Upcoming Events

   October 5
SSA Santa Cruz Chapter @ 1—2:45pm
Joyner Library in Green Valley
Mary L. Maas author/ editor of Sisterhood of the Wounded Breast, will talk about women fighting battles with breast cancer and being survivors
(see article here)

   October 18
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Gene Twaronite - "An Afternoon with an Absurd Naturalist"
(see article this page)

   October 25
SSA Valley of the Sun Chapter @ 2:30—4:30pm
Tempe Public Library
Art Kerns - (retired FBI agent/3 published spy thrillers) "Writing the Spy Thriller,”"
(see article here)

   November 1 Extended Deadline
2015 SSA Writing Contest
(see more at www.ssa-az.org/contest.html)

   November 2
SSA Santa Cruz Chapter @ 1—2:45pm
Joyner Library in Green Valley
Lynn Wiese Sneyd (LWS Literary Services), on available publishing options
(see article here)

   November 15
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Joshua Cochran, - "Let's Talk Plot: Why It Often Matters Least"
(see article this page)

   December 7
SSA Santa Cruz Chapter @ 1—2:45pm
Joyner Library in Green Valley
Jim and Marilyn Johnson
(authors) "De Grazia: The Man and the Myths"
(see article here)

To R.S.V.P. SSA Forum
Leave Phone Message
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$30 paid at the door

      SSA member Gene Twaronite is a Tucson writer and author of the recently published book The Absurd Naturalist: Irreverent Musings on Nature, a collection of forty-three humorous essays and sketches on nature and gardening. He will present a special PowerPoint reading/performance of some of his essays, accompanied by animated images guaranteed to amuse and delight. He will also discuss how PowerPoint can be used to create dynamic, colorful presentations that can help promote your book to the public, with remaining time devoted to hands-on tips and questions.

   The Absurd Naturalist includes pieces dealing with tofu hunters, the art of toad throwing, same-species marriage, getting rid of nature, lizard watching, reasons why you shouldn't garden, how to sell belly buttons, the right to bear arms, and the origin of toaster ovens. A unique cross-genre book, it will appeal to readers of natural history, the environment, and gardening as well as those general readers seeking an entertaining blend of science, satire, and absurdity.

   A former junior high school science teacher, newspaper columnist, landscaper, and Instructional Specialist with the University of Arizona, Gene has over 40 years of writing and publishing experience. He is also the author of the middle grade novel The Family That Wasn't, the young adult novel My Vacation in Hell, Dragon Daily News: Stories of Imagination for Children of All Ages, and Approaching Wilderness: Six Stories of Dementia.

   So many emerging writers find themselves transfixed by the importance of plot, oftentimes focusing too intently on what happens and in what order. Plot, under the right circumstances, is merely the skeleton on which the true story hangs, not the story itself... but it's easy to confuse plot with purpose. In a comparison of plots of four remarkable short stories, Joshua Cochran will attempt to allay the fears and deflate the importance of plot from among the seven elements of fiction. Once a writer is free from the weight of plot, a better story often emerges. How? We'll find out.

   Mr. Cochran asks that participants read and be ready to discuss the following stories: "The Necklace," by Guy de Maupassant; "Hills Like White Elephants," by Ernest Hemingway; "A Worn Path," by Eudora Welty," and "Nawabdin Electrician," by Daniyal Mueenuddin. All stories can be found for free online.

   Born in 1972, Joshua Daniel Cochran is a novelist and college instructor currently living in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Cochran was the first in his family to attend college, and received his B.A. from the University of Arizona in 2002 after spending six years as a firefighter and EMT with the US Forest Service. While an undergraduate student, he garnered the Fred Scott Award for Nonfiction, the Bill and Jane Spain Award for Poetry, and was awarded Outstanding Senior of the Year for the College of Humanities.

   Cochran went on to receive his M.F.A. at City College of New York in 2006 where he also taught creative writing, world humanities and composition. At CCNY, Cochran received the Eugene Grant Award for Academic Excellence in 2004, and was recognized as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2006. While teaching and working in Manhattan, Cochran began his public writing career, publishing dozens of short stories, non-fiction articles and poems in numerous journal and anthologies. He served on the editorial board for Fiction magazine and Global City Review and Press. His first novel, Echo Detained, was published in 2007.

