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Writing News for the Sunshine
State & the Solar System
North Florida Writers * April
In this issue:
By Any Other Name -- Tom Lane
The Holy Code to Getting Rich Quick -- Howard
Dahlonega Novel Contest is Accepting Entries
April is Coolest Month, Thanks to Writers'
Quote from a Writer's Quill -- Georges Simenon
in March -- Hans Christian Andersen, Maya Angelou,
Eudora Welty, Henry James, William Shakespeare, Annie Dillard, and many others
Calendar of Events
BY ANY OTHER NAME
By TOM LANE
Writers who succeed at their craft are those in touch with
their writer's identity. Writers discover their identities when they find out
what they write best, value it, and pursue it through practice. Aspiring
writers once studied literature, hoping to master
their art, until the advent of the MFA programs, currently the rage. But
neither course of action guarantees getting in touch with one's writer's
I studied literature and assumed
that someday I would write it. I snubbed nonliterary writing like genre fiction and nonfiction, despite the fact that
most of what I wrote lacked literary excellence. I still believed that after
creating some lesser pieces, to be later termed my early period, I would be
magically transformed into a literary artist. To
date, it has not happened, and I don't think it will, but that doesn't take it
out of the realm of possibility.
Writing over the years, I amassed a body of work, and
through trial and error submitting practices, I discovered that some
nonliterary publications were more accepting of my
work than the literary magazines. It did not dawn on me immediately that
possibly I had more to offer them than I had to offer the literaries. At the
time, my ego, which propelled me to proclaim myself a writer, equated lessening a goal with failure, two outcomes, it deemed
The nonliterary magazines have not exactly welcomed me with
open arms. Marketing manuscripts remains a grind, but the occasional green
light from one of these publications, restores my
belief in myself as a writer. A nonliterary acceptance does not close the door
on literature. It just shows that the work submitted appealed more to a
nonliterary market. These markets, however, may become more literary in the
Today's political climate has
blurred the distinction between literary and nonliterary publications. The
literary publications have changed. The presumption that work accepted by them
has literary merit is no longer tenable. Originality, erudition, and depictions
of the human condition as an enigma, not easily
understood, now share space in these publications with multicultural selections
for the sake of diversity, feminist writing, and mediocre manuscripts,
containing occasional digs against the founding values of Western Civilization. These digs show the authors conforming to,
and believing in, the reigning ignorance. Such a lack of free thinking
disadvantages those who would be literary. Meanwhile, the works of some
excluded writers of talent, are finding homes in nonliterary publications.
Irrespective of trends, writers in touch with their
identities tend not to write, thinking they are creating literature. Instead,
they write their strengths with maximum effort, which develops their capacities
and talents. With some marketing efforts, they find
niches for their work. Out of their number, a few will emerge, capable of
creating literature, a capability they may, or may not know, they possess. It
doesn't matter. As long as they write every piece, intent on making it better than their last, luck and posterity will determine their
Aldous Huxley rose
above the adventure/sci‑fi genre with Brave New World. Agatha Christie,
in addition to being one of the most prolific writers ever, set a new precedent
for the mystery genre with The
Mousetrap. "Fir Tree," a Christmas story, by
Hans Christian Andersen and Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows are children's stories, but both have value as literature. Biography
as literature brings to mind Boswell's Life of Dr. Johnson. Dr.
Johnson himself broke the literary barrier by writing a dictionary. His Dictionary of the English Language remains a
classic. These works illustrate that writers create
literature via excellent writing in the forms that they write best. From there,
it's a small leap to see that with the right commitment, there's hope for us
THE HOLY CODE TO GETTING RICH QUICK
By HOWARD DENSON
The lawsuit in London against Dan Brown for his The Da Vinci Code started my
little gray cells to cogitating like mad about copyright and plagiarism. Of
course, I'm wrong about half the time concerning the way that courts decide
their verdicts, but the Court of Denson is coming down on the side of Dan
His novel, of course, is a bunch
of silly nonsense. I don't mind his claiming that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had a
child. That wouldn't shake the beliefs of this defrocked Baptist.
