6 NFW to hear Boyette; Writers' Festival at South Campus (WS 1015)

 
NFW to hear Boyette; Writers’ Festival at South Campus (WS 1015)
 
THE
WRITE
STUFF
 
Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System
http://www.northfloridawriters.org Editor: Howard Denson
October 2015
 
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In this issue:
 
NFW to hear Michele Boyette’s insights on high to low comedy
It’s back and it’s free; FSCJ Writers’ Festival set Oct. 15-16 at South Campus
Mayhem for an interactive murder mystery dinner Oct. 24
Jet engine editor turns to mystery writing
Jacqueline Woodson, Young People's Poet Laureate, comes to the Main Library Sunday, Oct. 4
FWA news from Vic DiGenti
Jacqueline Woodson, Young People's Poet Laureate, comes to the main library Sunday, Oct. 4
BookMark to welcome Leonard Pitts Jr.
Stuff from a Writer’s Quill — Clarice Lispector and Virginia Woolf
Get passports to attend Zona Rosa Writers’ Retreat with Rosemary Daniell in the south of France in May 2016
Stuff from hither and yon
Findings of a Forensic Grammarian – Howard Denson
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
 
NFW TO HEAR MICHELE BOYETTE’S
INSIGHTS ON HIGH TO LOW COMEDY
 
The Oct. 10 quarterly meeting of the North Florida Writers will put the spotlight on the writing of high to low comedy. The speaker will be Michele Boyette. The meeting will begin at noon in the conference room of the Riverside VyStar Credit Union (next to the Fuller Warren Bridge).
 
Ms. Boyette, a coordinator of instructional support at The Writing Center at the University of North Florida, has been involved in the writing community for decades.
 
 For years, she directed and publicized UNF’s Annual Writing Contest and collaborated with colleagues to publish winners’ works in chapbooks and then digitally on the university website
 
She has taught English and literature classes at UNF and, as an adjunct, at the FSCJ’s North and Kent Campuses. For ten years, she was involved in all aspects of the Florida First Coast Writers’ Festival. From 1989 to 1993, she was an editor for the Writers’ Festival literary magazine, The State Street Review.
 
She has been published in The Journal of Nutrition and Behavior, The PCAS/ACAS Newsletter, Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies, Word: The UF Writing Center Newsletter, The Penchant(Writers’ Festival News), and The State Street Review.   She has presented papers and given workshops on writing, Buffy, and such literary mash-ups as Pride, Prejudice and Zombies
 
The Jacksonville native received her A.A. from FCCJ/FSCJ and her M.A. from UNF.
 
Critiques after the speaker
 
For the critiques, someone other than the author of respective works will read aloud the submissions (up to 20 double-spaced TYPED 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.
 
Parking: VyStar requests that NFW members and guests park on the side of the buildings to leave spaces for their regular customers.
 
IT’S BACK AND IT’S FREE;
FSCJ WRITERS’ FESTIVAL
SET OCT. 15-16 AT SOUTH CAMPUS
 
Although the Florida First Coast Writers’ Festival lasted about 23 years before hitting a budgetary wall, it has been reincarnated as a mini-conference called FSCJ’s Writers’ Festival and College Birthday Celebration. One big difference between the mini-Festival and its predecessor is that the mini-WF is absolutely FREE and open to the public.
 
The festival will be Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15–16, in the Wilson Center of South Campus (11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246).
 
Thursday evening will celebrate the past, present and future of the college and of writing. The keynote address will be given by Robert Gentry, the author of The College Tells Its Story, a critically acclaimed oral history he compiled to celebrate the college’s 25th anniversary. Gentry is also an award-winning short story writer, an essayist, a memoirist, a book reviewer and a textbook author. His honors include a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, first place for short fiction in the national First Coast Writing Festival Contest, a prize-winning essay in the University of California/Irvine's Quest for Peace Writing Contest, and a prize-winning satire in the International Elvisology Short Fiction Contest. Two of his stories were nominated for the Pushcart Award. His groundbreaking book, A College Tells Its Story: An Oral History of Florida Community College at Jacksonville, was the first published oral history of a U.S. educational institution in book form and won a Gold Star Award from the College's District Board of Trustees. Gentry's Tips for Collecting Stories: a Guide to Developing an Oral History is available throughwww.writecorner.com.
 
