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The Electronic Write Stuff
Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System
North Florida Writers * September 2005
In this issue (click, pr scroll, to go there):

North Campus To Hear Actor, Playwright, Novelist Sept. 30
“Critiques Only” On Tap at Sept. 10 NFW Meeting
Quotes from a Writer’s Quill – Toni Morrison
Writers Born in September
Calendar of Events
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FCCJ’s North Campus will host Brian Jay Corrigan  on Sept. 30. He was in the running to play Luke Skywalker series, but had to settle on being a playwright, actor of other parts, and prize-winning novelist (for The Poet of Loch Ness).  His talk, which will be free to the public, will be at 10 a.m. that Friday in the Zeke Bryant Auditorium.

(For directions to North Campus, go to MapsQuest and look up 4501 Capper Rd., Jacksonville, FL.) Link to Mapquest

Corrigan has been writing stories since childhood and won his first national award at seventeen (with a full-length play entitled The Sound of the River). His work is suffused with richly drawn characters, evocative settings, and "lushly lyrical" writing. He has led an exciting life. >From beginning as an actor, playwright, and professional daredevil, he has grown into a globe-trotter and internationally recognized expert in Renaissance literature.

Corrigan's love of life and his devotion to literature enriches his novels. Perhaps he was destined to become a writer of deeply moving, profoundly beautiful love stories. His personal background is filled to overflowing with drama and richness.

Corrigan comes from a long theatrical background. His great-grandparents owned a traveling tent show. His grandmother was a professional dancer and one of Kansas City's Tower Adorables--the Midwest's answer to the Rockettes--during the "Roaring" decade of gangsters and gun molls. His mother grew up on the stage, danced with Vera Ellen, appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, and made Hollywood movies.

He followed the family profession, writing plays and acting professionally. When he was not gainfully employed on the legitimate stage, he filled the time performing a Houdini-style magic act. He has been handcuffed and thrown into rivers and straitjacketed and raised a hundred feet by his ankles. He has also acted on stage with Katharine Hepburn and read twice for the part of Luke Skywalker.

He returned to college in his early twenties, studied Shakespeare, and graduated with honors in just three years. He next went to Tulane University where he studied law and Renaissance literature and, in the short span of six years, earned a J.D., M.A., and Ph.D.

Today, he is professor of Renaissance literature in the University system of Georgia. He is also a world-known expert in Shakespeare and has delivered lectures at the Shakespeare Association of America, the International Shakespeare Conference, and at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon.

He is an animal lover who surrounds himself with cats, dogs, and horses.

He is a horse trainer (resistance-free, of course), rides dressage, and was once a nationally ranked fencer (foil and epee).

His prize-winning novel was selected a 2005 "Notable Title" by Book Sense and the Independent Booksellers of America and was named by the Associated Press as "one of the five most notable debuts of 2005."

In the Kansas City Star, John Mark Eberhart said, "[T]his is a mysterious love story fused with a legend . . . That feeling wells up in The Poet of Loch Ness thanks to Corrigan's ethereal prose . . . 'People who believe in soul mates . . . should read this book.'"

Carol Haggas in Booklist said, "The magic and mystery of the Scottish Highlands come together in this opulent, elegiac tale of lost love and renewed desire . . . Corrigan is the true poet here, rhapsodically combining the taut foreboding of a thrilling mystery, the ethereal caprice of a legendary fantasy, and the lyrical emotion of a poignant romance in this stunning debut novel."


The North Florida Writers will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Room F128B of Kent.

No speaker is scheduled. Instead, members and guests will devote the time to reading and then critiquing manuscripts.


"I always get up and make a cup of coffee while it is still dark – it must be dark - and then I drink the coffee and watch the light come. ... Writers all devise ways to approach that place where they expect to make the contact, where they become the conduit, or where they engage in this mysterious process. For me, light is the signal in the transition. It's not being in the light, it's being there before it arrives. It enables me, in some sense.”