(Quick digression: Actually "defrogged" Baptist
due to an unfortunate encounter with nature during my
full-immersion baptism in Lugswater Creek.)
Jesus was a rabbi, and a rabbi is generally married and all
that by his thirties.
I also don't mind that Robert Graves in King Jesus had Mary as a
"temple virgin" and that he wrote a novel
about Jesus actually having royal blood and a claim to the throne.
It doesn't bother me that Jewish-writer Scholem Asch had a
center section of The
Nazarene entitled "The Gospel According to Judas
Iscariot" -- which was fascinating because it
explored more motivations for the betrayal other than "the devil made me
However, I do object to assertions that Mary Madgalene was
depicted in Leonardo's "Last Supper" as being one of the apostles and
sitting to Jesus' right. My chief art advisor,
Governor Schwarzenegger, states that
the figure is sort of a girly man, but Leonardo painted other
Even with that flaw, Brown is entitled to create a
narrative that entertains. Since various sources say Brown's novel has sold more than 30 or 40 million copies worldwide, we
recognize that it is satisfying some readers. That represents a potfull of
money that went into the coffers of Random House.
And that alluring cash, that folding stuff, and that
money-money-money was enough to entice two other
Random House authors, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, to want some court to
shovel some of the loot their way. They claim that the central premise of The Da Vinci Code was taken
from their nonfiction book, Holy
Blood and the Holy Grail (which was
published in 1982).
The Court of Denson has to agree with Random House's
British attorney, John Baldwin, QC (Queen's Counsel), who said Baigent and
Leigh's allegations were "spurious and bogus."
Baldwin said, "Many of the ideas complained of are not even in both books, some are not even
either, so they cannot have been copied from one to the other." He adds,
"In the main, the ideas complained of were not original to HBHG
It is argued by Denson, RCC, MP (Royal Crown Cola and Moon Pie) that Frederick Jackson Turner's work has long
been in the public domain, but let's pretend he published his concept of the
expanding frontier way back in 1982. He would not have a legal complaint if
someone was writing about Dan'l Boone, perhaps in
DAN'L: It's an expanding frontier that's
driving us all, Buddy.
DAN'L: Mebbe, nothin'. There's a driving
force at work in us settlers. We have a rendezvous with destiny and the
SIDEKICK: The only
expanding frontier, I'm interested in is the backside of that new gal at the
And so on.
One's a non-fiction book, and the other is a novel or
By the same token, if you have a best-selling non-fiction
book, you and I do have some limitations. For
Beautiful Mind by Columbia's
Sylvia Nazar caught the attention of Hollywood. Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes is non-fiction, but
only McCourt, not you or I, may produce a novel or a screenplay about his
family's poverty-stricken story.
A quick rule of thumb is this: Does my adaptation take
money out of anyone's pocket? If I write a novel or screenplay about Dr.
Samuel Johnson and rely on Boswell's biography, I'm not depriving the Scotsman
of any payment since he has been as dead as Monty
Python's parrot for a couple of centuries. But, if someone has a new biography
of Dr. Johnson and if Oprah, Jon Stewart, and others praise it to high level,
you and I can get into trouble if we adapt that bio.
It's comforting to know that, if
you only end up selling 500 to 5,000 copies of your book, you won't have to
worry about any "spurious and bogus" lawsuits. ©
DAHLONEGA NOVEL CONTEST IS
The Dahlonega Literary Festival is accepting entries for
its annual novel contest until July 31 (or earlier if 200 entries have been
Unpublished entries may be from
50,000 to 150,000 words long and on any subject or genre. An identification
page should identify the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail (if
available), but the author's name should not appear on the novel manuscript
The contest has an entry fee of
$35, with checks or money orders made out to The Dahlonega Literary Festival.
