2007 Conference

Mark it now!

September 1 – WCCW’s 12th Annual Writers’ Conference!

Tacking Down a Memo

Don’t Forget – Conference Information and Contests will be available on June 1, 2007.

Scheduled –

Dr. Robert Lamm, ASU-Jonesboro – on Creativity!

Ellen Withers, Freelance Writer – on establishing and maintaining a Freelance Career.

Jennifer DiCamillo, author, on Choosing a publisher

Deanna Dismukes, Education Coordinator – Hemingway Pfeiffer Museum, on Writers’ Retreats; how to choose, what to expect, and what you can get from them.

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2007 Conference Final

On September 1, 2007, White County Creative Writers will host their 12th Annual Writers’ Conference. Join us in the American Heritage Center at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas for a day of inspiration and achievement.

SPEAKERS : Schedule and registration

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Rob Lamm

Rob Lamm began teaching writing and English education courses at Arkansas State University after receiving his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. He was a consultant for the National Writing Project for 20 years and served 10 of those years as an NWP site director. A past president of ACTELA, Arkansas’ organization for English teachers, he is now the editor for ACTELA’s literary collection, The Arkansas Anthology. Dr. Lamm’s writing textbook, Dynamic Argument, was published by Houghton Mifflin this year and is being used in writing programs around the country. His next book to be published by HM, Dynamic Writing, will include many of the creative techniques featured in his presentation to White County Creative Writers.

http://engphil.astate.edu/bio_lamm.htm

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Ellen Withers

Ellen Withers finds that her ‘day job’ as an insurance investigator furnishes her with inspiration and information that feeds her writing career. She is a contributing writer and serves on the editorial committee of SIU Awareness, a national insurance fraud awareness magazine. A member of Sweet Adelines International, she occasionally combines both interests by entertaining at writers’ functions and writing for the S.A. publication, The Pitch Pipe. Her essays, articles, and short stories have taken honors at conferences in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and her work is supported by such publications as the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Ozark Mountaineer, SouthLit.com, and others. Ellen has spoken on Starting and Sustaining a Freelance Career, and How to Become a Professional Writer, as well as serving on a discussion panel about contest judging. She was a featured speaker at a writers’ workshop for the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department in 2006. A member of four literary organizations, she serves on the board of the Arkansas Writers’ Conference.

http://www.witherswrites.com/

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Jennifer DiCamillo

Jennifer DiCamillo’s award winning works have appeared in Museletter, The Poisoned Pen, Ozarks Magazine, Storyteller Magazine, Cup of Comfort for Women in Love, and many other publications around the world. Her debut novel, The Price of Peace, won a CAPA nomination for Best Historical Fiction 2004. Other award-winning works are: Courting Disaster, a romance novel; Passing Thoughts and Passing Images, poetry collections; upcoming mystery anthologies Deadknots and Despicado; the Big Boys children’s series. Her short science fiction can be found currently in Unbelievable Stories Magazine. Jennifer recently signed 23 contracts with Mojocastle Press under her pseudonym, Carlys Weldon.
http://www.jenniferdicamillo.com

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Deanna Dismukes

Deanna Dismukes is Education Coordinator for the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Arkansas. She has been Director of the Hemingway Creative Writers’ Retreat for the last five years. Prior to taking this position, she was Director of Arkansas Enrichment for Gifted Instruction in Education ( A.E.G.I.S.), funded by the Arkansas Department of Education. Deanna holds a Master of Science in Education. Each summer she teaches ten days of professional development workshops for teachers, with the specific approval of the Arkansas Dept. of Education.

Deanna states that while personal creative writing is a weakness for her, her strength is in creating opportunities for others to write.

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a quick look at the schedule is listed below, or go to Schedule and Registration for a full view.

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Conference Schedule

8:00- 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30- 8:45 a.m. Welcome and introductions

8:45-10:00 a.m. Dr. Rob Lamm

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Ellen Withers

11:30- 1:00 Lunch / Contest Awards

1:00- 2:30 p.m. Jennifer DiCamillo

2:45- 4:00 p.m. Deanna Dismukes

There will be a 15 minute break between each session

2007 Conference Schedule

Come, join us for a wonderful day! Conference fee is $25.00, which includes a light luncheon. Deadline for registration is August 25. Walk-ins are WELCOME and encouraged, but luncheon may not be available. Mail registration to:
W..C.C.W., c/o Patsy Pipkin, #5 Windy Ridge Road, Searcy, AR 72143.
Please make checks out to W.C.C.W.

Conference Schedule

8:00- 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30- 8:45 a.m. Welcome and introductions

8:45-10:00 a.m. Dr. Rob Lamm – Sensory Writing: You Can

Almost Taste It

The five senses invigorate writing, yet often our written works miss many

opportunities to become vivid. Our abilities to discover and create fresh

sensory images can improve by using a number of tricks.

