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Science shows something surprising about people who love to write
Mic.com
No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference.
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Sept. 30 — LA exhibit special offer ends
GWA
As a thank you for support from exhibitors over the past years, we are extending a special discount offer for the 2015 GWA Annual Symposium Exhibits to be held Sept. 18-19 in Pasadena, Calif.
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Symposium recordings available for download
GWA
Audio files of presentations are free to full meeting registrants using a special coupon code. Non-registrants to the 2014 symposium may purchase audio recordings of each presentation for a nominal fee.
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Student scholarship applications due Dec. 1
GWA
The GWA Foundation annually grants students in horticulture and journalism special scholarships for college, university and community college participation. Scholarship information may be found on the GWA website under the GWA Foundation tab, the application deadline for the 2015 spring term ends Dec. 1. If you know a qualified student who needs financial assistance, let them know about this valuable program TODAY!
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New to social media?
GWA
A series of nine social media training guides are available free to members through the GWA website. These helpful, how-to instruction guides can assist members in expanding their online skills utilizing various electronic media channels.
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GWA loves LA
GWA
Stay up to date on developments for the 2015 GWA symposium. Join the "GWA Loves L.A. 2015" Facebook page.
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Authors United's next move: DOJ
Publishers Weekly
On Wednesday, bestselling thriller writer Douglas Preston, who oversees the group Authors United, confirmed that the organization intends to contact the Department of Justice requesting an antitrust inquiry into Amazon's tactics. Authors United formed to voice the concerns of authors whose sales have been hurt as a result of the stalled sales terms negotiations between Amazon and Hachette.
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Facebook delivers news to 30 percent of US adults
ReadWrite
The news business is increasingly dependent on social media to reach an audience, and it's changed a great deal as a result — not always in good ways, either. That's what led the Pew Research Center to take a deeper look at how social platforms shape the way people get their news. To no one's big surprise, Facebook is the big kahuna for driving traffic to news sites.
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Gardening can bring relief to Alzheimer's patients
Consumer Affairs
There is nothing better to clear your head then being in the outdoors. It's one of the reasons gardening is so popular — and the main reason that therapists are increasingly using gardening to help patients with dementia. Horticulture therapy, as it's called, uses gardening activities in a therapeutic and rehab setting to improve the quality of life, possibly reducing costs for long-term, assisted living and dementia unit residents.
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Publishing's holding pattern: 2014 salary survey
Publishers Weekly
Employees at publishing houses worked a little bit longer each week and made a little more money in 2013 than they did in 2012. Those were just two of the findings of PW's annual salary survey, which was conducted this summer and which, for the first time, featured a number of questions on racial diversity in the industry.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    George Orwell's brilliant guide to writing well (New Republic)
Gardening, gadgetry connect to focus on app users' needs (San Francisco Chornicle)
Symposium recordings available for download (GWA)
Read slowly to benefit your brain and cut stress (The Wall Street Journal)
Famous writers on the creative benefits of keeping a diary (Brain Pickings)

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Kindness to wildlife pays off in the garden
The Associated Press via Hattiesburg American
Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away. But coexisting with wildlife in farm fields or gardens can be a winning proposition if you're willing to alter your habitat. Even nuisance animals can become plant partners with a little planning.
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The content flood and authors whining
Digital Book World
Sales are down for most authors. You don't see blog posts about it or tweets, but it's a reality. And the reason is simple: there's more content out there than ever before. Jon Fine of Amazon calls it a tsunami, but at least a tsunami recedes. This is a flood that is going to get deeper and deeper.
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