OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

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The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
October 2, 2013
Volume 4 Issue 4

From the President:

Wow this month went by fast! Have you all been hard at work on the goals you set last month? I know it helped push me to complete mine in time. In the back of my head, knowing I’d committed to this in front of y’all made me get it done. How about you? It’s not too late to reach the goal you set!

-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President

Upcoming Events:

Our next monthly meeting is THURSDAY, October 3th, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. We will be learning some techniques about how to plot your novel and prepare to right 50,000 words in 30 days. This is intended for those that are curious on how to plot and push away the inner editor and write fast, and for those intending to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November!

The Third Annual Tracy Hurley Memorial Writing Contest

  • Short story contest open to all students grades 6-12th in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
  • Entries must be between 500-2500 words, and will be rated based on plot structure, grammar/spelling, and originality.
  • Include your name, grade, school, and story in the body of an e-mail to mwgyoungauthors@gmail.com
  • Deadline is midnight, on Saturday, November 16, 2013.
  • Winners will be announced and awarded their prizes on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6pm in the meeting room of the West Regional Library.
  • Two categories for judging: Middle School and High School.
  • First, second, and third place winners in both categories.
  • Prizes include cash ($25 first place, $15 second place, and $10 third place) and on-line publication for winners in both categories.

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/

Southern Breeze region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators will be having a conference Oct. 12, 2013, at Spain Park High School, Birmingham, AL. “Every session, every speaker, every moment is designed to help you improve your work. You’ll meet editors and agents from industry-leading agencies and publishing houses—and the friendliest, most supportive colleagues you could ever hope to find.” More info: https://southern-breeze.net

Winston Groom will be at Page & Palette promoting his new release, The Aviators, October 30th at 6:00 p.m. Click here for event details. (Limited number of tickets available)

Member News:

Congrats to member Joyce Scarbrough! Her novel SYMMETRY has been contracted for republication by The Wild Rose Press. She also just signed a three-book deal with Buzz Books USA to publish her YA novel PENANCE and two more books in the series. The first one may be out as early as next June! Way to go Joyce, I know you’ve been working hard!

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

MWG Needs:

Be sure to support our new officers!

Where to find us:

www.mobilewritersguild.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

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The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
September 3, 2013
Volume 4 Issue 3

From the President:

I hope everyone has had a safe, healthy and productive summer! Remember that this Thursday will be our first meeting of the new term!

-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President

Upcoming Events:

Our next monthly meeting is THURSDAY, September 5th, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. Former book editor for the Mobile Press Register will be talking about his latest release Southern Bound.

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/

Southern Breeze region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators will be having a conference Oct. 12, 2013, at Spain Park High School, Birmingham, AL. “Every session, every speaker, every moment is designed to help you improve your work. You’ll meet editors and agents from industry-leading agencies and publishing houses—and the friendliest, most supportive colleagues you could ever hope to find.” More info: https://southern-breeze.net

A new literary journal, The Tallgrass Literary Review, has a call for submissions. Please note that this is not an endorsement; please do your due diligence in researching this opportunity. The first issue will be published this October, and they are sponsoring a short story contest. First place wins $500, second place $300, and third place $100. The deadline is September 30th, 2013. All the details can be found at their website www.tallgrasspublishing.org.

Member News:

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

MWG Needs:

Be sure to support our new officers!

Where to find us:

www.mobilewritersguild.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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JULY NEWSLETTER

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The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
July 2, 2013
Volume 4 Issue 2

From the President:

Boy it’s getting hot out there, isn’t it? Anyway, thanks for the suggestions for next year, and while you’re at it, if there are any topics you’d like us to focus on for our monthly meetings, let us know as we’ll be meeting shortly to plan out next year.

-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President

Upcoming Events:

The next MWG Open Mic is Thursday, July 18th, at Serda’s Coffee on Royal Street. No pre-registration is required, but we suggest arriving between 5:30-5:50 to sign-up to read. We’ll do as many readings (ten minutes or less) as possible between 6-8pm. You do not need to be a member to read. This event continues year round.

