Maybe you get tired of hearing this, but WOW, what a meeting!
Our 3rd Annual Celebration of Poetry, presented by the witty and urbane Howard Feigenbaum, brought together a collection of twenty readers who shared their own original works or those of others. Howard began the meeting by pointing out that while we may say we have no time to read poetry, we do listen to songs, and what are songs but poetry set to music?
We ranged from laughter to near-tears as poets played with our emotions. From Jenois Harris’ poem about a homeless man, to Erin Schalk’s metaphorical jacket to Valerie Eitzen’s haiku and senryu offerings, we were again reminded of the vast amount of talent and creativity in our membership. The meeting was well-attended, with forty-five people in the audience.
Many thanks to those who stepped up to share those works that moved them, to Howard for running another fine poetry meeting, and to Melissa Eiselein for producing the show (and making sure everyone had access to the microphone.)
Submit Your Work to Straitjackets Magazine
Thanks to Ellen Wolfe, Executive Editor of Straitjackets Magazine, for explaining how to submit our writing. If you would like to submit an essay, chapter, short story, poem, or other work, please click here for submission guidelines.
As stated at the meeting, we’ll hold elections at the October meeting for three positions on the DVWG Board of Directors: Vice President-Membership, Recording Secretary, and Member-at-Large. For more information about the process or the positions, please click here for Guild Bylaws.
Writing Tips from Jim Hitt
Jim explained the difference between plotting and pantsing, and then declared he is a Plantser–a mix of both. Although you will find the writing style that suits you best, every writer should be aware of the dictates of structure if you hope to find an audience for your writing. For more, here’s a fine article on the subject.
Scaring Yourself Successful: The Horror Renaissance
Mercedes M. Yardley & Tim Chizmar
There are things that go BUMP in the night, but don’t worry… these writers bump back!
You don’t have to be Stephen King or Anne Rice to have a successful career in Spookyville, USA. Learn how to explore the dark side of the literary world, have fun, and come back braver for it.
This talk will cover everything from writing and selling horror short stories, magazine articles, and comic books, to screenplays and full length novels. These masters of the dark story-telling world will share all with you and just in time for Halloween! Find out everything about the genre that has taken over the Emmys, Oscars, and your local bookstore.
Mercedes M. Yardley is an award-winning author. Tim Chizmar is an author and media personality. Together they are Co-Chairs of the Las Vegas chapter of the international Horror Writers Association. Please join us on September 22, 2018 at the Hemet Public Library, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.