with Sierra Leonean academic giant Eustace Palmer Special

It’s not everyday that one gets to interview Professor Eustace Palmer, one of Africa’s intellectual heavyweights, academic giants and distinguished son of Sierra Leone, a small country in the west of Africa. Lets Writers Sell Digital Copies Directly, a popular document-sharing website, is allowing authors to sell their works in digital format through their store. Authors can earn 80 per cent of the posted sale price.

Writers Strike Finally Over

U.S. film and television writers are to return to work after it was made official that the strike which has brought Hollywood to a standstill, is now over. The Oscars are also set to go ahead as planned in a few days time

Writers' strike could end in next few days

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) may end their strike with as early as this weekend according to some reports. They are expected to sign a three-year deal by Sunday.

Op-Ed: Late Night Greed

Can there be any greater proof of the big media conglomerates' greed than what was broadcast during the return of the late-night talk shows last night? The WGA received validation of their stance from the most unlikely of places: AMPTP members themselves. Supports the Striking Writers

Whenever a TV show or movie is sold for public viewing, screen writers are paid a fair percentage of the profits for their written content. Except, apparently, when that content is streaming in online video.

CBS News Writers Strike Would Open Doors For Online Content Providers

CBS News writers will vote this Thursday on whether or not they will go on strike and absolutely cripple news production on CBS television and radio. Who would benefits the most? Online news content providers of course.

Op-Ed: The WGA Strike, a View From the Outside Looking in

If you're on the outside of the TV, film, and entertainment industry during this writer's strike, then you've been affected by the picketing - no doubt, reading the stories. However, what will the strike do to the industry if it goes on for awhile?

Jon Stewart's Production Co. To Pay Writers for Two Weeks

Jon Stewart is paying the salaries of writers for the Daily Show and the Colbert Report through Busboy, his production company for the next two weeks in a show of solidarity and support during the writers' strike.
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The monthly writers group in Sonoma meets every last Wednesday of the month. While famous writers ar...
The monthly writers group in Sonoma meets every last Wednesday of the month. While famous writers are mentioned and appreciated, the focus of the group is strictly local original material.
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The writers group that has been meeting at the Sonoma Hills residence facility in Sonoma has been gathering each month for over 15 years.
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Nic, Craig and Maggie work together to cover the festival's events.

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