The featured presenter will be Laura Smith, author of Heart of Palm. Ms. Smith’s first novel, Heart of Palm, was released by Grove Press in 2013. It won the Silver Medal in the Florida Book Awards and was selected by O, the Oprah Magazine as one of “Ten Titles to Pick up Now.” Her short fiction was selected by guest editor T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015 and by guest editor Amy Hempel for inclusion in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2010. Her work has also appeared in New England Review, The Florida Review, Natural Bridge, Bayou and other journals. She lives in Florida and works as an advertising copywriter. Her website: www.lauraleesmith.com
 
About 25 featured presenters on Friday are all published authors from a variety of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, screenwriting, biography, academic writing and publishing, humor, and more.  
 
·         Speakers and their topics include the following (subject to unavoidable emergencies):
·         Life and Times of an “Indie” Author (Howard Denson)
·         Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction (Robert Blade)
·         Biruni - the Geographer who knew about the Americas 500 Years before Columbus (Mo Kamiar)
·         The Art of Turning a Stack of Poems into a Publishable, Award-Winning Book (Mary Sue Koeppel)
·         The Memento Mori: Writing about the place you came from (Sally Nielsen)
·         Writing Subject-Specific Nonfiction — A Perspective (Mike Reynolds)
·         The Creative Process (Jennifer Chase)
·         Writing Comedy (Michele Boyette)
·         Cruel Optimism and Perseverance: What it Takes to Survive as a Writer (Andy Rojas)
·         How to Respond to Market Requests and Keep Publishing (Cheryl Schmidt and Robert Janson)
·         Medieval Crusades and the Modern World: Understanding the Crusades in the Age of the “War on Terror” (Andrew Holt)
·         From Blog to Book: Exploring Memoir (Marian Beaman)
·         Poetry Readings and Open Mic (G.M. Palmer, Jean Shepard, and Kelsi Hasden)
·         Personal Experience Nonfiction vs. Topical Nonfiction (Harvey Slentz)
·         The Mad Atlas of Virginia King: The Strange Little Woman Who Turned Jacksonville into a Book (Tim Gilmore)
·         The Johns Committee Witch-Hunt: One Story, Two Perspectives (Judith Poucher and Earl Farris)
·         The Value of Preserving Your Family History (Judith Erwin)
·         The Amazing Adventures of a Literary Biographer (Elizabeth Friedmann)
·         “From Inspiration to Publication: The Story of a Novel” (Laura Smith, Featured Speaker)
·         Poetry Workshop (Emily Michael)
·         Writing the Civil War (Wesley Moody)
·         The Process of Publishing (Robert Blade and Wesley Moody)
 
The mini-Festival will offer intimate workshop venues.  Festival activities include opening reception and keynote address, workshops, poetry readings with an open mic, panel discussions, musical entertainment and birthday celebration. 
 
Authors are available both days for book sales, signings and advice,  so be sure to visit the Book Market.
 
Visit the website at http://www.fscj.edu/writersfest  for a schedule of events and presenter bios.
 
JET ENGINE EDITOR
TURNS TO
MYSTERY WRITING
 
“Another corpse had been discovered in the Church of St. Ambrose, the second in a month.”
 
So begins Ocean Park, the debut mystery novel by Boston native Michael Walsh, winner of the First Coast Writers Festival Short Story Contest. Ocean Park takes place in a tired industrial city north of Boston with aging tenements and a growing immigrant population.
 
Police Detective Matt Conley’s search for the murderer of a local businessman uncovers corruption in his hometown and trouble in his marriage. The killing sparks a gang war for control of the city’s drug trade, and the body count rises as Conley attempts to unravel the puzzling connections between street gangs, politicians, bikers, and a private kink club.
 
Walsh grew up in northern Massachusetts, graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism, and worked as a staffer for BU’s Daily Free Press.
 
