Subject: NFW: Of UNF's Writing Conference, Clare Kent's Firing (Write Stuff 0809)
From: "Denson III, William H."
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 10:57:41 -0400


·         Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System

· * August 2009

·         Editor: Howard Denson


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In This Issue:

No August Meeting, But NFW will Critique in September

Recession Costs Clark Kent His Job – Howard Denson

Best-Selling Author Steve Berry to Give Keynote Address
At UNF Writers’ Conference Aug. 7-9

FCCW to Hear Author Lorilyn Roberts on Aug. 20

Flagler College to Host Other Words Conference Nov. 6-8

Quote from a Writer's Quill -- Clifton Fadiman

Writers Born This Month


The North Florida Writers will not meet in August, so that members may attend the UNF Writers’ Conference being held that Friday and weekend at the UNF main campus. (See article later.)

The Sept. 12 meeting of the North Florida Writers will focus only on critiques. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Webb Wesconnett Branch Library (corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard).

The critique process has people other than the author of respective works read aloud the submissions (up to 10 double-spaced pages of prose, and reasonable amounts of poetry or lyrics). Authors may not defend their work, but they should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations.


      [EDITOR’S NOTE: We stumbled over this e-mail during a search about famous reporters of the 20th Century. The “to/from” heading was greeked, but we figured out who the sender and receiver were. We have not touched the grammatical and spelling problems.]

TO:   Mr. Rampart Morlock, CEO, president

FROM: Brian Madoff, Executive Editor, Dailey Planet

As you recall, we talked alot last week at the 19th hole of the Metropolis Golf course about the firing of Perry White. I aggree with you that he’s a dinosaur. My next firings are trickier; hence, the reason I’m sending this message to you incripted.

I have already told Clark Kent to clean out his desk. Yes, I know he has his fans, but he also has cirrus problems. I admit I never have liked him, and it dose go back to when my first “From the Editer’s Desk” column appeered. When I asked him how he liked my column, he said I kneeded to run the column through a spellchecker and the copy desk before publishing it. That was off the wall because he knew that I had already fired the copy editers. More cirrusly, Kent dose’nt realize that our reeders are informal and prefer the common touch.

Some of the older fans from the TV spots like Kent, even though he’s as stiff as steel on camera. They will quickly become accustome to his replacement Bambi Johannsen, who will make a third of his salary and do whatever you want (wink wink).

My major problem with Kent is that he misses out on all the stories when Superman keeps a plain from crashing, rescues a window washer on the Dailey Planet Bldg. that was even right outside his window.

I had a video-cam put on his PC and discovered he spends alot of time in the supply room, expecually if there’s a catastrofee about to happen. On another occassion, two minutes before deadline, he claimed he had’nt wrote the story on an event. We checked the video and saw him moving his hands and fingers real fast, like he was typing. In reality, I figured he had wrote the story earlier on his laptop and pretended it was not typed yet so he could keep me from improving his copy.

I had two of our biggest security gaurds escort Kent out of the building, and he was too smart, or too much of a wimp, to put up any resistance.

Let me run this other idea by you. We’re getting such good photos from our readers’ cell-phones that we can problly get rid of Jimmy Olsen and the other goofballs in the photo department. If we do kneed a photographer, we could raid another sindacate and hire Peter Parker. I understand he’s always hard up for money.

I understand you have named Lex Luthor as my counterpart for the newspaper over in Gotham City. Good man. He nos you ca’nt make an omlet without braking some eggs.


The University of North Florida and the Florida Writers’ Association will put on a conference for writers of fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays Aug. 7-8, with best-selling novelist Steve Berry of St. Marys, Ga., giving the keynote address.

Friday, Aug. 7, will feature a full day of writing workshops. On Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9, writers participate in Fiction, Non-Fiction or Screenwriting Critique Workshops. Sunday afternoon's schedule includes a marketing panel and a workshop featuring the UNF Writers Conference Book & Film Deal Connection, an opportunity for attendees to submit their work to agents, book editors and film producers after the conference.

Berry is the author of The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Alexandria Link, The Venetian Betrayal, and other novels. Although he no longer practices law after 29 years, he is still active in local politics, having served on the Camden County Board of Education and now serving as one of five members of the Camden County Board of Commissioners.

Berry has been writing since 1990, and, though his undergraduate degree is in political science, his long-time interest in history led to him writing international suspense thrillers.  Stories with a little bit of history, secrets, conspiracies, international settings, action and adventure were the kind of books Berry liked to read, so naturally they became the kind of books he liked to write.   Berry doesn't adhere to the adage, “Write what you know.”  Instead, he says, “Write what you love.”  He also credits the nuns who taught him in Catholic school with instilling the discipline needed both to craft a novel and stick with the process until finding a publisher.