MWG’s first monthly Drink-N-Scrawl for the summer will be Saturday, July 13th  at the Blue Gill Restaurant for all local writing groups. Food/drinks are up to individuals to purchase but the networking is free. 

Our next monthly meeting is THURSDAY, September 5th, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. Topic is TBA.

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/

Looking for contests, publication opportunities and other author events? Check out this link: http://aerogrammestudio.com/2013/06/19/opportunities-for-writers-july-and-august-2013/ for a list. Also, this was sent to us recently by the Inland Empire branch of the California Writers Club. they are hosting a writing contest open to anyone, with cash prizes.  The categories are fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and the deadline is August 15.  The theme–which must be touched upon but need not be written to–is “The truest wisdom.”  More info:  http://www.angelfire.com/amiga/iecwc/

Also, I’d like to give a plug to two websites that I’ve found extremely helpful in honing my craft: www.critiquecircle.com (to get critiques) and savvyauthors.com (tons of great stuff on there from online workshops at reasonable prices to pitch opportunities)

Member News:

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

MWG Needs:

Be sure to support our new officers!

Where to find us:

www.mobilewritersguild.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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JUNE NEWSLETTER

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The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
June 4, 2013
Volume 4 Issue 1

From the President:

*stepping into Carrie’s shoes* Yikes! Big shoes to fill! Hello fellow writers, I’m excited to start my term as your president and I want to begin by hoping this finds everyone well and to let you know I’m here if you have any ideas or suggestions to make our group even more awesome. We are so lucky to have such a vibrant and supportive local group! Carrie has been such a wonderful president the last two years and I seriously hope I can be as good to y’all and the group as a whole. The new board will be meeting shortly to plan next year’s events and we’re very excited.

Some things I was thinking about (and I’ll continue to mull things over during our summer break) that I wanted to get your feedback on:

  • Monthly/yearly goals — how would you feel about having a board tally at the meetings where you can commit (completely optional) to a writing goal for the next month. Maybe also have one set for May (end of our year). Each month, we can see who’s met them. Maybe have prizes?
  • Also, if you have a writing tip to share, send it in, I’d like to include tips from members in each newsletter

-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President

Upcoming Events:

The next MWG Open Mic is Thursday, June 20th, at Serda’s Coffee on Royal Street. No pre-registration is required, but we suggest arriving between 5:30-5:50 to sign-up to read. We’ll do as many readings (ten minutes or less) as possible between 6-8pm. You do not need to be a member to read. This event continues year round.

MWG’s first monthly Drink-N-Scrawl for the summer will be this Saturday, June 8 at the Blue Gill Restaurant for all local writing groups. Food/drinks are up to individuals to purchase but the networking is free. Dates for these Saturday afternoon socials are:

Our next monthly meeting is THURSDAY, September 5th, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. Topic is TBA.

SOLA WRITERS PRESENTS: ~All Day Self-Editing Workshop~ Instructor: Liz Pelletier (Editor/Co-Owner of Entangled Publishing). www.SOLAWriters.com
When: June 22, 2013 (Saturday)
Where: Andrea’s Restaurant – 3100 19th Street, Metairie, Louisiana 70002 (10 min. from New Orleans)
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm (4:00pm – 5:00pm Pitches) (incl. breakfast & lunch)
Late Registration from June 1st thru June 10th – $95/Sola Members / $100 Non-Sola Members. Class and Pitches are limited – so sign up early! Registration also includes a Light Breakfast and Lunch

Have you completed a rough draft of your book but have no idea how to tackle your edits? Have your submission efforts netted a full request from an editor or agent only to end in rejection after they’ve reviewed your manuscript? Do you want to learn how to edit like a professional editor? Then you are a prime candidate for this Self-Editing Workshop.

