Minutes from Writer’s Guild September Meeting

Minutes from Writer’s Guild September meeting

September 9, 2014- 6 pm- Arts Center

Attendees: Phillip Carango, Lee Wyndham, Roy Richardson, Charlotte Ehney, Amaryllis Turman

Member news

Writer’s Guild board nominations were made and voted upon for calendar year 2015

  • Charlotte Ehney- Chairwoman
  • Amaryllis Turman – Vice chair
  • Roy Richardson – Publicity director
  • Lee Wyndham – Treasurer
  • Fred Bassett – Arts Center Liaison

For more information about the description of each position, email amaryllisturman [at] gmail [dot] com.

It was voted and approved to formally change the group’s name from “Writer’s Guild/Poetry Circle” to “Writer’s Guild”.
Member discussion

Content is needed for the blog. Since it was agreed that the blog will be published on Monday 4 times a month, we need content submissions for the blog. Topics can include member news, contests, publisher experiences, etc.

Roy volunteered to provide links to websites about writing. Lee said that she would provide information about upcoming writing workshops and seminars.

There is also be a feature that spotlights local authors. Anyone who would like to be featured should contact Amaryllis.

If you have a poem or short story (400-600 words) that you would like to share on the blog, email that to Amaryllis.

Amaryllis has not yet heard back from someone from GWD Now to discuss possible writing opportunities for Writer’s guild members. She will update when she hears something.

Lee W has had several speaking engagements over the last few months. She spoke in Edisto and also at Ware Shoals Baptist church. In both cases, she used material based on her book.

Charlotte showed the group her proof copy of book soon to be in paperback. Looks good!

charlotte

Roy mentioned that Amazon has released a Kindle Kids’ Book Creator to create illustrated children’s books for Kindle. Now it is even easier to prepare, publish, and promote illustrated and chapter books for children. See Amazon’s website for more details.

Upcoming Writing workshop

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2:00-5:00 ACFW-SC Chapter Meeting- N. Anderson Baptist Church, 2308 N. Main St.,Anderson,SC
Free Class “How to Write a Hot Query Letter and Sizzling First Page”  Visitors welcome! No pre-registration required.
Speaker: Yvonne Lehman, award-winning author and Acquisitions Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
Attendees are welcome to bring a query letter and a first page to be critiqued by Yvonne in the meeting.  Please bring 2 copies of each for this critique time. This is an opportunity to hone your contest entry or just learn how to do a great query and first page to hook an  agent or editor. Material brought should be in the format described guidelines (send email request for full detail to be forwarded). Please remember that query letters are one page and single-spaced. First pages of novels start 1/3 the way down and are double spaced. One-inch margins for both. A big goal of this short first page is to HOOK the reader/agent/editor.
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