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WAG members may join critique pods. To improve your writing, contact Pod Coordinator Skipper Hammond and get involved!

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.

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Books and Brew
Enjoy an afternoon of readings by a group of outstanding local authors.
Come to The Brew Spot Cafe, 1000 NE 16th Ave. from 1-3 pm, Saturday, October 25th. Admission is free.
Members of WAG will read selections from their published books, which will be available to be sold and signed.
The Brew Spot offers fresh baked breads and pastries, sandwiches, and other good food and libations to enjoy while you listen.

   November 12, 2014 Presentation  


Bacopa 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.

             October Presentation              

Poetry in Medicine: Rachel Roman

Rachael Roman Presentation

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.

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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  includes a list
of readings one might like to puruse.

Medical humanities:
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 be heard.

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“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

                    September Presentation                   

The Stages of WritingMary 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.
Part I: Invention
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.
Download the pdf of Mary Ann DeStefano's presentation here. (You must sign up for her newsletter to get the pdf.)

WAG Members Presented Readings at Samuel P. Harn Museum
Photos by Ken Booth and Susie Baxter
'olj Members of 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.

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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.

It may not be "a story" or it might - check her blog for special insights - but WAG's Kaye Linden has been accepted into "another MFA program. This time, in prose poetry, haiku and some flash." Kaye not long ago graduated from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island (NILA) with an MFA in fiction. Her current online credentialing school is Lindenwood University in St. Louis.

Our esteemed newsletter/digest editor Wendy Thornton has a story titled "Inside Voices" accepted for the January issue of Blue Lake Review, published by Mitchell and Diana May-Waldman. As a testimony to persistence, that never-give-up attitude that leads eventually to rewriting and publication, Wendy notes, "I can't believe this story is finally being published. I sent it out a lot!"

Rick Sapp's feature article, published as "Learning to Sail on a Weeklong Cruise - A Primer" was published in the September 2014 issue of Southwinds: News & Views for Southern Sailors. "Taking up a hobby, at this stage in my life," Rick says, "means trying to make it self-sustaining, pay some of the bills! Plus, drive over a high bridge and see a sailboat below, your first reaction is 'Oh, how beautiful,' but what you don't realize - and what I didn't realize before I began learning about sailing and working a few cruises - is that down below the bridge and beneath those billowing sails, somebody is working his or her ass off!"


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 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 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."

Natalie Cornell - Yeah, Natalie! Her story Orientation Week has been published online by Lunch Ticket, a literary journal from "the MFA community Antioch University, Los Angeles." Read this story to discover how her "college career" was saved by heavy traffic and singing frat boys!

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."

WAG's Roz Miller, writer and visual artist, reports scoring a prize at the Turner Arts Center "Spring into Art" competition in Valdosta, Georgia recently. "I was stunned and thrilled," Roz says. Check out her work and the special award here. Congratulations Roz!

Felicia Lee (also see below) says she is "honored and delighted to have an essay - How Not to Reheat an Academic Career - included in the new volume '(T)here - On Returnings.' The theme of the essays is the often-discomforting experience of returning home after a prolonged time away. Those who have traveled and worked abroad can definitely relate. All proceeds from the volume, by the way, go to a nonprofit that provides microloans to small businesses and enterpreneurs in the developing world. So, not only will you be getting a good read, but you will be contributing to a good cause."

WAG's very own volunteer recording secretary Felicia Lee has had two stories recently in one of the publications edited by WAG friend Albert Isaacs, Senior Times. Her cover story in January told the story of the local slow-pitch softball club Ralph Bowden has put together. The second, in the March issue, interview a 97-year-old man who rose from private to colonel and served the United States in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Felicia, who always writes with a fine eye to suspense, also published the short story "Watching Paint Dry" in Encounters, a free bi-monthly digital publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror and paranormal short fiction.

Check out issue two of Dirty Chai (page 35) for a creative non-fiction story titled Me and the Boys by WAG member Wendy Thornton and learn about her mystery returning Marine veteran, her boyfriend "Rick" and the decision to hitchhike to New Orleans.

"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 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.

Supreme congratulations to WAG member Larry Brasington, whose sci-fi adventure novel Nell's Tavern ranked high in Amazon's Kindle Store in the War & Mystery, Thriller and Space Opera categories.

WAG Tales

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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