Writers Forum Welcomes the New Year

Writers Forum welcomes 2017 with a great line-up of presentations on a variety of topics. On January 14, former game warden Steve Callan will speak on writing his sequel memoir, The Game Warden’s Son. 

On February 1, we’ll enjoy the Edgar-award winning play,  The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays, by Ken Ludwig. Tickets will be $20 each, or two for $30. The play will be at Riverfront Playhouse, 1620 E. Cypress Street, Redding.

This fundraiser is intended to offset the loss of the Author’s Fair last month, which was an important funding source for Writers Forum. Between member dues and fundraisers, we are able to send out a monthly newsletter, provide refreshments at the Writers Forum meetings, and provide small scholarships for young writers.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the January 14 Writers Forum meeting.

No 2016 Authors Fair

Unfortunately, the Writers Forum will not be sponsoring an Authors Fair in 2016.

The issue was discussed at the last board meeting on September 8. We still had no confirmation that the mall would be available for us to use. Alternative venues had been discussed at the June meeting, but we could think of no alternatives that fit our needs (such as high walk-by traffic, which is so important for book sales) that would be within our budget.

There is a silver lining! The money that would have gone towards the Authors Fair for things such as advertising and venue fees will now be redirected towards purchasing some tech equipment for the Writers Forum. We currently borrow some of our tech equipment when we have audio/visual components to the monthly meeting. Sometimes this results in equipment ‘glitches’, such as the one that occurred at the last meeting. The Critique Group panel could not show the video component of their presentation due to technical difficulties arising from borrowed equipment.

Hopefully, we can get the Authors Fair back on schedule next year.

Summer Newsletter

Okay, I know that you all went to your mailboxes on Saturday eagerly anticipating your July Writers Forum newsletter, and were shocked and perhaps even traumatized when it was not there.

Don’t worry, my friends. You haven’t missed anything. Just like the Writers Forum monthly meetings, the newsletter has gone on a summer schedule. The ‘Summer’ newsletter will be in your mailboxes later this month. The next newsletter will be in September,  and you should receive that in your mailbox back on schedule. ‘On schedule’ is around the first Saturday of the month; just in time for a reminder about the upcoming meeting.

I should point out, that just because there is only one newsletter produced over July and August, that does not mean that we do not need material over the summer. We could always use material for the newsletter.

  • Short stories and poetry
  • News about your writing success stories, such as publications or book signings. Heck, if you want to brag about finishing a first draft, we will cheer you on with that as well.
  • News items about local writers or book events. If you hear about something like that, don’t assume we know it, too. Pass it on!
  • Photos. I prefer running photos over clip art to dress up the newsletter. You would get a photo credit, and if you wish, extra copies of the newsletter so you pass them around for bragging to friends and family. Photos can be anything book or writing related.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Your friendly neighborhood Newsletter Editor,

George

Special Writers Forum Workshop…

Writing for Children: Anyone Can Do It, Right?

Special Writers Forum Workshop: Saturday, March 12 from 10:30-2:30 (1/2-hour lunch break at noon) $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers

If you have ever read a book to a child and thought, Hey, I can do that…how hard could it be? then this four-hour special program presented by Writers Forum is for you. A skilled and accomplished panel of speakers representing the genres in children’s literature will share insights, experiences, and advice from their journeys as authors and illustrators.

Discussion will include what differentiates children’s literature from other types of literature; tips on pursuing a career in this rewarding industry; and an introduction to the premiere organization of the children’s book world, SCBWI, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The program will include audience participation as attendees are divided into groups to practice writing a query letter to an editor or agent, how to deliver an elevator pitch for your work-in-progress, or how to write a clear synopsis for your manuscript. Each group will be moderated by one of the panelists.

Presenters are Jessica Taylor, Elizabeth Stevens Omlor, Ellen Jellison, Cynthia Saye Kremsner, and Linda Boyden. To cover expenses for our speakers, there will be a minimal charge of $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Our customary refreshment table will be available; however, attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch if they desire.

Pre-registration is not required. Attendees may pay at the door. The event takes place at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA 96003. For further details, contact Writers Forum Program Chair.

Newsletter Editor Wanted…

No, not wanted for crimes against grammar (as so many are “guilty” of these days), but wanted all the same. Long-time Editor Ed Sulpice has to relinquish his hold on the red pencil (figuratively). He will be devoting his energy towards, in his words, “I have been accepted into a Master of Divinity Program so I can continue in my quest to achieve smartness. “

Ergo, the search is on for his replacement. It is a simple task; create a monthly newsletter from submitted material, or steal, er, borrow from this website; create a PDF of it and ship it digitally to a local printer; and then pick up and drop off at Bulk Mail, submitting the Bulk Mail paper work via the USPS Website.

More details available.

Proposed Bylaws

As per our Bylaws, below are the proposed Bylaws to be approved at the General Meeting of June 13.

Some highlights are: Changing Annual Meeting from March to June; changing number of visits allowed from three to two; changing term limits from one year back to two; other minor clarity changes.

