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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Meeting Highlights October 12, 2016

Members Present:   Donna, Helena, Jackie Karen, Patty

Members mentioned Tricks and Treats of the Trade, a SCBWI conference that will be held at Franklin College on October 29th. Valia plans to attend.

Karen will be discussing the different ways to be published at the IWC Banquet. She is one of several authors that will be on a panel. The banquet is scheduled for November 12, 2016.

Patty suggested members try listening to books on tape. She said that has helped her become a better writer. She has even typed out a few first chapters of books she likes to get a feel for the rhythm and styles of accomplished writers.

Donna read the 1st chapter of The Secret of the Witch and the Ghost.  Karen suggested she shorten sentences if targeting a younger audience. In early readers and chapter books sentences can start with the words “and” or “but”. Members also suggested adding more dialogue and action.

Jackie read “Dear John”, a poem she wrote for her school’s custodian who recently retired. She framed a copy and decorated the outside with items he likely found on the floor and in the halls over the years. She will bring SCBWI ‘s The BOOK to the next meeting.

Karen suggested members visit editor Ester Hershen’s website. Karen was proud to announce that her agent has hired a screen writer for her book. Rescuing Ivy is on an 18 month hold and will become a major motion picture if enough funds are raised!

Next Meeting: November 9, 2016 at Rosati’s in Schererville at 6:30 p.m.


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