Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors           Vol. 36, No. 4 August/September '08


Upcoming Events

   August 17
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Ned Mackey
"Poetry With Pizzazz!"

   August 23
Saguaro Romance Writers @10-1:30PM
El Parador, 2744 E Broadway Blvd
Christina Skye, "The Sensual Hero's Journey"
$15 members, $20 others. E-mail Suzanne Moore at

   Sept. 27-28
Wrangling With Writing
Holiday Inn Palo Verde
(see article this page)

   October 19
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
SSA Writing Contest AWARDS!
"Come and see who won!"

   November 16
Holiday Book Fair @12-4PM
Four Points Sheraton
"Get your Holiday shopping done early"

To R.S.V.P. Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
or e-mail: WEDNESDAY before the Forum
$20 paid at the door

Poetry With Pizzazz! Using Multimedia

by Jude Johnson
   There's more to presenting your poetry (or any other genre!) than just reading it. Ned Mackey will show us how to utilize multimedia for your next public signing to make an indelible impression and increase interest in your work.

  Ned used fine art for writing prompts during his thirty-six year career as a high school English teacher. He has won first prizes in poetry from the Society of Southwestern Authors and the Arizona State Poetry Society. "Art for Poetry's Sake," twenty-six ekphrastic poems accompanying a visual presentation and discussion of fine art images, will emphasize how the connection of spoken word and visuals can create a memorable experience.

  Join us at the Sheraton Four Points Conference Center on August 17th. As always, you can either call in your reservations to 546-9382 OR e-mail by the Wednesday prior (in this case, August 13th).

Wrangling With Writing Conference

"How to Write and Sell Your Work"
Top Publishers, Agents, Editors and Keynoters
Coming to
The Society of Southwestern Authors Conference

   HURRY: Top publishers, agents, editors and keynote speakers will join hundreds of published and aspiring authors in Tucson Sept. 27-28 for the 36th annual Wrangling With Writing conference.

   The conference, at the Holiday Inn Palo Verde, will feature more than 30 workshops and keynote presentations by Taylor Mali, the nation's foremost poetry slam specialist and passionate teacher's advocate (with a rousing performance of his poetry); Corey Blake, instrumental in the development of more than 300 screenplays and manuscripts ("Your Book, Your Legacy"); and multiple book author Deborah LeBlanc, President of the Horror Writers Association and Mystery Writers of America's Southwest Chapter ("When Everyone Else Says You Can't").

  Complete information, including a downloadable registration form, is currently available at the Wrangling With Writing website, www.ssaaz. org/conference.htm or call Registrar at (520) 296-5299. Cost is $275 for members of the Society of Southwestern Authors, and $350 for non-members. The fee includes five meals and registration packets. In addition, there is a $20 fee for each pitch or consultation interview scheduled with guest editors, agents, publishers and marketing consultants.

  Full-time writing, English, and literature teachers can receive a $75 discount. Two full scholarships will be awarded to deserving participants. Essay on "Why I Love to Write" required.

  In addition to keynote speeches, presentations, and professional interviews, books from faculty members and other authors will be available for sale. The conference will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. Workshops begin each day at 9:15 a.m.

  Wrangling With Writing enjoys a lasting reputation as one of the nation's most affordable and valuable conferences, in terms of both presentations and marketing opportunities. It also enjoys the presence of many of the country's top workshop presenters and agents.

  "We always try to accomplish two things above all with Wrangling With Writing—providing as much technical and marketing inside information to our participants as possible, and to give participants the best possible opportunity to sell their work, or receive the best advice on doing so," Wrangling With Writing Director Penny Porter said. "We've had quite a few book deals come out of this conference, and many other leads and consultations that led to book deals."

  Wrangling With Writing is anchored by a faculty of 30-plus editors, authors, workshop presenters, publishers, and marketing consultants—including National Book Award and Pulitzer nominees, Burroughs Award and Independent Publishers Book Award recipients, and publishers St. Martin's Press and Harlequin. Workshop topics cover creative and technical points of all forms of writing—fiction, non-fiction, essays, memoir, screenwriting, and poetry. Topics will also address the business side of publishing, including marketing, self-editing, preparing manuscripts for agents and publishers, selling to non-traditional markets, and more.

  "One of the things that, I feel, distinguishes our conferences from others is the attention we pay to all forms of publishing," Porter said. "You can't be a writer in today's publishing world and expect the publisher to buy your book, expect them to do all the work, and wait for the advance and royalty checks. While this can and does happen, it's very important to know the many ways to publish today and how you can help your own cause by being informed. Like our other presentations, these workshops give the very latest information and tips on the publishing world."

