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Monday, April 25, 2011

Meeting Minutes - April 14, 2011

Date: April 14, 2011

Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

In Attendance:
Cathy Dzuibla
Pam Gonzalez
Jackie Huppenthal
Luneil Morrow
Judy Whitcomb

Judy gave treasurer's report. She also discussed Telemachus Press and an article praising self-publishing.

Luneil reported that she will submit Barty to Pelican Press and Milkweed. Milkweed will take electronic submissions. Luneil had to do some editing since Pelican stipulated manuscripts for young children must be under 1,100 words. She then read her poem Ms. Lawrence, Ms. Lawrence about a teacher and her eager students. The group suggested she change the order of the lines around and make the poem in present tense. Luneil also read The Pain of Tomorrow, a poem about loss and getting through.

The group discussed the weebly blog/website. Link follows:

Judy gave members a handout on a Cheerios contest "Spoonfuls of Stories". Submissions will be accepted between March 22, 2011 and July 15, 2011. Stores should be less than 500 words and geared for children ages 3 to 8 years old.

Jackie suggested the group consider a Magic Hour Writers "publication". Submissions would be due in the Fall of 2011. Project will be discussed further in upcoming meetings.

Cathy sent Becca the Bat to Albert Whitman January 31st. She then read the timely poem Ode to a Greek Orthodox Altar Boy. Members thought it would fit well in a church newsletter or bulletin.

Pam is still waiting to hear from several publishers. She will bring the Marshall Plan novel writing books next meeting.

Jackie showed Children's Writer newsletters and several Chinaberry catalogues.

Judy read her latest short story My Puppy Pooped. A few members suggested she consider changing the title so she does not give away the ending. Others thought it would fit well in a Humane Society Newsletter about adoption. Jackie remembered Doral Publishing from Sharon's writing class. Links follow:  and,-inc./dt/3464/

Tanglewood Press link follows: