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Writer's Alliance members are filling the pages of journals and magazines with brilliant works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
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The WAG Digest, Vol. 4, Issue 9/10, Sept.-Oct. 2013.
Books and Brew
WAG sponsored a reading at the Brew Spot, 1000 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL, Sat Oct25. A variety of readings included fiction,
poetry, flash and memoir. We also had some great music courtesy of the Red-Headed Nephews and our own President, Art Crummer.
WAG hopes to sponsor future WAG events at The Brew Spot, a pleasant a coffee/beer
café with good food, reasonable prices, and perfect room for such meetings..
A big thank you to the following readers who contributed:
|Shellie Zacharia is the author of
a story collection Now Playing (Keyhole
Press) and a flash chapbook, Not
Everything Lovely and Strange Is a Dream (Monkey Puzzle Press).
Clete Collum majored in theatre in college, but spent the last decade working in data. Recently he transitioned to work for Enterprise, giving him a renewed dose of good social atmosphere, helpful to his writing. He uses his craft to explore the smaller moments and mysteries of interpersonal relationships.
Felicia A. Lee is a Gainesville-based writer and editor and former UF faculty member. She earned a BA with honors and MA in English from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in linguistics from UCLA. Her short fiction has appeared in SQ Mag, Encounters, and Black Petals. Her non-fiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Times magazine and Salon.com. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and has published a full-length book, Remnant Movement and VSO Clausal Architecture: A Case Study of San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec (Springer, 2006), whose royalties just about covered the photocopying expenses of the project.
Ann Marie Magne, born in Miami, earned an AA from (then) Miami-Dade Junior College, married Lee in 1985, became a Hypnotist in 1999, retired (young) in 2001 from BAPCO (Bellsouth’s Yellow Pages Publishing Division), have one daughter, two step-sons, and seven grandchildren. Ta-da.
Carol Ray Skipper was born and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Her first published chapter book is Coco, The Homeless Labradoodle. Carol has recently completed a children's picture book, illustrated by pediatric patients at UF Health Shands. Her poetry has been published in Senior Times and in Bacopa.David Maas has been twisting words in Gainesville 28 years. He used to produce “The Word Is Spoken!” - a long-running weekly-to-monthly series of features, open mic and shenanigans. Last year, he moved to Washington, D.C. and is now living back in Gainesville.
Wendy Thornton has been published in a number of literary journals and has written the books, Dear Oprah: How I Beat Cancer and Learned to Love Daytime TV and Bear Trapped: In a Trashy Hollywood Novel, a mystery due out in November, 2014. She teaches publishing classes at Santa Fe College.
Arthur Crummer is a musician, farmer, poet and novelist who earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in mathematics to support those and other habits. He is the current president of Writers Alliance, and holds ten blue ribbons in the Florida Old-Time Championships in singing and multiple instruments, for which his punishment was appointment as a contest judge. Art received the 2008 Edward Flemming, Jr. award for excellence in and promotion of Old Time Music, has produced music instructional booklets and music CD’s, and written numerous original songs. His first novel, Wrestling God, available softcover and eBook on Amazon.com, is Book 1 of his two-book trilogy Fixing Things. He teaches guitar and Dobro to labradoodles and tilapia, and plays with language.
Arleen Wolf gave her first reading ever, from her new book, in process with the help of her pod. We thank her for this courageous and delightful plunge into public reading.
November 12, 2014 Presentation
BACOPA 2014 GALA LAUNCHBacopa Literary Review 2014, the 5th annual volume of poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction by authors from around the globe, is published
by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville, with contests and general submissions from authors anywhere with an internet connection.
Contest winners (receiving cash awards as well as publication) and other selected contest and general submissions make up each year’s book.
BACOPA 2014 will available on Amazon after the launch, and copies will be free to WAG members at the November meeting.
Don't miss the announcement of winners and readings from an eclectic mix of voices and styles of highest quality Nov 12.
Poetry in Medicine: Rachel Roman
Rachel Roman illuminated the wide field “Poetry in Medicine” at the October WAG meeting, presenting her experiences with patients, medical personnel and caregivers and discussing how poetry promotes healing.
