Sunday, March 3, 2013

Craft Book Show, Tell & Exchange

Members Stacey Zink, Christie Lee, Joanne Hillman, and Alice Thomas
Our March 2nd meeting turned out to be an intimate crowd and a very different dynamic than our normal meeting. Membership present included chapter photographer Kathrese McKee, President Nancy Kimball, Vice President Bethany Macmanus, members Mary Hamilton, Lisa Godfrees, Janice Thompson, Stacey Zink, Christie Lee, Joanne Hillman, Alice Thomas, and Bob Stewart. Discussion centered around the best and worst of resources out there, why we write, to whom we write, and the importance of learning and growing no matter where you are in the author journey.

Twice gifted and much discussed was Rivet Your Readers with Deep POV by Jill Elizabeth Nelson, Other craft books of note that generated the most discussion from among the list of recommendations compiled were:

  • Writing for the Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins
  • Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas
  • The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell
Member Bob Stewart examines the definitive style guide, The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition.
The drawing winner for the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition was member Alice Thomas. Above Nancy Kimball shares her copy, already flagged and highlighted in the locations she uses the reference book most often. The doorprize drawing winner was member Stacey Zink who chose to play the boxes and picked box 2 which had the "good" prize--a copy of the Scrivener Software for Writers.

Vice President Bethany Macmanus with members Mary Hamilton and Lisa Godfrees

President Nancy Kimball and Vice President Bethany Macmanus explored the willingness and availability of contest judging for the potential 2013 Category Five Contest with the results they were hoping for. Our members are anxious to give back to other authors and planning on the contest can now proceed.

And no one present will ever forget member Bob Stewart's epic announcement regarding  his contributed book, The Everything Guide to Writing a Romance Novel. Thank you for the memories, Bob!

Saturday April 6th, Writers on the Storm hosts award-winning and best-selling author DiAnn Mills who will be presenting "The Power of Emotive Conflict"

Saturday May 11th, (2nd Saturday), Writers on the Storm hosts Love Inspired author Noelle Marchand will present "Non-verbal Communication in Fiction"

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