After graduation he was hired by GE Aviation in Lynn, Massachusetts, to edit jet engine manuals. His aviation career brought him to Cincinnati and now Florida, where he continues his writing education with Jacksonville’s Bard Society, Florida’s longest-running writing group.
 
He has also studied with the North Florida Writers, Lynn Skapyak Harlan’s Shanty Boat Workshop, and John Boles at UNF. His fiction has been published in the U.S. and the U.K.  
 
His novel is published by the award-winning The Wild Rose Press, a successful New York romance publisher who recently expanded into the mystery genre. Ocean Park is the first in a series of mysteries that take place in New England and are inspired by real crimes and events.
 
For more information, contact Walsh at mwalsh3023@aol.com or call him at 513.545.2656  His website:http://www.amazon.com/Ocean-Park-The-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B014VTOZ3S  
 
MAYHEM FOR AN INTERACTIVE
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER OCT. 24
 
Murder, mystery and mayhem will be the order of the evening, Oct. 24, starting at 6:15 p.m. at the first annual Murder Mystery Dinner sponsored by the Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF) to support its literacy program, Authors in Schools (AIS). 
 
 At the Golf Club of Amelia Island, the cast of the Fernandina Little Theatre (FLT) will entertain, regale and engage attendees with an evening of laughter, fun, familiar and obscure literary references. Attendees should expect a sit-down, gourmet dinner, replete with a mystery drink and dessert.
 
 ”It’s all to support our Authors in Schools literacy program that touches every student throughout the County,” says Marie Fenn, AIBF Board president.  Now in its eleventh year, Authors in Schools is a unique and highly effective program. 
 
Fenn adds: “Kicking off our fundraising efforts at the start of the Halloween season is in keeping with our spirit of camaraderie and partnership. We are immensely grateful to FLT for lending us their professional talents to support the literary arts among kids.  The Amelia Book Festival Board of Directors invites the community to join us in a scintillating evening that supports literacy throughout Nassau County,”
 
 For tickets to the Murder Mystery Dinner and to learn more about details of the Feb. 18 – 20, 2016 Amelia Island Book Festival, visit us at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.
 
   Led by Honorary Chairman and NYT and Number One International Bestselling Author, Steve Berry, the 15th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival promises new venues and formats designed to delight book fans and readers of all ages.
 
FWA NEWS
FROM
VIC DIGENTI
 
Willie Nelson nailed it when he wrote his hit song, “Funny How Time Slips Away.” Here we are in October, and it’s time for another FWA blog post.
 
The new post is titled The hunt for the real October, and you’ll find it filled with happenings during the autumnal month of October. Since the new month starts tomorrow and the first event is Saturday, you might not want to delay viewing The hunt for the real October.
 
Enjoy, and I’ll hopefully see you at one of our meetings and the FWA Conference in Altamonte Springs. -- Vic DiGenti, FWA Regional Director. Websites: www.fwapontevedra.blogspot.com
www.parkerfrancis.com
 
JACQUELINE WOODSON, YOUNG PEOPLE'S
POET LAUREATE, COMES TO THE
MAIN LIBRARY SUNDAY, OCT. 4
Join New York Times best-selling author Jacqueline Woodson will discuss her award-winning book, Brown Girl Dreaming, her life experiences and censorship, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 in the Main Library Downtown. She will sign copies of her books from 1 to 2 p.m.
 
On her website (at http://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/all-about-me/my-biography/), Ms. Woodson says, “I used to say I’d be a teacher or a lawyer or a hairdresser when I grew up but even as I said these things, I knew what made me happiest was writing.”
 