Member News:

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

MWG Needs:

Be sure to support our new officers!

Where to find us:

www.mobilewritersguild.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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MAY NEWSLETTER

The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild

May 7, 2013
Volume 3 Issue 12

From the President:

It’s time to close down the 2012-2013 season of the Guild. Thanks for your support over the past year, I couldn’t have done it without the guidance and help I’ve received from members and friends. At our meeting last Thursday we voted in new officers for 2013-2014 so June marks the beginning of new leadership and fresh ideas. In just a few weeks, Angela Quarles takes over as president, with the help of Michael Snow as vice president. Both are published authors with great things on their horizons. Candice Conner will be treasurer and Mike Reimer secretary. The two of them have been active in MWG since before I joined four years ago and we’re pleased to have their input. I’ve agreed to head the Young Author’s Committee so I’ll still be actively involved in MWG events like the Tracy Hurley Memorial Writing contest in the fall and Metro Mobile Reading Council’s spring Young Author events. Here’s to a great summer and a bright future! I’ll catch you later.
-Carrie Cox
2012-2013 MWG President

Upcoming Events:

The next MWG Open Mic is Thursday, May16th, at Serda’s Coffee on Royal Street. No pre-registration is required, but we suggest arriving between 5:30-5:50 to sign-up to read. We’ll do as many readings (ten minutes or less) as possible between 6-8pm. You do not need to be a member to read. This event continues year round.

Member and former officer Stephanie Lawton will be hosting a book launch party for her latest release, NEED, Saturday May 18 at 7 p.m. at The Blind Mule at 57 North Claiborne Street in downtown Mobile. This is the adult companion novel to WANT.
We’ll have the courtyard to ourselves, and chips and salsa will be provided. Other items and drinks are available from the menu, plus The Mule will be offering a mojito drink special to tie in with the book. A limited number of paperbacks will be on hand if you’d like a signed copy.
Fun favors will also be provided.
RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/352980534803934/

Local writing retreats by Mahala Church are offered in multiple sessions over the summer. For more information about the “Barefoot Writing Academy” classes visit www.lyricalpens.com

MWG will once again host monthly Drink-N-Scrawl events at the Blue Gill Restaurant this summer for all local writing groups. Food/drinks are up to individuals to purchase but the networking is free. Dates for these Saturday afternoon socials will be announced soon.
Our next monthly meeting is THURSDAY, September 5th, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. Topic is TBA.

Member News:

MWG donated $250 to Mobile Public Library to be used toward eBook purchases.

Faye Nunnelee Byrd attended the Alabama Writers Symposium, April 25-27 in Monroeville, AL and a copy of her book Hope Restored, The Fork in the Road, Following a Traumatic Brain Injury was placed in the Alabama Southern Community College Library. Nick Harrison, Senior Editor of Harvest House Publishers, will be using a quote from her book in one of his up-coming books.

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

MWG Needs:

Be sure to support our new officers!

Where to find us:
http://www.mobilewritersguild.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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Member Spotlight with Laura Reese

Lauren clarkName: Laura Reese (writes under pen name Lauren Clark)
Place of birth/hometown: Akron, NY (near Rochester)
MWG member for how many years: 1 year

Website/blog/fan pages:
Lauren Clark Books Website
GoodReads Lauren Clark
Twitter Lauren Clark
Facebook Lauren Clark

Books:
Stay Tuned
Stay Tuned
Stay Tuned Nook

Dancing Naked in Dixie
Dancing Naked in Dixie for Kindle
Dixie for Nook

Stardust Summer
Stardust Summer Kindle
Stardust Summer Nook

At the Eufaula Pilgrimage

At the Eufaula Pilgrimage

What was your first writing-related gig? I wrote for my college newspaper, The Clarion Call, and remember being thrilled with my hard-hitting assignments, which included riveting topics like the changes to the cafeteria menu, new offerings in the English Department, and interviewing campus visitors and dignitaries.

