THE

WRITE

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Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System

* Editor: Howard Denson * July 2012

 

In This Issue:

Librarian of Congress appoints Natasha Trethewey 19th Poet Laureate

NFW to critique manuscripts at July 14 meeting at Willowbranch Library

NFW suspends dues indefinitely

ALMA offers $1,000 prize for best short story

The Wrong Stuff – Howard Denson

Stuff from Hither and Yon

Stuff from a Writer's Quill – Anne Lamott

Writers Born This Month

Meetings of NFW and Other Groups

Useful Links

The Write Staff

Membership Information








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Librarian of Congress

appoints Natasha Trethewey

19th Poet Laureate



Natasha Trethewey has been appointed as the Library of CongressPoet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2012-2013, according to Chief LoC librarian James H. Billington.

She is the author of three poetry collections, including “Native Guard” (2006), winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; “Bellocq’s Ophelia” (2002); and “Domestic Work” (2000). Her newest collection of poems, ”Thrall,” is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2012. She is the au0thor of a nonfiction book, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast” (2010).

Ms. Trethewey once served on the English faculty at Auburn University and received an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellowship in 2000.

 

Trethewey succeeds Philip Levine as Poet Laureate and joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position, including Richard Wilbur, W. S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass, and Rita Dove.



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NFW to critique manuscripts

at July 14 meeting

at Webb Wesconnett Library

 

The North Florida Writers members and guests will critique manuscripts at the July 14 meeting in the auditorium at the Webb Wesconnett Library. The meeting will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. The public is welcome to attend.

 
For the critiques, someone other than the author of respective works will 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 may attach questions they would like answered (e.g., “Is the scene on the beach convincing?”). Authors should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations.

 
Webb Wesconnett is located at the corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard (to the east of I-95). Willowbranch is located in Riverside at 2875 Park St., Jax 32205, but, if you are unfamiliar with area, go to http://jpl.coj.net/lib/branches/wbb.html and use MapQuest to find the easiest route there. The WB phone is 904.381.8490. Tom & Betty’s is located in Roosevelt Square on US 17 (near the KFC and Starbucks).

 
Future meeting dates and locales:

 
Aug. 11 – 2 p.m., Tom & Betty’s meeting room, Roosevelt Square

Sept. 8 – 2 p.m., Willowbranch

Oct. 13 – 2 p.m., Webb Wesconnett

Nov. 10 – 2 p.m., Willowbranch

 

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NFW suspends

dues indefinitely

 

The North Florida Writers has suspended its membership dues for an indefinite period. The treasury has stabilized at a comfortable level, and the NFW does not have any appreciable expenses. Members suspected we could go without dues for a couple of years and perhaps more.

 

In the meantime, anyone may attend and participate in the monthly meetings.

 

At the beginning, our dues were $25 a year for individuals, $15 for students, and $40 for family membership. When we were settling on a simple $15 dues for everyone, we recognized that we could discontinue payments. Also, in the beginning, membership brought with it a $5 discount to the Florida First Coast Writers’ Festival and the Fall Festival for Writers at North Campus. Now, these activities (plus Much Ado About Books) are defunct. In addition, the NFW also awarded $300 a year to the winner of the Josiah Bancroft Novel Prize (a contest that ended with the Writers’ Festival).

 

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ALMA offers $1,000 prize

for best short story

 

American Literary Merit Award is now accepting entries for the 2013 ALMA Short Story Contest. The ALMA contest offers first through third prizes of $1,000, $100, and $50, with the registration fee being $15 (till Aug. 20) and then $20 till the Nov. 10 deadline. Entry stories must be limited to 3,000 words (computer word count).

 

For other entry guidelines and details, go to www.AmericanLiteraryMeritAward.com. The website will also contain information about scholarships and Wendi Christner’s award-winning story,

"Slapping the Surface."

 

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THE

WRONG

STUFF – FORENSIC GRAMMAR

 

By HOWARD DENSON

Follow the link below to find where often sane and sensible writers (and editors) have stumbled in their writing:

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

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STUFF

FROM HITHER

AND YON

 

How do we know

time travelers aren’t constantly

changing the past?

