2012 Conference

White County Creative Writers’ 17th Annual Writers’ Conference was held on September 1, 2012 on the second floor of the American Heritage Conference Center at Harding University in Searcy AR. Topics were include Memoir, Publishing, Poetry, and Writing 101.

Over 55 writers from Arkansas and her surrounding states attended, and 13 writing contests were awarded during luncheon.

Thanks to all of you for supporting this conference.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

MARILYN H. COLLINS: Marilyn, an award-winning author of nonfiction books and over 100 magazine/newspaper features, will help you Turn Memory into Story. Join this lively, interactive workshop for both beginning and seasoned memoir writers. Dust off your boxes of notes, dig out your pictures, and focus on the most fascinating main character you know. YOU! We’ll hone the skills needed to write and recognize the worth of your stories, unscramble memorabilia, and write lively, interesting copy. You are the only person who can write your story from your point of view. Share life as you saw it happen. Whether you are writing for family members or for publication, this workshop is for you!

TED PARKHURST has owned entrepreneurial book publishing companies in Little Rock for thirty-three years. The first company he founded, August House Publishers, Inc., published more than 600 titles during his 27 years as president. Parkhurst then sold it to an Atlanta group, which was so impressed with its market dominance that they changed the name of their company to August House. In 2008, with the help of a private investor, he formed Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., Publishers, where he is now president. Parkhurst Brothers started as a publisher of public issues titles such as Simple, Not Easy, a book by one of the Little Rock Nine, Dr. Terrence Roberts of Pasadena, California. Parkhurst Brothers has since branched out to award-winning fiction such as Dr. Judson Hout’s The Ghost of Bud Parrott, a racial-healing novel set in Newport, Arkansas. New titles for 2012 include artist Jane F. Hankins’ novel, Madge’ Mobile Home Park, set in the imaginary village of Peavine, Arkansas. Future releases will mostly arise out of the traditional storytelling movement in the USA, which Mr. Parkhurst recently served as Chairman of the National Storytelling Network.

Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:45 Opening remarks
8:45 – 9:45 MARILYN H. COLLINS
Turn Memory into Story.
Break
10:00-11:30 TED PARKHURST Information about what publishers expect from writers seeking publication.
11:30-1:00 Luncheon and awards
1:00 – 2:30 Dr. N.S. BOONE Exploring Form and Content: Epic Proportions
Break
2:45 – 4:00
CHRISTINE HENDERSON
KIMBERLY BUCKNER
Beginning writers and Skill building

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Dr. N.S. BOONE, titles his session: “Exploring Form and Content: Epic Proportions.” Nick Boone is an Assistant Professor of English at Harding University where he teaches American Poetry and Poetry Writing. His publications include articles on Poe, Hawthorne, Train, Rita Dove and Mark Strand. Dr. Boone is a graduate of Auburn University and has been at Harding since 2007. He also co-sponsors, with Dr. Michael Claxton, the student group Souvenirs. This group is devoted to reading, memorizing, and presenting great works of literature. Recent programs have included day-long readings of “The Illiad” and “Paradise Lost”.

CHRISTINE HENDERSON AND KIMBERLY BUCKNER, will help beginning writers and those who want to brush up on their skills during the fourth session of the day.

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Kimberly Buckner, President of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Christian Fiction Writers, will use Susan Mae Warren’s works to discuss Scene and Plot Fundamentals. She is also a member of My Book Therapy, an educational forum for writers. It was following a retreat with MBT that her second manuscript was a finalist in the nation ACFW Genesis Contest and won the national “Touched by Love” contest

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WCCW’s long-time member, former President and Conference Chairman, Christine Henderson, will share her writing experiences and Between the Lines, the booklet she has written to help beginning writers. Chris has updated advice to writers and will discuss: manuscript format, contest requirements, and give information that all need to keep in mind when trying to break into, or succeed in the writing life. You might call this session a back-to-the-basics lesson, but it is not only for beginning writers. Anyone who would like to review and/or update their writing skills is encouraged to attend.

NOTE: Our mailing list was corrupted and we had to use an older one. If you did not receive a flyer and would like one for future conferences, please e-mail chrish106@yahoo.com

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2012 Contest Winners

White County Creative Writers offered 13 contests in conjunction with our 17th Annual Writers’ Conference. You did NOT have to attend the conference to enter. We extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all the sponsors that make these contests possible. Please give them your support.