Berry and his wife Elizabeth have also started a foundation, History Matters, dedicated to aiding the preservation of our heritage.

 After his keynote address on Friday morning, he will present a workshop, Writing Effective Dialogue. His website:<>

Other faculty will include the following:

DICKIE ANDERSON -- Named executive director of the Amelia Island Book Festival in the fall of 2008, she brings her many talents and community involvement to Amelia Island's annual book festival. She is a popular speaker using her humor, talent and writing experiences to entertain and inspire those who write or who long to write. Anderson has published four collections of her popular column, "From the Porch." Her latest book, The Grandmother Letters, shares the joy of becoming a grandmother and urges other to share their stories.

She currently serves as an appointed member to the Amelia Island Arts Council, is a docent for the Amelia Island Museum of History, has served on the boards of the Amelia Arts Academy, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and the Amelia Book Island Festival. Her website:<>

MARY BARON -- She is a professor of English at UNF, teaching literature and creative writing. Her books are Letters for the New England Dead (Godine, 1974), Wheat among Bones (Sheep Meadow, 1980), and Storyknife (Sheep Meadow, 2009). She has also published extensively in magazines and journals. She currently volunteers, teaching writing to juveniles held in the downtown jail.

JOHN BOLES -- He is an award-winning writer, producer, director, editor and actor with more than 25 years' experience in the entertainment industry. His credits include commercials, television and film productions. John's work has been honored with an EMMY, two Broadcast Promotion & Marketing Executives' International Gold Medallion Awards, seven ADDY Awards and a Florida Governor's Screenwriting Award. He has worked with Columbia Pictures, Spelling/Goldberg, ABC and NBC. He is a screenwriting teacher, writing workshop presenter, screenwriting contest judge and writing consultant. He also writes and produces live, interactive murder mysteries and is a professional actor and longtime member the Screen Actors Guild.

EMILY WORTHY CARMAIN – She has been a professional writer and editor for over 30 years, with hundreds of magazines, newspapers website articles published. Her career includes feature writing and editing for newspapers and magazines, producing publications for corporations and editing manuscripts for publishers and authors. Through her business, Noteworthy Editing Services, she edits a variety of writing, from non-fiction and memoirs to historical novels, mystery, suspense thrillers, young-adult books and mainstream fiction. She served as executive director of the Amelia Island Book Festival for four years, has received more than 25 awards for writing and editing from various professional organizations and is a member of the Cassell Network of Writers. Her website:<>

SHARON Y. COBB – She is a writer/director of the comedy web shows, Thurapy and Mayor of Panther County which have attracted an international fan base. She is creator of the comedy video website which features her own original videos as well as those created by filmmakers worldwide. She is a member of Writers Guild of America and has sold a dozen Hollywood projects including Return of the Sweet Birds to Fox 2000. Her British romantic comedy Lighthouse Hill was released on DVD in the U.S. March 2009 after premiering at film festivals and being broadcast by SkyTV worldwide. "On Hostile Ground," her TV movie for TBS, aired in 2000 and pulled huge ratings. Easter Bunny Super Hero, a short film she wrote and executive produced won Best of Jacksonville, Best Screenplay and five other awards in the 2007 48 Hour Film Project competition in Jacksonville. She also wrote a novelization for "Touched by An Angel" and CBS, which sold over 170,000 copies and was founding editor of Coastal Living (formerly Coastal Home) magazine. She has lectured on writing in the U.S. and abroad. Her website:<>

VICTOR DI GENTI -- After 35 years in public broadcasting working as a producer, director, fundraiser, and producer of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Vic DiGenti turned to his first love: writing. He found inspiration in his household of feline critters and wrote three adventure/fantasies with a feline protagonist. His novels--Windrusher, Windrusher and the Cave of Tho-hoth, and Windrusher and the Trail of Fire--have won multiple awards and attracted readers of all ages. His unpublished manuscript, Matanzas Bay, a mystery/suspense novel set in St. Augustine, won the 2007 Josiah W. Bancroft, Sr. Award. He is a regional director of the Florida Writers Association and President of the Friends of the Library.

RIK FEENEY -- He adapted his love of reading, writing and gymnastics to become a published author of more than 44 books, reports and CDs on the sport and business of gymnastics. He is also a book coach, author web page designer and promotional expert for aspiring authors. He is a columnist for answering questions in two categories; Publishing and Self Publishing and the Sport of Gymnastics. He works with authors and self-publishers as a book development and marketing coach. He speaks at writers' conferences and seminars throughout the Southeast and is finishing two new books, Writing for Fun, Fame, & Fortune and Book Marketing 101. His website:<>

SOHRAB HOMI FRACIS – He is the author of Ticket to Minto, a collection of short stories that won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, which has been described by the New York Times Book Review as "among the most prestigious literary prizes America offers."

