Vol. 33, No. 3 June/July '05

Upcoming Events

   June 19
Forum @11:30-2PM
Sheraton Four Points
Barrie Ryan, Poet
"Crisscrossing the Wash"
(see article)

   July 17
Forum @11:30-2PM
Sheraton Four Points
Jana Segal, Filmmaker
"Reel Inspiration"
(see article)

   August 21
Forum @11:30-2PM
Sheraton Four Points

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June Speaker, Barrie Ryan

   Barrie Ryan has been an English teacher and a social worker for the past 35 years in Tucson, Arizona. Currently she is writing and working as a volunteer at a local hos-pice. And she is trying to find creative ways to heal the earth. Her publications include Shedding Our Skins (1989), How the World is Given to Us (1998) and Creek Ceremony (2005). Her pres-entation to SSA is entitled Crisscrossing the Wash and will be a discussion of the inspiration and sources of her poetry.

July Speaker, Jana Segal

   Jana Segal is a wife, mother, filmmaker and award-winning screenwriter. Her short script Model-T Biscuits won first place at the Moondance International Film Festival and the International Family Film Festival. Segal will discuss why she founded Reel Inspiration, a Tucson-based not-for-profit that encourages and promotes the production and success of diverse films that inspire, give hope or raise human con-sciousness.

   Reel Inspiration supports film-makers and screenwriters who choose to make meaningful films by providing professional training at the 2005 Reel Vision Filmmakers' Conference, October 21 - 23 in Tucson, Arizona, and by building a market for these inspiring films through a grassroots promotional campaign.

   Last September, Reel Inspiration held a filmmaking contest for five-minute films about the good in the world. Come enjoy these award winning shorts. Reel Inspiration VP Wendy O'Hara will conduct a Q & A with finalist Justin Mashouf (Morning Submission) and winners Bill Kersey (Solace, Garpenfargle) and Derek Griffith (Somebody Loves Me). More information on Reel Inspiration can be found at their website www.reelinspiration.org


Ashley Barnard's stage adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility has just been accepted for publication by Dramatic Publishing.

Jane Candia Coleman's first novel, Doc Holliday's Woman, based on the true story of Big Nose Kate, has been re-issued in trade paper by Tucson publisher Ravenhawk. She will be signing this and her latest hardcover novel, Tombstone Travesty, at bookstores in Tucson through June. Jane will also be featured in the July issue of The Writer - in a piece written by SSA's Jerry Airth. Thanks, Jerry.

Willma Gore, a life-long writer, has launched two Village Writers' workshops and teaches a Write For Fun Or Profit class at the Sedona Adult Center. Her column Sassy Seniors appears monthly in the local Village News. Her work has appeared in more than 75 national and regional journals through 50 years of freelancing. Her most recent credit is a travel article, Arizona's Verde Valley Treasures, in the January SLO Journal, and her holiday essay appeared on the Home Forum Page, Christian Science Monitor on Dec. 24. She has written seven and shared the byline on 12 children's books. Her adult book for the better half of life, Just Pencil Me In-Your Guide to Moving and Getting Settled After 60 (published by Quill Driver Books) was among those displayed at the recent Wrangling With Writing Conference. Her humorous novel Something's Leaking Upstairs is due in May 2005 with Publish America. Willma welcomes inquiries about her workshops from any SSA members living in the Sedona/Cottonwood/Verde Valley area. (928) 284-7447 wgore@npgcable.com.

Sharon Poppen's short story Albert's Consideration can be found in the Flash Fiction section of the current edition of an ezine called Long Story Short (www.alongstoryshort.net). Her St. Patrick's Day story, The Advice was included in a newsletter called The Backroom (www.bobburdick.com/the-backroom. Sharon Poppen, author, After the War, Before the Peace, available at www.Xlibris.com/sharonpoppen. Hannah, A Western Serial, available at www.keepitcoming.net. Lake Havasu City Writers Group www.havasuwriters.com

Connie Spittler returned from San Francisco, California, where she received two writing awards from the Pen/Nob Hill Soulmaking Literary Competition in March. Her novel excerpt Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies captured first place and her essay Paper Trail won third. Connie and other winners read from their works at the Koret Auditorium in the San Francisco Civic Center.

Martie Sterling's first writing effort resulted in a $5.00 prize for her essay on The Value of Eggs As a Food. She was in the fifth-grade. Now, after years of raising her brood of five, being a volunteer worker for the Junior Leagues of America, a writer for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's, radio station WHP, an editor an humor columnist for Ski Magazine, and author of four novels, at the proud age of 80, she is proud to present her fifth book, Pearly Everlasting (PublishAmerica). A wondrous mixture of humor, tragedy, mine camp detail and a real page turner, Pearly is a paean to the storied past of the town Martie loves - and the magnificent Rockies surrounding it.

Madelyn Weingarden, SSA member, freelance humorist and Tucson snow-bird, so enjoyed a Yiddish class experience at the Tucson Jewish Community Centre that she submitted an article to The Arizona Jewish Post. It was published in the March 18, 2005 edition. Her article explaining the importance of finding a good, properly trained teacher when trying the Pilates Method of Body Strengthening will be appearing in Tucson Women, May edition. Madelyn thanks all of you who work diligently for SSA and want you to know how much you are appreciated.

Eve A. Wood, MD, has recently been honored with eight prestigious book awards for her first book, Medicine, Mind and Meaning: A psychiatrist's guide to treating the body, mind and spirit.

  1. Finalist: 2005 Benjamin Franklin Award: Best New Voice (Non-Fiction)
  2. Finalist: Nautilus 2005 Book Award: Psychology/Self-Help
  3. Finalist: Nautilus 2005 Book Award: Small Press - honorary category
  4. Finalist: ForeWord Magazine's 2005 Book of the Year Award: Health
  5. Finalist: ForeWord Magazine's 2005 Book of the Year Award: Mind/Body/Spirit
  6. Finalist: ForeWord Magazine's 2005 Book of the Year Award: Psychology
  7. Finalist: ForeWord Magazine's 2005 Book of the Year Award: Self-Help
  8. Honorable Mention: 2005 Writer's Digest International Award: Inspirational
Dr. Wood, practicing psychiatrist, speaker, consultant and Univ. of Arizona professor, is a pioneer in the field of integrative psychiatry. Dr. Wood has developed a treatment approach, described through patient stories in her book, that integrates traditional psychiatric medicine, psychology and universal spiritual principles. Her method has attracted attention and acclaim from the nation's leading authorities in the fields of medicine, health and spiritual well-being. Dr. Wood will be teaching at seminars and workshops across the country this summer. For more information about Dr. Wood and her book, please go to www.DrEveWood.com.

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

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Vice-President & Membership Chair
Dale Adams: 2dale@dakotacom.net

Carol Costa: starlit@theriver.com

Recording Secretary
Bill Pohlman: billpohlmann@hotmail.com

Member Chair
Penny Porter: wporter202@aol.com

Corresponding Secretary
Ruth Beach: rbeach930@theriver.com

Conference Co-Chair
Barbara Stahura: barbara@clariticom.com

Directory Editor
Sam Turner: clearskys@cox.net

Conference Interview Chair
Sharon Landeen: SLLandeen@theriver.com

Forum Program Chair
Rob Raine: rmskraine@msn.com

Reservations Chair
Randy Ford: info@randyfordplaywright.com

Writer's Contest
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Write Word Editor June on
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