On Festivals, Surrency Death, Audiobooks, and All That (WS 0915)

THE WRITE STUFF

 
   

Writing News for the Sunshine State

& the Solar System

http://www.northfloridawriters.org

Editor: Howard Denson

September 2015
   

In this issue:

 

Florida Heritage Book Festival offers readings, critiques, workshops; speakers include novelists, freelancers, editors, poets, agents, and publishers
The Writers’ Festival rides again in mid-October
WF’s Jack Surrency dies after strokes
Sugar Time: From Audiobook to Print – Joy V. Smith
Steve Berry named Honorary Chair of 2016 Amelia Island Book Festival for Feb. 18–20
FitzGerald book on TV’s American Indians a top seller in academia
FWA news from Vic DiGenti
BookMark to hear Deanna Raybourn talk about new mystery series on Sept. 2
Clay Writers to hear researcher talk about finding Magnolia Lake State Park
2nd annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam Sept. 25
Stuff from a Writer’s Quill — Clarice Lispector
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
Useful Links
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The Write Staff

 
FLORIDA HERITAGE BOOK FESTIVAL
OFFERS READINGS, CRITIQUES, WORKSHOPS;
SPEAKERS INCLUDE NOVELISTS, FREELANCERS, EDITORS, POETS, AGENTS, AND PUBLISHERS
 

St. Augustine and Flagler College will host the Florida Heritage Book Festival Sept. 24-25. The event will feature critiques, readings, and workshops, with the speakers being novelists, poets, memoirists, freelancers, editors, publishers, and agents.

 
To register for the entire event or specific areas, go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eavoho9n5f7bc374&oseq=&c=&ch=
 
Critique Sessions will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will help aspiring writers determine how good they are, and if they are on the right track. These workshops offer a day of inspiration, motivation and positive feedback from faculty members and fellow students in an intimate setting. Small groups of no more than 12 writers (select Fiction or Nonfiction) will come together to critique each other’s ten-page submissions. Workshop critiques for each individual will last about 30 minutes, and workshop leaders will provide a written one-page critique to each student.

 
One critique leader will be Elizabeth Sims, who is the author of eight successful novels in two series, the Rita Farmer Mysteries and the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Novels. She has been published by a major house (Macmillan) as well as several small presses. Elizabeth writes frequently for Writer’s Digest magazine, where she is a contributing editor. Her book “You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams” (Writer’s Digest Books) received special recognition by NaNoWriMo and by hundreds of other web sites and bloggers. Her books have reached #1 on a variety of Amazon fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists. She holds degrees in English from Michigan State University and Wayne State University, where she won the Tompkins Award for graduate fiction. She belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa, and is represented by the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

 The other critique leader will be Sohrab Homi Fracis, who won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, juried by the legendary Iowa Writers Workshop, for “Ticket to Minto: Stories of India and America” (University of Iowa Press). It was re-published in India and translated into German. He was awarded the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature/Fiction and the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction. He was Visiting Writer in Residence at Augsburg College, and an artist in residence at Escape to Create and Yaddo.
 

The Friday, Sept. 25 workshops will be dedicated to the working writer committed to improving his or her craft through face-to-face guidance by writing professionals. The writer may be a veteran or an emerging talent looking for that spark of inspiration and feedback on his or her writing. Each time slot will offer two sessions.
 

Friday, Sept. 24--7:30-8:45 Registration & Coffee


9:00-10:00 Elizabeth Sims and Mark Powell


“Fearless Writing” with Elizabeth Sims

Writers commonly think they have to suffer through much fear and doubt in order to produce anything good. Elizabeth’s experience—and thus her message—is the opposite: Writing is easy and fun, provided we get out of our own way and let our natural talent and creativity take over. In this energizing session, she’ll help you find the heart of your book and convey your story zestfully and truly. You’ll learn how to work out a plan and start writing immediately, fact or fiction. Writers with books in progress will find gold here too, because Elizabeth will provide tools every writer can use at any stage of a project. You’ll learn how to cut through angst and over complication with a better way to brainstorm; you’ll learn how to power through a first draft; you’ll learn why tangents can be the keys to fresh, great material; and more. Spare yourself untold writing hassle and join Elizabeth for this dynamic session.
 

“The Heart of the Matter: Finding the Emotional Center in Fiction” with Mark Powell

What has resonance in fiction and how do we create it in our own work? This presentation will draw on a number of published examples to examine what is the emotional core of a work, and how do we “work outwards” from the core of our own.

