Monthly Archives: May 2015

Writers need WCE (writing continue education)

My husband is a CPA. Every year, he’s required to take continuing education. CPE as it’s called.

I’m a writer. I have no such requirement on me. Instead, I have an obligation to take continuing education. We writers need WCE (writing continue education).

Why? To get better, to challenge yourself, to make sure you haven’t fell into a chasm of lazy and overconfidence. People who think they know it all just go sideways. Those continually learning have no place to go but up.

One of the best ways to find WCE is by going to a writing conference. I attended one recently and not only got my fill of education, but my batteries charged as well, to use a cliché.  If you’ve been writing awhile, you know a lot of this stuff (plotting, structure, character development, etc.) but conferences help you remember why it’s important and to keep doing it if you’ve forgotten.

It also revs you up to hang out with other writers who share your passion. If you can’t afford to go out of town for a conference, there are good online writing education courses that are very reasonable. Check out Writer’s Digest for a start.

Professionals like accountants, attorneys and doctors must take continuing education to keep practicing their profession. Writers who take continuing education need it to keep their edge.

Patricia Santos Marcantonio


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‘Billie Neville’ donation part of national Kiwanis project


Revis Turner, Utah Idaho Kiwanis Governor, donated BILLIE NEVILLE TAKES A LEAP to a book project at the national Kiwanis gathering in Detroit earlier this year.
Revis said the project was to donate 100,000 children’s books to the Detroit area schools and libraries. Each district governor was asked to bring a book that represented their district.
“I thought yours would be very interesting read. We included bookmarks and book labels with the books,” he said.
The young adult book, written by Bonnie Dodge and Patricia Santos Marcantonio, is about a girl who dreams of being a daredevil during the excitement of the Evel Knievel jump over the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho. The book also received an Idaho Author Award in 2015.

Photo courtesy of Revis Turner

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Family Recipes from the Snake River Plain launches June 13

Family Recipes from the Snake River Plain

Recipes passed down through generations. Dishes served at local restaurants or by pioneers.
A new book, FAMILY RECIPES FROM THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN not only features family recipes, but their stories, which were contributed by 27 regional writers.
The public is invited to a book launch and signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13 in the First Federal Conference room of the new Twin Falls Visitor’s Center.
The event will include readings, giveaways, and samples of some of the recipes from the book.
Published by River St. Press, the book uniquely brings life to the recipes with the stories behind them. The stories include how pioneer Lucy Stricker made gingersnap cookies and griddle cakes for weary travelers, what a cake from home meant to a soldier during World War II, reflections on a grandmother’s lime green Jell-O dessert, the sweetness of Idaho potato candy, and how onions helped a family survive rough times. There is even an ode to fry sauce.
Based in the Magic Valley, River St. Press publishes regional books including the ghost story anthology “Hauntings from the Snake River Plain,” and the award-winning children’s book, “Billie Neville Takes a Leap.”
The book is available at

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