Lend Me A Tenor

Writers Forum is hosting our annual buyout night at Riverfront Playhouse.  The featured play is five-time Tony winner Lend Me A Tenor, directed by our very own Jennifer Levens.  The play is April 11th at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $20.00 each.

All proceeds go to the Writers Forum Scholarship fund.  We hope to award at least one $500 scholarship to a local senior who excels in writing and is continuing their education at a college or university.  It’s only because of ticket sales that we’re able to make this scholarship possible.  So thank you for supporting young writers and local theater.

To purchase tickets, please leave a comment here or contact the Writers Forum at (530) 515-4828.  Checks can be made out to Writers Forum and mailed to:

Writers Forum

P.O. Box 492282

Redding, CA 96049-2282

Then gather your friends for a great night of local theater.  Here’s what reviewers said about author Ken Ludwig’s Broadway revival of Lend Me A Tenor:

A remarkable piece of theatre … a masterpiece … Author Ken Ludwig has verve, a sound grasp of plot mechanics and a rare ability to couple high art with low comedy.”
The London Times

A rollercoaster of fun for everybody in the building…a solid, constantly accelerating snowball of a comedy!
Phoenix News Times

And just to whet your appetite a bit more, here are some highlights from Lend Me A Tenor:

February Meeting Photos

At our meeting in February Writers Forum members and guests learned some basics of screenwriting from George Winship and Sharon Owen.

George illustrates the importance of rise and fall within a script.

Sharon and George talked through tips of the trade and illustrated their points with contemporary movies and advice from the professionals.

Sharon imparts advice from her own experiences as well as the experiences of other professionals.

Steve Durkee, of Clarity Entertainment, rounded out the program with a question and answer time.  One piece of his advice was to keep the story at the heart of the script.  Another helpful hint was to speelcheck spellchek spellcheck your script thoroughly before submitting it.

Steve Durkee, of Clarity Entertainment, talks about what he looks for in a script.

At the close of the meeting, Steve Durkee stuck around to meet members and answer individual questions.

Steve Durkee and Charlie Price take a moment to smile in between talking shop.

Thank you, George, Sharon and Steve, for a great program!

Writers Forum Slate of Officers

It’s that time of year again where the general membership takes a moment to elect a new slate of officers for the Writers Forum Board of Directors.  Here are the nominees for Best Picture.  Oh, sorry, I got a little carried away there.

Here are the candidates for the Writers Forum Board of Directors:

  • President: Larry Watters
  • Vice President:
  • Secretary: Darbie Andrews
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Levens
  • Newsletter Editor: Kailey O’Connor
  • Program Director: Sharon Owen
  • Membership Director: Jennifer Higley
  • Director at Large: Alicia McCauley
  • Director at Large: Laura Hernandez
  • Director at Large:

As you can see we currently have two openings on the Board of Directors.  If you’re interested in being a board member, please contact the Writers Forum at (530) 515-4828.

Thank you!

Our New Site

Dear  Writers Forum Members and Guests,

Welcome to our new Writers Forum website!  I hope you’ll like the new features of our sparkling new digs.  One noteworthy feature is the ability to subscribe to the site using the gray button over to the right that says Follow Writers Forum.  See it over there?  By subscribing to our site, you’ll automatically receive new posts in your e-mail inbox.  Posts will include some of your favorite things like Messages from the President and The Spontaneous Pen.  We’ll also begin Member Mondays wherein members in good standing can have original work published on our site each week.  Mondays just got a whole lot better, didn’t they?  In addition to all of that I’ll be posting reminders of upcoming events, not to mention scads of photos after the events.  Did I mention e-mail subscriptions to our site are free?  So go ahead and take a minute to plug in your email address and click that Follow Writers Forum button on the right.

I’ll wait for you.

Now that you’ve subscribed, let me point out a couple of other features you might want to explore.  At the top of the site just above the Welcome to Writers Forum banner, you’ll notice several pages.  The About Writers Forum page gives you some details about our fine organization.  The Become a Member page gives you-yep, you guessed it-information on becoming a member.  The Calendar of Events page features Writers Forum events and other local writing events of note.  The Contact Us page lists the best ways for you to contact members of the Writers Forum Board of Directors.  Next is the Critique Groups page where interested writers can leave their contact information and link up with others interested in being a part of a critique group.  The Links page will feature helpful links and also links to member sites.  This feature is reserved for members in good standing.  And because we like you so very much and want to get to know you better we’ve got a Meet the Board of Directors page complete with mugshots, er, photos.  We’ve also got a Newsletter page where I’ll post color PDFs of past and current issues.  Last but not least is our Scholarship page, where teachers and graduating students can download the application for the annual Writers Forum scholarship.  Take a moment to click around on the different pages.

I’ll wait right here for you on the Home page.  Don’t be shy.  No, really, it’s okay to snoop around a bit.  In fact, I encourage it.  Then again, I always was a nosy kid.

Now let’s take a look at some more of the site features over on the right. We’ve got a Search bar up at the top.  When you’re looking for a particular topic on our site, you can just type it in and go.

You’re on Twitter and Facebook?  Hey, we are, too!  Click the ‘t’ or the ‘f’ underneath the search bar and come follow Writers Forum on Twitter and Facebook.

