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FEATURED AUTHORS AND THEIR WORK
STORY OF THE MONTH
​Flamingo Road by Ron Van Sweringen

FLASH FICTION
​Accidental Soul Mates by Rosemary Cacolice Brown
​​Ring Around the Eggs by Jenny Sturgill
​An Astonishing Reverie by Robert Green
Winter Day in the Bad Times by Janet Shell Anderson
A Motel Room with an Icebox by Ron Van Sweringen

MICRO FICTION
​The Baked Chicken Affair by Dr. James Piatt
Weeping Willow by Michael Kilpatrick
Poorbear by Janet Shell Anderson
Before and After by Buck Dopp

NON-FICTION
​Autograph Please, Thank you! by Susan Marie Davniero
​The Country Store by Bettye H. Galloway
​The Abandoned House by Wayne Scheer
Scars by Deena Batten
Sign and a Duck in a Hot Tub by Bev Woodruff

POEM OF THE MONTH 
(All poetry)
​Oh, The Sparrow by Charles Costa Jr.

POETRY
(All Poetry)
At Dawn by Floriana Hall
Rock A Bye Birthdays by Susan Marie Davniero
Patricia By The Stream by Debbie Hilbish
The Swinging Tree by Mary Ellen Shaughan
The Best Critique Ever by Sandra H. Bounds
War Girl by JD DeHart
Birth Of A Rhyme by James G. Piatt
Autograph, Please by Susan Marie Davniero
Squelch by Floriana Hall
The Gift by Patricia Wellingham-Jones
His Love by Shirley Securro
Chameleon by Patricia Crandall
Parting Twins by Susan Marie Davniero
A New Version by Floriana Hall



GENERAL NEWS & INFO
Fiction with Fear Using the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune with Perry Brass
Eight Week Class Syllabus

1) What is fiction—what drives a story. Difference between “plot” and “action.” Basic point of view, and how it works. 

2) Using forms of fiction (also called basic story structures) to derive your own story ideas and plots. 

3) What kind of story interests you, and where do you want to go with it: fitting yourself into basic story forms and techniques. 

4) Three basic writing techniques that you can use: purely emotional, purely observational, and purely “objective”—the words are now talking to you. 

5) “Style” or finding the right words to tell your story. 

6) More about point of view: Are you too close to the story, or too far away? Finding a position that allows you to tell your story without interfering with it, and yet allowing your own passion for it to come out. 

7) Plot killers and plot makers. We start with this, and go into what “locates” the plot in an interesting way. 

8) Back to the beginning: your questions, problems, and ideas. How do you utilize what we’ve talked about? What basic approaches keep you from going stale, being afraid to start, and getting trapped in a place you can’t get out of?

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​Through her poems in Evening Sun, Aline Soules reflects on her journey through widowhood, chronicling her emotions--despair, anger, longing, love, and reconciliation.
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From Sonoma, Italy, and the Middle Ages Francesca travels to uncover the truth of the wine and the two men who have fought over her for centuries. Romancing the Vines is the sweeping romance of Francesca, Enrico, and Giancarlo and the secret to the wine that has been eluding her for centuries.  Read more.
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