  For more information, contact Penny Porter at (520) 296-5299 (wporter202@aol. com) or Barbara Stahura at (520) 575-9650 (

   For a great inside look at how to get the most out of your
Wrangling with Writing experience, see the article, "Meet Me In The Bar:
Notes on Working A Writer's Conference" by one of our favorite workshop
leaders, Bob Yehling, at


Dorothy Daniels Anderson's play, The Bed, has just been optioned by Theater West for their 2009 season. Dorothy has had four of her one-act plays produced at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix as part of their lunchtime theater program. She also had one of her ten-minute plays given a stage reading in 2007 at the Pandora Festival of the Arizona Women's Theater in Scottsdale. In addition she has had staged readings of two plays at the Theater Artist Studio. Her book, Arizona Legends and Lore, Tales of Southwestern Pioneers, published by Golden West Publishers is currently in its ninth printing.

Eileen Birin of Neelie Publishing announces the publication of her newest book, Burnt Incense, a novel of trust - deceit - defense. Thirty-five days out from midterm elections, Kathryn Bradford falls for the only man to turn her head in twenty-five years of marriage, a handsome, soft-spoken staffer on her husband's senatorial campaign. Nelson Bradford's bid for office is the most widely watched race in America, dubbed "the Civil War." The opposing candidate is Peter Bradford, his older brother, who is yet again the more beloved sibling. As Nelson shakes hands and kisses babies in hopes of narrowing Peter's lead, his plasteredon smile is less convincing than ever - especially at home. Kathryn is wealthy, beautiful, and a closet romantic, and she runs headlong into an affair that could turn her husband's campaign into yesterday's news. And that's exactly what her new lover has in mind. Burnt Incense is a story of the politics of a marriage, trial by fire, and ultimately America's most widely watched murder case. Burnt Incense can be seen on Google and Kijiji or contact Eileen for more information:

John Borchardt has written mostly about technology and writing these days. His article "Rigged for Research" about using working offshore oil platforms for university marine biology research was published in the March issue of the United Airlines in- flight magazine, Hemispheres (www. sciencetech.php). He also covered the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans and wrote five articles on biofuels and other new fuel technology based on meeting presentations. He also presented two workshops at the meeting. He wrote a 34-page magazine supplement on oilfield chemistry for E&P Magazine. He also has an article in the July issue of The Writer, "What Toastmasters CAN DO for Writers." Another, "13 Strategies to get you through a DRY SPELL" is scheduled for the August issue of The Writer. His article "Science Writing: A Lucrative Niche (with Paying Markets) was published in the April 2 issue of WritersWeekly. com ( this_weeks_article/004612_04022008. html).

Jane Eppinga's book, They Made Their Mark: An Illustrated History of the Society of Woman Geographers, is scheduled for release by Globe Pequot in mid- September and is ready for pre-sales on Jane traveled to Madrid, Spain on June 30 where she gave a presentation on the book at the 10th Annual International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women July 3-9. The web site is The event is held every three years in a different country. This year's more than one hundred countries are represented with approximately 5,000 participants. Subject matter includes: Feminisms and Social Movements, History, a Different World, Economics, Politics, Territories and Environment, Dislocations and Frontiers, Human Rights, Communication and the Media, Science and Technology, Culture and Creativity, Education, and Health.

Sandra Farris recently sold the movie rights to her new manuscript, Obituary Column, for $25,000 to an independent film company, Melissa McGinnis Productions. At this time the manuscript has been submitted to Random House on speculation by her agent who is with A-Z talent Agency. She has another manuscript almost completed. Obituary Column was written based on an idea by Dan Farris, who shares all rights with Sandra.

Bob Ring announces the publication of his great-grandfather's memoir, Detour to the California Gold Rush: Eugene Ring's Travels in South America, California, and Mexico, 1848-1850. Twenty-one-yearold Eugene's incredible adventure begins while at sea in South America's Strait of Magellan, when he first hears the news of the great California gold rush from a passing ship. Heading north along the west coast of South America, Eugene describes his forays in Valparaiso, Callao, Lima and Guayaquil; his stopover in Panama City; his unplanned journey to San Francisco; his life there initially as a bookkeeper among the gold-crazy, exploding population; his horrifying and heroic experiences in the great Sacramento flood; and the lure of gold and his adventures in the mines. The story continues with Eugene's decision to spend the winter of 1850 in Panama, before returning to the gold fields the next spring; his tenman foraging party's abandonment on the west coast of southern Mexico, while ashore looking for food and water for his becalmed ship; and finally his exhausting, cholera-laced trek across the jungles and mountains of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to Veracruz, where only five survivors catch a salvation ship to New Orleans. Complete information at http:// or contact Bob at 520-529-8328,

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

Dale Adams:

Jude Johnson:

Carol Costa:

Recording Secretary
Carroll Rinehart:

Member Chair
Penny Porter:

Corresponding Secretary
Jane Eppinga:

Conference Co-Chair
Penny Porter:
Barbara Stahura:

Writer's Contest
Mary Ann Hutchison:

Forum Program Chair
Jude Johnson:

Welcoming Committee
Ashleen O-Gaea:

Members at Large
Dewanne Hopson:

Mentoring Groups
Sam Turner:

Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: (520) 410-1294 (beep)

SSA Home Page:

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