Write-On, Hoosiers Inc. was founded in 1989 and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization as well as a chapter of the National Writers Association and The Association of Publishers of Special Sales(APSS) . We are a Northwest Indiana organization, and invite anyone with a sincere interest in writing and publishing to join us and share and critique their works -- and discuss writers' issues.
George Miga, Ron Trigg, Donna Douglass, Sharon Buckman,
Sharon Dorelli, Jackie Huppenthal, Sandra Nantais, Carol Castaneda, Jane Burns,
Julie Perkins, Gail Galvan, Laurie Chase, Kelly Chase, Neil Bedeker, Michelle
Vargas, Sharon Palmeri
The vote of approval for the last meeting was first given by
SHARON DORELLI and seconded by GEORGE MIGA.
PALMERI talked about the need for entries concerning the annual Hoosier Horizon magazine; they need to
be submitted before October 2nd.The entries for the photo contest also need to be submitted before the
same time.Sharon also mentioned that
anyone planning to attend the Christmas Party (the first Thursday in December) needs
to send in their payment of $23.00 per person as soon as possible.She also asked for a volunteer to take the
minutes at our first meeting in October.
GAIL GALVANvolunteered to take
GALVAN stated that she and JULIE
PERKINS attended the Chicago
Writers’ Convention and had a wonderfultime. it was held at the Chicago
Tribune Tower this past weekend.
PERKINS also stated that there were various evening events which
featured various authors.The fee was
$200.00 per person but was well worth it.Julie also stated that she recently found out that in trying to renew
her teacher’s license she was able to include, in the 90 hours needed, the
hours she has spent in our Write On Hoosier meetings.
mentioned the upcoming Indiana Writers’ Consortium at the Avalon Manor in
Merrillville on October 2nd – the ticket price for members is $27
and $30 for non-members, after Sept. 24th the prices will rise.Book table sales space is available for $10.
read four pages of his novel Medal of Dishonor.This part of the novel involved McCall being
asked by President Johnson to attend an informal party at the Shuna Palace in
the Jordan Valley; he was asked to attend to try and persuade his friend, King
Hussein, to avoid becoming involved in a possible conflict involving Israel and
BUCKMAN read four pages of her new novel, Canopy of Leaves – The Sequel.The novel continues with Anne, the 13yr. old
held captive for several months, finding her way to freedom and encountering
the house where her captor had found Jeepers, her dog she recently had to bury.
DORELLI read two pages from her story, “The Faces of Sociopathy.”The
first page, entitled, “The Child and the Fly,” involved a young girl named
Annie who was about to torture a fly.The second page entitled, “The Evil-Doer,” involved a 17 yr. old named
Tony who purposely became involved with a woman, 15 yrs. his senior, so that he
could eventually end up in America.
HUPPENTHAL read her poem, “Rain
Drops.”The poem related the
wonderful relief felt by everyone, especially farmers, after the scorching heat
of the summer.
NANTAIS read her acrostic poem entitled, “Tijuana Zebra.”A photo
accompanied the poem which revealed a donkey, painted like a zebra, standing
next to a “makeshift wagon for the visual enjoyment of tourists.”
PERKINS read her short story entitled, “One Night Stand at the Hometown Inn.” The story told of a pregnant woman, Rachel,
forced to spend the night at a motel with a prostitute.She finally convinced the prostitute to give
up her “clientele” for the night if she paid her three times her usual
GAIL GALVAN read a summary that she
wrote about tips she received from the Chicago Writers’ Conference she
recently attended in Chicago. Her summary was entitled “Best Top Ten Advice Tips and
Observations,” and offered some good advice for our members concerning
various aspects of writing.
CHASE continued with her novel, Badradin.This part of her novel, entitled“The Unwanted,” told of Dr. Togalaz being escorted by a guard to her
quarters after an altercation with another guard; she will not be allowed to
leave her quarters until a debriefing is completed on all concerned parties.
CHASE continued with her novel, The Ring.Kristine is made to listen to “the ring” as
she is almost forced to slaughter a baby goat.Suddenly the dagger is forced from her hand, saving the goat and ending
continued with his memoir, Moments On An African Landscape. This
part of his novel, entitled, “The Ugly American,” tells of his experience in
Kenya, 1972, while he was traveling with a dozen other American tourists and
trying to enjoy “Africa’s great wildlife.”The experience was almost ruined by a woman named Maggie who couldn’t
seem to enjoy anything on the African trip.
DOUGLASS read her short memoir entitled, “The Geography Lesson.”The
story related to her experience during an eighth grade geography class when she
encountered a leaky classroom ceiling and a teacher who seemed to care about
nothing but his “flask” and embarrassing Donna.
