A Message From the President: June 2013

It is June, and our year winds to a close. The Members Read general meeting on June 8 is our last until September 14 when we will have something a little different; we will project a taping of a Webinar on Legal Issues Affecting Writers.

If you are not familiar with a Webinar, it is short for Web-based seminar, a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Web. A key feature of a Webinar is its interactive elements—the ability to give, receive and discuss information. So the taping is almost like being there, except we won’t be interacting. We have been trying to bring in an expert or two on the legalities that writers face, but like Ernest Thayer famously wrote, “…no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out;” we have been unsuccessful.

We hope that this presentation fills your needs. It is for members only (contractually, we cannot charge for the showing).

Meanwhile, for June polish up your 5-minute reading of past, published, or in-work writing by reading aloud so you can get a feel for what 5-minutes is like. Remember, it is not necessary to cram it all in by reading so fast that the audience is left behind; give them a taste, leave them hanging. And go ahead and make that healthy treat to share: It is a finger-food potluck.

Oh, and while we are dark this summer, we are not without tasks. Work will be starting on our 9th Authors Fair at Center Court at the Mt. Shasta Mall in Redding on November 9, 2013. Updated applications are available online at https://reddingwritersforum.com/authors-fair/ using the Northern California Authors Fair Registration link.

Larry Watters,

Writers Forum President

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