The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
March 4, 2015
Volume 5 Issue 6
From the President:
We're now back to our regular monthly meeting time from here on out. Thank you for your patience! I hope everyone's been hard at work with their goals. If you're struggling, there are several approaches to take--are you setting unrealistic goals? Make sure your goals are things that are achievable by you in the time frame you've allotted. If it's dependent on outside factors, perhaps amend your goal to something you can control. Or break your goal down into smaller weekly, or even daily goals. Those can seem less overwhelming, and before you know it, by the end of the month, you've achieved your goal, or come close! Reach out to other writers and seek advice.
-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2014-2015 MWG President
Our next monthly meeting is this THURSDAY, March 5, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30 pm. The presenter will be Joyce Scarbrough: A Flash-Editing Fiction Workshop. Interested participants will need to email Joyce one page, 12 point font, double spaced with 1 inch margins, no name on the page. She'll edit the first six she receives via email at firstname.lastname@example.org so get yours in as soon as possible, there are, as of now, two slots left! We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting. Refreshments are potluck, so if you can, bring something for the group to nibble.
The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Romance Writer's of America meeting is Saturday, March 7 11 am in the second floor meeting room at Carpe Diem on Old Shell Rd. Their speaker, via online, will be Laurie Schnebly Campbell on Psychology For Creating Characters -- And Their Fatal Flaws. Tools for determining naturally lovable (and intriguingly flawed) personality types include Adlerian birth order, Jungian thought/feeling scales, the Dewey priorities, and other theories of temperament including Enneagrams. Counselors and personnel managers use this personality tool to identify the nine personality types: Reformer, Nurturer, Achiever, Romantic, Observer, Guardian, Adventurer, Leader and Peacemaker. Each has distinctive traits, including a fatal flaw, that will naturally bring them into conflict with other people...AND with themselves. Learn from a counselor which types will offer the best opportunities for conflict between realistic characters whose "inborn" personalities will both oppose and attract.
The next MWG Open Mic is Wednesday, March 18, at Serda’s Coffee on Royal Street. No pre-registration is required, but we suggest arriving between 5:30-5:50 to sign-up to read. We’ll do as many readings (ten minutes or less) as possible between 6-8pm. You do not need to be a member to read.
Tallahassee Community College will be holding the first annual Word of the South Festival April 10-12, 2015, a festival of literature and music featuring a unique blend of writers and musicians with authors who write about music, musicians who are also authors, authors and musicians appearing together, and everything in between. Confirmed musician/artists include Ann Patchett, the gospel group Sweet Honey in the Rock, a joint appearance of the writer Mary Gaitskill with the musician Peg Simone, plus many more writers and musicians. For more info, visit: www.wordofsouthfestival.com
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 25% 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. This is a stupendous opportunity to showcase members' books. To participate, you must be a current member, and pay an additional fee of $15/year. If you are interested, please bring up to five copies of your book(s) to the meeting and your checkbook. I will also need an electronic copy of your author bio and photo--please send to email@example.com.
Continue to send in your writing news and author events to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share your milestones with the community.
Where to find us:
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!