I want to welcome everybody to our first meeting of the season. Our meeting will be next Thursday, September 1st, from 6-8 PM at the West Regional Library on Grelot road.
Don’t forget we will have one last summer social meeting on August 27th, 2016 at Bluegill Restaurant from 2-4 PM. Come if you can make it! https://www.facebook.com/events/1100688303311083/
September will be “A Very Good Place to Start: Nine Questions to Get You Going” by Jodie Cain Smith. https://www.facebook.com/events/160875427677644/
Characters drive plot. This is one of the only truths of writing fiction. Formulas can be broken. Grammar can be ignored. Industry conventions can be tossed out the car window and left to bounce and writhe on the side of the road. But characters will drive the plot. The more you know about the characters you create, the less driving you as the writer will have to do.
Uta Hagen, in her masterpiece Respect for Acting, posed nine questions to help actors understand their characters better. This writing workshop will explore how to apply these nine questions to story creation and character development. Applying Uta Hagen’s Nine Questions will help you know your characters and discover conflict, plot twists, and those delicious little ticks that make your characters come to life.
Jodie Cain Smith’s Bio:
Jodie Cain Smith Bio
As a teen in Mobile, AL, Jodie Cain Smith listened as her grandmother told her the gripping story of an adolescence spent in 1930’s rural Alabama, the rumors surrounding her parents, and the murder trial that would alter her life. The tale took root in Jodie’s memory until at last it became The Woods at Barlow Bend, her award-winning debut novel from Deer Hawk Publications.
A wife and mother with a BFA in TheatreArts and an MAE in School Counseling, she currently lives in Mobile, Alabama.
Jodie Cain Smith’s feature articles and columns have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Military Spouse's Soul, The Petigru Review, The Savannah Morning News, and the Fort Hood Sentinel. She also serves as the Content Editor for Clemson Road Creative. Her second novel, Jubilee Bells, will be released in 2017.
Please remember to bring cash or check to renew your membership and for our new donation raffle for our Thursday meeting. Remember, tickets will be $1 each and you may buy more than one. This month the book we will be raffling is “Fiction Unboxed” by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. Fiction Unboxed talks about how two authors co-wrote a book and published it all in less than a month! If you’re looking for ways to increase the speed of your writing, this is a great book to pick up and see how they accomplished it, and how their experience went. If you are interested in it, please buy a few raffle tickets to see if you can win a copy. Remember, the donations for these tickets are going to our Mobile Writers Guild cards, the cost of the books, and extra expenses we have.
Remember, we record all of our meetings. If you are a member and missed a meeting or want to go back and listen to one of our meetings, you can get the private address from us where you can do that. We also have most of the audios from last season as well if you want to go back and listen to any of them.
Our secretary has introduced a new idea of a Mobile Writers Guild Library, where we can check out each other’s books so we can support each other by reading and leaving a review on Amazon & Goodreads. Our library has been started and you can learn more information at our meeting.
Special Member Opportunity
Our arrangement with the Urban Emporium in downtown Mobile is up and running! Here are the details: Members in good standing will be able to sell their books through the MWG at Urban Emporium, a retail shop on Dauphin Street in their Mobile Makers section. Urban Emporium will take 30% of the sale price, and 2.5% for credit card transactions. If the organization sells less than $100/month, the fee MWG pays per month is $7.50. If we sell over $100, the fee is $15. They are open 6 days a week, plus during special events. They encourage we come during art walks with a table set up outside (No Peddlers license required). They are located on dauphin street downtown near between Bienville Square and Cathedral Plaza.
Our arrangement with Mobile Bookseller is up and running! Members in good standing will be able to sell their books through the MWG at Mobile Bookseller. Mobile Bookseller will take 40% of the sale price. There will be no monthly fees. Please bring some book flyers/postcards for the short shelves on the rack we donated them for the short shelves. (3 copies of each of your books recommended for in store). They are located in the Skyland Shopping Center off Government & Azeala in the corner. Their store is stilled labled as, “Book Rack.”
We also have the opportunity to donate our books to the Mobile Public Library. They suggest only 1 copy and that it should be stocked at their West Regional Branch as it has the most traffic. However, you can specify which branch you want your book in. Email the Mobile Writers Guild for more information about it if you are interested.
These are stupendous opportunities to showcase members' books. To participate, you must be a current member, and pay an additional fee of $15/year to help us pay the rental space at the store. If you are interested, please bring up to eight copies of your book(s) to the meeting and your checkbook. We will also need an electronic copy of your author bio and photo--please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have gold “Autographed Copy” stickers that we ordered to put on all of our books that we take to these stores. So if you participate, talk with me about getting stickers on your books & you signing them.
Joyce Scarbrough released TRUE BLUE, the first book in her True Blue Trilogy. The e-book is currently available at Amazon and will soon be available through all major distributors. Paperback also coming soon!
Carrie Dalby will be speaking on researching historical fiction (in regards to her novel, FORTITUDE) and how to use well researched historical novels to get kids excited about history at the Metro Mobile Reading Council's Fall meeting at the Ben May Library on September 22 at 4:30pm.
Dee Jordan has a story coming out this month in New Zenith Literary Magazine debut issue. The story is "Hullabaloo."
Candice Marley Conner had her first republications in the July and August issues of The Good Mother Project. She also started a blog where she revels in run-on sentences (and lots of parentheses) about watery things and magically things and parenting things and she'd appreciate it if you would stop by at www.candicemarleyconner.wordpress.com and say hello.
Carrie's young adult contemporary novel, CORRODED, is a 2016 Whitney Award nominee.
Angela Quarles' time travel romance MUST LOVE CHAINMAIL, won a RWA RITA in Paranormal, romance's top award. Her third book in the series, MUST LOVE KILTS, was released in July.
Upcoming Local Events:
Book signing by Mary S. Palmer at Page & Palette @ 6PM on Thursday, September 8th. She will be signing her book, “George Wallace: An Enigma” More information available here: http://www.pageandpalette.com/events-master/2016/9/8/mary-palmer
D.P. Lyle will be at Fairhope's Page and Palette on 9/13 to offer a writing session on “voice” at 5pm and at 6 he will discuss his latest book called Deep 6. http://www.pageandpalette.com/events-master/2016/9/13/doug-lyle
James Dashner, NYT Bestselling author of the “Maze Runner” series will be at Page & Palette on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. http://www.pageandpalette.com/events-master/2016/9/30/james-dashner
Gulf Coast Writers Association meets August 27th from 11am-1pm at the Pass Christian Library with guest speaker Laura Ann Ewald.
Mobile Writers Guild has a casual get-together meeting August 27th from 2pm-4pm at Bluegill Restaurant.
Pensters Writers Group will be meeting September 10th from 10am-12pm at University of South Alabama Baldwin County Campus, Room 1.
We hope to see everybody at the meeting.
Remember to bring snacks for the group if you can, we will have snacks in the back.
Bring copies of your books as well to put on our display table—you may sell a copy.
Join us at:
West Regional Library
5555 Grelot Rd,
Mobile, AL 36609
6-8 PM in the meeting room on September 1st .
See you there!
Craig A. Price Jr.
Mobile Writers Guild