Even as we end our 2013-2014 season with a fabulous program by Mary Mackey, our Board is planning our next season. We have a planning meeting in July, but we have already lined up the first program of the new season. On Sept. 13, Bridget Watson Payne, editor at Chronicle Books, will speak to us on “The Power of Words and Images.” See details on our “Next Program and Events Calendar” page, where you can also see the dates of our summer events. Check it out and have a wonderful summer.
Christa Fairfield and Jill Hedgecock, amazing leaders of our Young Writers Conference, are the joint recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Taking over from Liz Pentacoff-Koehler, whom no one thought could be replaced, they have forged ahead with great success. The photo shows them receiving their award from Al Garrotto at the June 2014 meeting. Elisabeth Tuck is in the background.
Mary Mackey will round out our season by presenting on “How to Travel Like a Writer.” Timely, in light of our summer hiatus, she will discuss what it means to travel like a writer and how your unique perspective from your travels is critical to your writing. For details, see our “Next Program and Events Calendar” page. See you on Sat., June 14.
Melanie has received a 2014 bronze IPPY for Regional Southern Fiction from Independent Publisher Book Awards for her novel, Visiting the Sins. Congratulations, Melanie.
May is always a “banner” program because we celebrate our young writers and enjoy, together, a program on writing. Ellen Klages will talk on “Building a Story from the Ground Up” and we will enjoy watching our young writers receive their awards.
For details, please see our Next Program page.
After a fabulous March workshop on character, we are gearing up for our next program with speaker Jordan Rosenfeld. To be held on April 12, Jordan will share her expertise on plot. For details, click on our Next Program and Events calendar page. As an added bonus, there will be a Writers Table on book covers with Andrew Benzie.
We all know how great Martha Engber is as a presenter and workshop leader. South Bay Writers’ Spring Workshop on March 30 (Sunday) will feature Martha on the subject: “Grow Your Great Character and Plot! A Workshop for Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction.” It will be held at Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose: 8:30 am (registration) to 4:00 pm (close); Continental Breakfast & Lunch will be served. For Registration, go to www.southbaywriters.com