Writer’s Event


Special Event
Authors Without Borders Presents:

You are invited to attend a fun and informative AWB program for writers and aspiring writers:

W hen: Saturday, April 22nd 2017

Noon to 3pm

Where: John P. McKeon AMVETS Post #146

4 Hill Top St.

Dorchester, MA (617) 436-2991

Easy access from the Southeast Expressway, free parking available.

This event includes buffet and beverages, mingling with other writers, handouts, and your choice of one of the following sessions:

(1) How to publish with CreateSpace by the successful author and trainer, Alberta Sequeira;
(2) How to promote your work on social media by best-selling novelist and book marketer, Steven Manchester;
(3) How to pitch your work—preparation and videotaping by author, T.V. host/producer/director, Willie Pleasants.

Each of these sessions is critical to writers at stages in the journey of their work.

· Special Guests authors Terri Arthur, on the international publishing of her book (Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse), and Priscilla E. Flint-Banks, memoir writer (I Look Back and Wonder How I Got Over), radio host, social activist, and marketer.

· AWB members Pat Perry and Joyce Keller Walsh will be available to speak with guests individually about genre-writing, as well as other writing, publishing, and promoting topics.
Cost is $35 per person; $25 for AWB members) $40 the day of.

By reservation only. Please RSVP by April 14th, and send you choice of session to: 6authors@awb6.com or mail the form from our website to AWB, PO Box 70691, North Dartmouth, MA 02747-3285.

Payment in advance may be via PayPal on our website: www.awb6.com

Alberta Sequeira


Difference Between Narrative & Non-Narrative Writing

By Kristine Tucker


Narrative writing always tells a story. The story could be fictional or nonfictional, but it includes characters and a story plot. Authors use narrative writing when they create novels, short stories, plays, film scripts and poetry. Non-narrative writing is structured and generally has more formal applications; it includes business documents, research papers, statistical documents, speeches and legal papers. Some poets use non-narrative writing, but most use narrative writing to tell a story.

Narrative writing contains a variety of points of view, but non-narrative writing uses the third-person point of view. Some authors use the first-person point of view when they want their story to read like a journal or when they want to present a firsthand account of events. Others use second- or third-person points of view or the omniscient voice when they want to show more than one character’s feelings or reactions to events in the story.

Non-narrative writing is almost always written from the third-person point of view. Writers typically avoid using “I,” “you,” “me” or “we” statements and opt for “he,” “she” and “they” statements. Non-narrative writing is less personal and more formal than narrative writing.

Format and Organization
Non-narrative writing has a structured introduction, body and conclusion that aims to educate or inform readers. It contains a thesis or a purpose statement that’s supported by reliable, credible evidence. Non-narrative writers typically use the present tense. Narrative writing tells a story from start to finish and contains exposition (the beginning of the story that sets the stage for future events), rising action, a climax, falling action and resolution. The main character’s conflicts and struggles are revealed during the exposition. Narrative writing contains a plot, characters and a setting, but non-narrative writing doesn’t.

Sentence Structure
Proper grammar, precise punctuation and selective word usage are critical to non-narrative documents, papers and reports. Non-narrative works are designed to teach or instruct readers, so they shouldn’t contain any factual errors or technical writing mistakes. Authors, novelists and poets have more flexibility with grammatical and structural matters when creating narrative pieces. For example, an author might purposely use a sentence fragment, excessive punctuation or poor grammar to drive home a point or reveal something important about a character. Authors often use these techniques to make dialogue in a story seem more authentic.

Research, References and Citations
Non-narrative writing, such as that found in research, business and legal papers, contains factual and statistical information from outside references and resources. Writers must credit and cite those references using footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, bibliographies or works cited pages, as needed. Some authors and novelists do background research before writing narrative stories, especially if the story is a nonfictional account of a real event, but narrative stories don’t require in-text citations or a works cited page.