 
Mark Powell is the author of five novels: Blood Kin, which received the Peter Taylor Prize, Prodigals, both published by the University of Tennessee Press, The Dark Corner, and The House of the Lord. His most recent novel, The Sheltering, is a literary thriller. Powell will also discuss his most recent novel during the Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

 
10:00-10:15 Break

 10:15-11:15 Joan Leggitt, Darlyn Finch Kuhn, and Jane R. Wood


“The Twisted Road to Publication with Publisher Joan Leggitt and Author Darlyn Finch Kuhn”

From her mother all the way back to her great-grandfather, Joan Leggitt’s family has been publishers. Now she’s honored that lineage by founding Twisted Road Publications, a literary press focusing on marginalized voices with works that include Darlyn Finch Kuhn’s Sewing Holes. The author will read from her novel, and she and the publisher will share stories of the long and winding road to publication – a mix of persistent dreaming, cautionary tales, and a belief in the power of community.

 
Darlyn Finch Kuhn is that rare animal – a Florida native. In addition to her two poetry collections (Red Wax Rose and Three Houses) Kuhn’s work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines and online. Her poems have been featured on Poetic Logic on the local NPR affiliate, and been read by Garrison Keillor on the Writers Almanac. She was interviewed on World Radio Paris. Kuhn is the eponymous “Scribbler,” of the Scribbles literary e-newsletter. She produces book trailer videos with her husband at Brad Kuhn & Associates in Orlando, Florida. Her debut novel, Sewing Holes, is available now from Twisted Road Publications, amazon.com, and wherever books are sold.
 

Joan Leggitt has been a graphic artist, book distributor, freelance editor, and, at last, a (4th generation) publisher. She founded Twisted Road Publications in January 2013 with the mission of moving marginalized voices into the mainstream. Its primary focus is literary fiction, but they also publish creative non-fiction. For more information about the press and its authors, please visit the website at www.twistedroadpublications.com.

 
Schools: A Niche Market for Authors with Jane R. Wood

Authors want to know how they can get their books into schools. Award-winning author and former teacher Jane R. Wood shares the many strategies she has used for more than ten years to successfully market and sell her books to schools. Wood shows how both teachers and students can benefit from a meaningful connection with a published author.

If you need additional information:

Authors will learn how to:

• Contact schools

• Develop a relationship with educators

• Create educational resources for your book

• Develop dynamic presentations for an author visit

• Provide positive reinforcement to the schools’ curricula

 

Jane R. Wood, author of five award-winning juvenile fiction books, weaves history into stories filled with mystery, adventure, and humor. She uses her experiences as a former classroom teacher, newspaper reporter, and television producer to write, publish, and market her books. Wood has spoken to hundreds of schools across the country, tapping into that unique and lucrative market.

11:15-11:45 Meet the Speakers: Signing & Sales (Sims, Powell, Leggitt, Kuhn, & Wood)

 
12:00-1:15 Luncheon Keynote address by Robert Macomber

 
Luncheon Keynote address “Getting Into Character: Personal Tales of Research and Adventures” by Robert Macomber

From eye-opening discoveries to humorous calamities, Macomber will entertain you with his lighthearted tales of researching and writing novels. Gain insight into the extensive efforts to illuminate significant events of world history which lie within his maritime thrillers.

 
Macomber is an award-winning author, an internationally recognized lecturer, a former defense consultant, and an accomplished seaman. He has won the top regional, state, and national literary awards in his genre: historical literary fiction. His twelfth novel in the “Honor Series,” The Assassin’s Honor, has a release date in October 2015. Mr. Macomber grew up on the waters along the southwest coast of Florida. By age seventeen, he was an offshore racing skipper and raced for the next thirty-two years in Florida, the Bahamas, and Mexico. When not traveling the world on research treks, lecture tours, or book signings, he lives a quiet life at his cottage in St. James, Pine Island, on the same coast where he grew up. When not writing, he enjoys sailing among the more remote islands and cooking the exotic cuisines from his novels.

Macomber will also discuss his most recent novel during the Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

1:30-2:30 Jeff Herman and Deborah Herman, Literary Agents and Harrison Scott Key

Jeff Herman and Deborah Herman, Literary Agents

 
Jeff Herman opened his literary agency in the mid-1980s while in his mid-20s. He has made nearly one-thousand book deals, including many bestsellers. His own books include Jeff Herman’s Guide to Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents (more than 500,000 copies sold), and Write the Perfect Book Proposal (coauthored with Deborah Herman). He has presented hundreds of workshops about writing and publishing, and has been interviewed for dozens of publications and programs.

