The most recent issue of The WAG Digest July/August 2014 is now online in Newsletters.


WAG Members Present Readings at Samuel P. Harn Museum
Photos by Ken Booth and Susie Baxter
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'oljMembers of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville performed for Museum Nights at the Samuel P. Harn Museum on Thursday, August 14.
Their successful readings were well-received by a museum audience that came to hear various forms of "Word Play,"
along with poets from the Feminist Open Mic and UF's MFA program. The evening opened with an improv sketch
by UF's Theater Strike Force from the Dept. of Theater and Dance and ended with a performance by the R. Mutt Blues Band.
Felicia LeeArt CrummerWrite-up: Wendy Thornton.

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Hank Conner is Next Up for Writers Alliance Speaker Series

Hank Conner is a retired UF professor who currently hosts "Conner Calling." The program airs on Fridays from 1-2 p.m. on WUFT-FM and centers around interaction between Conner and a literary guest. Hank will
reminisce and tell "literary stories" at the Millhopper Library on Sunday at 2:00 pm, September 14.

Born and raised in Alabama, Hank is an Auburn graduate. He moved to Gainesville in 1966 where he began teaching about radio and television in the College of Journalism and Communications. He is now retired and
"living the rather solitary life of a widower and a retiree." His hobbies include photography and
photoshop and you can enjoy his work here.

Note please
Parking at Millhopper Library is inadequate, especially on weekends. Plan to arrive early and carpool
or ride a bicycle or walk. Parking is available in the Millhopper commercial district several blocks south on
43rd Street. And some parking - though limited - is available in adjacent neighborhoods.



Note that submissions, both general and contest, are now closed for the 2014 Bacopa Literary Review.
If you missed the submission dates this year, be prepared for 2015 - click here for updates.


WAG members may join critique pods. To improve your writing, contact Pod Coordinator Connie Morrison and get involved!

Writer's Alliance members are filling the pages of journals and magazines with brilliant works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
See
Wag Tales (and below) for the latest.

Good stuff here!
Click here for the latest issue of
The WAG Digest, Vol. 4, Issue 9/10, Sept.-Oct. 2013.

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Writers Alliance Writers Are Published Writers!
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Maya Angelou

Very little is more pleasing to a writer than having friends who appreciate their work.
It is important to let authors and - yes, especially - publishers, know that you have read some favored selection,
that you love this writer and her or his work - especially in this day of electronic publication and closing book stores.
We invite all members of WAG to let us know when work is (or will be) published and we will happily refer
others who are fans of this site to read and enjoy.

Natalie Cornell - Yeah, Natalie! Her story Orientation Week has been published online by Lunch Ticket, a literary journal from "the MFA community Antioch University, Los Angeles." Read this story to discover how her "college career" was saved by heavy traffic and singing frat boys!

Rick Sapp's
story "A High, Desolate Place" - a paean, in a sense, to loss, loneliness and pain - was named one of the Ten Stories of Distinction in the 2014 E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest sponsored by Write Corner Press - here. (The 2015 E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction $1,100 contest opens from October 2014 - April 2015.) Rick also placed in the 2013 Stories of Distinction with "The Man Who Invented Love."

WAG's Roz Miller, writer and visual artist, reports scoring a prize at the Turner Arts Center "Spring into Art" competition in Valdosta, Georgia recently. "I was stunned and thrilled," Roz says. Check out her work and the special award here. Congratulations Roz!

Felicia Lee (also see below) says she is "honored and delighted to have an essay - How Not to Reheat an Academic Career - included in the new volume '(T)here - On Returnings.' The theme of the essays is the often-discomforting experience of returning home after a prolonged time away. Those who have traveled and worked abroad can definitely relate. All proceeds from the volume, by the way, go to Kiva.org a nonprofit that provides microloans to small businesses and enterpreneurs in the developing world. So, not only will you be getting a good read, but you will be contributing to a good cause."

WAG's very own volunteer recording secretary Felicia Lee has had two stories recently in one of the publications edited by WAG friend Albert Isaacs, Senior Times. Her cover story in January told the story of the local slow-pitch softball club Ralph Bowden has put together. The second, in the March issue, interview a 97-year-old man who rose from private to colonel and served the United States in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Felicia, who always writes with a fine eye to suspense, also published the short story "Watching Paint Dry" in Encounters, a free bi-monthly digital publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror and paranormal short fiction.

Check out issue two of Dirty Chai (page 35) for a creative non-fiction story titled Me and the Boys by WAG member Wendy Thornton and learn about her mystery returning Marine veteran, her boyfriend "Rick" and the decision to hitchhike to New Orleans.

"I'm published!" writes WAG member
Aileen McCready. "Telling Our Stories Press has published an anthology entitled Reverie: Ultra Short Memoirs featuring a piece I wrote called 'Conversation with my Father.' (When I got their notice that it was being included, I thought it was for a different piece. I completely forgot that I had even submitted this one!)" Read about small things that matter to Aileen at aileenrmccready.wordpress.com. An "independent literary imprint with a focus on the art of short memoir and personal narrative," Telling Our Stories Press is found here. Reverie is available as a paperback and in most ebook formats.

Supreme congratulations to WAG member Larry Brasington, whose sci-fi adventure novel Nell's Tavern ranked high in Amazon's Kindle Store in the War & Mystery, Thriller and Space Opera categories.

Wendy Thornton's poem Cognitive Flame Out was awarded an Honorable Mention in the spring contest of Avalon Literary Review and will be included in their hard cover book published in April. Wendy's poem Beautiful Women, Wretched Lies was accepted by White Ash Magazine, a Canadian publication with the followingnote from the editors: we "... have reached the conclusion that you are exactly the kind of writer we are looking for." Wendy's work begins, "It's easy to imagine beautiful women meeting their just rewards in endless mirrors throughout their lives. But sometimes ..." And you will need to buy the compilation to read the rest. Way to go, Wendy!



WAG Tales

Have you checked the WAG Tales section of your WAG website yet?
If not, dive in right now and check out insightful writing tips from published WAG members:

Frank Fiordalisi - The Secret Ingredient - "I can do better ..."
Stuart Woods - Best-Selling Author dishes on Motivation
Michael Wallace "MW" Gordon - Reinventing Life at 80
Linden, Thornton & Owen "You Wrote It - Now Promote It"
Art Crummer "The Writer's Life"
Karen Majorowicz "Top reasons for writing poetry"
Heman "Doc" Harris "Just give me five words ..."
Bonnie Ogle "Luck? No way!"
Rick Sapp "To Fiction or Not to Fiction ..."
Larry Brasington "Science Fiction Lives!"
Stephanie Seguin "Flying Like An Eagle"
Darlene Marshall (Eve Ackerman) about "The Joy Moment"
Jennifer Grant talks about being "ADD about Genre"
Kal Rosenberg on "Good Writing vs. Good Fiction"
Jack Owen about being a "Map Engineer"
Sandra Gail Lambert discusses "Motivation"
Felicia Lee dishes on "Why blog?"
Kaye Linden looks at the long view - "Writing Through a Slump"
Susie Baxter on "Editing & Deadlines"
Wendy Thornton talks about something fundamental to all of us - "Desire"


The Bacopa Literary Review is now alive on Twitter at @BacopaLitReview says Editor-in-Chief Gen Aris. It's
a great way to read up-to-the-minute news and information from this initiative of the Writer's Alliance of Gainesville.



Check out our "Coming Programs" page for the WAG Speaker Series!
and Wag Tales for tips and ideas from fellow WAG writers: "What works for me ..."
The Writer's Alliance is on FacebookClick here!




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