   Having moved back to Arizona in 2008, Cochran is eagerly finishing a magical-realist, novel/memoir that tests the boundary between fiction and nonfiction. Looking beyond this project, the canyons of Manhattan have nothing compared to the canyons of the American Southwest, so Cochran's next novel will concern the convergence of Indian, Latin American and Anglo cultures that have so influenced him throughout his life.

   Joshua Daniel Cochran relishes his faculty position at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, as it allows him ample time to write while still teach creative writing, literature and composition. Cochran considers himself fortunate that his life, on all levels, is immersed in what he loves most—the written word. He is also a publisher of new and important books with his Cairn Press.

Echo Detained (Fractious Press, 2007)
The Most Important Memoir Ever Written Ever (Cairn Press, 2014)
First Phantasma (Black Cat Press, 2012)
Argestes, Bourbon Penn, Global City Review, Midwest Literary Magazine, Promethean, Skive Magazine, Verdad
Outstanding Teacher of the Year, The City College of New York, NY, 2006.
Eugene Grant Award for Academic Excellence, The City College of New York, NY, 2004.
Outstanding Senior of the Year, College of Humanities, University of Arizona, AZ, 2002.
Fred Scott Award for Nonfiction, University of Arizona, AZ, 2002.
Bill and Jane Spain Award for Poetry, University of Arizona, AZ, 2002.


Nancy Andres' feature article, "15 One Minute Health Boosters," was published in the Aug/Sept. 2015 issue of a new online wellness magazine, It's Your Life. Here is a link to the article: http://www.joomag.com/magazine/its-your-life-aug-sept-2015/0872198001438564384?page=10

Eve Dew Crook's second novel of romantic suspense, Peril, Passion, Peru, has just been published in both e-book format and print by The Wild Rose Press.
Pursuit and passion, bullets and blowguns, arousing art and sublime satisfaction—welcome to Peru. When her husband walks out leaving their final divorce papers unsigned, bilingual editor Jill Flanders hops on a plane to Peru to find him. She's waited a long time to be rid of the lying coward and refuses to lose her chance at a fulfilling life.
In Peru she meets Dex Conroy, a ceramics specialist hot on her ex-husband's trail after precious artifacts go missing. Jill is disturbed by her instant attraction to Dex. Nevertheless, she joins him in search of the missing man and vanished treasure.
As the hunt heats up, the hesitant relationship between Jill and Dex blossoms. Can the newly awakened lovers find what their hearts seed, while accidents accrue and poisoned blowgun darts start flying?
Also available in both e-book and print is the author's first novel of romantic suspense, Taking the Tumble. There are many ways to fall—some dangerous, some delightful....
Both Books are available at Amazon.com. Visit the author's website at http://evedewcrook.com. She can also be reached at evedewcrook@gmail.com

Ronny Herman de Jong has had several publications in the Prescott Daily Courier since V-J Day, August 15. The last one was August 23, 2015: "Tales of Concentration Camp a Lesson in History, Heroes and Hope." You can read about them and get their links at www.ronnyhermandejong.com/publicity.

Mike Rom's "Wire Gunfighter" sculpture took 3rd place in the August SAAG Artist of the Month contest. Mike spends his free time writing, experimenting with various forms of art and making videos. He forms his wire sculptures with re-bar tie wire and is working his way up to larger images—this one is 16" high. You can see the image online at Mike's website http://www.rombydesign.com/wire_gunfighter.htm.

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

Board of Dirctors

Chris Stern:

Vice President

Jay McCall: jmccall415@msn.com

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Membership & Forum Programs Chair
Penny Porter: wporter202@aol.com

Forum Reservations Chair
Duke Southard: dukesout@dukesouthard.com
Reservations: 546-9382 or
E-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com

Members at Large
Dan Baldwin: baldco@msn.com

Bob Hunton: rlh10@cox.net

Sharon Lashinger: srlashinger@hotmail.com

Rajendra Srivastava: rajendrasrivastava@outlook.com

Danette Young: dmyoung3@gmail.com


Conference Co-Chair

Writing Contest
Bob Hunton: info@ssa-az.org
contest page

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator

Writing Group Coordinator
Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

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NOTE: Deadline for next issue is the 15th day of November