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Top Ten Reasons to Join the FWA Network

November 9, 2009

Why join the FWA Network?

It’s all summed up in the theme song from the old television show, Cheers. You remember it; sing along with me!

Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same.
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.
— “Cheers” theme song

fwanetwork1The FWA Network is like your neighborhood hangout. It’s your own little corner of the wild, wooly, web and you’re sure to find friends and good conversation there.  In the Network you can relax, be yourself, and share the ups and downs of the writing life in a safe, supportive environment.

There are many, many reasons to join the FWA Network, but here are the 10 best:

1. It’s a benefit of FWA membership. There is no additional charge.

2. It’s private. Only members in good standing are allowed to participate or even view the site’s contents.

3. It offers many features you can use to connect with other writers or express your creativity: personal pages, blogs, groups, discussion forums, events calendar, live chat, photo & video sharing, and more.

4. You can experiment with the technology in a place where you’ll receive guidance. You can’t break anything! And much of what you learn to do within the Network will be applicable to other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or blogs.

5. Similarly, you can create and hone your online image while you’re among friends. It’s a great place to practice and ask for feedback.

6. You can connect with others writers in your geographical location or writing in your genre, and you don’t have to leave your house or get out of your pajamas to do it.

7. You can discuss writing and publishing with others who, unlike your family, never get tired of talking or hearing about it.

8. You can share your successes and challenges with people who truly understand what it takes to be a writer.

9. You can benefit from the advice of others, share your expertise, and make connections to support your writing career.

10. You can share and learn about events, calls for submissions to magazines or contests or other news of interest to writers.

And it’s fun! Join the conversation in the FWA Network, where everyone knows your name and we’re always glad you came!  To sign in or sign up: http://FWANetwork.ning.com I hope to see you there soon.

This is the first of a series of posts about the FWA Network. Leave your questions in the   comment section, and I’ll respond in future posts where I’ll discuss Network features in more detail.

MAD Square 150Guest post by: Mary Ann de Stefano. Mary Ann owns MAD about Words (insert link to company name, please: http://MADaboutWords.com ) which offers editorial services, workshops and creative writing classes facilitated by published writers, and a free motivational  newsletter, MAD’s Monday Muse. Mary Ann created the FWA Network, volunteers as its administrator, and also serves as the FWA eNews Editor.

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