He was born and educated in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. He studied for a B.Tech. at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and followed up with an M.C.E. at the University of Delaware, Newark. After several years as a programmer-analyst contracted to Fortune 100 companies such as Ford Motor Company in Detroit, he heard his calling to become a writer.

He studied for an M.A. in English, with a concentration in creative writing, at the University of North Florida. He then taught literature and creative writing at UNF, from 1993 to 2003, passing on his knowledge and experience to aspiring writers. From 1994 to 2001 he functioned as Fiction and Poetry Editor of the now sadly defunct State Street Review. From 2004 to 2008 he was the final judge and presenter of the Page Edwards Short Fiction Award at the also sadly defunct Florida First Coast Writers' Festival.

His fiction found publication in Other Voices, Chicago, India Currents, San Jose, State Street Review, Jacksonville, The Antigonish Review, Nova Scotia, Weber Studies, Utah, The Toronto Review, Toronto, Ort der Augen, Germany, and most recently, South Asian Review, Pennsylvania, and Slice Magazine, New York. His literary commentary has been in The Florida Times-Union, FEZANA Journal, and The News India-Times. His website:<> .

FRANK GREEN – He is the founder and leader of The Bard Society, a working fiction writer’s workshop for thirty years that has seen the publication of more than forty novels, some of which have been best sellers. He is the owner of Writing Consultants, Inc. since 1979 writing copy and making copy right. Green is a board member emeritus of the Jacksonville Library Foundation; founder and board member of Much Ado About Books, and Night of Literary Feasts; founding member and board member of Florida First Coast Writers’ Festival and staff member of Kalliope magazine.

KRISTIN HARMEL -- She is a novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. Cosmopolitan magazine has called her writing "hilarious," and People magazine has referred to her books as "Bridget Jones-esque." A longtime reporter for People magazine, she has also been published in Glamour, Woman's Day, American Baby, Teen People, Men's Health, YM and Runner's World. She has also worked as "The Lit Chick," the official book reviewer for the nationally syndicated morning TV show "The Daily Buzz." Her novels include How to Sleep with a Movie Star (Warner Books, 2006), The Blonde Theory (Warner Books, 2007), The Art of French Kissing (Hachette Book Group, 2008), When You Wish (Random House, 2008), Italian For Beginners (Hachette Book Group, Aug. 2009), and After (Random House, Feb. 2010). She has appeared on such TV programs as "Good Morning America," and has been featured in newspapers including the Boston Globe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the St. Petersburg Times. LA's The Place magazine has called her "the real life combo of Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw." Her website:<>

CAROL O'DELL -- She is the author of Mothering Mother: A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir, about her experience caring for her mother through Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Her fiction and nonfiction work has appeared in numerous publications, including Redbook, Writer's Digest, Writer's Chronicle, Atlanta Magazine, Blue Moon Review, The Pisgah Review, and AIM, America's Intercultural Magazine. Carol is a Jacksonville University graduate, creative writing teacher and inspirational speaker and has been featured on CNN, Fox and numerous television and radio programs across the country. Her website: <>

WILLIAM RAWLINGS, JR. -- He was born, raised and still lives on the family farm in Sandersville, Ga. As an author who began writing only a few years before his first novel was published, he has established a solid reputation as a creator of "Southern thrillers." In addition to his four mystery novels in print, he is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, writing on a wide variety of topics ranging from humor to history. His website: <>

LYNN SHOLES -- She co-authored The Grail Conspiracy with Joe Moore. Her first six novels were written under the name Lynn Armistead McKee. Lynn trains teachers to teach writing for Citrus County Schools in Florida. She has presented writing workshops and lectures for writers' groups and organizations and has been interviewed on television and in newspapers (The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald, Coral Springs Forum) and Cultural Quarterly magazine. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Florida Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers and The Authors Guild. Her website:<>

