Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 2, No. 17 Dec '98/Jan '99

  13   Holiday Dinner
Plaza Hotel@6-10pm
(cash bar opens @ 5pm
Speaker: SSA Members, reading special works
Topic: fun
(see article)

"Wrangling With Writing"
Conference - InnSuites
Hotel for 2 full days
Speaker: see article this page.
Topic: Many
(see article)

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

Holiday Dinner $15 all

Wrangling With Writing

Happy Holiday Dinner
singers Since last year's dinner was so successful, we are again having a holiday dinner at the Plaza Hotel.

These Christmas "Elves" have volunteered to read thoughts of the season: Chris Stern, Olga Leone, Jan Mitich, Joych Taylor, Jean Gietzen, Jerry Airth, Lee Knight, Mary Engels, Kathy Wuertz, and Jane Eppinga.

snowman Enjoy a surprise by Darrell Beach and sing with Carroll Rinehart at the piano. This looks to be a very enjoyable evening, with a cash bar starting at 5:00pm and the dinner at 6:00pm.

Please call Connie at 682-8009 and R.S.V.P. so we know how many of you want to have fun.

"Wrangling With Writing" a Big Draw
We have had a tremendous response already to the brochure we mailed out last month, so send in your application A.S.A.P. in order to get the best choice of editors/agents. This year, more participants than ever before are seeking Private Sessions with top specialists from the writing world to critique their work and give positive feedback.

We have extraordinary Keynote Speakers: J.A. Jance, Best-selling mystery writer; Gene Perret, comedy writer for Bob Hope, and TV writer for such shows as Laugh-In and Welcome Back Kotter; Bob Early, Editor-in Chief of Arizona Highways; and Carol Kline, Editor of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul.

Last year, "Wrangling With Writing" achieved national acclaim. Guests attended from all over the country. We strive to make this conference an unforgettable experience in writing, and give the most bang-for-the-buck to all attendees. Don't miss this fabulous opportunity.

Each new year we review participant's comments from the previous years so we can improve, update, and make this conference one of the best. Where else could you find such an action packed event for such a low price? The Society of Southwestern Authors may come out in the red financially, but we know we have brought our members and friends an invaluable adventure.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season. Hope to see you all at the Holiday Dinner in December and the Conference in January.

Jerry Airth's poem for our Holiday Party, "Desert Christmas Night," was sent to Cynthia Scribner, editor of Calliope Magazine, and was picked up for their Nov/Dec issue. An article he had written for The Write Word, "Lila's Quickies," on Lila Guzman, appeared in Calliope's Sep/Oct edition. Jerry has also had several poems published in the United Fellowship Chapel Newsletter.

Mike Alvarez recently sold a short story titled "Summer, My Old Friend" to Flare, the Entertainment section of the Arizona Daily Sun. The story appeared in the November 5-11 issue of Flare.

Pearl Burk's article, "I Know I Read That Somewhere," was purchased by Writer's Guidelines & News. In this article, she shares a method of sorting and keeping track of valuable writing and research information found in magazines & books.

Laverne Harrell Clark was a featured author during this year's 3rd Annual Texas Book Festival at the State Capital Building in Austin. She appeared on a panel with 3 other Texas novelists and then participated in their book signing. Her novel, Keeper's of the Earth, has been selected as a textbook for courses starting this fall at colleges across the country. Her book, They Sang for Horses, is scheduled for a new edition with the University Press of Colorado.

Evelyn Elster has been re-elected president of the Tucson Branch of the Arizona State Poetry Society for 1999. Anyone wanting info, please call 885-5011.

Jean Jeffrey Gietzen has a story in A Second Chicken Soup For The Woman's Soul published in October, 1998. Her story, "A Dance With Dad," was originally published by the Milwaukee Journal and subsequently made its way around the world via Reader's Digest. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this edition of Chicken Soup will be donated to the YWCA of the USA.

Mabel Leo's book America-The Italian Dream is in local bookstores and on the internet at or from MIBS Publishing, P.O. Box 17413, Phoenix, AZ 85011-0413.

Mary Loser sold a second story to Science of Mind Magazine and also one to Saint Joseph's Messenger.

Richard Morgan's publisher Adventures in Education, Inc, just published a Spanish language supplement to his Guide to Historic Missions & Churches of Arizona. The supplement is a text only translation. It can be purchased from: Fulfillment Services, Inc, 1955 W. Grant #230, Tucson, AZ 85745. Ph: 800-795-1513 or e-mail:

gael P. Mustapha's book, Surfer Boy, was published as part of the "Adventures in Hawaii" series put out by Island Heritage of Honolulu. She also received contracts for two more books (Hula Girl and Haole Girl) to be published in 1999. She has a "Meet Your New Chamber Members" column. Her travel, common sense, and seasonal articles are seen regularly in Arizona Senior World and The Green Valley News & Sun. Her recipe column, "Friendly Food," is carried by the Sunsiter & Lake Havasu City's Desert Outlook.

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)

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