Writers Forum Bylaws Rev. 06/13/2015

WRITERS FORUM BYLAWS

I .NAME

The name of this organization shall be WRITERS FORUM.

II. PURPOSE

The WRITERS FORUM is a nonprofit social and educational organization dedicated to promoting writing as an art, business, and profession, and to encouraging and inspiring local writers.

III. MEMBERSHIP

3.1 Membership in this organization shall be open to all individuals who wish to promote the skills, creativity, and craftsmanship of writing, as well as those who wish to support such pursuits by their efforts and means.

3.2 Members in good standing shall be defined as those whose dues are currently paid.

3.3 Each member in good standing shall be entitled to one (1) vote in open meetings concerning decisions involving finances and other matters of organization.

3.4 This organization will maintain member data as required to administer the needs of the organization and its members. The Board shall determine and publish on its website a Privacy Policy covering the use of this data. This policy applies to any use of this data and not just the use by the website.

IV. MEETINGS

4.1 The organization shall hold monthly meetings of the general membership, except for July and August, and for off-site events. A quorum shall be ten percent (10 %) of the members.

4.2 The organization shall hold its Annual Meeting in June.

4.3. All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.

V. OFFICERS

5.1 Officers of Writers Forum shall consist of: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Director, Newsletter Editor, Program Director, and three (3) Directors at Large, a total of ten (10) persons, all of whom shall be elected by the membership at the June Annual Meeting.

5.2 Officers shall serve a two-year term and may stand for re-election.

5.3 Officers shall assume office within thirty (30) days after their election.

5.4 The President shall chair club meetings and shall appoint the chairs of standing committees with approval of the Board. The President may call special meetings of the membership and the Board as needed. The President is an ex-officio member of all committees.

5.5 The Vice President shall assume the duty of the President in the latter’s absence.

5.6 The Secretary shall prepare agendas, take minutes and maintain records of all board meetings.

5.7 The Treasurer shall keep adequate financial records, shall be responsible for the annual postal-fee renewal, for maintaining corporate records as required by the State of California and for filing reports required by the IRS or state agencies. The Treasurer shall provide to the Board a monthly statement of income and expenditures with beginning and ending balances.

5.8 Officers and Directors shall be nominated by a Nominating Committee.

At the meeting immediately preceding the June Annual Meeting, the Nominating Committee shall present the slate to the members. Other nominations will be received from the floor during the June Annual Meeting, at which time the vote shall take place.

5.9 All nominees must be members in good standing.

5.10 Officers and Directors shall be elected at the Annual Meeting in June by written ballot, except a written ballot is not required when only one person is nominated for an office. Only members in good standing are eligible for office. Election shall be by majority vote. The slate as presented can be voted upon as a whole.

5.11 Officers shall carry out their duties in accordance with the Job Descriptions maintained by the Board.

VI. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

6.1 The seven (7) Officers and three (3) Directors at Large shall constitute a Board of Directors. The immediate past president shall be an ex-officio nonvoting member.

6.2 The Board of Directors shall meet monthly except in July and August. Special Board meetings may be called at the discretion of the President. A majority of six (6) Board members shall constitute a quorum.

6.3 Vacancies on the Board shall be filled through appointments made by the remaining Board members.

VII. COMMITTEES

7.1 Standing committees may be formed as deemed necessary by the Board.

VIII. DUES, FISCAL YEAR AND FUNDS

8.1 Annual dues of $25 are due on anniversary of joining, and become delinquent two (2) months later. Exceptions: High school and college students shall pay ten dollars ($10) dues. These members are entitled to receive the newsletter, attend and vote at meetings, and participate in all activities connected with the organization

8.2 Annual dues shall be set by majority vote of current members present at the Annual Meeting.

8.3 The fiscal year of this organization shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31.

8.4 Funds shall be disbursed as follows: for expenditures of more than $300, two signatures shall be required: the Treasurer’s plus the President’s or the Vice President’s or the Secretary’s.

8.5 The Board of Directors shall appoint a person, anyone who is not an officer, to audit the Treasurer’s records every other year just prior to the Annual Meeting in June.

IX. GUESTS

Guest’s visits to regular meeting of the organization shall be limited to two (2) per year.

X. AMENDMENTS

These Bylaws may be amended by the membership attending the Annual Meeting, or at a special meeting called for the purpose, by a two-thirds vote of those present, provided that members have been notified of the proposed amendment(s) at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

XI. SCHOLARSHIPS

The Board of Directors may initiate action toward the awarding of scholarships as it deems appropriate.

XII. DISSOLUTION OF THE ORGANIZATION

In the event that the organization is dissolved, all debts and other financial liabilities shall be paid from existing funds. The remaining incumbent balance shall be disbursed in one of the following ways:

  1. a) to a scholarship fund for creative writing at Shasta College;
  2. b) to another nonprofit fund, foundation or corporation with similar literary desires as those of Writers Forum.

In either case, designation of the funds shall be by a majority vote of the members in good standing at the final meeting. Notification of such meeting shall be given to the members in good standing at least two weeks in advance, by mail and news media.