May, 2012 Monthly Meeting: Adapting to Changes in the Publishing Industry with Terry Shames

At our May meeting, mystery writer Terry Shames will speak on changes in the publishing industry, how writers can do their own public relations, and how various organizations can help with this. The meeting will open with Ms. Shames presenting a $1,000 grant check to the Shasta College Library. The library grant is awarded as part of the national Sisters in Crime organization’s “We Love Libraries” program. Ms. Shames is Program Coordinator for the northern California chapter of Sisters in Crime headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We look forward to seeing you at our May meeting!

*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.  Doors open at 10:00am and the meeting begins promptly at 10:30am.  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 Page.

The Spontaneous Pen: May, 2012

Writers Forum member and former newsletter editor, Jennifer Phelps, is back with this month’s Spontaneous Pen.  

One jump line.  Ninety seconds to write.  Go!

This month’s jump line is:

Too soon…

Take 90 seconds to finish the jump line and then post your response in the comments section.  All online comments will be posted here.  Due to limited space only, selected responses will be published in next month’s newsletter.

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