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The Muse Online
Writers' Conference

Cofounded by Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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Muse Online Writer's Conference

The free Muse Online Writers' Conference, cofounded by Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, serves more than 2,000 authors seeking to improve their writing for more the twenty years. Register and learn about presenters at: http://www.themuseonlinewritersconference.com

Please register early to avoid a nominal late registration fee.

Media Release

Registration is now open for the Muse Online Writers Conference

Note: Deadline for free registration is usually about August, 15.
After that date there is a nominal registration fee of $5.

Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson will host their fifth annual Muse Online Writers Conference in October of 2010. The conference offers new and seasoned writers over 100 FREE  workshops over the course of one week and pitch sessions to boot.

Our conference serves over 2000 writers from all over the world: USA , Canada , Mexico , Africa , England , Italy , Greece , India , New Zealand , Turkey , Australia …to name a few. 

Some of the presenters who have donated their time for authors are:

  • Denise Cassino-Long Story Short Publisher

  • Deron Douglas-Double Dragon Publisher

  • Hope Clark-Funds For Writers Publisher

  • Lillian Cauldwell-PIVTR founder

  • Lynda S. Burch-Guardian Angel Publisher

  • Magdelena Ball-Compulsive Reader Founder

  • Margot Finke-Musings Founder

  • Pauline B. Jones- Eppie VP

  • Terry Whalin-Parner Publishing Owner

  • Valerie Connelly-Nightengale Press Publisher

For more information on our Presenters and Registrations, click here:

    Contact: Lea Schizas, co-founder of The Muse Online Writers Conference,   http://www.themuseonlinewritersconference.com . 


Support material available on request

The Muse Online Conference

 "The Muse Online Writers Conference is an amazing concept. I will plug it   from now until next year's. It is an astounding opportunity for writers to learn their craft, or a new one, get advice and tips, network, and move forward in their careers.

   "What I don't think you and Lea realize is the blessing this type of conference is for those with disabilities who can't physically go to one, and for those who may not be able to afford to attend conferences. It allows us to partake of the knowledge and experience of wonderful writers, authors, editors, marketers, and publishers. And, it gives us the opportunity to PITCH OUR WORK!

   "I couldn't be more thankful and appreciative of your time, effort, and the obvious caring that goes into these amazing conferences."
 ~ Karen Cioffi, Founder of Virtual Book Tours


Michelle Graff Credits the Muse Conference with Her Poetry Success.
 Her letter illustrates  how education at conferences can work for you.

"I'm SOOO excited -- my poem "Poetry's Heartbeat" is in the January 2008 issue of The Desert Woman Magazine.


"This issue is absolutely the best ever -- and not just because I'm in it.  Publisher Barbara McClure is a warm, wonderful person, and the DW is her baby. Every article is clear, full of insight about finding our own path, making choices, embracing that which helps us move forward.  I'm truly blown away to be part of this.


"I met Carolyn Howard-Johnson (co-Muse Conference Founder) in Dec. 2005, when she was a panelist at the DW mini Book Fair (a luncheon the newspaper sponsors each December in the Palm Springs desert). When Carolyn talked about seeing the world in images, it struck me like lightning.  We talked after her presentation, and she encouraged me to see my poetry with open eyes. We've kept in touch off and on since then; she's always funny and supportive.




Be careful that the classes or conferences you invest your time in (free or otherwise) are vetted. Check credentials of the instructors.
Find at least one tip on writing, promotion or tech on every page .


"The first poem I sent to the Desert Woman was published March 2006. The next one I sent was part of their special Thanksgiving issue. Poetry Editor Dessa Reed is the kind of editor I hope to have with other projects someday.  She understands how much our words mean to us, and skillfully helps sharpen them even more.


"And now this one -- about creating more fulfilling lives for ourselves.


"Because of The Desert Woman, I met Carolyn.  Because of Carolyn, I made my first poetry submission.  Through Carolyn's Sharing with Writers  newsletter, I discovered The MUSE CONFERENCE.  Through the Muse Conference, I've learned so much, and written more -- shared much more -- and gained greater belief in myself and my abilities.


"Thank you, Carolyn and Lea. Thank you, Alpha Musers (my on-line non-fiction critique group. They had nothing to do with my poem, but much to do with my confidence.)  Thank you, the rest of the Muses in our Universe."
~  Michele Graf, poet and author.



Other Writing Resources
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Other resources for writers.

Carolyn and Eve's 2010 Rome Writers Retreat.

For a list of book fairs, tradeshows and conventions. Your aid to planning ahead.

Find articles on writing at this site's Free Articles 4 Readers and Editors. It includes Reviews for Riters (tm) , how to articles for writers, essays on tolerance and more.

For lots more links for reading and writing stuff, visit Carolyn Howard-Johnson's  Sharing with Writers and Readers blog  and the Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog.  

Subscribe to Caorlyn's Sharing with Writers newsletter. Send an e-mail with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

So, you're on the right track to improve your writing career!  Find what you need for your writing and promotion efforts here! What you can't find here, find at the Muse Online Conference site.

Carolyn's other HowToDoItFrugally books in the series for writers.

If you're sick and tired of trying to write a book proposal
or the idea is discouraging you from publishing try:

The Great First Impression Book Proposal:
Everything You Need To Know About Selling Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less
is coming soon to Amazon--in paperback for only $6.95. The Original publisher was Amazon. It is now proudly self-published. . . and improved!