 

Of course, time travel does exist . . . in novels, films, and teleplays, but Charlie Jane Anders wants to nail down whether it is actually feasible. Experts say it is not possible, but, if it were, you couldn’t change anything, or you could only go back to when your time-machine was invented, or -- http://io9.com/5914731/how-do-we-know-time-travelers-arent-constantly-changing-the-past

 

The

Comma

Sutra

 

Ben Yagoda, a professor of English and journalism at the University of Delaware, suffers at the slings and arrows of rules (or beliefs) about when to use the comma and whether “none are” is ever correct. Yagoda is the author of, among other books, “The Sound on the Page: Style and Voice in Writing.”

http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2012/06/01/the-comma-sutra/

 

Death of an article

 
Yagoda also explores the death of an article, “the.” Many are no longer talking about “going to the prom,” but more simply “going to prom .” Also disappearing are the articles in “the Ukraine,” “the Congo,” and “the Sudan.”

http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2012/05/22/prom/ 

 Shakespeare's Curtain theatre

unearthed in east London

 

Maeve Kennedy reports on the rediscovery of the theatre where “Romeo and Juliet” was first performed in Shoreditch centuries after it was dismantled. After a dispute with their landlord, the company disassembled the theatre and moved it across the Thames to its final location.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/jun/06/shakespeare-curtain-theatre-shoreditch-east-lonfon

 

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His story,

our story

 

Simon Schama recalls a long-ago production of “Henry V,” with the king being played by Richard Burton. He notes that Shakespeare’s histories were not just the making of the Bard, they were the making of the English too.

http://www.readability.com/read?url=http%3A//www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/534deef2-aeff-11e1-a8a7-00144feabdc0.html%23axzz1xIRG46Lo

 

Thus I refute them:

Argyll and Bute Council

don't just censor little girls,

they also hate the English language

 

The Argyll and Bute Council in the U.K. has become upset with the blog of a nine-year-old girl (who was taking photos of the school cafeteria’s offering. It issued a press release about its order for the girl to cease and desist. Tom Chivers looks at the language of the press release and goes all Dr. Samuel Johnson on them.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tomchiversscience/100165609/thus-i-refute-them-argyll-and-bute-council-dont-just-censor-little-girls-they-also-hate-the-english-language/

 

Erotic fiction needs a touch of wordplay to be foreplay

 Celia Walden says there is a fundamental problem with E.L. James’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” – now the fastest-selling paperback since records began – the writing. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9338980/Erotic-fiction-needs-a-touch-of-wordplay-to-be-foreplay.html

 
Language affects half of what we see

 

An article explores the relationship between the languages we communicate with and our environment. To simplify it a bit, William Harms of the University of Chicago and Robert Sanders of the University of California at Berkeley seem to be saying that what you say is what you see. But then . . . http://www.readability.com/read?url=http%3A//www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2006/01/31_perception.shtml

 

Grammar is dead, Long live grammar nerds

 

Jen Doll notes that Sue Shellenbarger wrote in the Wall Street Journal that businesses are cracking down on lousy communications skills, especially bad grammar and spelling. Says Doll: “People can't spell. They can't write. They barely even know where to put a semi-colon. Gone are the days when we clustered about Grandmother's knee to ask, in our wee tot voices, ‘What's an em-dash, Granny? How is it different from an en-dash, or our dear friend, the hyphen?’http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2012/06/grammar-dead-long-live-grammar-nerds/53749/

 

‘Not everyone can read proof’”

The legacy of Lu Burke

 

Mary Norris provides an inside look into The New Yorker Magazine with this profile of Lu Burke. When the long-time copy editor died, she left a million dollars to a public library, causing Norris to marvel at the words “copy editor” and “millionaire” referring to the same person. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/06/lu-burke-new-yorker-southbury-library.html

 

The

Grading

Game

 

This site creates a scenario in which you are asked to grade a paper by an irritating student. Unfortunately, you aren’t just awarding a grade: You are marking errors and correcting them. This is not for retired or long-time English teachers since it’s what you are glad (or will be glad) to escape. http://www.gradinggame.com/

 

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STUFF FROM

A WRITER'S QUILL

 

To be a good writer, you not only have to write a great deal but you have to care.  You do not have to have a complicated moral philosophy. But a writer always tries, I think, to be a part of the solution, to understand a little about life and to pass this on.

 

- Anne Lamott

 



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WRITERS BORN IN JULY

 

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

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

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

Looking for your favorite writer? Hit “find” at the website and type in your favorite’s name. Keep scrolling to find writers born in other months.

