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Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System

www.northfloridawriters.org * June 2008

Editors: Howard Denson and Janet Vincent

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In This Issue:

NFW Sets Critique Session June 14

Five Tips from TV's Bill Persky

Do You Create in Multi-Media?

Calling All Authors and Readers

Quote from a Writer's Quill - Oscar Wilde

Writers Born This Month - Thomas Hardy, Barbara Pym, Gwendolyn Brooks, Salman Rushdie, and many others

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NFW SETS CRITIQUE SESSION JUNE 14

The North Florida Writers will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Webb Wesconnett Branch Library (corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard).

The session is open to the public and prospective members and, after brief business, will focus on anonymous critiques of manuscripts submitted that day.

FIVE TIPS FROM TV'S BILL PERSKY

If you want to follow in the footsteps of the writers of "The Dick van Dyke Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Kate and Allie," plus many other shows, you can find five tips from the Emmy-winner Bill Persky, a writer, producer, and director.

The Archive of American Television interviews features Persky giving these recommendations:

--You can do great work without being devious.

--Start with the truth.

--Stay human.

--Don't reach for the ugly.

--Be vulnerable.

DO YOU CREATE IN MULTI-MEDIA?




If you like to write AND to perform or paint and sculpt, you may be interested in a Music and Arts Festival on June 28. The Festival will be held in the Julington Creek Plantation area from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Veterans Park on Veterans Parkway (off Race Track Road) in St. Johns, FL (formerly Fruit Cove, FL) just south of Mandarin.

The Festival will need 33 performing artists and 50+ creative artists! About 2,000 people are expected to attend so this is an excellent opportunity for exposure.

For information on how to register, go to www.myspace.com/freeartmusicfest or email gail323is@bellsouth.net <mailto:gail323is@bellsouth.net>




CALLING ALL AREA AUTHORS AND READERS




Historic Grounds in the center of Green Cove Springs is stocking shelves with books and accepting consignments of books, art, or jewelry. Contact Joyce, Angella or Paula at 529-5141. "We will work with you and welcome book signing," says owner Joyce Davidson

QUOTE FROM A WRITER'S QUILL

The difference between journalism and literature is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. -- Oscar Wilde

WRITERS BORN IN JUNE

1--William Wilfred Campbell (1858?) and John Masefield (1878); 2--Marquis de Sade (1740), Grace Aguilar (1816), Thomas Hardy (1840), Barbara Pym (1913); 3--Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont (1867), Allen Ginsberg (1926) and Larry McMurty (1926); 4--Robert Fulgrum (1937);

5--Federico García Lorca (1898), Cornelius Ryan (1920), Margaret Drabble (1939), Spalding Gray (1941), and Ken Follett (1949); 6--Thomas Mann (1875), Maxine Kumin (1925), and Harry Crews (1935); 7--Elizabeth Bowen (1899) and Gwendolyn Brooks (1917); 8--Sara Paretsky (1947); 9--Patricia Cornwell (1956);

10--Sir Edwin Arnold (1832), Louis Couperus (1863), Saul Bellow (1915), and Maurice Sendak (1928); 11--Josephine Miles (1911) and William Styron (1925); 12--Djuna Barnes (1892) and Anne Frank (1929); 13--Giuseppe Cerutti (1738), Fanny Burney (Frances d'Arblay) (1752), William Butler Yeats (1865), Dorothy L. Sayers (1893); 14--Jerzy Kosinski (1933) and John Edgar Wideman (1941);

15--Edward Channing (1856) and Amy Clampitt (1920); 16--Joyce Carol Oates (1938) and Erich Segal (1927); 17--Carl Van Vechten (1880), John Hersey (1914), and Ron Padgett (1942); 18--Gabriello Chiabrera (1552), Leonid Nikolaevich Andreev (1871), Philip Barry (1896), and Geoffrey Hill (1932); 19--Annibale Caro (1507), Laura Z. Hobson (1900), Tobias Wolff (1945), and Salman Rushdie (1947);

20--George Hickes (1642), Hans Adolph Brorson (1694), Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743), Lilian Hellman (1905), and Vikram Seth (1952); 21--W. E. Aytoun (1813), Jean Paul Sartre (1905), Mary McCarthy (1912), and Ian McEwan (1948); 22--Erich Maria Remarque (1898), Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906), and Octavia Butler (1947); 23--Irvin S. Cobb (1876) and Jean Anouilh (1910); 24--Henry Ward Beecher (1813), Ambrose Bierce (1842), and Brooks Adams (1848);

25--Robert Erskine Childers (1870), Josephine Tey/Gordon Daviot (1896), George Orwell (1903), and Nicholas Mosley (1923); 26--Bernard Berenson (1865), Pearl Buck (1892), and Frank O'Hara (1926); 27--Vernon Watkins (1906); 28--Giovanni Della Casa (1503), Luigi Pirandello (1867), Floyd Dell (1887), and Eric Ambler (1909); 29--Willibald Alexis (Georg Wilhelm Heinrich Häring) (1798) and Antoine de St.-Exupéry (1900);

30--Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803).

NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS MEETINGS AND CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JUNE 2008




Every Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.; BARD SOCIETY; Frank Green 234-8383; Email frankgrn@comcast.net <mailto:frankgrn@comcast.net>




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




Monday, June 2, 7 p.m.; ORANGE PARK WRITERS; Orange Park Library; Email: pyvan@bellsouth.net <mailto:pyvan@bellsouth.net>




Thursday, June 5, 2 p.m.; GATHERING OF POETS, Ponte Vedra Beach Library; discussions, speakers, Email: caroleebe@aol.com <mailto:caroleebe@aol.com>




Thursday, June 5, 7 p.m.; POW ST. AUGUSTINE; Starbucks, Palencia; www.pow100.com <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.pow100.com>




Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m.; POW JAX; Borders Books, Southside Blvd.; Newbies Orientation; www.pow100.com <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.pow100.com>




Saturday, June 7, 10:30 a.m.; SISTERS IN CRIME; Southeast Library; www.geocities.com/flasinc <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.geocities.com/flasinc>




Tuesday, June 10, 2 p.m.; FWA RIVER CITY WRITERS; Southeast Library; Email: judy.connolly@comcast.net <mailto:judy.connolly@comcast.net>




Saturday, June 14, 2 p.m.; NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS; Webb Wesconnett Library; www.northfloridawriters.org <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.northfloridawriters.org>




Saturday, June 14, 11 a.m.; FIRST COAST ROMANCE WRITERS; Jacksonville West Region Library; www.firstcoastromancewriters.com <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.firstcoastromancewriters.com>




Monday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.; FRIENDS OF LIBRARY - PONTE VEDRA; Speaker: Dr. Tim Woodward, author Cadillac Orpheus




Tuesday, June 17, 6 p.m.; FWA AMELIA ISLAND WRITERS; Florida House; Email: Maggie1948@yahoo.com <mailto:Maggie1948@yahoo.com>




Thursday, June 19, 2 p.m.; GATHERING OF POETS, Ponte Vedra Beach Library; Email: caroleebe@aol.com <mailto:caroleebe@aol.com>




Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.; FWA ANCIENT CITY WRITERS, St. Augustine Downtown Library; Email: Jeff Swesky, sweskys@comcast.net <mailto:sweskys@comcast.net>




Saturday, June 21, 1-3 p.m.; SOCIETYOF CHILDRENS BOOK WRITERS & ILUSTRATORS; Southeast Library; Email: jgwalter@comcast.com <mailto:jgwalter@comcast.com>




Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.; POW POETRY/SHORT STORY CRITS; Borders Books, Southside Blvd.; www.pow100.com <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.pow100.com>




Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m.; FWA PONTE VEDRA WRITERS; Ponte Vedra Library; Email: www.fwapontevedra.blogspot.com <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.fwapontevedra.blogspot.com>




OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST TO OUR WRITERS:




June 6 - 7 MYSTERY FLORIDA, Lido Beach Resort, Sarasota. Hear Michael Connolly and rub elbows with Tim Dorsey, James O. Born, Blaize Clement, Bob Morris, Jonathon King, James Swain, David Hagberg, and others. http://mysteryflorida.com/index.htm <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://mysteryflorida.com/index.htm>




July 18 - 19 HARRIETTE AUSTIN WRITERS CONFERENCE; Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel; UGA Campus, Athens, GA; Fri: 8AM-10PM Intensive workshops, Lunch, Dinner, Speakers, MS Evaluations with editors or agents; Two- $500 prizes for eligible MS submitted. MS deadline 6/1/08.

Details: costs, agenda, presenters, accommodations @: www.harrietteaustin.org <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.harrietteaustin.org> ;

Register: www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/conferences <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/conferences> ; Email: adminhawc2008@gmail.com <mailto:adminhawc2008@gmail.com> ;

MS Evaluation details: www.harrietteaustin.org/2008msevals.aspx <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.harrietteaustin.org/2008msevals.aspx>




Sept. 12 - 13; FLORIDA HERITAGE BOOK FESTIVAL; Casa Monica Hotel and Flagler College, St Augustine; panel discussions, author presentations, poetry read/workshop, childrens events; Deadline for book submission: April 15; full information at http://fhbookfest.com <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://fhbookfest.com> Interesting site!




Oct. 3 - 5 AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL; www.bookisland.org <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.bookisland.org>





MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FOR N. FLORIDA WRITERS

Membership is $15 for students, $25 for individuals, and $40 for a family. (Make out checks to WRITERS.) Mail your check to WRITERS, c/o Howard Denson, 1511 Pershing Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32205.

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