Members Present: Jackie, Karen, Luneil, Pete, Ruthann
Guests: Andy, Jane
Members discussed the upcoming Small Prestivus Festival which will be in Griffith on Saturday and Sunday, July 23rd and 24th. On Saturday Andy, Valia, Judy, and Jackie will be reading. Karen will do a presentation on her book Rescuing Ivy. Rescuing Ivy and A Magic Hour Family Christmas will be available for purchase. Jackie will make a coupon and plans to sell some of her photographic note cards as well. Mari and Ruthann have books to give to Jackie. MHW pens have also been ordered.
Pete would like to see his poems published in a book. Members discussed self-publishing vs. submitting to traditional publishers. Pete would also like to include the inspiration behind each poem to inspire others to write.
Jackie will send out information about the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Societies poetry contest.
Jane plans to interview Karen and write an article about the Small Prestivus Festival for the Chicago Tribune and Gary Post newspapers.
Karen discussed Create Space and will bring her first book to the next meeting.
Pete read two riddle poems. He plans to have prizes for the winners at the festival.
Andy read his short story for young readers entitled Substitute Student. The story idea came about when he was working as a substitute teacher.
Jackie read an old poem “The Top” which is about her struggles to follow her children up a fire tower. Someone recently contacted her through her blog asking for permission to share it at a bicentennial celebration at McCormick’s Creek State Park. That state park also has a fire tower.
Next Meeting: Wednesday August 10th at 6:30, Rosati’s Pizza in Schererville, IN.