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Editor: Howard Denson

August 2017

 

 

 STUFF FROM A WRITER’S QUILL

 

I’ve always thought of reading and writing as addictive behavior. Once they’ve hooked you, they’ll never let you go.

-- Vic DiGenti


 

In this issue:

 

Stuff (and links) from hither and yon (click on numbers to jump to summary links):

 1  Memories of nuns and ex-nuns

2  What Herman Melville can teach Bob Dylan about plagiarism

3  Claude Shannon: The Juggling Poet Who Gave Us the Information Age

4  Why kids can’t write

5  A book “marketing” firm charged me $1180. Guess how many copies they sold?


Ahoy! Prize-winning shanty boaters to start new series of classes

Writers by the Sea group presents program on author blogs

 FWA Blog

 

REGULAR POSTINGS: Writers Born This Month . . . Keep up with the NFW on our Facebook page . . . Meetings of NFW and Other Groups . . . Useful Links . . . Need someone to critique a manuscript? . . . The Write Staff

 

STUFF FROM

HITHER

AND YON

 

Click on the links below to read each article.

 

1  Memories

of nuns

and ex-nuns

 Poet Mary Sue Koeppel, formerly the editor of Kalliope, was a nun for 16 years before swapping the convent for a college campus. Her memoir of being a nun includes the memories of 38 other women who entered the convent with her. They discuss how they lived, why they left or stayed nuns, how they spent these past 60 years. Ms. Koeppel is one of four editors of NO ONE’S EASY DAUGHTER (Imago Press, 349 pages, available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbfHsaPupi8&feature=em-share_video_user

 

2  What Herman Melville

can teach Bob Dylan

about plagiarism

 

Grant Shreve argues that “one could be forgiven” for thinking [Bob Dylan’s] Novel laureate lecture “sounds in parts like an English essay a college freshman would write the night before it’s due, since, like many college freshmen, Dylan appears to have laced his discussion of MOBY-DICK with several phrases from the SparkNotes summary of Melville’s seminal novel.”https://daily.jstor.org/herman-melville-can-teach-bob-dylan-plagiarism/

 

3  Claude Shannon:

The juggling poet

who gave us

the information age

 

Charles Shannon will never have the name recognition of a Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but he did every bit as much to wire the world. And his sense of play was highly contagious. He wrote this to the editors of Scientific American: “You probably think I have been fritterin’, I say fritterin’, away my time while my juggling paper is languishing on the shelf. This is only half true. I have come to two conclusions recently: 1) I am a better poet than scientist. 2) Scientific American should have a poetry column.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/claude-shannon-the-juggling-poet-who-gave-us-the-information-age

 
 

4  Why kids

can’t write

 Is it better to be Sisyphus endlessly pushing a boulder up a hill . . . or a teacher trying to teach writing? Hmm, the end results may be about the same. This column argues that teachers need to be given more instruction in how to teach writing. It doesn’t put much emphasis on what students themselves need to be doing. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/education/edlife/writing-education-grammar-students-children.html

 5  A BOOK “MARKETING” FIRM

CHARGED ME $1180. GUESS HOW

MANY COPIES THEY SOLD?

 

This article will interest indie authors who have a project to debut for readers. Some established authors (such as Piers Anthony at one time) have turned their backs on traditional publishers, either to get larger royalty payments or to have more control over their work. There are pitfalls in either the indie or traditional route, as this writer explains. http://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/book-marketing-ripoff

 

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 AHOY! PRIZE-WINNING SHANTY BOATERS

TO START NEW SERIES OF CLASSES

 

A writing workshop on a shanty boat docked on the Trout River is beginning a new series of classes beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and lasting untilOctober 18, according to editor, Lynn Skapyak Harlin, leader of the workshop.

 

 

Shanty boat Writers Workshop is designed for beginning writers who would like to learn new techniques, or seasoned writers who would like to refresh these skills to improve their writing. Fiction and nonfiction writers are welcome.


