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Marine vet tells how to write your military story

Author

Tracy Crow.

Tracy Crow.

Tracy Crow, author of several books, will be at Literary Bookpost Saturday, Sept. 26, 2-4 p.m., to sign her newest book, “On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story.”

Crow is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. It was a friend’s suicide that prompted her to write this book. September is Suicide Prevention Month. Statistics show 22 veterans commit suicide each day.

Crow’s first book was a memoir of her time in the Marines, “Eyes Right.” In it, she writes of the indignities she suffered and of her journey of self-discovery.

“On Point” was written to help members of the military and their families tell their stories. Writing is one of the tools in the treatment of post traumatic stress syndrome, and Crow thought that many former military, even those who had not been diagnosed, could benefit from putting their experiences into words.

Memoirs workshop

The Writers’ Workshop is sponsoring the 20th Annual Memoirs Contest.

The deadline is Nov. 30.

First place award: Your choice of a two-night stay at the Mountain Muse B&B; or two free workshops (in person or online); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

Second place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 35 pages line-edited.

Third place: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.

Ten honorable mentions.

Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font). Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25.

Multiple entries are accepted. Enclose SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop. Mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org, or by mail.       

The Renbourne Editorial Agency provides expert assistance with revising and editing your work – memoirs, fiction or creative non-fiction. We use a fine-tooth comb to ready your work for publication, in person or online.

We also provide writing coaches to help organize and ready your work for publication. Individual tutorials and workshops are also available.

Please contact us at writersw@gmail.com, or call 828-254-8111 to discuss our services in further detail.

The Renbourne Editorial Agency is a division of The Writers’ Workshop, a non-profit literary center since 1985.

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