The Write Stuff: The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
Volume 3 Issue 7
From the President:
The past few weeks I’ve been busy with the final stages of the Tracy Hurley Memorial Writing Contest for young authors. This second year saw a huge increase in participation from local schools and students. I’d like to especially thank Chuck Kondis and Patricia Currie at Covenant Christian School. Their dedication for the written word helped get forty-one submissions from their middle school students. Please join us Thursday evening as we award the six teenagers who made it to the top three spots in their age group.
2012-2013 MWG President
Our next monthly meeting is this THURSDAY, December 6, in the meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. We will award the winners of the Tracy Hurley contest! In alphabetical order, the middle school student finalists are: Nicholas Carley (Covenant Christian School), Hunter LaForce (Covenant Christian School), and India LaPalme (Christ the King.) And the high school finalists, also in alphabetical order: Ann Claire Carnahan (UMS-Wright), Jacob Sims (Mobile Christian), and Carl Thomas, Jr. (Citronelle High School.)
Also at the meeting this week, are you Ready to pull out your hair worrying about tax season? We’re here to help you! Our December speaker is CPA Keith Graham who is going to shed some light on this scary topic. He’ll walk us through exactly what we can write off as writers and how to effectively file our claims!
About Keith Graham: I am a Mobile native who grew up in the Eight Mile and Semmes communities. Attended Mary G. Montgomery HS and Spring Hill College having graduated with a BS in Business Administration with a specialization in accounting. Received my CPA certificate from the state of Alabama and am currently the managing partner of the firm Graham, Brown & Dutton, PC. The firm is a full service public accounting firm providing services in the areas of audit, compilation, small business accounting, corporate income tax, individual income tax and estate income tax. My areas of practice serves clients mainly in the areas of small business and all areas of tax. I am a member of Azalea City Kiwanis having served as its president and currently its treasurer. I serve on the Board of United Cerebral Palsy on South Alabama as its Treasurer. My wife of 20 years Dee Dee and I have one daughter who is currently attending the University of Alabama.
-Keith A. Graham, CPA of Graham, Brown & Dutton, PC
6000 Grelot Road
Mobile, AL 3660
Lightning Bug Literary Festival News brief: This is a great opportunity for all writers, filmmakers and actors. Lightning Bug Literary Festival is your chance to meet and network with professionals on December 7, 8 and 9th on the square in Canton, MS. For more information see http://www.lightningbugliteraryfestival.com or Call Linda Mitchell, Ph.D. at 662 539 1733.
The next MWG Open Mic is Thursday, December 20, 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.
The Mobile Arts Council hosts the LoDa Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. the second Friday each month. In January, there will be a display by local authors Mary S. Palmer and David Wilton for their sequel for TO CATCH A FISH entitled BAITING THE HOOK.
SCBWI Schmooze—an informal workshop for those interested in children’s literature (picture books-young adult)—hosted by the local members of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The Schmooze is held in the meeting room of the West Regional Library on Saturday, January 26th, from 1-5pm. There will be presentations from local authors F.T. Bradley and Karyn Tunks as well as informal critiques by/for those in attendance. Contact Carrie Cox for more information.
Carolyn Haines’ Daddy’s Girls’ Weekend workshop and literary event will be April 5-7th at the Battle House Hotel downtown. There will be sessions on writing for all age groups from authors, agents, and editors.
Flamingo Funeral & Tales from the Land of Tea Cakes and Whiskey by Kat Kennedy is available on Amazon. Congratulations, Kat!
Rumours of War will be published by Rebel Publishing this month by new member Michael Snow.
Marilyn Johnston has a short story titled “Fool’s Gold” under the name of “cj petterson”, in TRIBUTARIES 2012, the anthology by Mod Mobilian Press. Also under her pen name, Marilyn signed a contract with Crimson Romance, a new imprint for Adams Media (a division of F&W Media) to publish her novel, “Deadly Star” as a suspense romance. It will be published both as a Kindle eBook and in POD book form.
Carrie Cox is now the local liaison for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the local representative for SCBWI in the coastal counties of Alabama and Mississippi and her first official duty is hosting the SCBWI Schmooze—see Upcoming Events section for more info. Please contact her for more information if you are interested in learning more about the event or the organization.
Stephanie Lawton’s sequel to WANT is scheduled for a May 2013 release, and is tentatively titled NEED.
Officer nomination for the 2013-2014 season is just a few months away. Start thinking now about what you are willing to do to keep MWG going in the years ahead.
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Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!