Katherine Flotz, Sharon Buckman, Sharon Dorelli, George
Miga, Meggie Tolkland, Jane Burns, Tom Spencer, Ron Trigg, Neil Bedeker,
Beverly Stanislawski, Sharon Palmeri, Michelle Vargas, Donna Douglass, Michael
The minutes for our last meeting was first approved by NEIL
BEDEKER and seconded by DONNA DOUGLASS
SHARON PALMERI announced that our WOH Christmas party would
be on December 6th, the first Thursday of December.The fee, per person, will be $23.00.She also announced that our entries for the
Hoosier Horizon (3 pages) as well as the entries for photos of it should be
turned in soon.
MEGGIE TOLKLAND stated that she would be speaking at the
Portage Library, her topic will be “So You Want to Write.”
SHARON BUCKMAN asked for advice from any of the members that
have published a book; she needed to know the best and cheapest way to
BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI mentioned that she had received an
Honorable Mention for her sonnet in an Ohio contest.She also received an Honorable Mention from
the state of Michigan for two of her entries in a Haiku contest.
TOM SPENCER stated that there were 27 rooms being held at
the Turkey Run State Park on Oct. 28th for the Indiana State Poetry
Club.Anyone wishing to attend should
SHARON PALMERI stated she would be teaching a Writer’s
Workshop at the Merrillville High School from Sept. 24th to Nov. 26th.
GEORGE MIGA stated that he had recently had a conversation
with a good friend, and writer, Rick Karr.He noticed that some of the critique he was given by his friend was
similar to what he had received from our various members, one of them was
“show, don’t tell.”
MICHELLE VARGAS continued with her novel, “Striving After
Wind.”In this part of her novel,
Tabitha reflected on her frustrating life, especially all the time and work it
took to take care of an elderly woman named Helen.
MEGGIE TOLKLAND continued with her sequel, “The Mayhem –
Thorn’s Story.”In this part of her
sequel, Thorn was killed while trying to defend Tru.While Thorn lay dying, his cousin, Roan, was
sent to watch over and protect her.
KATHERINE FLOTZ told about the Indiana Writers’ Consortium’s
fourth annual banquet.The banquet is
open to all writers and guests and will be held at the Avalon Manor in
Merrillville on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd.The fee, before Sept. 24th, will be $27 for members and $30 for
DONNA DOUGLASS read her memoir entitled “On My Honor.”This part of her memoir told of Donna being
charged with a violation of her university honor code and how badly her
depressed state had affected her grades.The end of her memoir revealed the jury finding in her favor and
RON TRIGG read from his memoir, “Moments on an African
Landscape.”In this part of the memoir,
entitled “Climb at Own Risk,” taking place in Zimbabwe in 1989, Ron began
climbing Mount Nyangani, the highest peak in Zimbabwe.After taking the wrong trail back down the
mountain, he tells of his scary time as it was near dark and he was without
food or shelter.
MIKE MUSAK brought his screenplay entitled, “Randy’s New
Job.”The screenplay had two character
parts, which was given to two of our members, and told of how an overqualified
woman was applying for a position that would give her very few benefits for
very little pay.
JANE BURNS read from her novel, “Atalanta.”In this part of her novel the Sisterhood met
at The Wall, which was their own private quarry, to learn the art of knapping
flint for their arrowheads.Atalanta had
gotten into the prized rocks, obsidian cores, and fashioned a beautifully sharp
blade.However, instead of being
praised, she was punished for taking one of the rare pieces.
TOM SPENCER brought his eleven stanza line poem entitled,
“Illusion.”Tom stated he decided to
write his poem, which concerned the social graces of sin, several years prior
when he realized how the seven dwarfs may have been a metaphor for the seven
BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read several of her award winning poems.The first she read had received Honorable Mention
in a Michigan Haiku contest.The second
was called “Orange Sunshine,” in which she had taken first place in the Voices
International Award in Arkansas.The
third was entitled “Go Fly a Kite,” which had given her first place in the
Spring River Award in Arkansas.
NEIL BEDEKER continued with Chapter 6 of his novel, “Dark
Hearts, White City.”This chapter,
entitled “A Lucrative Offer,” told of Mary Cassidy
meeting with Sioux Chief Plenty Horses.He was sent to find her by Buffalo Bill to offer her the position of
riding in the Wild West show for the sum of $5 a day.
Write-on Hoosiers is celebrating the dawn of our 24rd anniversary
Mark your calendar for our holiday celebration!
This social event is open to WOH members, family & other writers’ groups
NOTE: PLEASE BRING A GIFT FOR THE GIFT EXCHANGE
WHEN: December 6, 2012
WHERE: Lake of the Four Seasons Country Club Ballroom
TIME: 6:30 p.m. Doors open for cash bar & socializing; Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
COST: $23.00 per person
MENU: Sliced roast beef with mushroom Bordelaise, fried or baked chicken, citrus and herb cod, green salad, rolls, vegetable and potato, with apple pie for dessert. Coffee, iced tea, or water (other drinks available from the bar.)
8:30 p.m.: Welcome from WOH officers. Door prize drawing.
8:40 p.m.: A short five minute synopsis of the year’s events from each writers’ group in attendance.
9 p.m.: Gift exchange
9:30 p.m. Unveiling and distribution of annual magazine. 50-50 drawing