For example, with The Alzheimers Poetry Project, something tactile (such as a rose) is presented. The person is asked to tell a memory of which they are reminded. Arranging their words on the spot, the poet presents them (to their delight) a poem they just wrote.
Right: Rachel Roman
Q&A with attendees.
Roman suggested a list of books, journals, and Web sites. This list will appear in the next WAG Digest.
Roman works with Alzheimer’s patients to help spark memories via poetry and song.
The Patient-Centered Alzheimers Poetry Project http://www.alzpoetry.com/book includes a list
of readings one might like to puruse.
Rachel teaches medical students how words might affect patients: for instance, the perceived difference between “The patient claims that …” versus “The patient reports that…”.
She works in the prison system with 15
to 18-year-old incarcerated females and finds them eager to write, wanting their voices to
“If a specific region of the brain, or even an entire hemisphere, is injured or destroyed, its functions can sometimes be assumed by a neighboring region in the same hemisphere or the corresponding region in the other hemisphere, depending upon the area damaged and the patient's age. When injury interferes with pathways from one area to another, alternative (indirect) connections may develop to communicate information with detached areas, despite the inefficiencies.”
Readers may be interested in the Open Mic Charlie’s Corner (N. Tower 5502, UF Health Shands Hospital,1600 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville), Fridays from 2 to 4 PM
The Stages of Writing: Mary Ann DeStefano
A full house attended Mary Ann DeStefano's August talk on stages of writing,
when to share your work with others and what type of feedback you should give and accept.
DeStefano suggests that at the early stages of the writing process, you should not show your work to anyone. "In the invention stage, your work is fragile and so are you." In other words, as Stephen King says, "Write with the door closed." Your draft should be an exploration of your topic. You do not have to write everything in order. Go where the words lead.
Part II: Imaginative Revision
Still keep the door closed. This is the part where you revise, revise and revise some more. Don't let people convince you that you're going in the wrong direction. Work your vision.
Part III: Practical Revision
Spend most of your time here. This is the stage where a lot of people don't spend enough time. Begin asking for feedback. Ask fellow writers to respond as "readers," not as writers.
Part IV: Copyediting
You want to hire a professional for copyediting, or find a talented, experienced friend. You're close to completing your work, but this section is crucial.
WAG Members Presented Readings at Samuel P. Harn Museum
Photos by Ken Booth and Susie Baxter
the Writers Alliance of Gainesville performed for Museum Nights at the
Samuel P. Harn Museum on Thursday, August 14.
Their successful readings were well-received by a museum audience that came to hear various forms of "Word Play,"
along with poets from the Feminist Open Mic and UF's MFA program. The evening opened with an improv sketch
by UF's Theater Strike Force from the Dept. of Theater and Dance and ended with a performance by the R. Mutt Blues Band.
|Felicia Lee||Art Crummer||Write-up: Wendy Thornton.|
|Sharon Ketts||Word Play||Susie Baxter||Wendy Thornton|
Note that submissions, both general and contest, are now closed for the 2014 Bacopa Literary Review.
If you missed the submission dates this year, be prepared for 2015 - click here for updates.
Read this Great New Stuff
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Maya Angelou
Very little is more pleasing to a writer than having friends who appreciate their work or who will give them useful and honest criticism.
It is important to let authors and - yes, especially - publishers, know that you have read some favored selection,
that you love this writer and her or his work - especially in this day of electronic publication and closing book stores.
We invite all members of WAG to let us know when work is (or will be) published and we will happily refer
others who are fans of this site to read and enjoy.
New Book Features WAG Member's Participation
WAG member Rick Sapp claims that he was recruited to tell the story of the women's movement in the Middle East. The actual compilation of the four-volume saga which delineates the untold hisory of that struggle begins in Book 1: Great Uncle and the Fog of War. Rick says he acted more as a facilitator, an interpreter, for a person who must - for obvious reasons - simply be thought of as "Companion."
Now elderly, Companion has had sufficient strength to relate Book 2 - Great Uncle in Love - which, Rick says, will also be available this fall. Because Companion is fragile and felt the story needed to be told soon - as it appears the U.S. role in the Mid-East is expanding - the book was rushed directly to Amazon.com and is available either as a paperback or in a Kindle version.