 

“How to Tell Your Family’s Darkest Secrets (and Still Get Invited

to Thanksgiving)” with Harrison Scott Key
 

In this workshop, memoirist and humorist Harrison Scott Key speaks about his own experience writing about delicate matters without alienating too many family members or causing them to get restraining orders.

Attendees will find out a few helpful methods for telling their own family history without causing World War III.

 
Harrison Scott Key is the author of WORLD’S LARGEST MAN: A MEMOIR (HarperCollins) and a contributing editor for the Oxford American magazine. His humor and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, Outside, The Best American Travel Writing, Image, Creative Nonfiction, Reader’s Digest, Salon, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and others. He teaches writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter (@HarrisonKey) or at http://www.HarrisonScottKey.com .

 
2:30-2:45 Break


2:45- 3:45 Phoebe Fox “The Three Essential Building Blocks of a Novel” and Bob Shacochis (“Notes on the Nature and Function of Time in the New Millennium”)

“The Three Essential Building Blocks of a Novel” with Phoebe Fox

This presentation explores the three “tent poles” of story that a successful, compelling, marketable tale rests on: character, stakes, and plot. Along with clear explanations of each, Phoebe Fox shows writers how to ensure that these essential elements are developed and strong in your manuscript, and offers techniques, tips, and “tricks” for honing each. She’ll also discuss the process of writing as it involves rewriting—a crucial and often downplayed step in polishing and honing a story. Through clear explanation and firsthand examples, she’ll demonstrate her own process from first draft to published novel.

Phoebe Fox is the author of The Breakup Doctor and Bedside Manners, part of the Breakup Doctor series (from Henery Press). Heart Conditions, book three of the series, will be released February 2016. You can find her at http://www.phoebefoxauthor.com.
 

Notes on the Nature and Function of Time in the New Millennium with Bob Shacochis

Reflections on the conventions and transformations of time in the 21st century, and how one’s use of time in a narrative shapes and alters a writer’s voice and a story’s structure.

 

Bob Shacochis’s first collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the Academy of Arts and Letters. He is also the author of the novel Swimming in the Volcano, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Immaculate Invasion, a work of literary reportage that was a finalist for The New Yorker Literary Award for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. His most recent book The Woman Who Lost Her Soul received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Association of Writers and Writing (AWP) awarded Shacochis the George Garrett Award for Service to the Literary Community. Shacochis is a contributing editor for Outside, and his op-eds on the U.S. military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

4:00-4:30 Meet the Speakers: Signing & Book Sales (Hermans, Key, Fox, & Shacochis)

 

THE WRITERS’ FESTIVAL

RIDES AGAIN

IN MID-OCTOBER

 
A movie sequel title might proclaim what the headline says, but “Son/Daughter of the Writers’ Festival” may be more accurate. Formerly, the college sponsored the Florida First Coast Writers’ Festival, which lasted about 23 years before hitting a budgetary wall.

The Festival has come back 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 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.

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. 


The featured presenter will be Laura Smith, author of “Heart of Palm.”


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 our website at http://www.fccj.edu/writersfest  for a schedule of events and presenter bios.

 

WF’S JACK SURRENCY

DIES AFTER STROKES


The writing and educational community in Florida was saddened to learn about the death of Jack Surrency, who had retired from Florida State College at Jacksonville. He died after a series of strokes last week.

 His funeral will be at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (4129 Oxford Avenue, Jacksonville 32210) at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4.

 Surrency worked with Kevin Bezner, Mary Sue Koeppel, and others to create the State Street Writers and Poets Festival, which was held for the first two years on the Downtown Campus. In the third year, the festival moved to Kent Campus, where it renamed itself the Florida First Coast Writers’ Festival.

Surrency also was the driving force behind the founding of the Florida Community Colleges Conference on Communication (FCCCC), which was held for several years in Jacksonville before rotating to other state colleges in the state.


After stepping down as an assistant dean in charge of communication at the college, he taught composition and humanities at Kent Campus.
 

SUGAR TIME:

FROM AUDIOBOOK

TO PRINT

 
By JOY V. SMITH


Audiobooks are more popular now than years ago--and easier to create, with more markets; Amazon even has its own imprint: Audible.   Btw, I use the audiobook spelling because some years ago there was an audiobook magazine, and that’s how they spelled it.
 
