Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 2, No. 13 Apr-May '98


Sunday Brunch
Plaza Hotel@11:30-2pm
Speaker: Dinghy Sharp, Learning consultant, author, speaker, and authority on the history of oral communication
Topic: "Listen, and your ears will tell you what to write"
(see article this page for more details)


Sunday Brunch
Plaza Hotel@11:30-2pm
Speaker: Gregg Levoy, Author of Callings and This Business of Writing
Topic: "Follow Your Callings as a Writer"
(see article this page for more details)

To R.S.V.P. Luncheon
Phone Luncheon Chair
Connie Kazal: 682-8009
before noon the
Thursday before Brunch

all Brunch's $12 mem/ $14 non
Please bring name badges from conference so we can use them at the luncheon--if you didn't attend the conference, let Connie know.

Dinghy Sharp tells how it was and is
You think your short story or novel has an original plot? Maybe not. Dinghy Sharp, Ed.d., a learning consultant, author and speaker who is recognized as a pioneer in remedial education, is also an authority on the history of oral communication. What she knows about fables and myths, their origins and theme variations has enthralled, entertained, and educated audiences throughout the nation. For example, "The Cinderella story has a long history of variations on the universal theme of good prevailing over evil." She is a member of the National Storyteller Association, the Detroit Storyteller League, and has been instrumental in establishing a Tucson branch of the Story League. Her speeches include references to such great writers as Washington Irving and Edgar Allen Poe. Emphasizing how writers are the product of their backgrounds, she illustrates her stories with references to her own childhood in Detroit. She frequently tells how an ancestor of hers, Clement Clarke Moore, created "The Night Before Christmas" and she explains such details as how the reindeer got their names.
Sharp says, "Writing is a God-given talent. Writers should develop their own unique style because every person is unique. Their language and learning patterns are unique." She explains that she is dyslexic and, in spite of that handicap, she has excelled as an educator, having retired from the Farmington, Michigan schools as a learning consultant to pursue a career as a speaker on the subject of children and young adults reaching their fullest potential academically and creatively.
The message she emphasizes is that oral communication came before the written. "Listen, and your ears will tell you what to write."
Dinghy is our April 19th speaker.

Following Your Calling As A Writer
To come into your full voice and power as a writer, to speak with your greatest authenticity, you must listen and respond to what your life and your talents are calling you to write, to say to the world.

In this inspiring presentation, Gregg Levoy, author of Callings, and This Business of Writing, will explore the passions and callings of the writing life, what makes us say yes and no to them, and how we can open to not only our own deepest voices, but the Larger Voices that want to speak through us.

Gregg Levoy, a former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, is a full-time freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Reader's Digest, and many others. A former columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer and USA Today, and winner of a first-place writing award from the Associated Press, he lectures and teaches widely on the subject of callings.
Gregg will be our May 17th speaker.

Jerry Airth will have two items in this month's Calliope, MENSA's literary magazine--his poem "Marilee" and a book review on John Wood's How to Write Attention-Grabbing Query and Cover Letters. Jerry is almost a regular in the magazine now. Calliope's General Editor, Cynthia Scribner, encourages SSA members to send stories, poems, and how-to articles for writers.

Michael M. Alvarez's audio mystery, Deliver Us From Evil, is scheduled for release on May 25th. According to his publisher, it should be available through local marketing chain stores, such as Wal-Mart and Barns & Noble. Also, he recently sold two short stories "Summer, My Old Friend" and "The House on Rosewood Drive" to The Literary Journal. The Stories are scheduled to appear in the June and September issues.

Leslie Clark and Sheran Vaughn have coordinated the writing of a mystery novel, Postcards from the Borderland, with three other members of the High Desert Working Writers' Association­Katherine Baccaro, Jinx Schwartz, and Holly Whitman. The story is being published in the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review--beginning Feb. 8 and running every Thursday & Sunday until all 18 chapters are published. The authors are looking for a publisher to release it in book form.

Mary Miller Hall has a new book released in paperback. The title is Prostitution of Our Constitution. It discusses illegal acts committed by judges and attorneys in our judicial system. It contains actual court documents and names the criminals involved. It is available at Borders Bookstores and in Malkia Shop at 2900 East Broadway (next to Laffs Comedy Club). The price is $12.00 per copy.

Bobbie Herring had 3 articles published in the Raytheon Newsletter & one on Raytheon employess who volunteer for the Special Olympics in the Club Newsletter. She also had an article in The College Connection at Pima College East Campus about touring their Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Testing Labs during "College for a Night."

Lorraine Lachs will be reading from her novel, Flowers for Mei-Ling, at the east side Barns & Noble in Tucson (4/22) at 7pm. She will be interviewed on Books & Co., Public Television, in Phoenix and a Dutch language edition of her book has recently been issued in the Netherlands.

Jennifer J. Stewart just signed a contract with Holiday House. Her children's novel Please Don't Eat the Princess will be out in hardcover sometime in 1999.

The Write Word
published bi-monthly by the Board of Directors
of The Society of Southwestern Authors
P.O. Box 30355, Tucson, AZ 85751

Penny Porter: 296-5299 (FAX: 296-0409)
Chris Stern: 743-0940
Mary Tate Engels: 742-1094
Corresponding Secretary
Lee Knight: 751-9343
Jay McCall: 887-7847
Frank Tornabene: 299-1924
Luncheon Chair
Connie Kazal: 682-8009
Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: 293-3566 (FAX: 206-6295)

Deadline for next issue is the 29th day of May