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Region I meeting canceled under blizzard warning
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The GWA Region I meeting scheduled for Feb. 8 in conjunction with the New England Grows show in Boston has been canceled under a winter blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service. The NE Grows show is also closing at 5 p.m. (EST) Feb. 7 as the Boston Convention and Exposition Center prepares to shut down. Full refunds will be issued to registrants. Contact the GWA office for further information.

Moving into the future
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The latest member survey was issued Feb. 5 by the Statistics Task Force under the title Moving Into the Future. Over 200 members responded in the first 24 hours. If you have not provided your responses, please check your email for a message from via Check your spam files, too. We need as much input from the membership as possible, and your earliest response is appreciated.

65th GWA Symposium exhibitor information available
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The purpose of the exhibit is to provide a forum to exchange information between lawn and garden product manufacturers and North America's premier garden communicators. The exhibition, which will take place Aug. 16-17, is held in conjunction with the 65th GWA Annual Symposium to be held Aug. 16-19 at The Hilton Quebec. Please note that the symposium continues two days after the last exhibition date, and exhibitors are welcome to participate. More

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Early awards entry fee deadline — Feb. 15
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Works first published and copyrighted in North America between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2012, are eligible for entry. You do not need to be a GWA member to enter. View updated entry categories and choose your best work. Discounts for early submissions ends Feb. 15. Final entry deadline is March 8. More

Speakers Workshop still accepting registrants for Feb. 23 event
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Crafting a winning presentation, fostering personal style and unique content, developing signature stories, perfecting the telling of the tale, dynamic visuals, pacing and flow, effective body language and more are topics and tips being offered at the GWA speakers workshop in Allentown, Pa., on Feb. 23. This is a great opportunity to take your talent to the next level. Register today while seats are available. More

Seattle meeting on books and blogs. Registration deadline Feb. 18
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The region VI meeting hosted by GWA President Debra Prinzing on Feb. 22 in Seattle is accepting registrations until through Feb. 18. If you are traveling to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and want to join western region members for an evening promoting books and blogs, sign up today. More

Region II Connect meeting open to all — Feb. 23
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Join with fellow garden communicators after a long day's workshop or a short trip to Orefield, Pa., at a Connect Meeting planned for the home of Kirk and Sara Brown. Planned to start immediately following the GWA Speaker's Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23, the gathering encourages any and all GWA members and friends to participate in this outstanding networking opportunity. More

Region VII to meet at Canada Blooms — March 16
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New for 2013: "Business of Garden Writing" sessions — helping you make your garden writing a paying habit. The registration deadline is March 1 ... but this meeting always fills up quickly, so don't delay! Need more information? More

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If kids are our future, our future is e-books
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More people are reading e-books now than ever, and it's changing the complexion of the publishing industry. If you told a publishing company CEO a decade ago that 10 years later a quarter of their revenue would be coming from digital content, they would have probably snorted up some San Pellegrino with lemon, laughing. More

Apple to highlight self-published books
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Yet another sign that self-publishing is making inroads into the traditional houses: Apple will start including a feature that organizes a group of popular self-published e-books together and then gives them prominent display on iBookstore. More

5 things that should be on every writer's bucket list
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When you stumble into this writing life, you're met with a massive lifetime to-do list of what's expected and required of you to ensure success: Write a lot, read a lot, start a blog, know your grammar, write a novel, attend a writers' conference, join social media ... More

How to go print first, digital next
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If you wanted to branch out and start your own publication, how would you do it? Unless you've been living in a ditch for the past 10 years, your first step would be to start a website, right? Even I've championed the idea that new magazines and journals should start online. But print isn't dead just yet. More

Coming and going on Facebook
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Two-thirds of online American adults (67 percent) are Facebook users, making Facebook the dominant social networking site in this country. And new findings from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project indicate there is considerable fluidity in the Facebook user population. More

In writing, first do no harm
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By Ben Yagoda: All books about writing have virtually the same goal. Sometimes it's implied, but sometimes it's right there in the title, as in William Zinsser's classic guide, "On Writing Well." The emphasis on excelling is fine but has some limitations. More

The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar
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On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she's received working for the animation studio over the years. It's some sage stuff, although there's nothing here about defending yourself from your childhood toys when they inevitably come to life with murder in their hearts. More

Bookish launches
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Bookish is liveish. The long-delayed consumer-oriented book website, which is currently on its third CEO, made its debut. A joint project of Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster, the site promotes books from nearly 20 publishers and aims to improve book discovery by readers and to sell books. More


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