A Free Journaling Course for You!

Hi there,

Do you keep journals? Okay let me be a little more specific, do you own a diary? Do you detail important moments in your life on a regular basis? Do you want to learn how journaling can improve your mental health? Then, this free course is for you!

Sara Letourneau, of Heart of the Story Editorial and Coaching Services, is finalizing plans on a new course: Journaling for Emotional Resiliency. She has room for 10 participants. Here’s the criteria for selection:

  • You want to nurture your journaling practice through a series of themed prompts that will use your imagination to help you look at personal challenges from a creative perspective.
  • You’re willing to use journaling to dig deep and write about past or present experiences so you can grow as a person.
  • You’re willing to dedicate one (1) hour per week for seven (7) weeks to complete the email course.
  • You’d be open to trying one or two suggested and simple additional activities (outside of journaling, in other words) to enhance the theme of each week’s journaling prompt.
  • You’d like to participate in a private Facebook group for writers who sign up for Journaling for Emotional Resiliency. (If you don’t use Facebook, you can post about your experience with the course on Twitter or Instagram instead.)  

I met Sara in Iceland last year, but even before I did, I greatly admired her teaching skills and wonderful blog. Sara is a freelance editor, writing coach and award-winning poet. I’m sure you will find this course useful, so if you’re interested and willing, please send her a message on Facebook. Spots are filling up fast!

I’ve Got Some News!

Hello there,

Today I’d like to share some news with you.

My story has been published in Obsidian’s latest general issue. You may order your copy and back issues here! If you read it, please let me know what you think about it! 😊


The second piece of information I’d like to share, is about the scholarship award I’ve recently received from the Iceland Writers Retreat. I am grateful and excited! You can bet that I’ll be sharing my experience in Iceland, so watch this space! You can read the announcement here.


That’s it! Thank you for reading!

Apply for the Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship!

Miles Morland, Creative Writing, African Writers, Writing Scholarships,

From June 30th to September 30th 2018, applications will be accepted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. The scholarship will endow fiction recipients with £18,000 (over twelve months) and non-fiction with up to £27, 000 (over eighteen months).


  1. Applicants must be born in Africa or have both parents born in Africa.
  2. Entry excerpt must be a published work (literary fiction) of up to 2000-2500 words that has been offered for sale, with proof of publication.
  3. A 400-1000 word proposal for the work they intend to write. This work must be up to 80,000 words for a full-length book (collection of short stories or collaborative work not allowed).
  4. Official documents showing that the applicant or parents were born in Africa.
  5. A brief bio of 200-300 words.

This scholarship is non-residential and scholars will be responsible for their accommodation during the scholarship. Please the FAQs and Entry Requirements for more details.


Good Luck!

4 Opportunities for Filmmakers, Artists, Writers and People of Colour.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center: 2019 Arts/Industry Residency Application

Deadline: May 31, 2018

12 artists will be selected for residencies in pottery and foundry. No experience with clay or cast metal required, a genuine interest and willingness to learn new skills is key. Continue reading “4 Opportunities for Filmmakers, Artists, Writers and People of Colour.”

Hunger Mountain: Call for Entries

Hunger Mountain, journal of the Vermont College of Fine Arts is now accepting entries for its 23rd issue. Simultaneous entries are allowed. Themes are yet to be announced, but feel free to submit your best work in the meantime.  A $3 fee applies in each category.


Submit stories no more than 8000 words “with characters who are alive and kicking, storylines that stay with us long after we’ve finished reading, and sentences that slay us with their precision.”


Submit “truly original poems that run the aesthetic gamut” between one to five poems within a file.

Young Adult and Children’s Literature

Picture books, young adult and Young Adult crossover work acceptable (in text form).


See more submission details here.

Good luck!

5 More Days to Go: Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

Got a poem ready for submission? Entries for the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize close on May 15. Simultaneous entries not allowed. Submissions may include “no more than a total of ten standard pages in 12-point or larger type”.  The winning poem will be announced by August 15 and will appear in the Spring Issue of the following year. “All submitted poems will be considered for publication in The Georgia Review; any selected will be paid our regular poetry honorarium of $4 per line.”

See submission guidelines here