It will offer monetary prizes of $500, $300, $200. Entries should be mailed to
DLF Fiction Contest, 420 Wal‑Mart Way, Box 514,
Dahlonega, GA 30533.
For complete rules, go to this website:
APRIL IS COOLEST MONTH, THANKS TO
BEING HELD AT RADISSON ON THE
Writers in 2006 will have a chance to do this again from
Mar. 30 to Apr. 2, with its annual workshops being
held Friday and Saturday at the Radisson on the Riverwalk.
Additional speakers have been confirmed for the Festival:
John Byram ‑ Editor. He is the
associate director and editor‑in‑chief of the University Press of Florida where he has worked since 2002 after spending the first 12 years of
his publishing career at W.W. Norton & Company in New York. Besides
supervising UPF's annual publishing program of 100 non‑fiction titles, he is also the senior acquisitions editor for the press's
natural history and travel lists. One of his
projects, Tora Johnson's Entanglements: The Intertwined Fates of Whales and
Fishermen, recently was selected for the national Barnes and Noble booksellers
Discover Great New Writers program in fall 2005.
Rick Campbell ‑ Writer. Campbell's most recent book is The Traveler's
Companion (Black Bay Books, 2004). His first full‑length
book, Setting The World In Order (Texas Tech, 2001) won the Walt McDonald
Prize. His poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, The Tampa Review, Southern Poetry
Review, Puerto Del Sol, Prairie Schooner and other journals. He has won an NEA
Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and two fellowships from the Florida Arts
Council. He is the director of Anhinga Press and the
Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and he teaches English at Florida A&M University
Camille Cline ‑ Editor. She
opened The Literary Spa in 2001 to help fiction and nonfiction authors to
develop their works for submission to literary agents and
publishers, via substantive editing, revising, and polishing. She understands
authors' challenges and has developed a gentle method for editing powerful
novels. Writers Digest Books will be publishing Cline's The Secret Black Book
of Novel Revision in Spring 2007. She is the editor
of The FAQs of Life (Andrews McMeel). Cline has served as editor‑in‑chief at LifeCast; senior
acquisitions editor at Taylor Trade Publishing and Cader Books, where she also
served as executive editor of the People Entertainment
Almanac; and as associate editor at Tor / Forge Books, a division of St.
Martin's Press. She started her career in New York as a researcher / reviewer
at PC Magazine, after completing the Radcliffe Publishing Course in Cambridge,
Victor DiGenti ‑ Novelist. DiGenti had a diverse career in broadcasting and
communications and as producer of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival before turning
to writing. The first in his acclaimed Windrusher adventure / fantasy series
has been honored with both a Royal Palm Award
(Florida Writer's Association) for Best Young Adult Novel of 2004, and a Muse
Medallion (Cat Writer's Association) for Best Fiction of 2004. The sequel,
Windrusher and the Cave of Tho‑hoth, also won top
awards from FWA and CWA, as well as an Honorable
Mention in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Competition. Both books
are published by Ocean Publishing of Flagler Beach. He is working on an adult
suspense novel. His website is www.windrusher.com.
Sorche Fairbank ‑ Agent, Fairbank
Literary Representation. She represents best‑selling authors such as Robin Moore, Xaviera Hollander,
Edgar‑winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee John McAleer,
O. Henry Prize winner Charlotte Forbes, AP Journalist of the Year David Yonke,
jazz legend Benny Golson, Edgar‑winner Rex Burns, and sports and political dynamo Charles
Euchner. Subjects of interest include literary fiction, topical or narrative
non‑fiction, a strong interest in women's voices,
class and race issues, war and its alteration of people and nation, and works addressing the meeting of art and science.