- Toni Morrison


1--Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875) and Blaise Cendrars (1887); 2--Paul Bourget (1852) and Allen Drury (1918); 3--Karl von Bonstetten (1745), Edwin Honig (1919), and Alison Luurie (1926); 4--Phoebe Cary (1824), Antonin Artaud (1896), Mary Renault (1905), Richard Wright (1908), Paul Harvey (1918);

5--H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) (1886) and Frank Yerby (1916); 6--Robert Pirsig (1928); 7--Willem Bilderdijk (1756), Tristan Bernard (1866), Edith Sitwell (1887), and Taylor Caldwell (1900); 8--Ludovico Ariosto (1474), Siegfried Sassoon (1886), and Ann Beattie (1947); 9--Clemens Brentano (1778), Leo Tolstoy (1828), and Mary Austin (1868);

10--Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli (1791), Ian Fleming (1888), Georges Bataille (1897), Cyril Connolly (1903), and Brother Antonius (William Everson) (1912); 11--Joanna Baillie (1762), O. Henry (1862) and D. H. Lawrence (1885); 12--Julien Auguste Pélage Brizeux (1803), H. L. Mencken (1880), Louis MacNeice (1907), and Michael Ondaatje (1943); 13--Nicholaas Beets (1814), Otakar Brezina (Vaclav I. Jebavy) (1868), Sherwood Anderson (1876), John Malcolm Brinnin (1916), and Roald Dahl (1916); 14--Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486) and Ivan Klima (1931);

15--James Fenimore Cooper (1789), Petr Bezruc (Vladimir Vasek) (1867), Robert Benchley (1889), Agatha Christie (1890), and Claude McKay (1890); 16--Thomas Barnes (1785), Orestes Augustus Brownson (1803), Gwen Bristow (1893), and Henry Louis Gates Jr. (1950); 17--Émile Augier (1820), William Carlos Williams (1883), and Ken Kesey (1935); 19--William Golding (1911);

20--Upton Sinclair (1878), Maxwell Perkins (1884), Stevie Smith (1902); 21--H. G. Wells (1866), Leonard Cohen (1934), Stephen King (1947); 22--B. H. Brockes (1680), Ferenc Herczeg (1863), Irving Feldman (1928); 23--William Archer (1856); 24--William Evans Burton (1804), Ramón de Campoamor y Campoosorio (1817), and F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896);

25--William Lisle Bowles (1762), Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793), and William Faulkner (1897); 26--Irving Addison Bacheller (1859), T. S. Eliot (1888), Martin Heidegger (1889), and Jane Smiley (1949); 27--Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821), William Empson (1906) and Jim Thompson (1906); 28--Rudolf Baumbach (1840) and Ellis Peters (1913);

30--Truman Capote (1924) and W.S. Merwin (1927).


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.

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

expert feedback -- the sort that you will receive at a meeting of

the North Florida Writers.

You won't profit from automatic praise that a close friend

or relative might give or jealous criticism from others who may

feel threatened by your writing.

The NFW specializes in CONSTRUCTIVE feedback that will

enable your manuscript to stand on its own two feet and demand

that it be accepted by an editor or agent. Hence, you need the


The North Florida Writers is a writer's best friend because

we help members to rid manuscripts of defects and to identify

when a work is exciting and captivating.

Membership is $15 for students, $25 for individuals, and $40

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Is your membership current? If you are receiving a paper version (sent to those without e-mail), you may check the mailing label to see if your dues are current. If it says "0104" next to your last name, your membership expired in January 2004. You do not have to pay back dues to activate your members, so, if you last paid in 1992 or 2002, don't worry about the months you were inactive.

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When you attend a meeting of the North Florida Writers, you eventually discover that NO ONE has ever died while his or her manuscript was being read and critiqued. You may be ready to face the ordeal yourself. . .or, reading this, you may wonder 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.

The NFW will listen to 10 pages (double-spaced) of prose (usually a short story or a chapter).


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