KERRY SPECKMAN  -- It has been more than three decades since her haiku about tulips was published in her class' poetry book, but Kerry Speckman gets a thrill every time she sees her byline. And with 20 years of experience as a professional writer, she has seen plenty of them. Her work has appeared in Southwest Spirit, AAA Going Places, Fodor's Florida and Caribbean Ports of Call and the Zagat Walt Disney World Insider's Guide and World's Top Hotels, Resorts and Spas, as well as on and AOL. Prior to becoming a full-time freelancer, she worked in a variety of professions, including public relations specialist, legal assistant, elementary school teacher and mental health counselor, where she gained plenty of fodder for The Hooky Book. The tongue-in-cheek "reference book" has been featured in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Men's Health and landed her a spot on the game show "To Tell the Truth." She is a contributing writer for Jacksonville Magazine and writes a blog called The Specktator. Her websites:<> <> and<>

JUNE WELTMAN – She is the author of Mystery of the Missing Candlestick, a young adult mystery novel set in St. Augustine. The book received Mayhaven Publishing's First Place Award for Children's Fiction and was recognized by the Florida Historical Society in April 2004 with a special award. Ms. Weltman was a reporter with the Chicago Tribune, a foreign affairs writer for Congressional Quarterly, a writer and photographer on the Peace Corps staff and freelance writer and editor. She has written for the Jacksonville Business Journal, Mandarin News & St. Johns River Pilot, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Monthly and Jacksonville Magazine. Her articles have been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. She has won many writing awards. She has taught journalism classes at American University and public relations at the University of North Florida. She speaks frequently about mysteries and writing at schools and conferences and has been a featured author at book festivals. For the past three years, she has taught adult education workshops on writing mysteries for children and teens through the University of North Florida and Duval County Community Education. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Florida Writer's Association and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She has been a member of the steering committee of the Jacksonville SCBWI group since it was formed in 2004. She is working on a new Miranda Manning mystery. Her website: <>

JAMES M. WILSON – He has published short stories in the Southwestern Review, Prairie Winds, and others. He teaches creative writing at Flagler College and is working on a novel called Giving it Away. He is most excited about his recently published article for sixth-grade readers about caving.

THELMA YOUNG -- With the strength of her pen, she gives voice to those who might not otherwise have one. Born in Biloxi, Miss., she has geared her life in the direction of storytelling. She emphasizes the importance of storytelling by conducting workshops across the country which focus on helping others record and preserve their family stories. Her first book, The Stories My Foremothers Told Me (2005), delves into the lives of five Black-Creole Catholic women who grew up on the Mississippi-Louisiana Gulf Coast and witnessed the Civil Rights Movement. Her second book, All You Could See Was the Water: Hurricane Katrina through the Eyes of Children (2008), captures the experiences of eleven children who survived the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Her work with children who survived Katrina prompted the University of Virginia to invite her to speak at their inaugural Symposium on Race and Society, In Katrina's Wake: Racial Implications of the New Orleans Disaster. She is working on her third oral history project, Black Men in America, in collaboration with National Public Radio's StoryCorps.

To register by phone, call UNF at (904) 620-4200. To register online, go to this site:

The registration fee for the three-day conference is $299. Registration fees include all three days of conference workshops and panels, lunches, socials, critiques and one free pitch/logline in the Book & Film Deal Connection Pitch Book.

The conference will allow individuals to attend the Friday workshops without registering for all three days. The cost for that will be $119 and include lunch and the conference reception later that day. Go to<> and click on Friday Only Pass on the right side for registration details.


First Coast Christian Writers will hear Lorilyn Roberts Thursday, Aug. 20, as she talks about the writing of Children of Dreams and The Donkey and the King, now in its second printing. The FCCW meets from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. every Thursday in room 513 at Christ's Church (6045 Greenland Rd.) near the Avenues Mall at the intersection of I-95 and 9A South. It is a chapter of American Christian Writers and the Florida Writers Association. Every meeting includes a speaker & writing critiques for any genre. Visitors 18 and older are always welcome. Dues are $1 per week.
Children of Dreams tells about the suffering Ms. Roberts experienced and how God restores dreams and brings redemption. The reader is drawn in by her descriptive writing, honesty (she lays bare her weaknesses and faults), and willingness to share her walk of faith.
Ms. Roberts was adopted as a child and is able to present the spirit of adoption.


The fifth annual OTHER WORDS: A Conference of Literary Magazines,
Independent Publishers, and Writers, and the Other Words Writers Workshop will be sponsored by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition, Flagler College, and Jane’s Stories Press at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, Nov. 6-8, 2009. Featured writers include Diana Abu-Jaber, Judson Mitcham, and Michael Waters.

This year we are offering a number of new features aimed at writers and their careers. On Friday, Nov. 7, The Other Words Writers' Workshop will offer master workshops where writers can hone their work with published writers and editors, craft workshops, an introduction to small presses panel, a panel on building your publishing credits through publishing in literary magazines and journals, a panel on promoting your work and yourself, and a panel on how to pitch a manuscript.  These panels and workshops will be run by published writers, editors, and publishers.