 Copies will be available for purchase. Cash and credit/debit accepted. Free and open to the public. 
Ms. Woodson appears courtesy of BANNED, which is presented by Remembering for the Future, a community Holocaust initiative that promotes Holocaust education and remembrance on Florida's First Coast. BANNED kicked off during Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, Sept. 27 through Oct. 3. The Jacksonville Public Library and other organizations are hosting programs exploring the complex issues related to banned and challenged materials. Learn more at http://www.bannedjax.org.
BOOKMARK WELCOMES
LEONARD PITTS JR.
The BookMark will host the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, and novelist, Leonard Pitts, Jr., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22,
Pitts’ website (http://leonardpittsjr.com/Biography.html) says, “In a career spanning more than 35 years, Leonard Pitts, Jr. has been a columnist, a college professor, a radio producer and a lecturer. But if you ask him to define himself, he will invariably choose one word.  He is a writer, period, author of one of the most popular newspaper columns in the country and of a series of critically-acclaimed books, including his latest, a novel called Freeman.  And his lifelong devotion to the art and craft of words has yielded stellar results, chief among them the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.”
Grant Park is a provocative look at black/white relations in contemporary America, blending the absurd and the poignant in a well-crafted narrative that showcases Pitts's gift for telling emotionally wrenching stories. The story begins in 1968, with Martin Luther King's final days in Memphis. It then moves to the eve of the 2008 election, and cuts between the two eras as it unfolds. Disillusioned columnist Malcolm Toussaint, fueled by yet another report of unarmed black men killed by police, hacks into his newspaper's server to post an incendiary column that had been rejected by his editors. Toussaint then disappears, and his longtime editor, Bob Carson, is summarily fired within hours of the column's publication. This is a return visit by Leonard Pitts, and we're delighted to welcome him back. 
The BookMark is located at 220 First St., Neptune Beach, Fla. 32266.
 
For more information: Contact owner Ms. Rona Brinlee at 904.241.9026 or bkmark@bellsouth.net
 
STUFF
FROM A
WRITER’S QUILL
 
September:
 
I only achieve simplicity with enormous effort.
 
-- Clarice Lispector
 
October
 
Thus we create the mood, intense and generalised, unaware of detail, but stressed by some regular, recurrent beat, whose natural expression is poetry; and that is the time to read poetry…when we are almost able to write it.
 
– Virginia  Woolf
 
GET PASSPORTS TO ATTEND
ZONA ROSA WRITERS’ RETREAT
WITH ROSEMARY DANIELL
IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE IN MAY 2016
 
Are you debating whether to spend next summer writing or making a trip to, say, France? Well, get your passport in order because you can do both. Rosemary Daniell, award-winning author of eight books of poetry and prose, founder and leader of Zona Rosa writing-and-living workshops, and renowned as one of the best writing coaches in the country, will return to the South of France to lead a one-week writing workshop May 21 - 28, 2016.
 
Over 150 Zona Rosans (and counting) have become published authors. For more information about Rosemary Daniell and Zona Rosa, write Rosemary at rosemary@myzonarosa.com or visit her web site atwww.myzonarosa.com
 
Their slogan is “Becoming the Writer You Were Meant to Be.” Her workshops have received such praise as the following:
 
“Rosemary Daniell is one of the great writing teachers I have seen at work in the country” – Pat Conroy
“Rosemary Daniell is enormously gifted . . . She is one of the women by whom our age will be known in times to come.” – Erica Jong
 
 
STUFF FROM
HITHER
AND YON
 
Click on the links below to read each article.
 
THE BATTLE
FOR THE
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
 
 Stefan Collini asks why books about English grammar and correct usage are so popular, He explores “Plain Words: A Guide to the Use of English” by Ernest Gowers and Rebecca Gowers (Particular, £14.99); “For Who the Bell Tolls” by David Marsh (Faber, £12.99); and “English for the Natives” by Harry Ritchie (Hodder, £14.99). http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/arts-and-books/the-language-wars-standard-english-grammar
A MEMOIR
OF MY LIBRARY
 
Salo Wittmayer Baron, the great 20th-century scholar, remembers a life among books. Says he: “Since I received a small weekly allowance from my parents, I established at the age of fourteen or fifteen a regular exchange with one particular book dealer in Berlin, who sent me his catalogues; from them I would choose one or more items.” http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/193274/a-memoir-of-my-library?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=39ca845853-Tuesday_September_8_20159_8_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-39ca845853-207183885
 