This session will be hands-on, eyes-open, mouth-watering

–you get the idea!

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Ellen Withers – Starting and Sustaining Your

Freelance Career

This step-by-step program will provide multiple ways to break into the

freelance field, explain how to build a portfolio of publication credits

and create a win/win relationship with editors and publishers.

11:30- 1:00 Lunch / Contest Awards

1:00- 2:30 p.m. Jennifer DiCamillo – Which Publisher is Right

for You?

A guide for determining when you are ready for publication,

researching publishers vs self publication, the printing process,

and sorting through the good and the bad advice.

2:45- 4:00 p.m. Deanna Dismukes – Time to Write: a guide to

Writers’ Retreats

Deanna will help you decide how to take time for your writing

and explain what to look for in a retreat, what to expect from it,

and what you are expected to give in return.

There will be a 15 minute break between each session

2007 Contest Master Page

White County Creative Writers extends a heartfelt “thank you” to all the sponsors that make these contests possible. Please give them your support.

Note – registration is NOT a requirement to enter contests. You do not have to attend the conference to enter our contests – so why haven’t you entered yet?

1. WCCW Award – Rhymed Poetry Sponsored by White County Creative Writers .
!st Place – Jim Barton, Chalk Daddy
2nd Place – Faye Williams Jones, In Chemo Chairs
3rd Place – Catherine Moran, The Lost Treasures
1HM – Freeda Baker Nichols, First Grade Crush
2HM – Rhonda Roberts, The Field of Flowers and Stones
3HM – Pat Laster, Katoonyan Reunion

2. Seeing Double – Short story with an alternate ending, Sponsored by Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas
1st Place – Jan Morrill, The Message in a Bottle
2nd Place – Rhonda Roberts, Woman’s Best Friend
3rd Place – Doyle Suit, Sure Thing
1HM – Shannon Vannatter, Chapter Three, Page Thirty-Five
2HM – Christine Henderson, Watched
3HM – Kathy Helmer, Last Dance

3. President’s Choice – Essay on Patriotism. Sponsored by Winford Wallace.
1st Place – Barbara Baker, For Love of a Country
2nd Place – Rhonda Roberts, Walking the Walk
3rd Place – Ellen Withers, Boots on the Ground
1HM – Shannon Vannatter, Horrific Day
2HM – George Van O’Brien, The Coming War
3HM – Sandra Cashion, A Cure for America The Beautiful

4. Humor Award – humorous essay or story, SUBJECT: “That’s the most ridiculous thing I ever heard”. Sponsored by RobertsFamilyArk
1st Place – Gary R. Hoffman, The Fantastic Deal
2nd Place – Helen M. Austin, The Most Ridiculous Christmas Story Ever
3rd Place – Nina Tillery, Aunt Little Johnson, Queen of the Ridiculous
1HM – Betty McPherson, Jake the Janitor
2HM – Larry Elliott, Mission From God
3HM – Steve Whisnant, Across the River Styx

5. Free Award – Free verse poem on the subject of “Free”, Sponsored by Glassworks Ink.
1st Place – Catherine Moran, A Time to Cut
2nd Place – Rhonda Roberts, Room to Breathe
3rd Place – Pat Durmon, Awaiting a Son’s Call on His Divorce Report…
1HM – Rita Dortch, Free
2HM – Kathy Helmer, His Name is Freedom
3HM – Faye Adams, This Land

6. Tell Me a Story – Short story. Sponsored by Jean Gipson.
1st Place – Mike McMinn, The Cardinal
2nd Place – Charles Prier, The Dream machine
3rd Place – Jim Barton, Lights Out
1HM – Fay Risner, Cowgirl Annie
2HM – Shannon Vannatter, Deadly Vows?
3HM – Sandra Cashion, Unconditional Love

7. Storyteller Award – Ghost story, fiction or non-fiction, Sponsored by Storyteller Magazine.
1st Place – Del Garrett, When the Lightning Walks About
2nd Place – Cindy D. Baker, Lights
3rd Place – Steve Whisnant, Skittering
1HM – Elizabeth Orendorff, Come Home to Me
No other HM’s awarded

8. Tumbleweed Award – Western Novel – 3 chapters plus synopsis plus query letter. Sponsored by Dusty Richards.

9. Concrete Poetry Award – a poem in the shape of the subject (ex. Love=a heart shaped poem, pets=a dog or cat shaped poem, etc.) rhymed or unrhymed, 40 lines maximum. Sponsored by Pat Laster.