Just underneath that we’ve got the Follow Writers Forum button, but you’re already an old pro at that section, aren’t you?

Beneath that there’s a list of Recent Posts, just in case you miss one, which you won’t of course, because you’ve already set them up to wait patiently for you in your inbox, right?  But just in case you do miss a post, the most recent ten posts will be lined up all pretty in the Recent Posts section.

Wait, did she say only the TEN most recent posts will listed be there?!?  I sure did, but before you fire up your printer and start printing out every post because you want to keep all of them, take a breath.  The older posts can still be located by clicking on the small gray older posts arrow down at the bottom of the screen.  Plus all posts are stored in the Archives where they continue to live out long and happy lives, even after their time on the front of the Home Page has passed.  Feel better now?  Good.

Underneath the archives you’ll see a Category Cloud.  As I post about different topics like Monthly Meetings, Screenwriting, Poetry, etc., you can access those posts through the Category Cloud.  I picked this feature out for people like me who might be just a tad forgetful.  For example, if a member posts a really great poem and you want to go back and read it again and leave the author a nice comment, but you can’t remember the author’s name or what month it was posted in, you can just click on Poetry in the Category Cloud and it will show you all the poetry posts.  Really I can’t be the only forgetful one out there, right?  Right?

And speaking of leaving comments, with every post there’s a little orange speech bubble that says Leave a comment.  I do hope you’ll leave comments for each other, especially for members who are brave enough to share their work on Member Mondays.  I also hope you’ll leave me comments on the different pages.  For example, if you know of a great writing event happening locally and would like me to add it to our calendar, leave me the details in a comment on the Calendar of Events page.  If you’re a member in good standing and would like your own website to be listed as a link, drop me a comment on the Links page.  However, my mom always said, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” and I’ll be applying that rule here.  Should you choose to leave any sort of negative comment, not only will your comment never see the light of day, but I may also pass your contact information along to my mother who will be more than happy to give you lessons on how to put the ‘kind’ in humankind.

I want this site to be our site, so please be in touch with suggestions and features you’d like me to add.  Oh, and one last thing, be sure you bookmark this new site and tell your Writers Forum friends to do the same because the previous site will soon no longer be accessible.  I look forward to seeing you around our new online home.


Alicia McCauley,

Webmaster & Director at Large

Screenwriting Basics

At our February monthly meeting*, professional writing consultants George Winship and Sharon Owen will discuss what motion picture producers look for in a screenplay.  The speakers will cover screenwriting basics, from formatting the manuscript to story structure, and offer tips on how to pitch your project.

Writers will also hear about Clarity Entertainment, a film company coming to the Redding area looking for projects from local talent.  A representative from Clarity Studios (the soon-to-be movie studio in Stillwater Business Park) will be present.

If you’ve not yet paid your annual membership fee of $20, please pay Jennifer H. at the door when you arrive.  Thank you!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

*Monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 am-12:30 pm in at All Saints Episcopal Church in the Memorial Hall.  All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA.  For more details about monthly featured programs and other Writers Forum events, please visit our Calendar of Events.

A Message From the President: February, 2012

At the next general meeting, you may notice some people floating around with big grins on their mugs. Rest assured they did not drink or smoke anything; they attended our very inspiring all day seminar in January. With close to 60 registrants, the fast-paced workshop was well attended; more than three-quarters had been non-members (several who have now joined). Big thanks to Toria of Barnes & Noble Booksellers for providing copies of their books; noticed many peeps with their arms full as they left.

Despite the almost overload of material presented (that I will continue to devour for months to come), several things came immediately to light. Foremost, unlike being a news journalist who should cover a multitude of topics, one should focus on one genre. For me, that means finishing my Life without Clots project, then move on to short mystery stories to get my feet wet.

Another tidbit that I took home was the fourteen wonderful truths about publishing, reaffirming my beliefs that technology is making the industry more effective and more efficient, and that today we have more options for getting published.

Included was a sample Rejection Letter; I took mine and burned it as a sacrificial offering to the Writing Gods, which there are many: Early Mesopotamian civilizations had Nisaba and Nabu; Seshat and Thoth guided early Egyptians; in China were Fuxi, Wenchang, and Cangjie; and our old familiar friends, Hermes and Odin of Western Civilizations. I will re-burn the ashes at a later date.

Thanks to all who participated, and special thanks to the helpers: Jennifer Higley, Chloe Winston, Ron Sutton, Alicia McCauley, Darbie Andrews, Cathy Elliott, and a really big hug to Sharon Owen.

Block your calendars: We will be having another Riverfront buyout this spring as a fundraiser. We were snooping around Nana’s Naughty Knickers by Katherine DiSalvino (running May/June), but are happy to get Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor slated for March and April. A Tony Award winner that is currently a Broadway revival, it is a popular choice of regional and community theatre companies. Stay tuned for final arrangements. As usual, tickets should be $20, and it will be a BYOFF potluck (Bring Your Own Finger Food).

Until then, keep those papers out of the wind and in order; you don’t want that unintentional mystery when chapter 2 follows chapter 5.

Larry Watters,