Remember that in 2013 our meeting schedule will change, alternating between our current location (Lutheran Church on Tropicana) and the Albertson's Grocery Store on College and Horizon in Henderson (Directions with photos and more on that to come as it get's closer). We will also begin meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Our Farmer's Market is in limbo. The weather has turned colder and there wasn't quite enough turn out in previous weeks. So it's currently on hold but if you'd like to participate contact Amanda. If we can round up a a few more people we'll start it up again.
If you ordered a shirt they will be here next week.
Mark your calendars for our December Holiday party which will be held Monday December 17th at the Clark County Library.
Jo Wilkins is looking to hire an editor. If you or someone you know is interested in a part time editing job ($10 an hour) let her know.
Congratulations (?) to Linda Lou for her anti-brag letting us know that the second time she tried KDP select (Kindle Direct Publishing) through Amazon it didn't work out well. She was better off before she did it.
Congratulations to Howie on receiving an outstanding response on his current book from his first beta reader!
Congratulations to Audrey Balazart on participating in a book reading for Writer's Bloc IV at Nevada State College.
Congratulations to Oksana Marafioti on an upcoming interview with Debbie Kunz called "Car Chat" at noon in the Paseo Verde Library on November 30th. She will also have a show on January 12th at the Winchester Center for her book "American Gypsy."
Congratulations to Gregory Kompes on being invited to headline the Spring Fling Book Fair on April 6th as a phychic intuitive.
Congratulations to Kathleen Mosko on an upcoming interview on radio station KLAV 1230 this Wednesday at noon.
Congratulations to Eva Santiago on her upcoming book launch for "Salsa" at the Coffee House on Water Street in Henderson on December 8th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our next official meeting is next Monday, November 19th at the Lutheran Church at 6:00. For more information on our meetings see the Calendar.
Writer's Pen and Grill will be tomorrow at the Mardi Gras Bar at the Orleans at 6:30.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:
Tough choice this time! There were so many one liners that made me laugh out loud, and several excerpts from the readings where a play on words or feel of the language made me want to write it down so it would linger with me a little longer. I'll pick the first words that made me laugh last night:
WRITING TIP from Jo Wilkins:
When writing descriptions make your prose vivid. If you have a compelling setting, it can be as valuable to the story as an additional character. Remember thrillers like The House of Ushers, or epics like Gone with the wind, what would they be without their locations, the normal madman killing people and a spoiled southern girl’s escapades. These locations define their plots into memorable stories.
When I tell people I am writing a memoir, they often respond with interesting comments. Things like:
"What's a memoir?"
"Aren't you too young to write a memoir?"
"I've never read a memoir."
"I bet you'll have a hard time publishing a memoir if you aren't already famous."
My usual answers to those questions are:
"A memoir is like a selective biography, a 'memory' of certain events."
"I'm not too young to have had some life experiences worth sharing. I'm not trying to write my autobiography or eulogy. Anyone can write a memoir."
"You should try "Funny in Farsi." Its a quick fun read and one of my favorite memoirs."
"Probably. Thanks for your vote of confidence."
Susan Cheever said:
The genre is certainly growing (Entering "memoir" in a search on Amazon turns up more than 100,000 book titles) and it has it's share of critics. People who think the average person has no right to write a memoir are sometimes very rude in their criticism of the genre and its authors.
I don't doubt that there are plenty of poorly-written memoirs in print. But I am glad to see that the genre is growing and I disagree with its critics.
William Zinsser has authored a few books about writing memoir. My favorite suggestion of his for getting started goes something like this:
If you aren't yet an aspiring memoirist I encourage you to give this technique a try.