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.
Sharon Palmeri, Beverly Stanislawski, Katherine Flotz, Sharon
Buckman, Bob Philpot, Tom Spencer, Marjorie Peterson, Mary Ellen Beecher,
George Miga, Paul Mulligan, Ruthann Graczyk, Mike Musak
Adam Sedia, Ruth Onwuka
A vote of approval for the March 5, 2015 meeting was first
given by SHARON BUCKMAN, and
seconded by MARY ELLEN BEECHER.
MULLIGAN stated (on a non-literary note) he was recently flown to
Atlanta for an interview with American Airlines. He was not hired, but was
happy to have been considered.
The group congratulatedmember TOM SPENCER, whohas been given the honor of having an
award named after him. Spencer is the co-founder of the Northwest Indiana
Poetry Society, and past president of the Indiana State Federation of Poetry
Clubs. The top winner of the IWC’s annual Power of Poetry Project (PoPP) for 4th
& 5th graders, will be given the Tom Spencer award. A
Times news article, that was written about him, was passed around for members
SPENCER mentioned that Northwest Indiana Poetry Society meeting was on
Saturday, March 21 at 10 a.m. at the Lowell Library.
FLOTZ read two pages of her novel, The Journey. The story,
which originally began in Germany following World War 11, focused on the
American pilot, Tom Wilson, who had originally escaped capture after being
hidden in the home of Martha Brenner.After learning of her whereabouts he is now trying to decide how he can
repay her by finding her a home and being her sponsor in America.
STANISLAWSKI read her short story, “La Senora.” The story
begins with a young Spanish girl searching for sea shells for her “adopted”
papa in the hopes of finding the gigantic oyster with the “biggest pearl
inside” he always talked about.The end
of the story reveals her finding the oyster only to throw it back into the
ocean when she hears of her papa’s death.
SPENCER brought his eight stanza free verse poem, entitled “Social Fabric.”The poem tells of the importance of various
artists and ends with the special importance of the poet, “the fabric of
BUCKMAN read her seven stanza poem entitled, “Backyard Haven.”The poem,
accompanied with a picture of her backyard, showed deer that were enticed by
SHARON PALMERI read her
six stanza line poem entitled, “Night
Sea.”The poem tells of the beauty
and seductiveness of the night sea as it, “invites stars and shadows to dance
wildly on its belly.”
PAULMULLIGAN read “Working
into Love” his five stanza poem which
told of his attraction to a very pretty young berry picker and the outcome of
his romantic endeavor. After amember’s
suggestion, however, he changed his title to “The Girl Who Picked the Berries.”
SEDIA read his very touching four stanza poem “Skyscraper,” accompanied with a photograph.The poem told of an eighty story Chicago
skyscraper with its “monolithic frame,” “rising proudly over gaudy, cheap,
continued with two pages of his newest novel,Ariela – Lioness of God. This part of the novel told of the young Anne
Frank being able to crawl out of the trench lined with bodies piled in four
layers.As she crawls towards the
nearest shed she is taken inside by a young Jewish nurse.Anne is unable to remember anything about
STANISLAWSKI ended the meeting with a short, humorous poem
entitled “St Pat’s Tricks,” which
told how St. Patrick rid Ireland of its snakes.
Cowley, Lisa Groszak, David Wilgus, Sharon Palmeri, Tom Spencer, Bob Philpot, Kay Depel, Katherine
Flotz, Beverly Stanislawski
SHARON PALMERI opened the meeting asking for approval of the minutes.
KATHERINE FLOTZ approved; MARYLU COWLEY seconded.
Some writer’ meetings were
discussed with fliers passed around for those who were interested in attending.
SHARON PALMERI mentioned The
Lake County Public Library Foundation’s 15th Annual Literary Tea on
Saturday, April 11 at 1p.m. at the Radisson Plaza. Price is $25 and
speaker is screenwriters Jim Henry. BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI mentioned a Friday March 6th at Reading
at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery sponsored by Blotterature Literary Magazine. KATHERINE
FLOTZ mentioned that she may have a new lead where she can speak
about her book, Pebble in My Shoe.BEVERLY
STANISLAWSKI said she had won third place from Arizona’s Poetry Society for
her poem, “The Argument.”
DAVE WILGUS continued with his novel in progress The Joshua Henderson Story, including
the couple’s visit to a doctor and hearing a diagnosis of Leigh’s disease for
their young son. The doctor suggested contacting the Cleveland Clinic for
LISA GROSZAK read a part of Chapter 1, of Becoming Memorable.
We accompanied a young married couple to an antique store with an odd
shopkeeper, crowded piles of merchandise, and a rather unique Rollieflex camera
which appeared to be a real bargain.
KATHERINE FLOTZ presented Chapter 2, from The Journey. In
December, 1943, a family in Yugoslavia finds an injured, American bomber
pilot. Knowing it is dangerous to harbor an enemy, the mother does it anyway,
remembering that her missing husband, Michael, might be in the same condition
BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read “Intertwined,” a Pantoum type of poem
which was popularized in Malaysia. Certain lines are repeated and the rhyme
scheme and meter are to be strictly followed.
TOM SPENCER offered “The Crimes of Time.” His poem included
ideas about depression that comes to all, unregulated ethnic cleansing, and
over rated democracy.
BOB PHILPOT continued his tale, Strange Friend . Cob tells
Zeb about an encounter with a semi-truck driver who might have been rustling. Cob
was jumped and left to die, but Zeb happened along.Zeb later explained desert survival including
proper head covering and supply of water for horse and rider.
ADAM SEDIA presented his Petrarchan sonnet, “The Seashell,”
which described an “errant shape…awash with vibrant hues and iridescent
flash…an angel” which shared some deep wonders of another world.