Sunday, August 13, 2017

AUGUST 3, 2017

Hardarshan Valia, Beverly Stanislawski, Sharon Palmeri, Caren Von See, Albert Koch, Helena Qi, Diane Stratton, Suzy Stueben, and Gail Galvan. 

Norma Dewes and DeSaunte Dominique 


A vote of approval for the August 3, 2017 minutes was first given by DIANE STRATTON and seconded by GAIL GALVAN


BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI passed around the book The 75th Year of Indiana Poetry, which three of our members submitted poems that were included in the book. Contributing members including BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI, HELENA QI, and HARDARSHAN VALIA.
GAIL GALVAN passed around a copy of her new children’s story, Skelly the Skunk Saves Freedom Day.


There was a brief discussion about using real names of people and animal in writing a historical fiction or an autobiographical novel. 

HARDARSHAN VALIA read three thought provoking, previously published poems “Meditation, Companions of the Storm,” and So I Could Flow.”

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read “Free Verse” poem titled “Majestic Mountains,” in which the mountains were personified. Bev also read her poem title “Splendid Surrender.” This poem form is called Villanelle or Villanesque. It is a nineteen-line poem consisting of five tercets followed by a quatrain. It is an example of a  fixed verse form.

GAIL GALVAN read the prologue of her creative children’s storybook, Skelly the Skunk Saves Freedom Day. Gail and her sister collaborated on the artwork. She has self-published the book. It’s about Skelly, a born leader who believes in equal rights and who saves the day!

CAREN VON SEE read the first four pages of her story “The Treasure Chest,” based up the prompt: Write a curse of a blessing detailing what would happen to anyone who opens this chest.

AL KOCH delighted us with his true story about a Catholic School and creative art in first grade, titled “Grapes of Wrath.”

HELENA QI read a poem titled,My First Wedding,” about when she and her spouse who were both born in Shanghai China immigrated to the United States. Without family support or assistance they both attendant the Purdue University and were married in the student union surrounded and supported by friends. They are celebrating the 30th wedding anniversary this year.

DIANE STRATTON read a re-write of her story titled, “The Tea Party,” about the special relationship she had with Marge, her best friend’s mother. Diane and her husband were invited to the birthday party of Marge’s two-year old granddaughter, Gracie. Wondering what to gift the child, Diane received divine inspiration for from Marge—a tea set.

SUZY STUEBEN delighted us with a chapter in her book in progress: Mrs. Walter's Adventures. The story tells of Mrs. Walters as a child who (for want of another word) was a witch, who practiced her craft without any forethought as to the consequences of her actions.  
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 P.M.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

July 20, 2017

 Caren Von See, Amy Brailey, Katherine Flotz, Bob Philpot, Sharon Palmeri, Beverly Stanislawski, Marilyn Kessler, Haley Hardin, Neil Bedeker, Luneil Morrow, Diane Stratton, Lisa Groszek, Sharon Dorelli, Rebecca Juergens. Ronda Jeremiah-Garcia, Al Koch

Two past members, Lisa Groszek and Neil Bedeker returned. Since we have many new members since they last attended, we did a round of introductions to get acquainted.


A vote of approval for the July 6, 2017 minutes was first given by REBECCA JUERGENS and seconded by CAREN VON SEE.


Amy Brailey attended the Lilly Grant Summer Conference. She applied for and received an Individual Artist Grant to help with research for her George Washington story. 


Rhonda Jeremiah-Garcia has published two books and is working a third. Al Koch is continuing his speaking engagements.


CAREN VON SEE read her first attempt at writing a screenplay with the help of three associates. She wrote a four and a half page play based upon her short story DARK MOON RISING, a story about a young African boy who is sent out to prove his manhood and his ability to lead his nation.

BOB PHILPOT also read his first attempt at writing a screenplay. Zeb, the main character, stops at a country store in Hyder, AZ., to get some gas and food. While chatting with the crotchety owner a bristly Mexican man enters the store and delivers a cautionary message from his boss to Zeb.

NEIL BEDEKER read a segment from his screenplay, “TORCH KEY,” which starts out with Joe Dougan, in his vehicle in Jacksonville, Florida conversing flirtatiously with his dispatcher. Joe breaks off their chitchat to pull over a suspicious character with a tail light out. Following that Joe, feeling a bit jittering, pulls off the road behind a gas station and ends up trying to help a woman held captive in a van. In the altercation, he gets his left foot shot off.


BOB PHILPOT’S topic discussion was from page eight of the Writer’s Digest Booklet, titled, Breaking Out Today. His category was CREATIVE OPENINGS. His sample opening was a dialogue in which two characters asked questions of one another.

CAREN VON SEE passed out research on the five points under her topic: Unlock Writer’s Block from the Writer’s Digest booklet “BREAKING OUT TODAY” The five topics were:
1.      Focus and Theme: What’s it really about?  2.      Tone and approach: What kind is it?
3.      Scope: How narrow is yours? 4.      Chronology: Where (and when) do you start?  
5.      The hook: Who will read your work?


BEVERLY STANISLOWSKI read a delightful poem titled, “THE WOLF’S BANE.” The premise was that writers use characters from other children’s literature and poem.

AL KOCH read a wonderful story called, PARTING WORDS, about the moments when people say goodbye explaining that life is a series of beginnings and goodbyes; and no matter the numbers of years, we never quite get used to saying goodbye. After a change in his teaching position from a shop teacher to a special Ed teacher, Al’s taught his last class. He helped in the growth and developed of eleven extraordinary Special Ed students; this last goodbye was very poignant. 

KATHERINE FLOTZ read a heartwarming personification story, entitled “THE HOUSE ON THE LAKE,” about the lake house she had owned for over forty years and had just sold to a new family. She will see the lake house for the last time this weekend.

LISA GROSZEK read her two-page story entitled, “CLEAN FIND”, about a young man who was cleaning the house and wondering where his female partner was. As he cleaned, he wondered about why she had been distant lately. He learned why when he discovered a picture of her with another man. Shannon returned home to find boxes of her personal belonging in the driveway with the picture taped to the top box. 

HAYLEY HARDIN read three pages from her “fan fiction” piece entitle “KARMIC INTERFERENCE,” which is about Marie, Emily’s beautiful and engaging sister fussing at Emily being way too engrossed in the Harry Potter books. They were exact opposites in stature, looks and attitudes and were adversarial. 

LUNEIL MORROW read two and a third pages of her children’s book entitled “BARTY, THE VAMPIRE SLEUTH.” Barty is a young, new vampire who is just learning the ropes. He vacillates between human and vampire traits and is over zealous about learning. The story is full of comic relief and delightful.

AMY BRAILEY wrote another “prompt” story to be added to the book of prompts she is compiling for junior-high students. This story, “D.O.A.” is about a woman, Meagan, who wakes up and doesn’t know where she is or that she is dead.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 P.M.

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