A Message from the President: May, 2012

I hear that Kate Bourland and Alicia McCauley really sparked some interest in Blogging and our new revamped Website. “I hear,” because I was unable to attend their presentations at the April General Meeting due to a conflict in my “should not be so full” schedule. Days and weeks before the service assembly, I was fearful of being “stuck in Lodi again.”

Well, fear not. Lodi is a nice place to be stuck in. Lodi is best known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World, though its first national recognition came via the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Lodi” whose key title lyrics are oft-repeated. Settled in the late 1800s, Lodi today is a thriving community of over 60,000 with numerous parks.

But before the Lodi experience, I was pleasantly pleased with the stormy night turnout for our buyout of Riverfront Playhouse for Lend Me a Tenor. Directed by our own Jennifer Levens, the cast was extremely tight with their lines, raucously funny, and a delight to watch. And of course, being writers, we did get the punch lines quicker than other audiences would have (or so I was told after the show by cast members).

On deck for May is a special program put together by our Program Chair Sharon Owen; special in that she is involved with the local chapter of Sisters in Crime that promotes the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction with over 3000 members in forty-eight chapters world-wide.

Lastly, a reminder that June is our twice-a-year gig that members get to read their work; whether from the dusty archives of your basement, a work-in-progress to get feedback, or special “just for that occasion” poem or prose, you have 5 minutes from your first breath. So get hopping.

Larry Watters,

Writers Forum President

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