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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)
​Girls' Day Out by Patricia Wellingham-Jones

POETRY
(All Poetry)

An Old Fashioned October by Floriana Hall
Days Of St. Gerard by Susan Marie Davniero
Playful by Michael Lee Johnson
Gypsy Spirit by Debbie Hilbish
Down In The Cellar by Louise Michelle
A Single Flame Of Love by Fred Anderson
The Pendulum Swings by Susan Marie Davniero
Little Colorful Gargoyles by James G. Piatt
Empty Nest by Barb Phillips
Visiting Time by Charles Costa Jr.
For You In Our Autumn by John T. Hitchner
Walking A Tightrope by Floriana Hall
Halloween Beat by Susan Marie Davniero
Home by Susan Dale 

GENERAL NEWS & INFO
Writing a Creative Memoir
Instructor: Roseanne Dowell

In each session Roseanne will show you how to write your memoirs, what to include and give examples. Roseanne will work with each student one on one through email.

Session 1 - What is a Memoir?
Objective - Characteristics and what makes up a memoir.
Description - Roseanne describes each characteristic and element of a memoir.

Session 2 - Who Am I? What to Include - Organizing Your Thoughts
Objective - How to begin, what to include, and putting your thoughts on paper
Description -Roseanne will show you where to begin and how to organize your thoughts and your memoirs

Session 3 -Characters - Adding characters
Objective -Thinking of real people as characters. Making characters dimensional. 
Description -Roseanne shows you how to create character profiles.

Session 4 -Descriptions - Using the senses. 
Objective - Learning to use the senses and finding the right words.
Description - Roseanne shows you how to merge description with point of view

Session 5 - Action Speak Louder than Words 
Objective - Learning how to Show, not tell a story
Description - Roseanne shows you how to use dialogue, action and thoughts to show your story.

Session 6 - Writing a Rough Draft
Objective - Putting your memories in chronological order. Adding flashbacks
Description -Roseanne shows you how to arrange your memoirs chronologically and using flashbacks.

Session 7 - Revising and Publishing
Objective -Revising, adding pictures, and publishing your memoirs. 
Description -Finally, Roseanne shows you how to polish your memoirs and where to go from here.​
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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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