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Beverly Stanislawski, Sharon Palmeri, Caren Von See, Albert Koch, Helena Qi,
Diane Stratton, Suzy Stueben, and Gail Galvan.
Norma Dewes and
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
GAIL GALVAN passed around a copy of her new children’s
story, Skelly the Skunk Saves Freedom
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
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
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 speakingengagements.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOLLOW-UP ON
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
storyabout a young African boy who is sent out to prove his
manhood and his ability to lead his nation.
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
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
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.