The official start of Autumn is only a few days away. It may not be the autumn those up north experience but there is change; it is a tiny bit cooler in the evenings and we have a minor drop in the humidity. For now the traffic is still light as the snow birds have not yet packed to escape the brutal winter weather. As I see it, the months of September and October are treasures to be enjoyed.
Jan and I are still putting the finishing touches on our books (my mystery, You Do Not Know WhatI Have Done and Jan’s memoir, An Unfinished Woman). Editing and adding. It can be a never ending process but the point is to finish. Having made the commitment to go the Florida Writers Conference we have a deadline. It helps. If you are writing a book, a short story or a poem, it doesn’t hurt to have a goal in mind. It may be to present your writing to someone as a gift or enter a contest. Just remember to keep writing and at some point you have to stop the editing and the rewrites.
Jan and I believe being around other writers gives us focus, helps us learn our craft and provides encouragement. That is what the Story Circle Creative Writing group is all about. We want you to join us for the meeting at the beautiful Safety Harbor Library on Wednesday September 16thfrom 6:00 to 7:45 PM.
Writing Assignment for September
We all tell stories of remember when. Remember that kid from school, that new guy on the job, the first home we bought, the dress I wore to the party, the day we drove to Orlando. Try a different angle. Write the piece starting with the line “The last time I saw …
Remember to write it in 600 word or less. When you read at the next meeting we will ask for the word count. If you write by hand, count your words. If you use the computer the word count is tracked for you. In the Word program I use it is listed on the bottom left side of the screen. If you are having trouble keeping to the word count read How to Write Short by Roy Peter Clark.
Local Author’s Fair
Safety Harbor Library is holding Local Authors Fair. The event will be taking place on September 26 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Jan and I will be there representing the Story Circle Group. If you are interested in having a table at the event please contact the library. firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Writers & Story Tellers Welcome
We invite all writers from just thinking about writing to published authors to attend the class. If you are just starting out, you will learn a lot from the information provided as well spend time with the wonderful people who happen to be writers too. If you have friends who write, please forward this email to them.
The Story Circle, a creative writing group, meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Safety Harbor Library located at 101 2nd Street North, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 727-724-1525 from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM. We would stay longer, but the library closes at 8:00 PM. Each month we provide a writing assignment with a maximum word count of 600. Everyone who wants to can read their story and is given gentle feedback from the group. After all the readings we provide you with a short lesson on some aspect of writing. Dialog, editing, creating the scene and opening paragraphs are a few of the topics we have covered. No reservation required and no cost to you.
Hope to see you on the 16th.
Jan Golden Sheila McNaughton