Cost for the Friday session is $40. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Only a limited number of participants will be admitted, so interested persons should contact the conference early.

On Friday evening, the OTHER WORDS Conference of Literary Magazines, Independent Publishers, and Writers begins. The Conference will be kicked off by a reading by Michael Waters.  The conference continues all day Saturday and Sunday until noon with panels, readings, workshops and a book fair. Saturday's night's reading features Diana Abu-Jaber and Judson Mitcham. Registration for the literary conference begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.

Panel proposals relating to writing, publishing, and literary arts are being accepted now and should be sent to Jim Wilson at Individuals interested in being on a panel should notify Wilson by Aug. 15. Other information may be obtained from Rick Campbell at or from the Florida Literary Arts Coalition website at<> .

Registration for the literary conference only is $40 for FLAC members and $80 for nonmembers.  Book fair table reservations are $50 for FLAC members and $75 for nonmembers. Institutional members of FLAC can register up to five members of an institution for $50.  Registration for students from nonmember institutions is $25.


When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.

-- Clifton Fadiman



1--Herman Melville (1819) and Jim Carroll (1951); 2--Irving Babbitt (1865), James Baldwin (1924), and Isabel Allende (1942); 3--Rupert Brooke (1887), P. D. James (1920), Leon Uris (1924), and Diane Wakoski (1937); 4--Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), Knut Hamsun (1859), and Robert Hayden (1913);

5--Michael Banim (1796) and Conrad Aiken (1889); 6--Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809), Paul Claudel (1868), and Diane di Prima (1934); 7--Garrison Keillor (1942); 8--Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896) and Nina Berberova (1901); 9--Philip Larkin (1922);

11--Judah P. Benjamin (1811), Hugh MacDiarmid (C. M. Grieve) (1892), Louise Bogan (1897), Alex Haley (1921), and André Dubus (1936); 12--Katherine Lee Bates (1859), Jacinto Benavente y Martínez (1866), Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876), and Radclyffe Hall (1880); 14--Sir Walter Besant (1836), Danielle Steele (1947), and Gary Larson (1950);

15--Sir Walter Scott (1771), E. Nesbit (1858), Sri Aurobindo (1872), and Edna Ferber (1887); 16--William Maxwell (1908) and Charles Bukowski (1920); 17--Fredrika Bremer (1801), Wilfred Scawen Blunt (1840), Evan Connell (1924), John Hawkes (1925), V. S. Naipaul (1932); 18--Robert Williams Buchanan (1841), Ahad Haam (1856), and Alaine Robbe-Grillet (1922); 19--Pierre Jean de Béranger (1780), Maurice BarrPs (1862), Ogden Nash (1902), and James Gould Cozzens (1903);

20--Shaul Chernikhovski (1875), H. P. Lovecraft (1890) and Jacqueline Susanne (1921); 21--Robert Stone (1937); 22--John Hill Burton (1809), Dorothy Parker (1893), Ray Bradbury (1920), E. Annie Proulx (1935); 23--Edgar Lee Masters (1868) and J. V. Cunningham (1911); 24--Sir Max Beerbohm (1872), Jean Rhys (1890), Malcolm Cowley (1898), Jorge Luis Borges (1899), and A.S. Byatt (1936);

25--Baron Bunsen (1791), Henrik Hertz (1797/98), Brett Harte (1836), Frederick Forsyth (1938), and Martin Amis (1949); 26--Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), Christopher Isherwood (1904), Julio Cortázar (1914); 27--Theodore Dreiser (1871), Norah Lofts (1904), Desmond O'Grady (1935), Lary Crews (1946), and Jeanette Winterson (1959); 28--John Betjeman (1906), Roger Tory Peterson (1908), Robertson Davies (1913), Janet Frame (1924), and Rita Dove (1952); 29--Giambattista Casti (1724), Edward Carpenter (1844), and Thom Gunn (1929);

30--Mary Shelley (1797); 31--DuBose Heyward (1885), William Shawn (1907), and William Saroyan (1908).



Every Wednesday: 7 p.m.; BARD SOCIETY; Frank Green 234-8383; Email<>

Every Thursday, 6:45 p.m.; FIRST COAST CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP; Christ's Church, 6045 Greenland Rd., Room 204, near I-95 & 9A; Email:<>

Second Saturday: 2 p.m.; NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS; Webb Wesconnett Library;<>

Second and fourth Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.; MANDARIN WRITERS WORKSHOP; S. Mandarin Library (corner of San Jose and Orange Picker Rd.). Larry Barnes at<>.


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