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www.northfloridawriters.org * Feb. 2009

Editor: Howard Denson

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In This Issue:


Historian-Web Designer to Speak to NFW


Much Ado About Books to be Held Feb. 27-28


Novel Contest Will Accept Entries Till Mar. 2

From Vic Digenti of Florida Writers' Assn.


Quote from a Writer's Quill – Elizabeth Hardwick

Writers Born This Month – They wrote of trips to the moon and the center of the earth, treks through French crime scenes, embers of the Great Fire of London, an exodus from a wasteland to California, and lots more

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HISTORIAN-WEB DESIGNER TO SPEAK TO NFW


Robert Sanders, local historian, neighborhood activist, and web designer, will speak at the Feb. 14 meeting of the North Florida Writers. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in the meeting room of the Webb Wesconnett Library (corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard).


Besides writing and designing web sites (www.GCS-RSS.com<http://www.gcs-rss.com/>), he works closely with Old Arlington Inc. and the project to restore Norman Studios (www.NormanStudios.org<http://www.normanstudios.org/>), the nation's “original” Hollywood. African-American “silents” were made at Norman Studios.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT BOOKS TO BE HELD FEB. 27-28



The annual Much Ado About Books will feature such speakers as novelists Steve Berry and David Baldacci on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28. Tickets will be required to certain events designed to raise funds for the library system, but many events will feature panel presentations that will be open to the public.



For schedules and information about ticketed events, go to http://www.muchadoaboutbooks.com/index.php .



Other speakers will include the following:



Jennifer Swanson (children's books), Janet Cheatham Bell (social history), Tracy Brown (novels), Diane deGroat (illustrator), M.C.Finotti (historical novels), Alex Flinn (young adult novels), Nancy Murray (young adult novels), Anne LeClaire (novels, memoirs), Paul Malmont (films and novel), Carla Neggars (novels), Lois Simon (children's books), John Stauffer (history), Heather, Jamie and Peyton Surface (children's writing project), Adriana Trigiani (novels)

For bio's on each speaker, click on http://www.muchadoaboutbooks.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=58#jcb .


NOVEL CONTEST WILL ACCEPT ENTIRES TILL MARCH


The novel contest deadline for the Florida First Coast Writers' Festival has been extended to Monday, Mar. 2). The contest is self-sustaining, so the WF accepts entries until enough revenue has come in to pay for prizes, plaques, and critiques.



The final round judges will be novelists David Poyer and Lenore Hart.



Entrant Guidelines and Checklist



This contest welcomes unpublished, original manuscripts of all genres of fiction.

Each entry requires a $45 entry fee.

Make checks payable to First Coast Writers’ Festival, indicating “Novel Contest” in the For line of the check.

Mail entries to Writers’ Festival Contests, 4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218, ATTN Dr. Dana Thomas.

Each entry should be typed, double-spaced, with numbered pages.

Entries should include two copies of the manuscript’s first 100 (or so) pages.

Entries should not be the author’s only copy as the Festival does not return eliminated entries or accept responsibility for entries lost in the mail.

Entries should be accompanied by a logline, summarizing the novel in one or two sentences, and a brief present tense narrative summary.

Include a biosheet, written in third person, listing entrant’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address, along with the title of the manuscript(s) and the first line of the entry. Follow this information with a brief (two to three sentences) biographical statement.

Florida Community College employees and Writers’ Festival Planning Committee members are not eligible to enter the contest.

This contest is not a critique service; however, the final entries will receive written evaluations from Poyer or Hart.


First Place will bring a monetary prize of $700 and serious consideration from a major publishing house. Second Place will yield the writer $200, while Third Place will be worth $100.

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FROM VIC DIGENTI OF FLORIDA WRITERS' ASSN.

By VIC DiGENTI


After too much holiday fare, I finally broke away from the hypnotic pull of the non-stop bowl games to update the FWA blog. It's filled with details about area chapter meetings to help renew your energy and exercise your writing muscles. Plus there's news of writing courses and contests.