10. Just for Kids – Story for children/youth (state what age group written for), 1500 word maximum. Sponsored by Central Arkansas Writers.

11. Searcy Living Award – Essay on how pets influence our lives, 600 words maximum. Sponsored by Searcy Living Magazine.

12. Family Matters Award – Essay on a person in your family who has been significant to you, 2000 word maximum. Sponsored by Debra Middleton.

13. Paranormal Romance – Short fiction (no witchcraft, occult, or devil worship), 2000 words maximum. Sponsored by Ellen Withers.

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Contest Regulations –

1. Registration to attend conference does not include contest fees. Contest fees of $5 for first entry and $3 for each entry thereafter must be mailed on or before July 25, 2007. Make check payable to White County Creative Writers. No fees returned.

2. Deadline for postmarking contest entries is July 25, 2007. WCCW is not responsible for manuscripts lost, delayed, or received too late for judging. Do not send SASE; no entries will be returned. Entries will be destroyed two weeks after conference.

3. Only one typed, unpublished manuscript may be entered in each contest. Double-space prose; double- or single-space poetry. Use standard manuscript form. (Click for info).

4. No entry may be entered in more than one contest. No one may enter the contest for which he or she serves as sponsor, chairman, or judge. An entry that won first place last year may not be entered in the same contest if this year’s contest is identical to last year’s.

5. Put contest number and name of award in upper left corner of each entry. Do not put your name on the manuscript. Attach a cover sheet to each manuscript with (a) number and name of contest, (b) title of entry, (c) first line of entry, (d) your name, mailing address, and phone number.

6. Mail all contest entries and contest fees to Rhonda Roberts, 620 Morris School Road, Searcy, AR 72143 . Winners not attending will be notified by mail the week after conference.

7. Prizes will be as follows: 1st place – $25; 2nd place – $15; 3rd place – $10. Certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Honorable Mention. Number of prizes awarded for each contest will be determined by judges.

Questions? Call (501) 268-1295 or e-mail plugginalong@hotmail.com

In order to win, you must enter. Want other tips? Click here!

Certificate of congratulations

“CLICK” for CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFORMATION
White County Creative Writers – P.O.Box 9122-Searcy, AR 72145

2007 Contest Winners

White County Creative Writers extends a heartfelt “thank you” to all the sponsors that make these contests possible. Please give them your support.

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Fay Jones

1. WCCW Award – Rhymed Poetry Sponsored by White County Creative Writers .
!st Place – Jim Barton, Chalk Daddy
2nd Place – Faye Williams Jones, In Chemo Chairs
3rd Place – Catherine Moran, The Lost Treasures
1HM – Freeda Baker Nichols, First Grade Crush
2HM – Rhonda Roberts, The Field of Flowers and Stones
3HM – Pat Laster, Katoonyan Reunion

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Rhonda Roberts

2. Seeing Double – Short story with an alternate ending, Sponsored by Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas
1st Place – Jan Morrill, The Message in a Bottle
2nd Place – Rhonda Roberts, Woman’s Best Friend
3rd Place – Doyle Suit, Sure Thing
1HM – Shannon Vannatter, Chapter Three, Page Thirty-Five
2HM – Christine Henderson, Watched
3HM – Kathy Helmer, Last Dance

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Ellen Withers

3. President’s Choice – Essay on Patriotism. Sponsored by Winford Wallace.
1st Place – Barbara Baker, For Love of a Country
2nd Place – Rhonda Roberts, Walking the Walk
3rd Place – Ellen Withers, Boots on the Ground
1HM – Shannon Vannatter, Horrific Day
2HM – George Van O’Brien, The Coming War
3HM – Sandra Cashion, A Cure for America The Beautiful

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George Van O’Brien
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Helen M. Austin
4. Humor Award – humorous essay or story, SUBJECT: “That’s the most ridiculous thing I ever heard”. Sponsored by RobertsFamilyArk
1st Place – Gary R. Hoffman, The Fantastic Deal
2nd Place – Helen M. Austin, The Most Ridiculous Christmas Story Ever
3rd Place – Nina Tillery, Aunt Little Johnson, Queen of the Ridiculous
1HM – Betty McPherson, Jake the Janitor
2HM – Larry Elliott, Mission From God
3HM – Steve Whisnant, Across the River Styx

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L:arry Elliott

5. Free Award – Free verse poem on the subject of “Free”, Sponsored by Glassworks Ink.
1st Place – Catherine Moran, A Time to Cut
2nd Place – Rhonda Roberts, Room to Breathe
3rd Place – Pat Durmon, Awaiting a Son’s Call on His Divorce Report…
1HM – Rita Dortch, Free
2HM – Kathy Helmer, His Name is Freedom
3HM – Faye Adams, This Land