My first audiobook (1997) was actually an anthology, but my story, “Pretty Pink Planet,” was the cover art--and I still have the tee shirt.  However, the title was too generic: Audio Science Fiction Stories, and he needed to work on the marketing also.  (I did nag him about that.)  But I was paid up front for my stories--he used three of them--and though he optioned others of my stories; there was never a second audiobook.

I always keep my eyes open for publishing opportunities; and I don’t remember where I found the first audiobook market or the second because I browse listings all over the map, including Ralan’s.  So, when I came across Hadrosaur Productions, I offered the editor, David Lee Summers, at least four stories.  He needed stories of a specific length though, and we went on from there.  I sent him three possibilities, as I recall, and he chose my Sugar Time series, which was released in 2002.

I got a script, which I have somewhere, and a test cassette, which I had to approve also.  And now Sugar Time is coming out in print and as an ebook.  (Thank you, David!)  I haven’t submitted any other stories to audiobook producers, but I plan to submit more of my published stories one of these days.  (I’ve been working on my novels.)  “Pretty Pink Planet” is in one of my reprint collections: Aliens, Animals, and Adventure, as is “Pilot’s Course,” also from my first audiobook.

For more information about Joy V. Smith, click on the following sites:

www.joyvsmith.com https://twitter.com/JoyVSmith http://www.pinterest.com/joyvsmith/ https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007389700154

 

STEVE BERRY NAMED HONORARY

CHAIR OF 2016 AMELIA ISLAND

BOOK FESTIVAL FOR FEB. 18 – 20

 
With a new format and new venues, there are exciting changes in store for attendees at the upcoming 15th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival, biggest of which is Steve Berry as honorary festival chairman. With more than 15 international best sellers, Berry’s books have been translated into 40 languages with 19 million copies in 51 countries.  They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.

  
  “I’ve been coming to Amelia Island and its many book festivals for a long time. This year I’m honored to serve in an advisory role and work with the board to make this the best event in the history of the festival,” said Berry.   

  Berry is no stranger to Nassau County.  In 2005, he was awarded the Stellar Award for his outstanding contributions to literacy by the Amelia Island Book Festival.

  History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation.  Berry will appear in Nassau County at several events throughout the three-day Festival slated for Thursday, Feb. 18, through Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, along with several other New York Times best-selling headliners. 

  “His guidance in crafting our offerings and helping to entice other well-known authors to appear at our Festival has been invaluable,” said 2015-2016 Festival Chairperson Raffaela Marie Fenn.  “He and Elizabeth have graciously offered to run their Master Writers Workshop to help us raise money for our literacy program, Authors in Schools. Replacing our usual Writers’ Workshop this year, the intense four-hour offering has been a huge boon to other communities.   We are so very grateful for their generosity.” 

  With this year’s captivating theme, An Amelia Island Encounter—Action, Thrills and Mystery, the Festival takes on an exciting new format. Residents and visitors alike will have plenty of new attractions and new venues to revel in.  

  All proceeds from ticketed events go to support the Authors in Schools program, which for more than 11 years has been bringing an author to each school in the county, and buying those authors’ books for the students to create a memorable, engaging, full-circle experience highlighting the importance of the written word.

  “We invite everyone to be a part of this endeavor, to support the Authors in Schools Program, as well as all the opportunities for the entire community and our visitors to celebrate life-long learning through books,” says 2015-2016 Festival Vice Chair Shiela Fountain.  Mark your calendars, check out our website and stay tuned for more exciting news and improvements.  


For more information, contact the Amelia Island Book Festival at P.O. Box 15286, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035; or call 904.624.1665; or email them at info@ameliaislandbookfestival.org. Their website is| www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org 

 

FITZGERALD BOOK

ON TV’S AMERICAN INDIANS

A TOP SELLER IN ACADEMIA
 
Communications instructor Michael Ray FitzGerald’s 2014 book, Native Americans on Network TV, is the top seller in Rowman & Littlefield’s Film and History line, according to series editor, Cynthia Miller.

Rowman & Littlefield is a highly respected publisher based in Lanham, MD. Miller teaches anthropology at Emerson College in Boston.

“[FitzGerald’s book] represents the type of scholarship and critical thinking I hope to encourage in all our authors,” she says. “It’s sharp, incisive and revealing and shines a light on an often-overlooked corner of our cultural consumption.”
 
Native Americans on Network TV is the only book of its kind: an exhaustive study of American Indian characters on U.S. television series, from The Lone Ranger to Longmire.

A glowing review in Choice, a trade magazine aimed at library-acquisitions buyers, led to its purchase by more than 200 libraries worldwide (for a listing, see http://www.worldcat.org/title/native-americans-on-network-tv-stereotypes-myths-and-the-good-indian/oclc/856579576&referer=brief_results).

