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North Florida Writers * June 2005
In this issue:
Sisters in Crime to Hear Karen Harvey
June Weltman to Speak in July to NFW Members
Hilton Head Writers' Retreat Set June 9-12
A Best-Seller Any Way You Look at It
NFW to Do Critiques at June Meeting
Quotes from a Writer's Quill -- Ludwig van Beethoven
Writers Born in May
Calendar of Events
The Northeast Florida chapter of Sisters in Crime will hear local historian Karen Harvey at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The meeting will be held in the Community Room in the Mandarin Branch Library (on Kori Road).
Attendees may purchase Ms. Harvey's books after the meeting.
Brothers are also welcome to attend the meetings.
The July 9 membership meeting of the North Florida Writers will feature a talk by June Weltman,the author of Mystery of the Missing Candlestick, a young adult mystery novel set in St. Augustine, Fla. The book, which received Mayhaven Publishing's First Place Award for Children's Fiction, was published by Mayhaven in 2004.
The meeting will start at 2 p.m. in F128B, the auditorium conference room of Kent Campus of FCCJ (3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Jax 32205).
Mystery of the Missing Candlestick was recognized by the Florida Historical Society in April 2004 with a special award, the Journeys for the Junior Historian Book Award.
Ms. Weltman started her journalism career as a reporter with the Chicago Tribune and later covered the State Department and Congress as the foreign affairs writer for Congressional Quarterly. She worked in public affairs for U.S. government agencies, including serving as a writer and photographer on the Peace Corps staff, before turning to freelance writing and editing. Her articles have been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. She has won many writing awards.
She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a master's degree from Georgetown University. She has taught journalism classes at American University and public relations at the University of North Florida.
She resides in Jacksonville, Fla., where she is working on a new mystery novel. She speaks frequently about mysteries and writing at schools, meetings, and conferences.
She may be reached at

An intensive four-day retreat focusing on participants' manuscripts will be held June 9-12 in Hilton Head, S,C. The retreat will be run by USA Today's best-selling author Bob Mayer, author of the Novel Writers Toolkit (Writer's Digest). For more information, go to

Steve Berry, a frequent speaker to writers' and readers' groups in South Georgia and Northeast Florida, has usually mentioned his irritation at not being considered a New York Times best-selling author.
He was on the best-selling list (in the 30s), but his publisher would only consider books in the top 15 to be official NYT best-sellers.
Berry's third novel, The Third Secret, will be 13th on the upcoming NYT list, so he has made his personal goal.
The June 11 meeting of the North Florida Writers will be devoted to critiques of manusripts by members. The meeting will start at 2 p.m. in F128B of Kent Campus of FCCJ.

No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist.
-- Ludwig van Beethoven
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).

Meetings of NFW are held on the second Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. on the Kent Campus of Florida Community College of Jacksonville. We generally meet in F128B (auditorium conference room).
You may receive feedback from specific individuals by mailing the manuscript and return postage to the above address.
June 11: Critiques only
July 9: June Weltman, The Mystery of the Missing Candlestick
Aug. 13: Robert Fulton Jr., But You Know What I Mean!
Sept. 10: Critiques only
Oct. 8: Karen Harvey, Ghosts of St. Augustine
Nov. 12: Critiques only
Dec. 10: Lillian Brown, Banned in Boston
Past speakers have included novelists Jack Hunter, David Poyer, Page Edwards, Ruth Coe Chambers, William Kerr, Tom Lashley; poets, William Slaughter, Mary Baron, Mary Sue Koeppel, Dorothy Fletcher, George Gilpatrick; columnists Vic Smith, Tom Ivines, and Robert Blade; editors Buford Brinlee and Nan Ramey; agent Debbie Fine; magazine editor Sara Summers; medical writers Elizabeth Tate and Michael Pranzatelli; oral historian Robert Gentry; plus many others.
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If you are writing a story or poem, you will need some
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You won't profit from automatic praise that a close friend
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what exactly takes place during a critiquing.
First, you pitch your manuscript into a stack with others'
works-in-progress. Then one of the NFW members hands out each
piece to volunteer readers, taking care NOT to give you back your
own manuscript to read.
Second, as the reading begins, each author is instructed NOT
to identify himself or herself and especially NOT to explain or
defend the work. The writer may never have heard the piece read
aloud by another's voice, so the writer needs to focus on the
sound of his or her sentences.
Third, at the finish of each selection, the NFW members try
to offer constructive advice about how to make the story better.
If a section was confusing or boring, that information may be
helpful to the author.
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