Who are your top five favorite authors right now? I admire author Jodi Picoult for tackling sensitive issues with a balanced, brutally honest insight. I just finished her latest novel about the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, The Storyteller, and couldn’t put it down! My other favorite authors include Chris Bohjalian (Midwives, Sandcastle Girls), John Green (The Fault in Our Stars – a must-read!), Jessica Park (Flat-Out Love), and Veronica Roth (Divergent, Insurgent).

What is your literary guilty pleasure? I’m a huge fan of chick lit novels! I’m especially smitten with Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series and I am positively beside myself waiting for the release of her new novel, Wedding Night. Kinsella crafts smart, witty books that are laugh-out-loud funny—perfect for a day at the beach, a balmy evening on your front porch swing, or curled up in your favorite chair with a glass of wine.

Where is your favorite place to write? My Zen place to write is actually in the library of Spring Hill College. The third floor offers a lovely view of the college campus and downtown Mobile. The floor-to-ceiling windows let in a lot of light, and the space is peaceful and oh-so-quiet for brainstorming, plotting, and writing.

What books inspired you as a child? My parents are huge readers and I was handed my first library card at age 4! My favorite books as a child included anything written by Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry, and the Berenstains (Berenstain Bears series). As a teenager, I loved the Nancy Drew series, Little House on the Prairie books, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and classics like Little Women.

Laura after her presentation at the Mobile Writers Guild meeting in 2013, with President Carrie Cox and Vice-President Angela Quarles.

Laura after her presentation at the Mobile Writers Guild meeting in 2013, with President Carrie Cox and Vice-President Angela Quarles.

Official Bio: Lauren Clark writes contemporary novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.

Lauren is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the Mobile Writers Guild, and a regular contributor to Parents & Kids Magazine’s Mississippi Gulf Coast Edition. Check out her website at http://www.laurenclarkbooks.com.

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April Newsletter

The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild

April 2, 2013
Volume 3 Issue 11

From the President:

Everything seems to move quicker this time of year. Though there is more daylight, there never seems to be enough hours each day. As your calendar fills with sporting events, milestones, and other commitments, don’t forget to schedule time to read, write, and learn.

-Carrie Cox
2012-2013 MWG President

Upcoming Events:

Our next monthly meeting is this THURSDAY, April 4, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. We’ll hear from Vice President Angela Quarles about using social media to increase our writing platform. This will also be the final meeting to nominate members to serve as board officers for the 2013-2014 MWG season because we vote in the new officers at the May meeting. Reminder: refreshments are potluck style, so bring something to share if you can.

Carolyn Haines’ Daddy’s Girls’ Weekend workshop and literary event is this weekend, April 5-7th at the Battle House Hotel downtown. Get the scoop at http://www.daddysgirlsweekend.com
The local RWA chapter is hosting their monthly event this Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:00am in Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. on Old Shell Rd. Join GCCRWA member and professional editor Don McNair for “Don’t Sneak Up on Your Story!” as he discusses tips for editing your own manuscript; based on his book Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave.
IMPORTANT! Please bring the first chapter of your work in progress, or of the story those editors insist on sending back to you. We’ll work on it during the session.
The Event page is https://www.facebook.com/events/535017453216701/

The next MWG Open Mic is Thursday, April 18, at Serda’s Coffee on Royal Street. Since April is National Poetry Month, we are encouraging reading from local poets. No pre-registration is required, but we suggest arriving between 5:30-5:50 to sign-up to read. We’ll do as many readings (ten minutes or less) as possible between 6-8pm. You do not need to be a member to read.

Member News:

Candice Conner won first place in the February “Stuff & Nonsense Contest” at http://www.lyricalpens.com

MWG Needs:

Officer nominations for the 2013-2014 year close this month. We need volunteers to keep the guild going.


Where to find us:

http://www.mobilewritersguild.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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