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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Meeting Highlights August 14, 2014

Members Present: Jackie, Judy, Luneil, Suzy

Guest: Bob M.

Suzy reported Paul Henry’s Art Gallery will host a reading event on the second Wednesday of every month starting in January. The gallery is located right next to the Indiana Writers’ Consortium’s new office/conference space. Judy and Jackie visited both this past summer. Janine and Julie from IWC are working to secure readers for the monthly event at the gallery which also has regular studio hours and acoustic jam nights as well. Check it out on Facebook.

Suzy attended the Midwest Writers Conference at Ball State in July. She went all three days and gathered a lot of material and information. She was very excited about the opportunity to network with authors and agents and see their latest marketing tools. Suzy also brought in information on the October 4th SCBWI event in Rensselaer, IN. The Indiana Writers’ Consortium Conference will be held October 11th from 1 to 10 pm in Merrillville. A few members hope to attend both events. See our upcoming events page for links.

Judy and Bob would like to ask fellow IWC member Mark Ailes to be a guest speaker for one of our upcoming meetings. He is the author of several since fiction, fantasy, and horror novels as well as an award winning poet.

Luneil read I Can’t Like That, a short story about a little girl’s unhappiness about her lunch choices.

Bob discussed his next project, The Adventures of Rugs, which is a picture book series. He introduced his cast of characters and explained how accepting one’s differences is the theme in each.

Jackie and Judy brought in dummy books and briefly discussed the submission process as well as self-publishing. Jackie read two poems. The first one is in the draft stage and includes prompts for children to design their own backpack. The second one, which she plans to submit to magazines, is about a puppy that chews up everything in the house.

Judy read Coming Home, a memoir type short story with an unexpected ending.