Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System
Editor: Howard Denson
STUFF FROM A
When I split an
infinitive; god damn it; I split it so it stays split.
Stuff (and links)
from hither and yon
36 Playwrights Taketh the Big Risk
Kick-Ass Methods to Fix a Broken Screenplay Scene
Fo, Whose Plays Won Praise, Scorn and a Nobel, Dies at 90
The N.F.W. to Hear
novelist Fracis in Nov.
Kids, Business, and Authors during November
Amelia Writers to
explore first aid for high risk writing 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17
FWA blog for
Clay Writers to learn
about First Aid for Writer
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
Click on the links
below to read each article.
Shakespeare? 36 Playwrights Taketh the Big Risk
3 Kick-Ass Methods
to Fix a Broken Screenplay Scene
Dario Fo, Whose
Plays Won Praise, Scorn and a Nobel, Dies at 90
The Nov. speaker for
the North Florida Writers will be Sohrab Homi Fracis, whose new book is Go Home
House P), a novel about the dangerous anti-immigrant rage during
the backlash after the Iran hostage crisis. For 2016, the last
meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 12, in the meeting room of the
Riverside-Avondale Watson Realty branch (on the corner of Herschel
and San Juan). The meeting will start at 1 p.m.
Fracis is the first
Asian American to win the Iowa Short Fiction Award, juried by the
legendary Iowa Writers’ Workshop, for his collection, TICKET TO
MINTO: STORIES OF INDIA AND AMERICA (U of Iowa P). It was
re-published in India and Germany. He was Visiting Writer in
Residence at Augsburg College and Artist in Residence at Yaddo.
said his stories “reflect a wide range of influences—from the
somber realism of Somerset Maugham to the hip, colloquial humor of
His timely new novel
GO HOME is the story of Viraf, a
foreign student in Delaware, who in the turbulent wake of the Iran
hostage crisis can't distinguish his redneck oppressors from his
Deadhead neighbors. It’s also the story
of a world that is nevertheless slowly coming together.
Deepak Singh calls it "a beautiful novel about leaving home and
moving to America, old world to new, and the courageous spirit
of beginning a new life." Author of Le Divorce and
co-scriptwriter of The Shining,
Diane Johnson, adds: "I read Go Home
great pleasure and lots of empathy for the displaced and somewhat
mystified but always lovable Viraf and his misadventures in
Susan Muaddi Darraj,
winner of the American Book Award and the Grace Paley Prize,
writes, "While Fracis sets the novel during one of the most
turbulent decades in both India's and the United States' history,
his writing also offers insight in today's tense climate.
Beautiful prose, wise and witty."
will move to the Jax by Jax event in Riverside, open and free to
the public, where he will read from Go Home
4:30, and 5:30 in Sunday Tattoo Gallery (2774 Park Street).
The meeting will
also feature critiquing.
Members have voted
on two measures important to the organization:
reinstated dues, but at a reduced rate of $20 a year (for all
previous categories). The dues will begin with the 2017 calendar
Second, the NFW
decided to go from quarterly meetings to six meetings a year
beginning in 2017: January, March, May, July, September, and Nov..
Owner Rona Brinlee
says The BookMark (220 1st St., Neptune Beach 32266) will host
Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, kids’ activities, Steven Johnson,
business, and Sohrab Homi Fracis. Steve Berry will also show up to
lend support to a couple of the writers.
Story Time with "Miss
Pat", Saturday, Nov. 12, 9
For November, the Story
Time theme will be food, as "Miss Pat" will read from two new
books, Pete the Cat and
the Missing Cupcakes,
and James Dean (HarperCollins) and If You Give a Mouse
Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins). Story time
is perfect for children ages 3-8, and is taking root as a new
BookMark tradition. "Miss Pat" knows how to strike the perfect
balance between focus and frivolity
And then the fun for
kids (of all ages) continues with a Coloring Hour
with Drew Trevlyn
beginning at 10 a.m. Drew is a local artist and traumatic
brain injury survivor. He has partnered with Wolfson's
Children's Hospital to help patients there heal as he did. For
every coloring kit sold, one will be donated to the hospital.
Stephanie Dray and
Laura Kamoie, America's First
Daughter (William Morrow and
Co.) Saturday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands
of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie
Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas
Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph--a
woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father
and shaped an American legacy. Local favorite Steve Berry
be on hand to introduce these visiting authors.