They are most actively seeking select new fiction voices and Latino works,
biographies, one‑subject narrative non‑fiction (a là Mark Kurlansky), topical works (politics,
current affairs), true crime, sports, and pop
John Henry Fleming is the author of The Legend of the
Barefoot Mailman, a novel of Florida He has published more than 20 short
stories in magazines such as McSweeney's, The North American Review, and
Mississippi Review. Raised in Florida, he lived in
seven other states before returning in 2001 to teach creative writing at the
University of South Florida.
Kelle Groom's poetry collections are Underwater City
(University Press of Florida 2004) and Luckily, 2006 Florida Poetry Series selection, sponsored by Anhinga Press. Her poems have
appeared or are forthcoming in Agni, Barrow Street, DoubleTake, Florida Review,
The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Texas Observer, Witness and other
magazines. Her honors include the Norma Millay Ellis
Fellowship from the Millay Colony, three fellowships from Atlantic Center for
the Arts, a Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers Conference,
and grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Fund, United Arts of Central
Florida, and New Forms Florida. Groom has taught
writing at the University of Central Florida, Seminole Community College, and
Valencia Community College. She lives in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Lola Haskins ‑ Poet. She has
published eight collections of poetry, most recently
Desire Lines, New and Selected Poems (BOA, 2004). Her work has appeared in The
Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, The London Review of Books, Beloit
Poetry Journal , Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, etc. and has been broadcast
on NPR and BBC. Among her awards are the Iowa Poetry
Prize, two NEAs, the Emily Dickinson/Writer Magazine prize from the Poetry
Society of America, and narrative poetry prizes from The New England Review and
the Southern Poetry Review. For more information please
Diane Higgins ‑ Still keeping her
New York connections strong, she has begun a full‑service
literary agency, establishing an opportunity for emerging talent to seek
editorial guidance from an accomplished professional. With her new agency, Diane is editing book projects for a fee;
she also has begun very selectively to acquire fiction and non‑fiction writers for literary representation. In these
cases, as is standard for literary agents, no editorial fees are charged. She
has been in New York publishing for 21 years, six of
those with Houghton Mifflin Company, and fifteen at St. Martin's Press as a
senior acquisitions editor. In 1995, she was one of three to launch Picador
USA, the literary fiction and non‑fiction imprint of
St. Martin's. As Picador transitioned into a trade
paperback house only, she moved her hardcover acquisitions to St. Martin's.
Although she gravitates toward narrative nonfiction, she also sees the value in
solidly based self‑help and inspirational books that address the challenges of parenting, dating, marrying,
divorcing and, in general, living and loving in our complicated contemporary
society. She has published many notable titles, including the extraordinary
holocaust memoir, The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman,
In the Face of Jinn, a mesmerizing first novel about a woman searching for her
kidnapped sister amongst the Taliban and various tribes in Pakistan and
Afghanistan, by Cheryl Howard Crew, Ron Howard's wife; Wisdom's Daughter by
India Edghill, a rich biblical novel with the scope
of The Red Tent (which she published in its bestselling tradepaperback format
Anne Haw Holt ‑ Mystery,
adventure writer. She attended Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville
where she graduated in 1987. She received her B.A. in
Liberal Arts from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., in 1989. She has a
Masters in Historical Administration and Public History and a Ph.D. in History
from Florida State University. Her dissertation was on the early years of
system and prisons. She continues to write fiction, poetry, and non‑fiction on parenting and parents in prison. She is
researching a book on the early years of the Florida Hospital for the Insane at
Chattahoochee. She also writes grants and teaches
grant writing and leadership. She speaks on writing, leadership, women as
heroes and prison issues. She is a member of Women Writing the West, The
National Association of Women Writers, Tallahassee Writers Association and
Western Writers of America. She serves on the Art in
the Court Committee of the Florida Supreme Court and is Director of Development
of the Eason Museum of Civil Rights History in Tallahassee.
Jeanne Leiby -- Writer, professor and editor. Leiby is
currently an associate professor of creative writing
at the University of Central Florida and Director of UCF's brand new MFA in
Creative Writing program. She is also the editor of The Florida Review. Her
stories have appeared widely in national journals, including Witness, Indiana Review and Story, among others. She is a past winner of Poets
and Writers magazine's Writer Exchange and the Flyway Fiction Prize.
