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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
January 5, 2017

 

CARRIED OVER FROM DECEMBER’S NEWSLETTER:

The big contest . . .

Here’s everything you need to know to win a critique of 50 pages of the book you’re writing, the critique to be provided by a published author . . . TWS alumnus and sci-fi writer Pat Tomlinson. Pat has three novels out and a fourth under contract.

Your assignment, write the very best short story, essay or poem you can with this as your prompt: The clock struck 11:59 p.m. on December 31st. So-and-so turned, tipped his or her glass to you (or to a fictional character) and said thoughtfully, “You know, I’ve been meaning to tell you this all year . . .”

Maximum length for your mini-masterpiece is 500 words. Go over and your piece will not be read.

Deadline for getting your entry to Jerry Peterson is midnight, January 22. He will forward all the entries to Pat who will select the best of the best. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail

Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
December 26, 2016

 

The big contest . . .

Here’s everything you need to know to win a critique of 50 pages of the book you’re writing, the critique to be provided by a published author . . . TWS alumnus and sci-fi writer Pat Tomlinson. Pat has three novels out and a fourth under contract.

Your assignment, write the very best short story, essay or poem you can with this as your prompt: The clock struck 11:59 p.m. on December 31st. So-and-so turned, tipped his or her glass to you (or to a fictional character) and said thoughtfully, “You know, I’ve been meaning to tell you this all year . . .”

Maximum length for your mini-masterpiece is 500 words. Go over and your piece will not be read.

Deadline for getting your entry to Jerry Peterson is midnight, January 22. He will forward all the entries to Pat who will select the best of the best.

There is an entry fee . . . $10. The winner gets all the money in the pot with which she/he is to take Pat to dinner at one of our finer restaurants in the Madison area. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
August 17, 2016

The first word . . .

“Writing isn’t a hobby. It’s hard work.” – Jessie Burton (1983- ), British novelist

 

Who’s up next . . .

August 23:

August 30: Fifth Tuesday!

September 6: Pat Edwards (???), Randy Slagel (part ???, “Watered-Down Witch”), Amber Boudreau (chapter 7, The Dragoneer), John Schneller (chapter 5, Final Stronghold), Mike Austin (chapter, Before I Leave), and Bob Kralapp (poem, “March Morning at the Library”).

September 13:

September 20:  Millie Mader (poem), Hannah Marshall (poems), Nora O’Reilly (chapter, Bill McCormick’s Bliss), Eva Mays (chapter, Dhuoda), Judith McNeil (???), Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), and Cindi Dyke (chapter, North Road).

 

Tuesday eve at the B&N . . .

A dozen first-and-thirders circled up to critique three poems, a short story, and a whole bunch of chapters. Here are the results:

–  Millie Mader (poem, “Ballad of the Tower) . . . My poem seemed quite well received. We had visited The Tower on three separate occasions, and were always fascinated with it and the history it held. An interesting sight was Henry The Eighth’s suits of armor.. His youthful vestment was slim and attractive. The one from his late years was huge!

Hannah Marshall (poems, “Gerontology” and “Thunderstorm”) . . . editor’s note: These two poems were received to high acclaim, and a request voiced to merge the two titles on Hannah’s next submission. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
July 8, 2016

 

“Right you lot, five minutes to get those pies out or it’s the workhouse for the lot of you.”Mel Giedroyc, The Great British Baking Show

 

1st/3rd continues to be THE place to be on Tuesday nights, with a large group gathered around the tables in the back to discuss writing.

Pat’s two poems were, overall, received well, although many thought “Duke” was a pet.  Some questions about the use of “tar baby” being a racial term were raised.  But that’s poetry, folks!

Amber’s Chapter 3 of The Dragoneer was received well. Hannah really enjoyed it, but found the protagonist to be more guarded than she would have liked, but perhaps that’s just the character and she will change as the story continues. Kashmira and Pat like the subtle introduction of sexual tension to the work between the main character and a set of twin brothers. Shel had an issue with the hammer Moira carried hitting her on the thigh and how she carried it. John had a question about the dragon biting Moira and when it happened relative to the beginning of the story, essentially spoiling it for everyone 🙂

Shel’s “random thought” brought up a lot of good discussion about how the book could be organized (or not), the voice should be changed (or not), and whether explanation should be given for each pearl.

Kashmira’s novel end moved everyone.  Many commented on the single person perspective of the salt march to be very effective.

John’s chapter from Broken did confuse a few people with the horse names and some people gave suggestions for solving the problem.  A couple wanted more description of Leviathan.  All agree the ship section was well done.

Randy’s chapter wasn’t read by all, but there was a lively discussion about the “woman’s point-of-view” for a character. We talked about books to help with fundamentals like Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.

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Writer’s Mail 3/29/2010
by Kimberly Simmons

“It’s a nervous work. The state that you need to write is the state that others are paying large sums to get rid of.” – Shirley Hazzard

Last Week
Only 4 folks showed up on Tuesday, so we didn’t really have a meeting (though we did talk and have a great time!).

Who’s Up Next…

Carol Hornung (Asperger Sunset – same scene as sent for March 23rd)
Terry Hoffman, new story – same scene as sent for March 23rd
Holly Bonnikson-Jones, Coming Up for Air (if her computer recovers)
Jack Frieburger, Path to Bray’s Head

Anyone else who wants to hop on the schedule is welcome!
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