Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 2, No. 23 Dec. '99/Jan. '00


Calendar
December
  12   Holiday Party
Plaza Hotel@5:30-9pm
Speaker: We will have members read special pieces they have written for the Holidays
Topic: "The Holiday Season " (see article)

January
21-
22  
Wrangling With Writing Conference
Holiday Inn Palo Verde
7:30 AM - 8 PM Fri.
7AM - 4 PM Sat.
Keynote Speakers:
Ray Bradbury, Father Andrew Greeley, Bud Gardner
Topic: " A wide range of topics for all writers" (see article)

February
  20   Sunday Brunch
Plaza Hotel@11:30-2pm
Speaker: Irene Lasater, Writing Instructor
Topic: " Memoir Writing" (see article)


To R.S.V.P. Luncheon
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
before noon the
Thursday before Brunch

all Brunch's $12 mem/ $14 non




Calling all Revelers!
Come one, come all to the
SSA's Holiday Party!

   we will hold our annual Holiday Buffet Dinner with all you can eat for $18, a cash bar, and delightful entertainment (members can bring their "significant other" for only $16). Bring as many friends as you wish and be prepared to sing to the wonderful piano of Carroll Rinehart. Members of the Society of Southwestern Authors have offered to read favorite Christmas and Hanukkah stories from their well of tales of this joyous season.
   We would love to have as many people as possible read a piece for the holidays, either your own or an excerpt from a favorite classic. Make it funny, make it punny, but make it no longer than five minutes air time. Search your files for past treasures, published or not, and see what you can find, then notify Chris Stern (473-0940) or Penny Porter (296-5299) so we can put you on the program. We expect a large crowd. Don't be shy. We love you. And remember, in every one of us there dwells a storyteller. Let him or her out for this holiday. See you on the 12th at the Plaza Hotel.
   Be sure to phone 546-9382 for a reservation before Thursday evening, December 9th and let's make this the best party of the year.


Wrangling With Writing 2000
   As you all know by now, our "Wrangling With Writing" conference is coming up in January and we are excited by the editors, authors, publishers, and agents who are presenting and working with us.
  Ray Bradbury, one of our keynote speakers, suffered a stroke at his Palm Spring home recently and is concerned about his recovery in time to join us and our other keynote speakers, Dr. Andrew M. Greeley and Bud Gardner. Ray was instrumental in helping us find a pinch-hitter for him in the event we need one* - George Plimpton. As the editor of the Paris Review and author of numerous books, from his sports experience (Paper Lion and The Bogeyman), to his current biography of Truman Capote, George has made a mark on American literature. We are still hoping that Ray's health will allow him to attend, but in the event he cannot, Ray has made sure we will have a great team for the conference. This will be a conference to remember!
   Please get your registration in soon. If you need one for a friend, you can give Penny a call at 296-5299 or even better, have them print out one from our website at: www.azstarnet.com/nonprofit/ssa/conference2000.html . On the website they can see the whole brochure and learn more about SSA. Hope to see you all at the conference.

*it is confirmed that George Plimpton will be our speaker on January 22nd.




RECENT SUCCESSES

E.J. McGill's short mystery, "Breathing," has been published in issue #10 of Blue Murder Mystery Magazine (BMMM), available free at www.bluemurder.com. His most recent literary endeavor, a Korean War piece titled "Kilimanjaro," appears as the lead story in the premier issue of Blue Fiction Magazine (BFM), www.bluefiction.com. Both stories can be downloaded free by following instructions on the magazine web sites.

Jan Ladewig had an article, "Hidden Rewards of Volunteering," published in the winter issue of The Christian Literary Forum.


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

President
Chris Stern: 743-0940 (FAX: 296-0409)
4stern@azstarnet.com
Vice-President
Jennifer Stewart: 749-4519
bes@azstarnet.com
Secretary
Pearl Burk: 579-8066
Corresponding Secretary
Lee Knight: 751-9343
Treasurer
Carol Costa: 326-4146
Membership
Penny Porter: 296-5299
wporter202@aol.com
Statutory Agent/Parlementarian
Nina Bell Allen: 797-6577
Ad Hoc
Karl Lasky: 886-9885
Publicity
Jane Eppinga: 529-2957
Luncheon Chair
Irene Lasater: 648-2626
Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: 293-3566 (FAX: 206-6295)
e-mail: mike_rom@hotmail.com


Web Page
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