Next Week’s Meeting is Cancelled

Today, Lynn and I discussed next week’s writers’ meeting. Given the rising cases of Wuhan Corona Virus (COVID19) in Canada and around the world, we have decided to be proactive instead of reactive. Social distancing and staying home is vital in slowing down this virus.

To help keep everyone safe, March’s writers’ meeting is cancelled. The situation will be assessed before the April meeting.

BOOK SALE AT C. W. SAUNDERS MASON LODGE, ELMSDALE

On the first Saturday of every month, a used-book sale takes place at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, 170 Highway 214, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia.

This month’s sale takes place tomorrow (March 7th) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The book sale is held in the downstairs hall. Walk in the front doors and take the stairs to the basement. Books are sold at amazing prices. Much of their stock is sold at $1.00 or less.

There are thousands of books of all genres. Many are new, but many are also old. Magazines usually go for ten cents.

Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of 2020 takes place Tuesday February 18th at the Elmsdale Library from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

HOMEWORK

Take a character from a story you’re working on right now and write a 350-word backstory for them. If you’re not working on a story, take a character from a previous project and write their backstory.

If weather conditions are hazardous, it will be cancelled. Please, check your email before you leave the house.

Author Interview: Barbara Carter

Introducing Barbara Carter, author of four books. She writes poetry, short stories and memoirs.

1.You have a passion for many art forms, including writing, painting, and needle and thread. What inspires you to say, “Today I’m going to write.”?

I’d always been interested in writing, but felt I had to choose between writing or visual art. That was my limited thinking. It took many years for me to realize I could do both and even combine the two.

For me, creating images was a safer way of expressing myself. People can love and connect with an image but may not consciously know why. With writing, especially memoir, there is no hiding. I was once a very shy insecure person who believed I had nothing of value to say. During my journey as a visual artist I came to a point in my life where I needed words to say what I had to say, to stop hiding behind the safety of image.

Now I usually write in the morning and create images in the evening.

  1. Of all the books you’ve written, which satisfied you the most after it was published?

If I must choose the book that most satisfied me, it would be the first, probably because the first time for anything is usually the most memorable. The first book was a sixteen-year journey. A book I was never sure would ever happen. I’d carried it with me for such a long time. Tearing it apart, restructuring and rearranging it.

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BOOK SALE AT C. W. SAUNDERS MASON LODGE, ELMSDALE

First Sale of 2020

On the first Saturday of every month, a used-book sale takes place at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, 170 Highway 214, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia.

This month’s sale takes place tomorrow (February 1st) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The book sale is held in the downstairs hall. Walk in the front doors and take the stairs to the basement. Books are sold at amazing prices. Much of their stock is sold at $1.00 or less.

There are thousands of books of all genres. Many are new, but many are also old. Magazines usually go for ten cents.

Author Interview: Alice Walsh

Introducing Alice Walsh, author of more than 15 books. She writes fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her articles and short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies.

  1. Alice, you have published books in three genres: children, teen and adult. Which is your favourite genre to write and why?

Alice WalshI like to write picture books for preschoolers and school-age children. There is a misconception that this genre is easy when, in fact, it can be quite challenging. I like taking a complex problem or concept and making it simple enough for a child to understand. My picture book, A Change of Heart, deals with racism, segregation, forgiveness, kindness, and overcoming hate.

  1. Of all the books you’ve written, which is your favourite and why?

I am often asked that question when I go into schools to conduct workshops. I tell the students that having a favorite book would be sort of like having a favorite child.

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Member’s Flash Fiction Featured with Engen Books

Teigen, a member of East Hants Writers, is featured in Engen Books’s Newsletter this week. She submitted a story to their October 2019 Flash Fiction contest. While she didn’t win fist place, Engen Books recognised her story as one of top submissions.

The story is found here: Engen Books Newsletter.

Interested in submitting a story to the flash fiction contest? They are monthly. Check them out here: Engen Books Flash Fiction Contest.

Writing Quote

Meeting Recap

meeting recapThe regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday January 21st at 6:00 pm. Three members were in attendance: Barb M., John and Diane.

The discussions included the quality of printing done by Lulu, the writing of a Mary-Sue character, the wins and losses in a character’s arc and the current day-formula for writing books, making movies and writing songs.

The lesson on self-editing covered identifying hidden verbs in sentences. Hidden verbs is the process of turning a verb into a noun and adding another verb to the sentence for it to make sense. Hidden verbs do three things:

  1. It makes the writing sound pompous, boring and flat.
  2. It tells instead of shows, and in some cases suggests nothing really happened.
  3. It makes sentences unnecessarily longer.

EXAMPLES

  • Hidden: We will make a decision on Tuesday.
  • Uncovered: We will decide on Tuesday.
  • Hidden: She gave him a hug.
  • Uncovered: She hugged him.
  • Hidden: He’d make a more thorough assessment when he paid for the goods.
  • Covered: He’d assess him thoroughly when he paid for the goods.

The endings -ment, -tion, -sion and -ance can, but not always, indicate a verb transformed into a noun and hidden within a sentence.

EXAMPLE

  • Hidden: They made the decision to fight their way out of the castle.
  • Uncovered: They decided to fight their way out of the castle.

Homework

We read our homework assignment, which was to take the following sentence and write a story.

It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he/she was not.

NOTE: The character can be either male or female. You choose.

This is the first line in the novel City of Glass by Paul Auster (1985)

Word Count Goal: 433 words.

HOMEWORK for February

Take a character from a story you’re working on right now and write a 350-word backstory for them.