Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System
Editor: Howard Denson
STUFF FROM A WRITER’S QUILL
I’ve always thought of reading and writing as addictive behavior. Once they’ve hooked you, they’ll never let you go.
-- Vic DiGenti
In this issue:
Stuff (and links) from hither and yon (click on numbers to jump to summary links):
1 Memories of nuns and ex-nuns
2 What Herman Melville can teach Bob Dylan about plagiarism
3 Claude Shannon: The Juggling Poet Who Gave Us the Information Age
4 Why kids can’t write
5 A book “marketing” firm charged me $1180. Guess how many copies they sold?
Ahoy! Prize-winning shanty boaters to start new series of classes
Writers by the Sea group presents program on author blogs
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Poet Mary Sue
Koeppel, formerly the editor of Kalliope,
was a nun for 16 years before swapping the convent for a college
campus. Her memoir of being a nun includes the memories of 38
other women who entered the convent with her. They discuss how
they lived, why they left or stayed nuns, how they spent these
past 60 years. Ms. Koeppel is one of four editors of NO ONE’S EASY
DAUGHTER (Imago Press, 349 pages, available on Amazon.com and
Barnes and Noble). https://www.youtube.com/watch?
2 What Herman Melville
can teach Bob Dylan
Grant Shreve argues that
“one could be forgiven” for thinking [Bob Dylan’s] Novel laureate
lecture “sounds in parts like an English essay a college freshman
would write the night before it’s due, since, like many college
freshmen, Dylan appears to have laced his discussion of MOBY-DICK
with several phrases from the SparkNotes summary of Melville’s
3 Claude Shannon:
The juggling poet
who gave us
the information age
Charles Shannon will never have the name recognition of a Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but he did every bit as much to wire the world. And his sense of play was highly contagious. He wrote this to the editors of Scientific American: “You probably think I have been fritterin’, I say fritterin’, away my time while my juggling paper is languishing on the shelf. This is only half true. I have come to two conclusions recently: 1) I am a better poet than scientist. 2) Scientific American should have a poetry column.”
4 Why kids
Is it better to be
Sisyphus endlessly pushing a boulder up a hill . . . or a teacher
trying to teach writing? Hmm, the end results may be about the
same. This column argues that teachers need to be given more
instruction in how to teach writing. It doesn’t put much emphasis
on what students themselves need to be doing. https://mobile.nytimes.com/
5 A BOOK “MARKETING” FIRM
This article will interest
indie authors who have a project to debut for readers. Some
established authors (such as Piers Anthony at one time) have
turned their backs on traditional publishers, either to get larger
royalty payments or to have more control over their work. There
are pitfalls in either the indie or traditional route, as this
writer explains. http://writersweekly.com/this-
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AHOY! PRIZE-WINNING SHANTY BOATERS
TO START NEW SERIES OF CLASSES
A writing workshop on a shanty boat docked on the Trout River is beginning a new series of classes beginning on , and lasting until , according to editor, Lynn Skapyak Harlin, leader of the workshop.
Shanty boat Writers Workshop is designed for beginning writers who would like to learn new techniques, or seasoned writers who would like to refresh these skills to improve their writing. Fiction and nonfiction writers are welcome.
Topics include Creating believable characters, Tips for Improving Dialogue, Elements of Plot, How 'Show rather than Tell' works toward clarity in all forms of writing, setting goals for your story, characters and each scene and many other writing and submission tips.
Members of recent classes have won awards in the contests of the Florida First Coast Writers' Festival, writing contests of the Florida Writers Assn., and other national awards.
The evening session meets every Wednesday from 6 to 9, and the cost of the workshop (limited to 8 writers) will be $200 for six weeks.
Before attending a workshop all new workshop writers must write and submit an introductory essay according to workshop guidelines.
For more information on all sessions forming or to reserve a space, call Ms. Skapyak Harlin at 904.778.8000 or email her at email@example.com.
You may go to the FWA blog and check out meetings of the River City Writers, the Clay County Writers, Writers by the Sea, the Ancient City Writers, and the Ponte Vedra Writers.
For more information, contact Vic DiGenti, FWA Regional Director, atwww.fwapontevedra.blogspot.com or www.parkerfrancis.com
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