Steven Johnson, Wonderland: How
Play Made the Modern World
Books), Monday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
In his latest
examination of history and innovation, New York Times bestselling
author Steven Johnson explores how pursuits born from wonder and
delight have led to essential breakthroughs in computing,
communication, and connecting the world. This book is divided
into six sections--Fashion and Shopping, Music, Taste,
Illusions, Games, and Public Space--illuminating how major
changes were spurred in each area. According to Johnson,
the history of play is the history of innovation, and he shows
that the world we know now is a product of past explorers,
musicians, ghost-makers, scientists, and everyday people's
desires for novelty, delight, wonder, and amusement.
Nov. 26 all day
The Saturday after
Thanksgiving--Saturday, Nov. 26--is both Small Business
and Indies First
BookMark is happy to join small businesses across the country to
celebrate the 7th
Small Business Saturday, and bookstores in particular for the 4th
Indies First celebration.
is dedicated to supporting local businesses that help create jobs,
boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods. For
information on how to get double rewards from American Express, go
Sohrab Homi Fracis at
Nov.26 book signing
Local author Sohrab Fracis
be here from noon - 2 p.m. to sign copies of his new novel Go Home,
story of a Parsi foreign student in Delaware. National
Book Award winner Bob Shacochis writes: "At the heart of Sohrab
Homi Fracis's poignant new novel
question of one's place in the world, the answer never more
ambiguous or fragile than for the immigrant or exile, when a
person's condition of homelessness is in transition, neither here
nor there... in Go Home
assimilation, sometimes a wretched exercise, can also be a
hilarious and uplifting affair."
AMELIA WRITERS TO
EXPLORE FIRST AID
FOR HIGH RISK
WRITING 6 P.M. THURSDAY, NOV. 17
The Writers by the
Sea meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Amelia Island Museum of
History (233 S. 3rd Street, Downtown Fernandina Beach, FL).
The speaker will be Heather Whitaker, Editor and Writing
Coach, who will talk on “First Aid for High Risk Writing.” She
says that excellent editing may do more than save your book from
the dust bin. It carries the possibility of projecting your work
to first-class acclaim.
Her approach to the
editing process is not limited to improving your manuscript and
increasing its chances of success. She also helps her clients
become better writers along the way. Beginning at
6:00pm, announcements and introductions are facilitated by our own
Donna Jennings, whose newly-released book will also be available
to look at.
Whitaker is a
developmental editor and writing coach specializing in novels and
memoirs, including children’s literature, adult literary, and
adult genre fiction. She has worked with over 150 writers across
the nation, from budding novelists to award-winning and NYT
best-selling authors, Julianna Baggott (The PURE trilogy),
J.C.Quinn (THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME), Jon Jefferson (CUT TO
THE BONE, THE BREAKING POINT), and Laura Lascarso (COUNTING
BACKWARDS, RACING HEARTS). In addition to manuscript editing,
Heather leads ongoing writers groups and teaches writing classes
for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at FSU. Learn
more about her at www.heatherwhitaker.com
that you only have one other month left in 2016 to finish your
projects for this year. If you want to confer inside with fellow
writers, then 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.
The Clay County
Writers will explore “How to Build a Writing Platform” when the
group meets */Wednesday, Nov.16, at 6:15 p.m. in the meeting room
of the Orange Park Library (2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park,
behind the Dairy Queen on Kingsley).
Nancy L. Quatrano,
the guest speaker, defines “writing platform” by saying: “You can
think of it as your writer’s resume. It includes all you do to
build your brand and reputation. It can be the key to earning more
money with your writing.”
Ms. Quatrano says,
“Sometimes writers have no idea what they don’t know about the
writing business. If you hope to make (more) money writing in the
coming year, this workshop can save you time and agony.”
She emphasizes these
1. Everyone is
an expert at something; you can share that expertise for good.
2. Find out
what types of writing even beginners can do to earn cash.
why writing credits matter in the writing marketplace.
She was named “Top
Editor” on LinkedIn in 2013. In 20+ years as a professional
writer, Nancy has won awards for both short fiction and
nonfiction. Hundreds of her press releases and client articles
have made it into print. Find out more at http://ontargetwords.com/
Writers is sponsored by Florida Writers Association. Get
the details on this statewide group: https://floridawriters.net/
Monthly meetings focus on the art, craft, and business of writing.
Some meetings offer presentations by author-speakers. Others
introduce practical exercises to help writers sharpen their
skills, give and receive feedback, and leave with concrete
suggestions to improve their work.
For more information,
contact Ms. Jung or go to the Facebook page at
To check out the
names of writers who were born this month, go to this website:
The list includes
novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction authors, writers for the
small and silver screen, and others.
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).
Check out their
entries on the website to see if they suit your needs.
They include the
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