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Get free admission to New England Grows!
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GWA members are invited to Boston to participate in three days of the New England Grows! trade show including the Feb. 8 GWA Region I meeting. GWA will focus on the topic of "Promoting What We Love: Plants & Our Profession." More

Sustainable Sites Tour scheduled for Washington, May 25.
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Four stops, three tours, 200 years in the making and one outstanding GWA meeting to experience it all! From American University and its William McDonough "Cradle to Cradle" sustainability initiative past Frederick Law Olmsted's iconic design of the Capitol grounds to Beatrix Farrand's historic design for Dumbarton Oaks, registrants to this day's meeting will get a view to gardening in the nation's capital that few have experienced. Hosted by GWA Region II. More

GWA launching modernized Awards program on Jan. 21
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The GWA Awards Task Force has completely updated the Garden Media Awards program for 2013 with greatly expanded electronic media categories. The newly modernized program will help more garden communicators get recognition for their unique work and talent. GWA expects to open the 2013 program for entries Jan. 21. Look for program announcements next week or visit ... More

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Quaker garden trail tours scheduled for July 12
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Join us for a day traveling the roads that introduced the scientific study of botany to generations of gardeners and, along the way, invented the world of ornamental horticulture. The three stops on the tour are high water marks in the history of horticulture over the past three centuries with a view into the promise of the next. Hosted by GWA Region II. Details will be announced next week. More

Honors nominations due Jan. 31
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Members can recognize the achievements of their peers with a 2013 Honors nomination. To honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the GWA objectives, please complete the nomination form available on the GWA website. More

GWA at the Chicago Flower Show March 9 — Mark your calendar
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Chicago's Navy Pier will transform into a runway for the bold and beautiful Hort Couture-themed Chicago Flower & Garden Show in March. GWA attendees can tour the show floor for two full hours before it opens to the public and members can participate in a great program hosted by Region V. Look for details coming soon.

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Consumer interest in food gardening up 4 percent
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The GWA Foundation recently asked consumers about their interest in food gardening. In 2011, 58 percent of households reported a very high or high interest in growing vegetables whereas 2012 respondents totaled 61 percent. Details… More

GWA Region VI to meet at Yard, Garden & Patio Show Feb. 9
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Save the date for the GWA Western Regional Meeting at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show in Portland on Feb. 9. Plans are being completed for a member event in addition to full access to the show program. Look for a special announcement soon.

5 ways to come up with great story ideas
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We all have a million excellent ideas for stories, but, without fail, they magically disappear the minute we sit down to write. It seems impossible, but it happens constantly. Hours are wasted staring at a blank page. And, no matter how many cups of coffee are in our systems, we still can't find the energy to kick our muses into gear and develop story ideas. Have no fear: Here are five ways that will help pump up your creativity muscle and build story ideas that will keep you writing for hours on end. More

In marketplace of ideas, writers sell themselves
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When blogger Andrew Sullivan began urging readers to support his online venture, I could hear journalists everywhere slapping their foreheads and saying: Hey, why don't I try that? A lot of luck. But all the chatter about whether Sullivan can get his followers to part with $19.99 a year to read his provocative posts on politics and life misses the larger point. He is doing what most journalists must do to survive in this digital age, and that is building a personal brand. More

This is how you write a memoir
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There has lately been a rising backlash against the ubiquity of personal writing. Hamilton Nolan's anti-confessional diatribe in Gawker claims that journalism students are now taught only to write about themselves, which I can say as a full-time faculty member at a journalism school is patently absurd, but he raised some interesting points about the dubious rise of confessional writing over the last two decades and the market pressure, especially on younger writers, to make a splash, or at least publish something somewhere, by turning to their own, possibly limited, life experience. More

How to get great blogging ideas from social media
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Remember when you were new to blogging? You thought you'd never run out of ideas, didn't you? Dry spells happen. One day you reach into your idea box and realize you're at rock bottom; there's not even the hint of an idea in there. Oh, what to do, what to do? More

E-book trends 2013 — The transformation accelerates
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In the past year, the "if" and "when" questions for e-books were answered — electronic media are now clearly in the mainstream and even driving changes in all aspects of publication/distribution/use of information and literature. June 2012 statistics from the Association of American Publishers clearly showed that e-books have overtaken hardcovers in terms of publisher revenues. More

George Saunders has written the best book you'll read this year
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Joel Lovell writes: "In a little sushi restaurant in Syracuse, N.Y., George Saunders conceded that, sure, one reality was that he and I were a couple guys talking fiction and eating avocado salad and listening to Alanis Morissette coming from the speaker above our heads. Another was that we were walking corpses. We'd been on the subject of death for a while." More

Can you learn to write E. L. James in a classroom?
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It's the literary ­phenomenon that turned an unknown British writer into a millionaire and single-handedly reignited the erotic fiction market. So the idea that we may be able to learn to write our own steamy ­bonkbuster a la Fifty Shades of Grey in a 90-minute class is irresistible. More

6 things about publishing a book that very few books will tell you
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Nataly Kelly writes: "Landing a book contract with a major publisher, Penguin, was a dream come true, and I thought I knew what awaited me. Prior to that wonderful day, I spent many years acquiring knowledge about the publishing process, mostly by reading books, articles and blogs. Even so, there were quite a few things that I learned along the way. Here are some of the ones that surprised me the most." More


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