The Electronic Write Stuff
Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System
North Florida Writers * Nov. 2006 * Editor: Howard Denson
In this issue:
NFW Critiques Set for Sunday, Nov. 12
POW! Conference Weekend Begins Nov. 10
Critiques at November Meeting
Quote from a Writer's Quill – Raymond Carver
Writers Born This Month: Will Rogers, P. J. O’Rourke, David Poyer, Anne Sexton, Mark Twain, and many others
Calendar of Events
NFW CRITIQUES SET FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 12
Since the Webb Westconnett Branch Library is closed Saturday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day, the North Florida Writers will meet at the library at 2 p.m. the next day. The library is located at the corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard.
POW! CONFERENCE WEEKEND BEGINS NOV. 10
POW! (Promoting Outstanding Writers) kicks off its conference weekend and second annual POW! awards presentation with two booksigning/art events starting Friday, Nov. 10.
At 3 p.m. attendees may meet out-of-state members at Borders Books, Southside Blvd.
At 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble of Mandarin will host the POW! Showcase Event, which will feature 10 authors, artists and jewelry exhibit, performance by Johara and more. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, Nov. 11, is the POW! Conference at the Ramada Inn, Hartley Rd., Mandarin. It will feature 15 workshops on the craft of writing and publishing. Appointments with literary agent Barbara Casey may still be available.
The website at http://www.pow.com will give information about pricing and speakers. Interested persons can also call POW President Caryn Day-Suarez at 904.268.6229. People may register at the door on the day of the event.
WRITERS BORN IN NOVEMBER
1--Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636), Christopher Brennan (1870), Stephen Crane (1871), Sholem Asch (1880), David Jones (1895), James Kilpatrick (1920); 2--Jules Amédée Barbey D'Aurevilly (1808), Shere Hite (1942); 3--Benvenuto Cellini (1500), William Cullen Bryan (1794); 4--Conte Aleardo Aleardi (1812), Will Rogers (1879), Ciro Alegría (1909);
5--John Brown (1715), James Beattie (1735), Sam Shepard (1943); 6--Colley Cibber (1671), James Jones (1921); 7--Mark Aleksandrovich Aldanov (1889), Albert Camus (1913); 8--Roger de Beauvoir (EugPne Auguste Roger de Bully) (1806), Margaret Mitchell (1900), Kazuo Ishiguto (1954); 9--Mark Akenside (1721), James Schyler (1923), Anne Sexton (1928), Carl Sagan (1934), Roger McGough (1937);
10--Jakob Cats (1577), José Hernádez (1834), Olaf Bull (1883), Vachel Lindsay (1879), Karl Shapiro (1913); 11--Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821), Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836), Winston Churchill, of U.S. (1871), Howard Fast (1914), Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922), Carlos Fuentes (1928); 13--Robert Louis Stevenson (1850); 14--Robert Smythe Hichens (1864), Jacob Abbott, P. J. O'Rourke (1955);
15--Marianne Moore (1915), J. G. Ballard (1930), Ted Berrigan (1934); 16--Chinua Achebe (1930); 17--Sigurd Wesley Christiansen (1891), Shelby Foote (1916); 18--Wyndham Lewis (1882), Margaret Atwood (1939); 19--Hjalmar Fredrik Elgerus Bergman (1883), Allen Tate (1899), Sharon Olds (1942);
20--Thomas Chatterton (1752), le doyen Bridel (Philippe Sirice Bridel) (1757), Alistair Cook (1908), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Don DeLillo (1936); 22--George Eliot (1819),ré Gide (1869), Endre Ady (1877), Richard Emil Braun (1934); 24--Dale Carnegie (1888), William F. Buckley Jr. (1925), Paul Blackburn (1926);
25--John Bigelow (1817); 26--William Cowper (1731), Mihály Babits (1883), EugPne Ionesco (1909), Charles Schultz (1922), David Poyer (1949); 27--Friedrich Rudolf Ludwig Canitz (1654), Bankim Chandra Chatterji (1838), James Agee (1909); 28--William Blake (1757), Carl Jonas Love Almqvist (1793), Dawn Powell (1897); 29--Louisa May Alcott (1832), Ludwig Anzengruber (1839), C. S. Lewis (1898), Madeleine L'Engle (1918), Kahil Gibran (1922), David Kirby (1944);
30--Jonathan Swift (1667), Mark Twain (1835), Sir Winston Churchill (1874).
QUOTE FROM A WRITER'S QUILL
I think a little menace is fine to have in a story. For one thing, it's good for the circulation.
-- Raymond Carver
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Meetings of NFW are held at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month in the meeting room of the Webb Westconnett Library (corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard). Check the website at www.northfloridawriters.org for other information.
Sun., Nov. 12, 2 p.m. (The library is closed Saturday for Veterans Day.)
Sat., Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Critiques.
You may receive feedback from specific individuals by mailing the manuscript and return postage to the above address.
Past speakers have included novelists Jack Hunter, David Poyer, Page Edwards, Ruth Coe Chambers, William Kerr, Tom Lashley, Vic DiGenti, and Nate Tolar; poets, William Slaughter, Mary Baron, Mary Sue Koeppel, Dorothy Fletcher, George Gilpatrick, John Hammond; 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.
"WE ASPIRE TO CREATE WITH WORDS."
The Write Staff
Richard Levine, President (richieL@clearwire.net)
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Howard Denson, Treasurer and newsletter editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Presidents Emeritus: Frank Green, Dan Murphy, Howard Denson, Nate Tolar, Joyce Davidson (Davent2005@comcast.net), Margaret Gloag (email@example.com), Richard Levine, Bob Alexander, Jo Ann Harter, Carrol Wolverton
Newsletter address: The Write Stuff, FCCJ North, Box 21, 4501 Capper Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32218
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MEMBERSHIP IN THE NFW
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 NFW.
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.
If you want to check to see if your dues are current, contact the treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership is $15 for students, $25 for individuals, and $40 for a family. (Make out checks to WRITERS.)
Won't you join today?
The following is an application. Mail your check to WRITERS, Box 21, FCCJ North, 4501 Capper Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32218.
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HOW DOES CRITIQUING WORK?
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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