Richard Mathews ‑ Author, editor,
professor. Mathews wears several hats as editor of Tampa Review, director of
the University of Tampa Press and the Dana Professor
of English and Writing at the University of Tampa. He is the author of several
critical books about science fiction and fantasy writers, and his poetry has
appeared widely in magazines and anthologies. His most recent book of poems is Numbery (Borgo Press, 1995).
Brenda Mills ‑ is the managing
editor of Fiction Collective Two (FC2), where she supervises the workflow on
all publication projects, generates funding for the press, and works to
publicize and promote FC2 books. Before coming to
FC2, she was an editor and writer for newspapers and magazines for 15 years.
William Slaughter ‑ Poet, editor.
William Slaughter is editor of Mudlark, an electronic journal of poetry and
poetics, and author of The Politics of My Heart and
Untold Stories, books of poems and essays. His work has been published in
magazines across the globe, including Poetry and Exquisite Corpse in the United
States; Malahat Review, Prism International, and Fiddlehead in Canada; Critical
Quarterly (England), Poetry Australia, Frank
(France), and People's Daily in China. He currently teaches at the University
of North Florida, has had Fulbrights to China and Egypt, and has taught at the
Florida State University London Study Center.
Jane R. Wood ‑ Children's author. Jane is the author of Voices in St. Augustine, a
mystery‑adventure for children 10‑14. This is the first book for Wood, a former middle school
and high school English teacher. Resources for teachers, including vocabulary
words and discussion questions, are available on the
author's Web site at www.janewoodbooks.com. Wood, who has also been a
newspaper writer, a television producer, and an educational consultant, resides
in Jacksonville with her husband Terry.
The schedule of workshops and full
information about speakers mentioned in previous issues may be found at the
website http://opencampus.fccj.edu/wf. These include:
Bill Belleville, an award-winning writer and documentary
filmmaker from Sanford.
Steve Berry, a best-selling novelist whose fourth novel is The Templar Legacy.
Jackie Estrada, editor and co-publisher of the Supernatural Law series of graphic
novels from Exhibit A Press.
Lenore Hart, author of Ordinary Springs, a coming of age
novel set in the 1960s.
Joan Hecht's, novelist and author of The Journey of the Lost Boys.
Terry Kay, journalist and novelist, including The Valley of Light.
John Moran, photographer and author of Journal of Light: The Visual Diary of a Florida Nature
Gary Mormino, historian and
co-editor of Spanish
Pathways in Florida, 1492-1992 (Pineapple P).
Andra Olenik, editor of fiction and nonfiction in the New
York office of Algonquin Books.
Anne Petty, literary critic and author of Dragons of Fantasy, Tolkien in the Land of Heroes, One Ring to Bind Them All: Tolkien's Mythology.
David Poyer, best-selling novelist and author of 25 books.
Rick Reichman, former winner of America's Best
Screenwriting Competition and author of Formatting Your Screenplay.
Poet Reginald Shepherd, poet and
author of Some
Are Drowning, Angel,
Interrupted, and Wrong.
Ginny Stibolt, computer/webpage guru and founder of
Cynthia Thayer, short story writer and novelist, including
A Certain Slant of Light and A Brief Lunacy.
Sophie Wadsworth, poet and winner of the Jessie Bryce Niles
Award with her book, Letters
QUOTE FROM A WRITER'S QUILL
Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness.