UCLA professor Angela Aleiss, author of Making the White Man’s Indian, calls FitzGerald’s book “strongly researched and documented,” adding that FitzGerald is one of the foremost experts on the subject of Native representations in television.

FitzGerald, who holds a doctoral degree from University of Reading in England, teaches media studies at University of North Florida and at Flagler College in St. Augustine.

Visit the book’s web site at R&L: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442229617/Native-Americans-on-Network-TV-Stereotypes-Myths-and-the-%22Good-Indian%22


FWA NEWS

FROM

VIC DIGENTI

 
Victor DiGenti, head of the Northeast Florida district of the Florida Writers Association, says there’s more rainy weather ahead, but there’s also an amazing number of writerly events coming in September.  He invites writers to learn details of FWA and other writer group meetings, conferences and much more. Says he: “Read it while it’s hot news by clicking here.”


BOOKMARK to hear Deanna Raybourn talk about new mystery series on Sept. 2

  The BookMark will open its September slate of author visits by welcoming New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. She will talk about and sign copies of her new mystery "A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery."

This is the beginning of a new series, with an unorthodox heroine. In 1887 England, Veronica Speedwell's life of romantic adventure as an explorer and naturalist is interrupted when she finds herself embroiled in intrigue. After her home is ransacked, she receives a visit from the mysterious Baron von Stauffenbach, warning her of additional danger.

She accepts his offer of sanctuary in London, but, when the Baron is found murdered, Veronica is left with her host's associate, an ill-tempered naturalist named Stoker. Together, they must evade unknown assailants while unraveling the mystery of the threat against Veronica…a threat tied to her true parentage.

Deanna Raybourn is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey mysteries and several standalone novels. She lives in Virginia with her family.

 

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


CLAY WRITERS TO HEAR RESEARCHER TALK ABOUT FINDING MAGNOLIA LAKE STATE PARK

 
The Clay Writers Assn. will hear Robert Dews speak on “Finding Magnolia Lake State Park” at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Meeting Room of the Orange Park Public Library (2054 Plainfield Ave., off Kingsley Avenue and behind the Dairy Queen).

An Environmental Crimes Detective, he has worked with the Clay County Sheriff's Office for the past 21 years. He enjoys running, mountain biking, backpacking, kayaking, camping, and flying, as well as reading and learning about local history. A youth director at church, he mentors kids and introduces them to the outdoors.


How did he get interested in Magnolia Lake? “What started out as an idle curiosity became a passion for uncovering anything I could in hopes of bringing some public awareness to the place.” His presentation focuses on how he pursued his research and what he learned about Magnolia Lake State Park, one of several parks statewide segregated for African Americans.


Rather than wanting to write a book on the park, he wanted to learn what he could about it. After compiling the data, he shared it with the Clay County Archives and the Camp Blanding Museum. He set down a path others could follow to find out about this little-known corner of county history. He said, “I thought this would be a great way to bring public awareness to the park and give it the attention it deserves.” He’d like to see the state, the County, or Camp Blanding erect a monument near the former park providing visitors with a brief history of the facility.

Research takes work, Mr. Dawes says. “Uncovering documents and delving into history is difficult. I enjoy discovering and learning about the past.” Before he had children, he also used a metal detector to look for relics from World War II, the Civil War or the Seminole Indian War era. Whether studying old maps, reading books, or talking to "old timers,” he says, “For me it was about discovery and investigating; getting out into the woods and finding evidence of places long forgotten.”


FWA Clay County Writers is sponsored by the Florida Writers Assn. Monthly meetings (the third Wednesday) focus on the art, craft, and business of writing.

 
Some meetings offer presentations by author-speakers. In hands-on sessions, writers sharpen their skills, give and receive feedback, and leave with practical suggestions to improve their work.

To learn more, sign into Facebook and go to “Clay County Writers” or visit: https://floridawriters.net/. 

FWA Clay County Writers is sponsored by the Florida Writers Assn. Monthly meetings (the third Wednesday) focus on the art, craft, and business of writing, says group leader Maureen Jung.

 To learn more, visit https://floridawriters.net/ and check out the group on Facebook at “Clay County Writers.”

 

2ND ANNUAL AMELIA ISLAND

STORYTELLING SLAM SEPT. 25

 
“We’re almost sold out of tickets,” say the organizers of the second annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam, so act quickly to reserve a spot.

