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Monday, January 28, 2019

Meeting Highlights 1.9.19

Members Present:  Jackie, Karen, Luneil, Patty, Rachael, Ruthann, Valia

Adhering to her editor’s advice, Patty said she is working on cutting a lot out of her novel Vienne and is also developing subplots.

Ruthann read her short story One Night… She plans to enter it in a contest. Winners receive a trip to New York.

Rachael brought her books The Blue Pencil and The Lucky Beads and read them to the group. 

Members purchased copies and Rachael autographed them.

Jackie read a letter she received from her sponsored child, a teenager from India. Valia explained a little about the Hindi language.

Valia read his humorous poem “Granite Wall”. He also added a related picture to the handouts.

Karen is still revising her screenplay which is now called Saving Ivy and will send chapter one to the group via email since we ran out of time.

Next Meeting:  February 13, 2019


Meeting Highlights 12.12.18

Members Present:  Helena, Jackie, Judy, Karen, Luneil, Patty, Rachael, Ruthann, Valia

Members met at Clarendale in Schererville for a Christmas / holiday party. Everyone brought a dish, dessert, drink, and/or appetizer. Earlier in the month Judy suggest members also bring “a gift of words” to the gathering.

Patty reported her editor Esther had her story for 6 weeks. She has also heard from a few publishers that she submitted to. Patty then read her tribute “The Magic Hour” and said some pretty amazing things about our group.

Rachael’s 2nd book in the One Kindness at a Time series won a Readers’ Favorite 5 stars award. She will bring copies of her first and second book to the next meeting.

Karen sold 12 of her The Medal With a Heart book at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis at an author’s fair. The book launch went well also. Karen then read a poem she wrote about writers.

Valia read two poems: “Grandfather” and “Fabrics That Carry Us”.

Judy read “I Walk in Beauty,” a Navajo prayer/song. She reads the prayer often and it has helped her keep her focus.

Helena read A Gift of Promise, inspired by her friends from MHW who encouraged her to send her story to them when she needed some critique.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2019!


Meeting Highlights 11.14.18

Members Present: Helena, Jackie, Karen, Patty, Valia

Guests: Michael, Debbie

Debbie is a medical assistant and met Judy and Helena at the IWC conference in October. Debbie shared a book she started writing years ago. The working title is The One We Could Not See. Members discussed publishers and Karen mentioned Children’s Writers Market.

Valia read his Guest Commentary “Answer Hate With Love”.

Helena read a memoir “Be Thankful Always”.

Patty read “Chapter 13 - Shocking Revelations.”

Karen reported her book The Medal With A Heart can now be personalized. Also, The Military Order of the Purple Heart supports the book by offering it to members to raise funds.