March 2023

Speaker: Arielle Haughee
Topic: Crisp Up That Prose!
March 18, 2023, 10 a.m. to Noon
In person and ZoomRegister here
Meeting Location: Map
Word of Life Church
6111 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Crisp Up That Prose! – Tight writing is a necessity for attracting agents and editors as well as keeping readers interested. In this workshop, we’ll discuss frequently used fluff words, strategies for cleaning up sentences, and bad habits that can make prose cumbersome. We’ll utilize three strategies–cut, replace, and trim down–to make your writing as efficient as possible. Bring some of your writing that needs revision
for a hands-on portion of class. You’ll leave with easy strategies to use in your writing and an editing checklist to help you spot fluff.
Arielle Haughee (Hoy) is a six-time RPLA-winning author and the owner of Orange Blossom Publishing. She is an editor, speaker, and writing coach, and was previously the Executive Vice President and Marketing Chair for the Florida Writers Association. She was honored with the President’s Award from FWA in 2020, and in 2021 Pling’s Party was awarded Children’s Book of the Year. Her press, Orange Blossom Publishing, publishes books about love, humor, and wellness for women and children. She is currently taking submissions for romance, women’s fiction, young adult, and nonfiction of interest to the female audience. More information at orangeblossombooks.com.
*Arielle is presenting via  Zoom; however, like usual, we are meeting in person and on Zoom.

THE BEST OF LUCK

STORYTELLERS BRING STORIES OF LUCK TO THE ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS

By Mary Lou Williams

 

 

The storytelling series at the Alliance for the Arts began the 2023 season this January with stories of “New Beginnings.”  The second program in the series was “Stories of Love” for the month of February and Valentine’s Day.  The third and last program for this season will be performed on Friday, March 3rd, 7 pm to 9 pm.  The Storytellers of the Round Table and the Elephant Showcase Storytellers will take the stage to tell “Stories of Luck,” both good and bad.

The storytellers will be Lisa Leonhardt, Mary Lou Williams, Pamela Minton, and Dr. Joel Ying.  Lisa will tell a personal story called “Sisterly Love” and a folk tale called “The Three Sisters.”  Besides being about sisters, these stories are about luck, lucky sisters, and unlucky sisters.  Mary Lou will tell a literary story called “The Chaser” and a fractured folk tale called “The Rumpelstiltskin Rap.” In each of these stories there is a character who looks suspiciously like a leprechaun.  Pamela will tell two personal stories, “The Fishing Trip” and “The Worst Job I Ever Had,” in each of which the worst of luck turned out to be the best of luck.  Dr. Joel will tell an Irish folk tale called “The Man with No Luck” and a Greek myth called “Pandora’s Box.”  In these stories, luck is a matter of perception.

Experience the power of the spoken word.  Captivating, spellbinding, and entertaining.  The stories will be followed by a Talk Back, which is a Q&A session with the audience.  Meet the storytellers.  Discover the stories behind the stories.  The Talk Back is an innovation that proved to be popular last season and continues to be popular this season, too.

The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.  The ticket price is $18 for members and $20 for non-members.  To purchase tickets visit www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-2787.

 

*****News Flash*****

 

 

Hot news re the Truist/Suncoast situation! 

Mike received a call and letter from Chairman of Truist…….

And a recent bad report about Suncoast.

You won’t want to miss this.

See you on February 18th!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Smith, President

Gulf Coast Writers Association