Melanie Bishop

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Diane Winant is one of the writers from my memoir class and the Write & Play in Carmel-by-the-Sea retreat. She just received this good news that her opening lines won the  contest sponsored by Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference. Diane gets a full tuition scholarship to the SBWC, which starts this weekend.  Congratulations, Diane!!!

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Dear Writers,

Thanks to those who participated in our 2013 Best Opening writing contest. After reviewing over 200 entries, some clever, others funny, many thrilling, and a few lyrical, we’ve selected the winner of this year’s competition and recipient of a 2013 SBWC tuition scholarship.

First Place: Diane Winant
When Mom drove around with Grandma Schmidt on Tuesdays and Grandma Toots on Thursdays, I heard from the back seat of our Pontiac sedan that Aunt Alice didn’t wear underpants, Uncle Herman never paid income tax, and Cousin Cathy’s “appendicitis” was really a baby girl.