In Book 1, Great Uncle has perpetrated an international barbarity, which he laughs at as "an inconvenience" but The West sees it differently. Expect many narrators and no heroes in this action-packed adventure.
Daniel Blumberg's book Harmonizer, the first of a five-part series, is available now on Amazon.com. This book follows Dan Corden, sent to a military school after he discovers his father's affair. After an earthquake, Dan finds something buried deep beneath the school, and it has international consequences.
Richard Gartee has a poem included in the recent Ann Arbor Review: International Journal of Poetry. Called Soda Fountain Days it will remind some of poodle skirts and soft drinks made by hand. Younger people ... not so much. " Ann Arbor Review is an independent international journal and ezine."
WAG Recording Secretary Felicia Lee has let us know that her story Watching Paint Dry was published in Encounters magazine. Felicia gives a shout out to her writing family who "helped me through multiple drafts!" Encounters is a free bi-monthly digital publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror and paranormal short fiction." Read on and find out what exactly was in Skeeter's drawing ....
Wendy Thornton's fiction piece Hanging at the Library was published by Belle Reve Litarary Journal. Discover why anyone would name a child "Erasmo" and whether it would be better to have a lawyer in the family or a knife through the hand.
Wendy also received Honorable Mention in the New Millennium Writing Awards for her essay The Affairs of Dragons which was published last month in Hippocampus Magazine. So, how could a 14-year-old know such intimate and shocking things?
Ever busy, Wendy's poem Exit Covenant was accepted by editors of the journal Fiction Fix for a summer 2015 release, "Poetry Fix." She sends this hint to other WAG writers, "They are still looking for poetry for this special issue."
Rick Sapp's story "A High, Desolate Place" - a paean, in a sense, to loss, loneliness and pain - was named one of the Ten Stories of Distinction in the 2014 E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest sponsored by Write Corner Press - here. (The 2015 E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction $1,100 contest opens from October 2014 - April 2015.) Rick also placed in the 2013 Stories of Distinction with "The Man Who Invented Love."
"I'm published!" writes WAG member Aileen McCready. "Telling Our Stories Press has published an anthology entitled Reverie: Ultra Short Memoirs featuring a piece I wrote called 'Conversation with my Father.' (When I got their notice that it was being included, I thought it was for a different piece. I completely forgot that I had even submitted this one!)" Read about small things that matter to Aileen at aileenrmccready.wordpress.com. An "independent literary imprint with a focus on the art of short memoir and personal narrative," Telling Our Stories Press is found here. Reverie is available as a paperback and in most ebook formats.
Have you checked the WAG Tales section of your WAG website yet?
If not, dive in right now and check out insightful writing tips from published WAG members:
Frank Fiordalisi - The Secret Ingredient - "I can do better ..."
Stuart Woods - Best-Selling Author dishes on Motivation
Michael Wallace "MW" Gordon - Reinventing Life at 80
Linden, Thornton & Owen "You Wrote It - Now Promote It"
Art Crummer "The Writer's Life"
Karen Majorowicz "Top reasons for writing poetry"
Heman "Doc" Harris "Just give me five words ..."
Bonnie Ogle "Luck? No way!"
Rick Sapp "To Fiction or Not to Fiction ..."
Larry Brasington "Science Fiction Lives!"
Stephanie Seguin "Flying Like An Eagle"
Darlene Marshall (Eve Ackerman) about "The Joy Moment"
Jennifer Grant talks about being "ADD about Genre"
Kal Rosenberg on "Good Writing vs. Good Fiction"
Jack Owen about being a "Map Engineer"
Sandra Gail Lambert discusses "Motivation"
Felicia Lee dishes on "Why blog?"
Kaye Linden looks at the long view - "Writing Through a Slump"
Susie Baxter on "Editing & Deadlines"
Wendy Thornton talks about something fundamental to all of us - "Desire"
The Bacopa Literary Review is now alive on Twitter at @BacopaLitReview says Editor-in-Chief Gen Aris. It's
a great way to read up-to-the-minute news and information from this initiative of the Writer's Alliance of Gainesville.
Check out our "Coming Programs" page for the WAG Speaker Series!
and Wag Tales for tips and ideas from fellow WAG writers: "What works for me ..."
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