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From Inspiration to Publication – The Beach Hut Writing Academy Announces New Date!

via: Ken Douglas (Flickr)

Following two sell-out writing conferences in both 2016 and 2017, the much loved writing workshop will be back in 2018.

The event will consist of workshops with top authors including the Sunday Times bestseller of psychological thrillers ERIN KELLY – lauded as “a master at drip-feeding us the details, keeping us guessing about the truth” – The Guardian. 

Alongside workshops will be a guaranteed opportunity to pitch your story to a literary agent or publisher in a one-to-one slot!

Sponsored by Writers’ Forum, a monthly magazine that aims at helping aspiring writers to reach their goals, and Mslexia, the groundbreaking magazine for women who write, full of debate, discussion, advice and inspiration for women looking to progress their writing careers.

The event will be taking place on March 17 2018 and is being created through the careful curation of organisers’ favourite authors and writing experts, across all genres, “we think it’s

Read more at: http://bjournal.co/from-inspiration-to-publication-the-beach-hut-writing-academy-announces-new-date/

Creators Publishing: on-demand printing in Hermosa Beach

Creators Publishing’s release, “Bocas,” is a comedic thriller set in a small beach town not unlike its home base of Hermosa Beach. Founded in 2012 to give unique literary voices a world-wide platform, Creators Publishing is a branch of the syndication company Creators founded in 1987 by Rick Newcombe.

“We have a broad spectrum … of writers and artists that are outside the mainstream … controversial, compelling voices, that’s been our trademark since 1987,” Newcombe said.

Creators Publishing has published 174 books, according to managing editor Simone Slykhous. As a small Hermosa Beach company, she said they have the leeway to publish what “really speaks to us.”

“We’re bridging the gap between the self-publishing world that has really exploded, using the print on-demand services that we have, and these huge publishers that are out there,” Slykhous said. “So we are competing in the same space as a Random House or Simon Schuster.”


Read more at: http://tbrnews.com/news/hermosa_beach/creators-publishing-on-demand-printing-in-hermosa-beach/article_e964354a-926b-11e7-8140-c39bec83291b.html

Manhattan Beach producer’s film tells true story of girl kidnapped twice by family friend

Producer Stephanie Tobey’s riveting and intense documentary “Forever B,” the story of a 12-year-old Idaho girl who is kidnapped twice by a family friend, recently won the Bravery Award at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. The film screens at DocUtah in September. Tobey, a resident of Manhattan Beach, describes how she got involved in the production.

“A few years ago, my boss, a Hollywood manager, knowing my interest in true crime stories, suggested I read “Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story,” a fellow employee’s life story. It was the most unbelievable story I had ever read.” Tobey said.

“When I finally met Jan, I was immediately struck by her kindness, intelligence and beauty, but could see that talking about her experience 40 years ago still deeply affected her. Soon after our meeting, the news broke that three girls who had been abducted for over 10 years were found locked in a home

Read more at: http://tbrnews.com/entertainment/manhattan-beach-producer-s-film-tells-true-story-of-girl/article_878d2df6-5dbc-11e7-a332-170fe1a38c94.html

Penelope Cruz Channeling Donatella Versace in Miami Beach-based American Crime Story

Smiling Penelope Cruz arrives on set wearing a blonde wig to play Donatella Versace in American Crime Story (Splash News photo)

MIAMI BEACH — Penelope Cruz, 43, continues to wow with her transformation into Donatella Versace for the FX television drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Filming has been underway in Miami Beach, so locals have been treated to the Spanish stunner relaxing around town on the weekends. This Saturday, though, was a workday, with Penelope filming a reenactment of Gianni’s funeral.

The celebrated fashion designer was shot and killed in 1997 outside his Miami Beach home at the age of 50 by Andrew Cunanan (played by Darren Criss), who used the same gun to commit suicide eight days later. His motives in the killing are unknown.

Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez plays the lead role of the Italian designer in the drama, and

Read more at: http://www.gossipextra.com/2017/05/22/penelope-cruz-channeling-donatella-versace-in-miami-american-crime-story-7051/

The best Australian beach reads: 10 sharply written page-turners

We’d love to hear about your favourite beach reads by Australian writers. Here are some of ours, based on both their literary merit (just because you’re reading at the beach, doesn’t mean you want to put up with sloppy prose) and page-turning qualities.

2. Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner

A controversial inclusion: Joe Cinque’s Consolation deals with dark subject matter but it’s a real-life court story, and the unfolding trial provides the narrative drive.

In 1997 Anu Singh killed Joe Cinque with a lethal dose of heroin after she laced his coffee with rohypnol. At a dinner party and in law student circles at the Australian National University in in Canberra, a number of her friends and acquaintances had been informed of her intent to kill him. So why did no one try to stop her?

Eminently readable, like all the best true crime, the suspense lies in whether or not Singh will

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/03/the-best-australian-beach-reads-10-sharply-written-page-turners