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.
Mike Musak, George Miga, Sharon Palmeri, Amy Brailey,
Dave Wilgus, Caren Von See, Beverly Stanislawski, Bob Philpot, Mary Ellen
Beecher, Hardarshan Valia, Donna Eckelbarger
Approved by SHARON PALMERI;
seconded by BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI
SHARON PALMERI distributed updated information about our new book Horizon
Spectrum, including a new deadline date: April 30. Title and
possible themes also discussed. Font should be Times New Roman size 12. Spacing
is to be 1.5 with 1" margins. The cover will be selected from online
Sharon also distributed a handout
with a rough draft about upcoming lecture/discussion topics to be held at
In addition, she also mentioned a five-week
class in writing children’s books that she will be teaching at the Crown Point
Library: 5 Mondays, starting April 25 – May 23 from 6:30-7:45 pm. There is no charge for the class but registration (219-663-0270) is a must. There is a strict limit of 14 students.
Book Expo America Conference in Chicago at McCormick Place, May 11-13
for anyone interested. NOTE: REGISTER EARLY FOR A SUBSTANTIAL DISCOUNT.
Printers Row also coming up. Check their website for more information.
READINGS: BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI reported that she had won three awards in Oklahoma's State
Poetry Contest: First place, "Cowboy Wannabe," limerick; second
place, "Sibling Rivalry," quatrain variation; and second place,
"Swimming Swans," tanka.
AMY BRAILEY read Chapter three of her story "Jon Everett and the
Hall of History." Jon and his grandmother have a heart- to-heart
about his responsibility for his actions and punishment he
DONNA ECKELBARGER introduced us to Wilma Inchworm and her exploits while
trying to bake edible goodies for Lila, the ladybug and Charlie, the cricket
in her story, " The Lonely Inch
CAREN VON SEE presented two poems. One, "Ages and Stages" took
us through the life of a person at ten year intervals until he reached 100, and
"by cracky," he would live his life again. The second poem,
"Inside My Eyelids," commented on some sad aspects of history
and some present day politics.
BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read of the "Swimming Swans" who formed a heart when face-to-face; her
"Cowboy Wannabe" whose brain was just a little too small for his
ten-gallon hat, and her "Sibling Rivalry," which told of a sister who
was jealous of her sister, so she wished to have been born "an only
MARY ELLEN BEECHER continued with an excerpt from "Out of Control."
This part of the story dealt with a
mother's concern for the whereabouts of her son and his phone call to her
about some weird people he had met.
DAVE WILGUS read two separate parts of his yet-untitled work. One
character, Millie, visits a burn unit where patients' conditions shock
her. In another part of his story, the main character, Chad, is asked to
turn state's evidence against the people who raided Parson's, but he refuses
for fear of reprisal.
HARDARSHAN VALIA transported us to India and told of an ill-fated love
affair between a young couple from different caste systems. The couple
commit suicide by throwing themselves on the tracks of an approaching train
India's cultural clashes were brought to light when the two families tried to
agree how to handle the remains of their children.
Sharon Palmeri, Beverly Stanislawski, Sharon Buckman, George
Miga, Ruthann Graczyk, Dave Wilgus, Caren Von See, Mary Lu Cowley, Hardarshan
Valia, Adam Sedia, Gail Galvan, Mary Ellen Beecher, Amy Brailey, Bob Philpot
A vote of approval for the February 18, 2016 minutes was first
given by BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI and
seconded by RUTH ANN GRACZYK.
PALMERI told the members that KATHERINE
FLOTZ was now in St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point and was doing
well.Several of our members had been to
see her and brought her gifts and cards, including two orchid plants from the
club. She loved them but chastised them for spending so much on her. (Kathy is
our treasurer.)Sharon introduced our
newest guests, gave an update to the members on the pending WOH book of short
stories and poems.She also passed
around a sheet so that members might write down their suggestions as to a
possible new title as well as theme suggestions.
SEDIA stated that he had two books coming up that could possibly be
published in either March or April.Adam also stated that he and his wife are expecting a child in
BUCKMAN read three pages from Chapter 7 of her sequel, Beyond
the Canopy.In this section of
her novel Harold begins to realize that his father has committed a terrible
crime and asks advice from his friend, Sally.The two together decide that they should seek more evidence before going
to the police.
WILGUS decided that he should make a revision in his novel, The
Joshua Henderson Story.The
story now, after beginning with Cindy starting to give birth at three o’clock
in the morning, takes a sudden turn and continues with Fisk’s market, just
south of the Ohio Central Railroad in Stockton.The store, which also sells gas, is run by a finicky old man, who is not
happy when a car pulls up at the pumps and a young Negro man gets out.
ELLEN BEECHER brought a poem, no title and no author, as well
as an open letter written by her daughter to her brother.Both the poem and the letter related to the
drug problem so many people are now experiencing.The beautifully written poem began with “I destroy homes, tear families apart –
take your children, and that’s just the start.”She
also read a letter from her daughter. The letter told of how much her daughter
missed the brother she knew as a child, stating, “I feel as if I already lost you and the drugs have a hold on your
GALVAN brought an excerpt taken from her book, Texting: Smash-ups, Mishaps and
Laughs. The extraction began with Betty White, from the Golden Girls TV
show, and a dream she had of a Christmas episode where Dorothy’s mother, Sophia,
went missing.Betty White was relating
this story on Saturday Night Live and telling it as only she can with a lot of
continued with his novel, The Spin Doctor.In this section of his novel, George tells of
Cordell Edwards, who flew over Papua New Guinea in a helicopter and saw a pile
of bones and skulls arranged in a semi-circle.The pilot explained that the position of the skulls determined his rank
in the tribe.After they cleared
security and began to walk through the village, Cordell found himself needing
to explain that he was not with the government but was there to make their life
VALIA read his beautiful two-page article entitled, “Particle in Perpetual Motion.” This article, entered into a contest in
Arizona entitled, “Learning from Nature,” concerned the revelations, oran inner awakening, of a man in India letting
loose the ashes of his father along the Ganges River amidst the Himalaya
Mountains.The man realizes the breeze delivers “the precious belongings to the
open arms of the river which then, in time, like all rivers, carried them
outward to the ocean, the ultimate reservoir for all belongings.”
SEDIA read his four-quatrain poem entitled, “The Winter Stars.”This
fantastic four-stanza poem tells of the “eternally
unmoved and unperturbed “stars never hearing the prayer, appeal or even
curse of ours.”
read her four-page short story entitled, “The
Poohbah’s Throne.”This story, which
began from an inspirational picture of a bench entered in the WOH web site,
told of Grand Poohbah falling from grace due to an alluring woman of ill
repute.As he sits on his “throne of disrepute” a small child asks
why he sits there.In explaining to her,
he realizes he is learning from his great failure and decides to become a
teacher, sharing his knowledge.
STANISLAWSKI read three stanza’s of her “dorsimbra” poem that
was created in memory of its Tennessee creators: Freda Beasley Doris, Robert Simonton,
and Eve Braden Hatcher.The poem
entitled, “Nature’s Play,” told of a
gentle rain storm, beginning and ending with, “I saw night curtain rise as sun awoke.”
Before adjournment, new group meeting photos were taken.