With misgivings, the list generally omits lyricists (to avoid the plethora of garage-band guitarists who knock out a lyric in two minutes to go with a tune). Often lyricists are accomplished in other writing areas and may cause their inclusion (e.g., Bob Dylan, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter).

Some writers fret about identity theft and only say they were born in, say, 1972. Typically that means they don’t get included on a “born this day” list. Recommendation: Writers may wish to create a “pen birthday”; that way, their names stay on the public’s radar.

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).

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MEETINGS

OF NFW AND

OTHER GROUPS

 

BARD SOCIETY: Every Wednesday: 7 p.m.; Frank Green 250-6045; Email frankgrn@comcast.net

THE CDS PUBLICITY FREE WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP: Meets twice monthly. The first Tuesday of each month at the Mandarin Library on Kori Road from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and the third Saturday of the month at the Webb-Wesconnett Library at 103rd and Harlow from 2 until 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information see our website at http://CDSPublicity.com or call 904.343.4188.

FIRST COAST CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP: Every Thursday, 6:45 p.m. at Charles Webb-Wesconnett Library at the intersection of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard. Email: Dalyn_2@yahoo.com or Tlsl72@yahoo.com.

FIRST COAST ROMANCE WRITERS: Second Saturday of each month; start time varies based on program; see website Chaffee Road Library; 1425 Chaffee Rd. S., Jacksonville. Info: www.firstcoastromancewriters.com

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

NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS: Second Saturday: 2 p.m. at Willowbranch Library; 2875 Park Street 32205; www.northfloridawriters.org

NORTHEAST FLORIDA CHAPTER OF FLORIDA WRITERS ASSN.: fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library (between Jacksonville and St. Augustine). Vic DiGenti, FWA regional director. For more information, check www.fwapontevedra.blogspot.com or www.windrusher.com.

SISTERS IN CRIME: First Saturday of each month: 10:30 a.m. at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256; Sherry Czerniejewski, president Email sherrycz@aol.com

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SOME

USEFUL

LINKS

 

100 EXTENSIVE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT ANYONE CAN ACCESS: https://maryandmacdesign.wordpress.com/

THE ATAVIST (original nonfiction storytelling):  http://atavist.net/

BEST LITERARY CRITICISM WEBLOGS: http://www.mastersdegree.net/blog/2011/25-best-literary-criticism-blogs/

BOOK COUNTRY (sponsored by Penguin Books): http://www.bookcountry.com/

CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN: http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday

CLASSIC BOOKS FOR FREE DOWNLOADS: http://www.planetebook.com/

DAILY WRITING TIPS: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/

DAYS OF YORE (writers and artists’ struggles to succeed): http://www.thedaysofyore.com/

EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/mefrm.htm

FLORIDA BOOK NEWS: http://www.floridabooknews.com/

40 FASCINATING LECTURES FOR LINGUISTICS GEEKS: http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2011/05/40-fascinating-lectures-for-linguistics-geeks/

HOW LANGUAGE WORKS (the cognitive science of linguistics from Indiana University): http://www.indiana.edu/~hlw/

"MURDER YOUR DARLINGS" (Quiller-Couch on Style): http://grammar.about.com/od/rhetoricstyle/a/murderquiller.htm

THE PHRASE FINDER: http://www.phrases.org.uk/

PITCHERS & POETS: http://pitchersandpoets.com/

POETRY DAILY: http://poems.com/

PREDITORS & EDITORS (sort of a Consumer’s Report about agents, editors, etc.): http://pred-ed.com/

QUOTE INVESTIGATOR: http://quoteinvestigator.com/

THE RED ROOM – Where the authors are: http://redroom.com/

REPRESENTATIVE POETRY ONLINE: http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/menupoet.cfm

SHAKESPEARE SEARCHED: http://shakespeare.yippy.com/

SOME PLACES TO OBTAIN FREE E-BOOKS: http://www.freeliterature.org/index.html

STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE: http://www.stuffjournalistslike.com/

TEN PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE WRITING (F.L. Lucas on Style): http://grammar.about.com/od/rhetoricstyle/a/lucastyle10.htm

THROW GRAMMAR FROM THE TRAIN: http://throwgrammarfromthetrain.blogspot.com/

TODAY IN LITERATURE: http://www.todayinliterature.com/

UNUSUAL WORDS: http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/unuwords.htm

WORDNIK: http://www.wordnik.com

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