META: Pay It Forward

Scott Eiler seiler at
Fri Mar 4 13:39:49 PST 2022

An online writers' workshop is available this weekend.  This is 
organized by C Stuart Hardwick <contact at>, who's been 
published in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact.



It was Robert Heinlein who gave us (or at least widely popularized) the 
concept of "paying it forward." When I was in Hollywood at the writer's 
workshop after winning the Writers of the Future Contest, the great Mike 
Resnick explained it like this:

It’s a given in this and every other field that when you’ve had a 
successful career you pay back, but in this field, it’s almost 
impossible because by the time you’ve been a remarkable success, 
everybody who helped you is either rich or dead or both. So you pay forward.

Not only did he say it, Mike lived that philosophy, and much of what I 
learned at the workshop came from sitting up till the wee hours at the 
bar with Mike, both of us sipping soda to keep our voice boxes running, 
  as he put it in to practice.

Mike is sadly no longer with us, but the idea marches on, and now the 
baton has passed to me. I have been asked to open the first-ever Mike 
Resnick memorial "Pay-it-Forward day," a writer's professional workshop 
to be held online for free, this weekend, Saturday, March 5th, starting 
at 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time.

Tell all your writer friends to sign up quick. What Pay It Forward Day 
for writers. Where: Online via Zoom. When: Saturday, March 5, 2022. 
Cost: Free.


     11:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon Eastern time: Martin L. Shoemaker. Topic: 
Welcome remarks.
     12:00 noon to 12:50 p.m. Eastern time: C. Stuart Hardwick. Topic: 
Career Lessons for New Writers.
     1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Eastern time: Mike Jack Stoumbos. Topic: The 
Quick and Dirty Novel Plan.
     2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. Eastern time: Melissa F. Kaelin. Topic: 
Revise to Impress Your Readers: Getting Constructive Feedback & Finding 
Writers Groups.
     3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Eastern time: Kevin McLaughlin. Topic: The 
Coffee Break Novelist.
     4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. Eastern Time: Andrea Stewart and Marina 
Lostetter discuss world building. Moderated by Tina Gower.
     5:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Eastern Time: Crystal Renee Bechler on 
Kindle Vella.
     5:50 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time: Martin L. Shoemaker. Topic: 
Closing remarks.

Follow the instructions at the link to sign up, and forward this to 
anyone you know who writes or is thinking of writing in any genre or 
form. It promised to be of tremendous value, and it's free!

-- (signed) Scott Eiler  8{D> ------ -------

"Your Royal Highness, instead of devoting yourself exclusively
to Minerva, should, instead, rather offer sacrifice at the altars
of Bacchus, Orpheus, Venus, and Morpheus."

- Advice to Prince Duarte of Portugal.  From "The golden age of
Prince Henry the Navigator", by Joaquim Pedro Oliveira Martins.
Coming soon to Project Gutenberg.

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