Vol. 32, No. 7 Dec. '04/Jan. '05

Important Dates

   January 28 & 29
Wrangling with Writing
(see article)

   February 20
SSA Sunday Forum
Jennifer J. Stewart

   March 20
SSA Sunday all day Forum
Stephen Mertz

SSA Conference
Wrangling With Writing

Forums are usually
on the third Sunday
of each month
Sheraton Four Points
S/E corner of
Speedway & Campbell

To R.S.V.P. Luncheon
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
before noon the
Wed. before the Forum
$20 paid at the door

Sliced London Broil
Vegetarian Lasagna
Red Potatoes
Sauteed Vegetables
Green Salad
Fresh Fruit
Dessert, Bread
Coffee and Tea

Wrangling With Writing
33rd Annual Writer's Conference
Sponsored by
The Society of Southwestern Authors


January 28 & 29, 2005
Holiday Inn Palo Verde
Tucson, Arizona

Keynote Speakers:

* William F. Nolan: author of over 1500 published works of science
fiction and horror including "Logan's Run" and novels, short
stories, articles, screenplays and poetry.

* Dr. Ben Bova: multi-published author of fiction and non-fiction
relating to space travel.

* Lee Harris: author of two murder series, each with a unique female
sleuth plus a movie, "Murder without Conviction," based on her "Good Friday
Murder" on a Hallmark of Fame September 16, 2004.

* Bruce Holland Rogers: a master of the short story who recently earned another
award to add to his growing collection including a Pushcart Prize, a Bram
Stoker Award, and two Nebula Awards.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration fees will not increase after Jan. 21.
But chances for interviews might be a problem.

See the registration form online and in brochure for fees.

Highlights: New editors and agents will be added to our original brochure,
as the interview slots for four are already filled. Watch our website for updates on faculty changes.


* Share two days with writers, editors, and agents, publishers,
who will be conducting workshops covering all aspects of writing,
from how to define your idea to the task of selling your potential best seller.

* Schedule one-on-one appointments with top agents, editors, and publishers to pitch your latest project.

* Explore the book room and discover services that can help as you endeavor to write and then market your work.

The registration form online can be printed and mailed with payment to
SSA Wrangling with Writing, P.O. Box 30355, Tucson, AZ 85751
Fax to: 520-296-0409

For answers to questions and further information contact:
Penny Porter, director/registrar: wporter202@aol.com or 520-296-5299
Barbara Stahura, co-director: barbara@clariticom.com or 520-575-9650
Sharon Landeen, interview coordinator, sllandeen@theriver.com

Hotel Information
Wrangling With Writing participants needing lodging should contact the Holiday Inn.
4550 S. Palo Verde Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85715
Phone:(800) 465-4329 or (520) 746-1161 Fax: (520) 741-1170
Single through quad occupancy rooms are $92 for conference attendees. Suites are $102.

Please state you are a participant of the Society of Southwestern Authors Conference and ask for conference prices.

Bylines in the Headlines

Steve Adelson had a question published in the Washington Post's "Question Celebrity" column. What he didn't know at the time is that they pay $25 if your question is accepted.
Visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ articles/A3434-2004Oct27.html
If you have a question about the world of celebrity, e-mail it, with your daytime phone number, to celebrity@washpost.com

Nancy Andres, health & lifestyle writer is proud to announce her essay, "Facing The Fire," has been published in Changing Course: Women's Inspiring Stories of Menopause, Midlife, and Moving Forward. Changing Course delivers an entirely new message about menopause and midlife. Fifty rich stories from women of diverse backgrounds and experience capture the laughter and joyous tears of this important time in a woman's life.

Jennifer J. Stewart, will be speaking to us at the February forum. Her newest book is, Close Encounters of a Third-World Kind. It is a hardcover from Holiday House for $16.95. The novel is loosely based upon my family's real life adventures working as medical volunteers in Nepal. Kirkus Reviews says "Full of local color and snippets of cultural information, the comedy-adventure will surely please its intended audience . . . just enough danger to keep the pages turning and an authentically voiced narrator." For more information on Jennifer visit her website www.jenniferjstewart.com.

Mabel Leo's first book was the biography, The Saga of Jack Durant revealing the mysterious Phoenix restaurateur's mob connections. Little did she know that a few years later it would be picked by playwright Terry Earp for her next production. The play, In My Humble Opinion opens in Phoenix on January 6, 2005 with performances during the month. More details are available on her website: www.booksbyleo.com. Leo said, "Never give up on your writing. You never know where it will lead you."

Ed Kostro's new children's book, Mystery of Madera Canyon, has just been released by Booklocker.com. It depicts the adventures of a young Hispanic boy and his loyal wolf dog, Lobo, in modern day southern Arizona. Ed is also extremely happy to announce that his nonfiction memoir, Curious Creatures-Wondrous Waifs, My Life with Animals, has recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the 2004 International Cat Writers' Association Communications Contest. Further details concerning both of these books and other work by Ed can be found at his new biographical website page: http://www.authorbiographies.info/

John Duhanick shares news t hat his work, "The Mysterious Unforeseen Forces of Brunckow" was published in the Oct 2004 Halloween issue of the Tombstone Times.

Mona Hodgson announces the release of her new children's book, Bedtime in the Southwest. Illustrations by Renee Graef Every critter--even children--can balk at bedtime. What does a Southwest critter do when Papa and Mama say, "It's time for Bed?" Does she beg for juice from her favorite flower? Does he hop on the bed and bounce for an hour? Or does he scoot into bed and snuggle in tight, and offer big hugs and then say "good night?" Cute critters comically define what not to do when it's time for bed in Bedtime in the Southwest, a mellifluous, rhyming lullaby that will help kids make the transition from a busy day to a restful night. The book's tender rhymes and illustrations highlight a favorite subject for parents, and a gentle bedtime lesson for children.

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

Mark Sneller: (520) 326-4771
e-mail: allergy@mindspring.com

Vice-President & Membership Chair
Penny Porter: (520) 296-5299 (FAX: 296-0409)
e-mail: wporter202@aol.com

Recording Secretary
Jean Gietzen: (520) 352-2009
e-mail: octodon31469@cs.com

NEW Treasurer
Carol Costa: (520) 326-4146
e-mail: starlit@theriver.com

Forum Chair
Connie Kazal: (520) 682-8009

Conference Director
Penny Porter: (520) 296-5299 (FAX: 296-0409)
e-mail: wporter202@aol.com

Chris Stern
e-mail: cstern@usibm.com

Contest Chair
Barbara Stahura
e-mail: barbara@clariticom.com

Dale Adams
e-mail: 2dale@dakotacom.net

Conference Interview Coordinator
Sharon Landeen
e-mail: SLLandeen@aol.com

NEW Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: (520) 410-1294 (beep)
e-mail: mike_rom@hotmail.com

SSA Home Page:


Mike Rom: (520) 410-1294 (beep)

Deadline for next issue is the 21st day of January