All you need to do is go to http://fwapontevedra.blogspot.com/<file://fwapontevedra.blogspot.com/> . ======================================================================


QUOTE FROM A WRITER'S QUILL


The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you a knowledge of the world and experience of a wind kind. It is moral illumination. – Elizabeth Hardwick

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WRITERS BORN IN FEBRUARY


1--James A. Herne (1840), Langston Hughes (1902), S. J. Perelman (1904), Muriel Spark (1918), Galway Kinnell (1927), Reynolds Price (1933); 2--James Joyce (1882), Ayn Rand (1905), and James Dickey (1923); 3--Abel Hermant (1862), Gertrude Stein (1874), Richard Yates (1926), Paul Auster (1947); 4--William Harrison Ainsworth (1805), E. J. Pratt (1883), Ugo Betti (1892), and Robert Coover (1932);

5--Margaret Millar (1915); 7--Charles Dickens (1812) and Sinclair Lewis (1885); 8--Samuel Butler (1612), Charles Jean François Hénault (1685), Jules Verne (1828), Kate Chopin (1851), Henry Roth (1906), Elizabeth Bishop (1911), Neal Cassady (1926); 9--George Ade (1866), Brendan Behan (1923) and Alice Walker (1944);

10--Charles Lamb (1775), Boris Pasternak (1890), Bertolt Brecht (1898); 11--Marie Joseph Chénier (1764), Lydia Maria Child (1802), Roy Fuller (1912), and Sidney Sheldon (1917); 12--Abraham Lincoln (1809), Alan Dugan (1923), and Judy Blume (1938); 13--Julius H. M. Busch (1821) and Georges Simenon (1903); 14--Richard Owen Cambridge (1717);

15--Johann Jakob Wilhelm Heinse (1746), Jens Immanuel Baggesen (1764), Joseph Hergesheimer (1880), and Matt Groening (1954); 16--Henry B. Adams (1838) and Richard Ford (1944); 17--Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836), Margaret Truman (1924), and Ruth Rendell (1930); 18--Wallace Stegner (1909), A. R. Ammons (1926), Len Deighton (1929), Toni Morrison (1931), Andre Lorde (1934), Jean Auel (1936), and Lenore Hart (1953); 19--Kay Boyle (1902), Carson McCullers (1917), and Amy Tan (1952);

20--William Carleton (1794), Pieter Cornelis Boutens (1870), and Georges Bernanos (1888); 21--AnaVs Nin (1903), Raymond Queneau (1903), W. H. Auden (1907), Erma Bombeck (1927), and Kevin Robinson (1951); 22--George Washington (1732), Sarah Adams (1805), Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892), Jane Bowles (1917), and Edward Gorey (1925); 23--Samuel Pepys (1633), W.E.B. Du Bois (1868), David Wright (1920), and Don L. Lee (1942); 24--Charles de Bernard (1804), Arrigo Boito (1842), Teófilo Braga (1843), and Daryl Hine (1936);

25--Frank G. Slaughter (1908) and Anthony Burgess (1917); 26--Victor Hugo (1802); 27--Johan van Heemskerk (1597), John Steinbeck (1902), Lawrence Durrell (1912), Irwin Shaw (1913), and Kenneth Koch (1925); 28--Stephen Spender (1909)

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NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS MEETINGS AND CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Every Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.; BARD SOCIETY; Frank Green 234-8383; Email frankgrn@comcast.net<mailto:frankgrn@comcast.net>

Every Thursday, 6:45 p.m.; FIRST COAST CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP; Christ's Church, 6045 Greenland Rd, Rm 204, near I-95 & 9A; Email: Dr.Lorraine@comcast.net<mailto:Dr.Lorraine@comcast.net>

Second Saturday: 2 p.m.; NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS; Webb Wesconnett Library; www.northfloridawriters.org<https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.northfloridawriters.org>


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