 
Serving as Mistress of Ceremonies will be 2014’s storytelling champ, Arlene Filkoff. The 2015 slate of competitors will include Dickie Anderson, Carey Dresser, John Drew, Neil Frink and Diana Herman. They will represent the intriguing worlds of dance, theatre, letters, business, education and community service.

 
Guests cast votes for their favorites and raise funds to help furnish the Library.


The event will be in Burns Hall of St. Peter's Church (801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach). There will be a cash bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres reception sponsored by LULU's Restaurant.7 p.m.

 
STUFF FROM

HITHER

AND YON
 

Click on the links below to read each article.

 
IT’S A SMALL,

SMALL, SMALL

PRESS WORLD

 

Adam Kirsh explores where Jewish writers are finding homes these days and why. The writer says that the major publishing houses “are…turning away from the midlist titles that were once their bread and butter. Authors may still dream of being published by a prestigious trade publisher, but the reality is that the majority of worthy books will no longer find a place on the lists of the big New York houses.” He mentions several respectable and prestigious small publishers. http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/192497/small-press-world?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=631f945a70-Thursday_August_6_20158_6_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-631f945a70-207183885

 

CANNABIS DISCOVERED

IN TOBACCO PIPES FOUND

IN SHAKESPEARE’S GARDEN

 
An article by Bonnie Malkin says that forensic testing of 400-year-old pipes suggests playwright might have smoked more than just tobacco. Scientists from South Africa used sophisticated equipment to use gas chromatography mass spectrometry to detect cannabis in some pipe fragments found in the Shakespeare Trust gardens. Of course, since the Bard died in 1616, the smokers could have been relatives or Stratford residents any time during the 17th Century. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/william-shakespeare/11792533/Cannabis-discovered-in-tobacco-pipes-found-in-William-Shakespeares-garden.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM38942&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Wor_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Wor_New_2015_08_10&utm_campaign=DM38942

 
ON THE BLINK EXPLORES

POETRY, CHEMISTRY, OLIVER SACKS

 

Emily K. Michael explores her process of writing poetry and quotes Rilke’s observation: “If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator, there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.” https://areyouseeingthis.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/i-ask-my-poetry/. Previously, she recalls A.P. chemistry as it built a foundation for the writing of Oliver Sacks. https://areyouseeingthis.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/divining-the-catalyst-a-response-to-the-writing-of-oliver-sacks/

 

HI HO, HI HO,

IT’S OFF TO THE OFFICE

SOME WRITERS CAN’T GO

 

What’s a writer to do when there’s not a good space for him or her to write? Virginia Woolf talked about it; Evan Hughes writes about it in this New Yorker piece. His solution is designed for writers who live in small apartments. http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-strange-rise-of-the-writers-space

 

WISDOM FROM

BOOKS FOR KIDS

 
 This article provides fine quotations that you can pin to the fridge or scotch-tape to your monitor. You’ll find sound advice from A.A. Milne, Roald Dahl, Frank Baum, James Barrie, and others. http://encurious.com/post/90982259223/quotes-from-childrens-books

 

HOW LITERARY

FAME HAPPENS

 
In “Those Who Write for Immortality,” H.J. Jackson, professor emerita at the University of Toronto and distinguished scholar of literature for the 18th Century and Romantic British era, raises such provocative questions “Why do we (meaning students and their teachers) read Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats but not others?”

http://chronicle.com/article/How-Literary-Fame-Happens/232537/

 
SOME USEFUL LINKS

 

Writers, poets, and playwrights will find useful tools at http://howarddenson.webs.com/usefullinksforwriters.htm.

 

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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 at http://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).

 
 

Howard Denson a.k.a. William Howard Denson III

1511 Pershing Rd., Jacksonville, Florida 32205 land phone: 904.384.4463 (voice mail available)
cell phone: 904.525.8024 (no voice mail option)

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website: http://howarddenson.webs.com

Mowbray & the Sharks, 2nd ed. (*)

Mowbray and the Baron (*--soon)

Shoot-Out with a Wild-Eyed Moderate (*) 

Gunfight with a Wild-Eyed Moderate (*-soon)

A Quandary of Fibbles (*):

The Wrong Stuff: Findings of a Forensic Grammarian (*)

Fibble-Fabbles (*-soon)

* Available online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble

Editor, "The Write Stuff" (North Florida Writers)

Writer/editor: "Kassandra's Kitchen" http://howarddenson.webs.com/

Board Member, Stage Aurora Theatrical Co. "Theatre That Inspires"