The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
December 3, 2013
Volume 4 Issue 6
From the President:
Argh! I’d typed out a whole inspirational post on post NaNo and hit publish, and WordPress reverted to November’s post? Anyway, I’ll try to recreate it, but you know how that goes. Congratulations to all who participated and/or finished NaNoWriMo this year. That is a huge accomplishment that will pay dividends down the road as you learned more about yourself as a writer. Also, we’re entering the busy holiday season now, so try to stay sane! Happy Holidays!
-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President
Our next monthly meeting is this THURSDAY, December 5th, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. Our Guest Speaker will be Linda Busby Parker. She will be presenting “Emotions and Tension in Creating Fiction.” In both a short story or a novel, conflict must be introduced early—very early. The conflict can be within the character, between characters, inherent in a particular situation, or within the environment; or conflict could be embedded in all of these things. In this discussion, we’ll look specifically at how the writer creates tension via emotions.
About Ms. Parker:
-author of SEVEN LAURELS, a novel, which won the James Jones First Novel Award and the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction.
-served as a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers Conference and a Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf.
–served as a book reviewer for the San Diego Union Tribune and the Mobile Press Register.
–Some of her pieces on the craft of writing have been published in WRITER’S DIGEST and in THE WRITER.
–Her short stories have appeared in CONFLUENCE, BIG MUDDY, ORACLE, and LITERARY MOBILE.
–an adjunct professor in the Department of English at the University of South Alabama and serves as a mentor in The Writer’s Loft, Middle Tennessee State University (Department of English continuing education).
–currently working on two novels: JOURNEY TO A FIFTH SEASON (Literary Fiction) and OLIVER’S SONG (Commercial Fiction).
Great opportunity for Jim Henson fans! From October 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013, The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap of the Penguin Young Readers Group will be accepting writing submissions to find the author for a new novel set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. This author search is open to all professional and aspiring professional writers. More info: http://www.darkcrystal.com/authorquest/
The Heather Graham’s Eighth Annual Writers for New Orleans Workshop will be held at Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 13 – 15, 2013 with agent pitches and workshops. For more info, visit: http://www.writersforneworleans.com/
Congratulations to member Stephanie Lawton! Today is the release date for her new book “Shelf Life,” a New Adult book! For more info, visit her post today: http://stephanielawton.com/2013/12/03/book-birthday-shelf-life-is-here/
Continue to send in your writing news and author events to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share your milestones with the community.
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