-- Georges Simenon
WRITERS BORN IN APRIL
Bloomfield (1887) and Milan Kundera (1929); 2--Hans Christian Andersen (1805),
Émile Zola (1840), and Edward Dorn (1929); 3--George Herbert (1593); John Banim
(1798) and John Burroughs (1837); 4--Bettina von Arnim (1785), Henry Bataille
(1872), Marguerite Duras (1914), and Maya Angelou
5--Booker T. Washington (1856) and Arthur Hailey (1920);
7--William Wordsworth (1770) and William Ellery Channing (1780); 8--John Fante
(1909) and Barbara Kingsolver (1955); 9--Fisher Ames (1758), Charles Baudelaire (1821), and Paule Marshall (1929);
10--Joseph Pulitzer (1847); 11--Mark Strand (1934);
12--Alan Ayckbourn (1939); 13--Jonathan Carver (1710), Nella Larsen (1891),
Samuel Beckett (1906), Eudora Welty (1909), and Seamus Heaney (1939); 14--René
Boylesve (René M. A. Tardiveau) (1867), James Branch
Cabell (1879), and Bruce Sterling (1954);
15--Henry James (1843), Bliss Carman (1861), Giovanni
Amendola (1882), and Jeffrey Archer (1940); 16--Grace Livingston Hill (1865)
and Kingsley Amis (1922); 17--Samuel Austin Allibone
(1816), David Gravson (Ray Stannard Baker) (1870), Isak Dinesen (1885), and
Thornton Wilder (1897); 18--Henry François Becque (1837); 19--Etheridge Knight
20--Louis Bertrand (1807); 21--John Capgrave (1393),
Charlotte Brontë (1816) and Josh Billings (Henry
Wheeler Shaw) (1818); 22--Henry Fielding (1707), Jørgen Engebretsen Moe (1813),
Vladimir Nabokov (1899), and Jan de Hartog (1914); 23--William Shakespeare
(1564), Margaret Avison (1918), J. P. Donleavy (1926), Rod McKuen (1933), and Barry Hannah (1942); 24--Robert Michael
Ballantyne (1825), Marcus Clarke (1846), and Robert Penn Warren (1905);
25--Giuseppe Marc' Antonio Baretti (1719), Clarín (Leopoldo
Alas) (1852), Walter De La Mare (1873), Ngaio Marsh (1895), and Darcey Steinke (1962); 26--Robert Herrick, U.S. (1868), Alice Cary
(1820), Bernard Malamud (1914); 27--Ulysses S. Grant (1822), C. Day Lewis
(1904), and Gilbert Sorrentino (1929); 28--Charles Cotton (1630);
30--John Crowe Ransom (1888) and Annie Dillard (1945)
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Meetings of NFW are held at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday
of each month.
You may receive feedback from specific individuals by
mailing the manuscript and return postage to the above
Mar. 30-Apr. 2 --
Actual workshops of 20th annual Florida First Coast Writers' Festival.
Past speakers have included novelists Jack Hunter, David
Poyer, Page Edwards, Ruth Coe Chambers, William Kerr, Tom
Lashley; poets, William Slaughter, Mary Baron, Mary Sue Koeppel,
Dorothy Fletcher, George Gilpatrick; columnists Vic Smith,
Ivines, and Robert Blade; editors Buford Brinlee and Nan
agent Debbie Fine; magazine editor Sara Summers; medical
Elizabeth Tate and Michael Pranzatelli; oral historian Robert
Gentry; plus many others.
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When you attend a meeting of the North Florida Writers, you eventually
discover that NO ONE has ever died while his or her manuscript
was being read and critiqued. You may be ready to face the
ordeal yourself. . .or, reading this, you may wonder what exactly
takes place during a critiquing.
First, you pitch your manuscript into a stack with others' works‑in‑progress. Then one of the NFW
members hands out each piece to
volunteer readers, taking care NOT to give you back
own manuscript to read.
Second, as the reading begins, each author is instructed
NOT to identify himself
or herself and especially NOT to explain or defend the
work. The writer may never have heard the piece read
aloud by another's voice, so the
writer needs to focus on the sound of his
or her sentences.
Third, at the finish of each selection, the NFW members try to offer
constructive advice about how to make the story better. If a section was confusing or boring, that information may be
helpful to the author.
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