Monthly Archives: July 2013

Free Webinar 

Writer’s Digest is offering:


Categories: Brian Klems’ The Writer’s Dig.

July 13, 2013 | Brian A. Klems ‘


If you’ve never tried a webinar before or have been hesitant to try because you’re not sure how it works and don’t know whether it’d be a right fit for you, you have an opportunity to try one for free.


Learn How to Write Compelling, Authentic Dialogue – Monday, July 15, 2013

This really is a great way to familiarize yourself with webinars and learn how they work, all while getting some valuable information about writing compelling dialogue—a writerly skill that’s more difficult than most of us think.

Go to Writers Digest for sign-up.

* NOTE: Plan on getting there early as only the first 1,000 attendees will be able to participate in the live event (that’s all our system will hold). If you don’t make it in time, don’t worry: We’ll send out a free recording to everyone who signs up.

Categories: Story Circles

Calling All Writers

All writers or aspiring writers,

Are you writing a memoir for yourself, your family or to be published?  Do you want to learn more about writing?  Do you want to share your writing with others?  If the answer is yes to any of these questions, please come to the next Story Circle at the Safety Harbor Library on July 17th at 6 pm. At our gatherings we write a little, read a little, learn a little and discuss writing in general.

 The monthly meetings for the Story Circle are the third Wednesday of each month at the Safety Harbor Library and the first Wednesday at the Largo Library both are from 6-7:45pm.  Please mark your calendar. 

Safety Harbor Library     101 2nd St North     Safety Harbor  34695        727-724-1525Largo Library                  120 Central Park Drive    Largo  33771                727-587-6715   

Your assignment, in 600 words or less: 

Think about one of the most significant relationships in your life.  It can be one you have now or something from your past.  Pick a relationship that challenged you to enlarge your sense of self.

What did you learn?

How did you grow?

What did you give?

What did you lose?

What was the most important gift to yourself?

 Above are some things to ask yourself before you write your piece.

Remember dialog and setting.  Six hundred words is not a lot, so pick your words carefully.  Bring your assignment with you and read it to the group. You will receive gentle, helpful feedback and best of all, encouragement.

It is not too late for this month:  Florida Writers Association (FWA)meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at the main library in St Petersburgfrom 5:30 – 7:45pm.  Mark your calendars.  Everyone is welcome.


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Thoughts on Memoir Writing

“Memoir is the only second chance you ever get at life. It is a willful turning back of the clock, a logical impossibility, and yet you do it, because your mind exists outside of time.” Lauren Slater, author of: Welcome to My Country, Prozac Diary, Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir, Opening Skinner’s Box, the short-story collection Blue Beyond Blue, and Love Works Like This. Editor of the 2006 edition of Best American Essays and co-edited (with Jessica Henderson Daniel and Amy Banks) The Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women.  – See more at: 

“Here’s your crutch: So you’ve got this story, and before you even write the first paragraph you should write down the beginning and end point of the major through-narrative of the book: A on Aug. 3, 1993, and Z occurred on Jan. 20, 2008. Do this on an index card and pin it to the wall above your desk. There is your beginning and end. A bunch of crazy shit happened in between A and Z. Or, many normal things — that I care about and that I can make a reader care about — happened between A and Z. There is your story. Go tell it to the world. And, for Christ’s sake, have some fun.” Anthony Swofford, writer, editor and teacher. (Jarhead)

“Also, since the details will be so perspective-wreckingly close, work hard to increase that distance. Here’s how. Change your narrator from “I” to “she” (or “he”). Write the whole thing in that third-person voice, and then — after typing your final period — do a word-replace to get yourself back in there. You’ll be amazed at how freeing that is. Darin Strauss Half a Life.

“Write it with the liberation of complete privacy. You can always change your mind later.” Sallie Tisdale

“The most important thing is to get started, just write stuff.” Jan Golden



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