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Mike McMinn

6. Tell Me a Story – Short story. Sponsored by Jean Gipson.
1st Place – Mike McMinn, The Cardinal
2nd Place – Charles Prier, The Dream machine
3rd Place – Jim Barton, Lights Out
1HM – Fay Risner, Cowgirl Annie
2HM – Shannon Vannatter, Deadly Vows?
3HM – Sandra Cashion, Unconditional Love

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Charles Prier
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Sandra Cashion and Winford Wallace

7. Storyteller Award – Ghost story, fiction or non-fiction, Sponsored by Storyteller Magazine.
1st Place – Del Garrett, When the Lightning Walks About
2nd Place – Cindy D. Baker, Lights
3rd Place – Steve Whisnant, Skittering
1HM – Elizabeth Orendorff, Come Home to Me
No other HM’s awarded

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Steve Whisnant

8. Tumbleweed Award – Western Novel – Sponsored by Dusty Richards.
1st Place – Jim Barton, The Cathedral at Preacher’s Gulch
2nd Place – Fay Risner, A Dark Wind Howls Over Mary Alice
3rd Place – Steve Whisnant, Pain of the Innocent
No HM’s awarded

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Kathy Helmer

9. Concrete Poetry Award – a poem in the shape of the subject. Sponsored by Pat Laster.
1st Place – Kathy Helmer, Totem Poles
2nd Place – Faye Williams Jones, Tornado
3rd Place – Catherine Moran, One with the Game
1HM – Jim Barton, Storm Crows
2HM – Sara Gipson, Perched Eagle
3HM – Debbie C. Lincoln, Kites

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Shannon Vannatter
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Arline Chandler

10. Just for Kids – Story for children/youth Sponsored by Central Arkansas Writers.
1st Place – Jan Sherbin, Run Between the Raindrops
2nd Place – Doyle Suit, The Runaway Squirrel
3rd Place – Mary Chandler, Angie and the Peace Rose
1HM – Arline Chandler, Bartholomew’s Christmas Sled
2HM – Gary R. Hoffman, Wailing Squaw
3HM – Steve Whisnant, A Little Imagination

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Neville Martin

11. Searcy Living Award – Essay on how pets influence our lives. Sponsored by Searcy Living Magazine.
1st Place – Carolyn Rountree, Sparky
2nd Place – Rita Dortch, How Pets Influence Our Lives
3rd Place – Neville Martin, My Blind Pony
No HM’s Awarded

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Barbara Baker

12. Family Matters Award – Essay on a person in your family who has been significant to you, Sponsored by Debra Middleton.
1st Place – Mary Chandler, Mrs. Madsen’s Favorite
2nd Place – Rita Dortch, The Teacher was My Dad
3rd Place – Dan Leonard, Mama and Birthday Cake
1HM – Doyle Suit, A Doubtful Christmas
2HM – Elizabeth Orendorff, My Knight in Shining Armor
3HM(tie) – Barbara Baker, A Melody for the Soul
3HM(tie) – Debbie Holland

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Debbie Holland

13. Paranormal Romance – Short Fiction Sponsored by Ellen Withers.
1st Place – Elizabeth Orendorff, Together Again
2nd Place – Kathy Helmer, Angelina and Jean-Paul
3rd Place – Lorna Stone, Love, Alien Style
1HM – Jim Barton, Ava
2HM – Larry Elliott, Cell Phone
3HM – Nancy Allen, Bastille Day

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Lorna Stone
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Del Garrett

Awards were mailed to those not attending the week after the conference. Congratulations to you all !!!

2007 Recap

W.C.C.W. Calendar –
meeting dates
January 21, 2008
February 18, 2008
March 17, 2008
April 21, 2008
May 19, 2008
June 16, 2008
July 21, 2008
August 18, 2008
September 15, 2008
October 20, 2008
November 17, 2008
December 15, 2008

Program Schedule 2007 – listing of programs/activities each month.

January – Chris Henderson – setting goals for the year
February – Dorothy Hatfield – Creating interesting characters
March – Critique sessions
April – Chris Henderson – Believable dialogue
May – Chris Henderson – First lines; first paragraphs – first impressions
June – Critique sessions
July – Georgie McIrvin – A sense of place
August – Rhonda Roberts – Stretching your boundaries
September – Critique sessions
October – Chris Henderson – it’s all in the details
November – Patsy Pipkin – Recycling
December – Party!!!!!

Remember the definitions:
Proofread – to check for typing errors, misspelled words, and grammatical errors
Edit – to proofread and to make suggestions about wording, phrasing, sentence and paragraph structure
Critique – to edit and to evaluate the entire piece for clarity, interest and form, and to give suggestions on how the writing might be improved.