Use the Amazon widgets near the bottom of this page
to buy my other self-help books for writers.

Great First Impression Book Proposal

"Carolyn Howard-Johnson makes it easy, gives you the switches that can turn you and even the most cold-blooded editor on. Try it. I'm taking this little booklet and having it tattooed on my inner arm. It's going to be useful to you, I promise. And if you aren't a writer, and you know one, send it on. They'll love it. "
~ May Lattanzio


Groups like IBPA's  and Author U's forum in addition to Yahoo and Google groups are excellent ways to share and learn.

 Find at least one tip on writing, promotion, or tech on every page of this Web site. 

Buy Links for Carolyn's Books

Great Fiction
HARKENING at Amazon in their new and used feature.

Great Poetry
Purchase TRACINGS (Finishing Line Press) at Amazon.
IMPERFECT ECHOES: Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters,
lie and oppression with Small

Give the gift of poetry with a chapbook from Magdalena Ball's
My Celebration Series

CHERISHED PULSE: Unconventional Love Poetry
IMAGINING THE FUTURE: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions
SHE WORE EMERALD THEN: Reflections on Motherhood
BLOOMING RED: Christmas Poetry for the Rational
DEEPER INTO THE POND: Celebration of Femininity
SUBLIME PLANET: Celebrating Earth and the Universe

HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers
Second Edition

Survive and Thrive Series of HowToDoItFrugally Books for Retailers

Most of Carolyn's books are also available for the Kindle reader.
Did you know that with the Free app, Kindle can be adapted to any reader--even your PC!

"Careers that are not fed die as readily as
any living organism given no sustenance." 
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Studio photography by Uriah Carr
3 Dimensional Book Cover Images by iFOGO
Logo by Lloyd King

To subscribe to Carolyn's FREE online newsletter send an e-mail.

Learn more about Carolyn's newsletter and blog.

Read past issues of Carolyn's Newsletter.


Frugal E-Book Tip

Kindle E-Books Aren't
Just for Kindle Anymore

Did you know that Amazon’s Kindle e-books are a low-cost/no-cost way to access books even if you don’t have a dedicated Kindle reader? You can read Kindle's e-books on smartphones, desktop computers and any e-device in between. You can even store the books on the Amazon cloud.

~ Quote from Diana Schneidman, author and marketer


Subscribe to
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Sharing with Writers Newsletter

and get a FREE copy of
Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers

"I have been a professional writer 40 years, and am also a tenured full professor of journalism. Carolyn's Sharing with Writers newsletter is  most useful for me--and for my students. I emphasize to them that while research is 90% of writing, and the actual writing is about 10%, there's another 100% out there called promotion. Carolyn shows numerous ways to get the message to the mass media."
~Walter Brasch, author and educator

"A decade of bettering writers' careers with how-tos, tips, and publishing news."

Find Carolyn on the Web

  writers retailers

Carolyn's Blogs

Sharing with Writers
All things publishing with
an emphasis on book
promotion. Named to
Writer's Digest
101 Best Website list.

The New Book Review
Great way for readers, authors, reviewers and publicists to get more
mileage out of
a great review.

The Frugal Editor Blog
This is the Frugal, Smart
and Tuned-In Editor blog.
Covers editing, grammar, formatting and more.
Get the answers you need.

More Conference Information

Click Here for a list of book fairs, tradeshows, conferences and conventions. Your aid to planning ahead.


"Your book on frugal Publicity is a 'classic.' I have it, I've read it, I've recommended it, I believe in it, &  I've met you... and I can easily talk about it."
~Deborah Granger, radio hos
t and publisher

Proud to Support

World Wild Life

with Sublime Planet
book of poetry
Earth Day

Featured in
Pasadena Weekly
Arts and Entertainment Section

All Proceeds to be donated to the World Wildlife Fund


Carefully select your critique group partners in classes you take at accredited universities. That way you will be sure they have the skills and interest to contribute in a positive way.

  Find tips on writing, promotion or tech on every page of this Web site. 

Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

The New Book Review
Named to
Master's in English.org Online Universities'

101 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers

Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
Sharing with Writers blog.


Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008) and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (2011).


Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor

New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor

Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award

Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.

A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010


Gold Medal Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010. MWSA also gave a nod to She Wore Emerald Then, a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.

The Frugal Editor Named #! on Top Ten Editing Books list.

Finalist New Generation Book Awards 2012, The Frugal Book Promoter; Finalist 2010 The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor

The Oxford Award
the alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of service to her community and who, through the years, devotes her talents to improve the quality of life around her.

The Frugal Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for the Los Angeles Book Festival 2012 awards.

Glendale City Seal
Winner Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts
Glendale California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library,

And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry. See the awards page on this site.

Published Works Almanac

Other Interests



Carolyn's Poetry

Imperfect Echoes
Celebration Series

Carolyn's Literary Works

This is the Place
Published Shorter Works

Carolyn's How to Do it Frugally Series

For Writers
For Retailers


One of the most frequent mistakes writers make is switching genres without taking a class or thoroughly researching new techniques and structure required by that genre.

 Find at least one tip on writing, promotion, or tech on every page of this Web site.