You might’ve already heard me chattering about this year’s Writers’ Week event, which runs from September 10 – 14, 2012 right here on Suess’s Pieces. The virtual event, while still in the planning stages, will include another writing contest with weird writing prompts, informative posts for writers written by special guests, and a Twitter chat event.

There will be opportunities to learn more about the craft  of writing, connect with other writers and bloggers, and win prizes. But there will also be an opportunity for all of you to help us raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin via the Al’s Run 8k. And by us, I mean me and four of the most awesome people in the universe.

Johann Thorsson, Len Berry, Claire Ryan and Rachel Brody have all volunteered to write a portion of a round-robin short story that will be available for purchase in e-book format during Writers’ Week. I’m going to proof and format the document and run the 8k on September 15. However, in lieu of just me begging for traditional donations, all five of us are asking you to buy the short story for 99¢ $1.39. All proceeds from sales of the short story will go to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. How cool is that?

We’ll let you know as soon as the story is available. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the authors, I suggest you commence with the stalking. Here’s where to find them and how to get your paws on their other works:

Johann Thorsson blogs at and is a writer of fiction with a supernatural slant. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and you can read a few of his pieces on his website. Johann hails from Iceland.

 Len Berry blogs at and is the author of the short story “Dreams of Freedom”, which was published in the steampunk anthology Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts. His novel Vitamin F was just released for Kindle and Nook. Len lives in Missouri.

Claire Ryan is the brains behind The Raynfall Agency and the author of The Author’s Marketing Handbook, a book for every puzzled writer who needs to figure out the whys and hows of using the Internet to sell a book. You can get Claire’s handbook on Amazon and Smashwords. Claire is from Vancouver.

 Rachel Lynn Brody shared her knowledge of self-publishing on Suess’s Pieces back in May. She writes fictions, plays, and short films and is the author of “Haute Mess,” a short story in Hot Mess: Speculative Fiction about Climate ChangeRachel calls NYC home.

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