Topics include Creating believable characters, Tips for Improving Dialogue, Elements of Plot, How 'Show rather than Tell' works toward clarity in all forms of writing, setting goals for your story, characters and each scene and many other writing and submission tips.

 Members of recent classes have won awards in the contests of the Florida First Coast Writers' Festival, writing contests of the Florida Writers Assn., and other national awards.

 The evening session meets every Wednesday from 6 to 9, and the cost of the workshop (limited to 8 writers) will be $200 for six weeks.

 Before attending a workshop all new workshop writers must write and submit an introductory essay according to workshop guidelines.

 For more information on all sessions forming or to reserve a space, call Ms. Skapyak Harlin at 904.778.8000 or email her at lyharlin@aol.com.

 
 

 

FWA BLOG

FOR

NORTHEAST FLORIDA

 

You may go to the FWA blog and check out meetings of the River City Writers, the Clay County Writers, Writers by the Sea, the Ancient City Writers, and the Ponte Vedra Writers.

 For more information, contact Vic DiGenti, FWA Regional Director, atwww.fwapontevedra.blogspot.com or www.parkerfrancis.com

 

WRITERS BORN

THIS MONTH

.To check out the names of writers who were born this month, go to this website:

 http://howarddenson.webs.com/augwritersbirthdays.htm

.The list includes novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction authors, writers for the small and silver screen, and others.

 There is an easier way to scan a calendar and keep up with who was born on particular days. Purchase a copy of HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AUTHORS: FINDING YOUR PLACE AMONG WRITERS from Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites:https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Birthday-Authors-Finding-Writers/dp/1532957408/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486837080&sr=1-3&keywords=Happy+Birthday%2C+Authors

.If you see that we have omitted a writer, give us his or her name (and preferably a way to verify the belly-button day).

 

SOME

USEFUL

LINKS

 

Writers, poets, and playwrights will find useful tools athttp://howarddenson.webs.com/usefullinksforwriters.htm

 KEEP UP WITH THE NFW

ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

 You may join us at any time on Facebook. Webmeister Richard Levine has changed our privacy setting from Closed to Public. That way, you can check out our group at your leisure.

To begin, click on: https://www.facebook.com/n/?groups%2FNorthFloridaWriters%2F&aref=94825392&medium=email&mid=af910daG3be2bd82G5a6ebb0G90G8294&bcode=1.1418662828.AbkY6Ei5o1kSfX4_&n_m=hd3nson%40hotmail.com

NEED SOMEONE

TO CRITIQUE

A MANUSCRIPT?

 If you have a finished manuscript that you want critiqued or proofread, then look for someone at http://howarddenson.webs.com/potentialcritiquers.htm.

 Check out their entries on the website to see if they suit your needs. Individuals establish their own rates. Neither the NFW nor its officers receive any compensation for referrals.

 They include the following:


·         Robert Blade Writing & Editing (rmblade@aol.com);

·         Frank Green of The Bard Society (frankgrn@comcast.net);

·         JJ Grindstaff-Swathwood (jgswathwood@gmail.com);

·         Brad Hall (variablerush@gmail.com);

·         Lynn Skapyak Harlin (Lyharlin@aol.com);

·         Joseph Kaval (joseph.kaval@gmail.com);

·         Richard Levine (Richie.ALevine@gmail.com),

·         Walter Schenck (Walter_schenck@comcast.net)

 

THE WRITE STAFF

 President: Howard Denson (hd3nson@hotmail. com)

Vice President: Joyce Davidson (davent2010@comcast. net)

Treasurer: Richard Levine (http://hiddenowl.com/Contact%20form.html).

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Presidents Emeriti: Frank Green, Dan Murphy, Howard Denson, Nate Tolar, Joyce Davidson, Margaret Gloag, Richard Levine, Bob Alexander, JoAnn Harter Murray, Carrol Wolverton, Margie Sauls, Stewart Neal