Getting Your Work Edited



Written by A Guest Author | March 22, 2017

By Aisha Idris

1. Self-editing

One of the most economical ways to get your work edited is through self-editing which will not cost you a single penny. In order to be able to self-edit you should have a grip on grammar so you can easily catch the grammatical errors in your written piece.

The first and foremost step to self-edit is to keep your written material aside for a few weeks. Successful self-editing can never take place soon after you have written the article or your book. The best way to spend these few weeks is to read books and articles that are similar to your genre. Once these few weeks have passed, take out your piece and read it like you are reading it for the first time. Also, it is recommended that you read your work in the form of hard copy since it gets easier for you to catch the errors than on the screen.

2. Hire an English major student

Students who are passionate about their career are always in search of experience while they are still studying. Along with that, students are readily available to work on low budget hence making it a win-win situation for you and the student as well. You can advertise for an editor at several Freelance job groups on Facebook without costing yourself any money. Though some Facebook groups do charge a small sum for job postings so make sure you go through their rules before posting there.

3. Text-to-Speech app

If you are a blogger who is regularly writing articles to post on your blog then you can use the text-to-speech app. There are a lot of text-to-speech apps available including the Google Text-to-Speech app. You will get to listen to your article in this app and that will help you a lot in terms of finding repetitive words, sentences that don’t sound right and any kind of grammatical error that will deteriorate the quality of your article. The text-to-speech apps can be downloaded for free and can be used multiple times.

4. Hire editors at Fiverr

Fiverr is an online platform where employers from around the world get to find their employees. You can hire an editor for as low as $5 for an article and even get to rate their work once they have submitted it. This gives you two advantages. Firstly, you get to check out the ratings and reviews of previous employers for whom the editor had worked. Next, the privilege of getting to rate the employee for their work means the employee will provide excellent quality work.

In Conclusion

As a writer, you will always need an assistance to know which areas in your written piece requires improvement. Thus, it is essential to have these economical ways of getting your work edited. You never know when it may come handy.Now that you know that editing can be economical there is no excuse to why you should not edit your work.

BIO: I am a psychology student, blogger and freelance writer. I love to write and inspire people with my words. Writing is my passion, books are my friends and coffee is my love. Also, my first book is coming out in February 2017.


How to Start Writing Your Manuscript

Bring Your Manuscript


Bring Your Manuscript to Publication

Do you have a story, but you don’t know how to go about publishing it?  You may ask: Do I call on agents or publishers; what is a query letter, synopsis, book proposal, media kit?  Look no further.  This is your handbook.

Taken from Ms. Sequeira’s three-hour workshop helping writers understand the process. It also includes how to promote and market your book, gives helpful websites and much more.

Check her other handbooks How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space and Writing Memoirs.

Ms. Sequeira is a four-time award winning author, speaker and educational instructor.  For those who can’t make it to her class, this handy booklet will give you the desire to finish your wring to get your story in print.

Contact her for a quote at alberta.sequeira@gmail.com to run a class or give a talk.  Her address to purchase books is www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira.

Authors helping Authors

Alberta is a co-founder to Authors Without Borders (www.awb6.com) which formed back in 2007. At the time, six authors made up the group.  Now in 2016, we are four women who meet monthly and try to brainstorm on ideas to move ahead with our writing books, publishing, marketing, where we are headed, and what do we want to accomplish?

Advantage of becoming a group?

1. Support when depression hits!

2. Talking about what works and doesn’t

3. Sharing the expense of festivals and events

4. Offering workshops, talks, books signings as a group

5. Forming our own NBTV-95 Cable TV show for other authors with interviews in New Bedford, MA

6. Willie Pleasants has her own cable TV show in Boston, MA “Willie’s Web.”

7. The joy of just meeting once a month for lunch and talking about “whatever.”


Authors Without Borders members.  Left front: Willie Pleasants (short stories and poetry), Joyce Keller Walsh (mysteries)

Right front: Pat Perry (fantasy and comedy), Alberta Sequeira (memoirs and non-fiction)  Visit us at www.awb6.com 

We’d love to hear from you. Any questions you need answered, send them to us at 6authors@awb6.com