The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
October 2, 2012
Volume 3 Issue 5
From the President:
Last week I had the honor of announcing our Second Annual Tracy Hurley Memorial Writing Contest for young authors at the combined meeting of the Metro Mobile and Baldwin County Reading Councils. Mobile Writers’ Guild is hosting this event to encourage skill building and creativity in the rising generation of storytellers in Mobile and Baldwin Counties while honoring the legacy of one of our founding members. We’re accepting short fiction of 500-2500 words from middle and high school grade students in public, private, and church/home schools. For more information see: http://mobilewritersguild.com/writing-contests/
If you know teachers who would like fliers for their students, please let me know and I’ll deliver them to the appropriate schools.
2012-2013 MWG president
Our next monthly meeting isthis THURSDAY, October 4, in the meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. This month we’re gearing up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo in November) by learning about fast drafting. Our “potluck” style for refreshments worked well last month so we’re continuing that. Plus, we’ll have one lucky winner for our monthly prize drawing to pick from our bag of books.
In case you missed the last meeting, an outline of the remainder of our monthly meetings can be found on our website’s Meeting Minutes section: http://mobilewritersguild.com/meeting-minutes/
On October 13, the Pensters Writing Group meets in Fairhope from 10am-12.
The next MWG Open Mic is on Thursday, October 18, at Serda’s Coffee on Royal Street. No pre-registration is required, but we suggest arriving about 5:30 to sign-up to read. We’ll do as many readings (ten minutes or less) as possible between 6-8pm.
SAVE THE DATE! The annual Haunted Scavenger Hunt will be Saturday, October 27. Sign-up will be 5-5:30pm in Cathedral Square downtown.
The results of our collaboration with Mobile Bay Film Scramble 6 can be found at http://www.crescenttheater.com/2012/mobile-bay-film-scramble-6/ Congratulations to Steven Moore, who’s THE JUMPER concept won First Runner Up! Steven’s ideas graced two other concepts (A CURE IN TIME and TIME TRAVELING RAPSCALLIONS). MeLeesa Swann also had three films made (THE BLACK CAT CLUB, PEDDLER, and SOMETIMES YOU WIN…), while Joyce Scarbrough (STAR-CROSSED) and Carrie Cox (DON’T SAY ANYTHING) each had one of their offerings chosen. In all, MWG members accounted for over half the ideas that graced the big screen. Way to go, writers!
MWG vice-president Angela Quarles’ STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY finaled in the first contest it was entered in, the Golden Pen, in the paranormal category.
The new Baldwin Writers Group officers are Nolan White – President, Brent Pope and Daniel Schuler as Co-Vice Presidents, Mary Palmer – Secretary, and Dorothy Allen – Treasurer.
In related news, the Daphne Public Library has officially launched the Baldwin Writers Group Local Writers Section. From former BWG president, Steven Moore: “We need for any writers from this area who have published a book to please donate one or two copies to the section. This gives you a home for people to discover your books and, more importantly, gives a source of inspiration to local writers to pursue their desire to write. The library loves it when a book is signed by the author, so please do sign your donated books. If you’re a member of another writers group, include that fact where you sign your book. No reason you can’t promote them, too. If you donate a book, remember to tell the librarians it’s for the Local Writers Section. You may want to leave a small note with the book just in case.”
With the Haunted Scavenger Hunt fast approaching, we’re looking for donated prizes. Do you have an autographed book, swag, or know business owners who would chip in a little something? Contact us at our e-mail address or talk to Stephanie Lawton at our meeting Thursday.
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