THE MOST POPULAR BOOKS IN U.S.
PUBLIC LIBRARIES, MAPPED BY CITY
 
What books are being checked out the most in the public libraries of the U.S.? David Yanofsky checked the responses from various cities and found that Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” and Paula Hawkins’ novel “The Girl on the Train” dominate most lists. http://qz.com/494167/the-most-popular-books-in-u-s-public-libraries-mapped-by-city/
 
MONSTER’S
INK…& BEOWULF
 
K. Brent Tomer discusses the history and elusiveness of the old Anglo-Saxon poem, “Beowulf.” The public did not become aware of the epic until the 1800s, but most readers were, and are, unable to tackle the original language. He discusses the importance of J.R.R. Tolkien in bringing the epic to a wider audience.
 
STEPHEN KING:
CAN A NOVELIST BE
TOO PRODUCTIVE?
 
Stephen King addresses this issue: If a writer churns out too much stuff, does that hurt him or her with the critics. He finds that Joyce Carol Oates is gigged for her productivity, and he admits that, if a writer turns out, say, 500+ novels, the work just might be formulaic.
 
IF AN ALGORITHM WROTE THIS,
HOW WOULD YOU EVEN KNOW?
 
Shelley Podolny explores robo-journalism and lets readers know that much of what they are reading actually came from computer algorithms. (Next invention, says this newsletter: Robo-readers to read the “content” produced by robo-writers.)
 
LANGUAGES ARE DYING,
BUT IS THE INTERNET TO BLAME?
 
James Temperton of Wired magazine notes, “Languages everywhere are dying; it is estimated that one language is driven to extinction every 14 days -- and that's despite an increase in the number of languages supported by the internet.” http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-09/24/linguistic-diversity-online
 
DECADES AFTER HER DEATH,
MYSTERY STILL SURROUNDS
CRIME NOVELIST JOSEPHINE TEY
 
Francis Wheen writes about Elizabeth MacKintosh, who is better known under per pennames Josephine Tey and Gordon Daviot. She kept to herself, unlike Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, ignored the “rules” of mystery fiction, and died in 1952 without the public and her friends knowing who exactly she was.
 
THE
WRONG
STUFF – FORENSIC GRAMMAR
.
Follow the link below to find where often sane and sensible writers (and editors) have stumbled in their writing:
 
 
The second edition of a paperback collection, “The Wrong Stuff: Findings of a Forensic Grammarian,” is available online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel’s website. Go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3PF180.
 
WRITERS BORN
THIS MONTH
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To check out the names of writers who were born this month, go to this website:
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The list includes novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction authors, writers for the small and silver screen, and others.
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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.
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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, and Cole Porter).
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Unfortunately, some writers fret about identity theft and will only say they were born in 1972 or whenever. 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.
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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).
 
SOME USEFUL LINKS
 
Writers, poets, and playwrights will find useful tools at http://howarddenson.webs.com/usefullinksforwriters.htm
 
KEEP UP WITH THE NFW
ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
 
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NEED SOMEONE
TO CRITIQUE
A MANUSCRIPT?
 
If you have a finished manuscript that you want critiqued or proofread, then look for someone athttp://howarddenson.webs.com/potentialcritiquers.htm. Check out their entries on the website to see if they suit your needs. They include the following: Robert Blade Writing & Editing (rmblade@aol.com); Frank Green of The Bard Society (frankgrn@comcast.net); JJ Grindstaff-Swathwood(jgswathwood@gmail.com); Brad Hall (variablerush@gmail.com); Joseph Kaval(joseph.kaval@gmail.com); and Richard Levine (Richie.ALevine@gmail.com).
 
THE WRITE STAFF
 
President: Howard Denson (hd3nson@hotmail. com)
Vice President: Joyce Davidson (davent2010@comcast. net)
Secretary: Kathy Marsh (kathygmarsh@bellsouth. net)
Treasurer: Richard Levine (richiea.levine@gmail.com); 5527 Edenfield Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32277
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Presidents Emeriti: 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.