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2012 CONTEST WINNERS

We have set our winners’ list in a .pdf format that can be downloaded – click the link below to view and/or print it. Thanks!

2012 Winner’s List

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2012 CONTEST DETAILS –

1. WCCW AWARD, A memoir. 2000 words maximum. Sponsored by White County Creative Writers.

2. LOVE PAT AWARD, Modern or Traditional Haiku or Senryu. Sponsored by Pat Laster.

3. GIMME THE CREEPS AWARD, Scary or Creepy short story 1,250 words maximum (no slasher)., Sponsored by Del Garrett.

4.. GOT THE BLUES AWARD, Non-Fiction Essay, 800 words maximum. Use all five senses, telling about Blue. Sponsored by Glassworks Ink.

5. NEW WRITER’S AWARD, for writers who have never won money in a contest. A Storm Story, true or fiction, 1,200 words maximum. Sponsored by Dot Hatfield.

6. CENTRAL ARKANSAS WRITERS AWARD, Short Story, Mystery. 1,500 word limit maximum. Sponsored by Central Arkansas Writers.

7. PERSONAL HUMOROUS ESSAY, Fess up, involve yourself. Use humor in personal essay. Maximum 1200 words. Sponsored by Patsy Pipkin.

8. THAT’S PHANTASMIC! AWARD Humorous short story about a grumpy ghost that haunts a very public place. 2,000 word limit. Sponsored by Peggy Sanders.

9. SHORT DETECTIVE STORY, maximum words 2,000. Detective short story. Sponsored by Roberts Family Ark.

10. PULP FICTION AWARD –Western Story set in Arkansas, 8,000 to 10,000 words. Sponsored by Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Press, Batesville.

11. VILLAGE WRITERS’ CONTEST—“I Can’t Believe I Did That”, Fiction or Non-fiction, 1000 word maximum. Open to Arkansas Writer’s only. Sponsored by Hot Springs Village Writers.

12. IMAGINE THAT! Short story Your favorite fictional character stranded with an inept magician. 2500 word maximum. Sponsored by Carol Hodges

13. YIN/YANG Free Verse Poem Subject: Rhymed Verse. 50 lines maximum. Sponsored by Christine Henderson

2012 Contest Regulations
Noncompliance with any regulation will result in a disqualified entry

1. Conference registration does not include contest fees. Contest fees of $5.00 for the first entry and $3.00 for each additional entry thereafter must be mailed on or before July 31, 2012. Total your entry fees and make one check payable to White County Creative Writers. No fees returned.

2. 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; poetry may be double- or single-spaced. Use standard manuscript form – ( see www.whitecountycreativewriters.org )

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. Noncompliance with ANY rules will result in a disqualified entry.

5. Put contest number and name of award in upper left corner of each manuscript. 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, and (d) your name, mailing address, and telephone number.

6. Mail all contest entries and contest fees on or by July 31, 2012 to Dot Hatfield, 802 West Center, Beebe, AR 72012. Winners not attending will be notified by mail the week after the conference.

For additional help with formatting or other issues, see our page on formatting and other tips!

Deadline for postmarking contest entries was July 31, 2012.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Checklist for your entry:

· Is your font 12 point Courier or Times New Roman?

· Do you have a margin of 1 or 1-1/2 inches on all sides?

· Is your prose entry double-spaced?

· Is your chapter heading one-third to half-way down the page?

· Did you make sure your name, personal information, and/or pseudonym is not in the header or anywhere on the manuscript?

· Do you have a cover page containing the title, contest #, and your name and address for EACH entry?

White County Creative Writers – P.O.Box 9122-Searcy, AR 72145

Newsletter 2012

February Meeting Notes –

Here’s the September newsletter! Please note: be looking for a list of contact info for our members within the next week.
*Also, Fletta Mooney wanted everyone to know that she is thoroughly enjoying our meetings and due to a schedule conflict with her classes she will not be able to attend until next semester. She is very much looking forward to becoming a part of White County Creative Writers in the future!

Critiquing has been such a success!! It’s been a chance to get to know people we might not otherwise have befriended. It’s helped us stretch our wings and exercise those editing muscles. For some, it’s meant stepping out of our comfort zones and finally sharing our work with others. Hopefully, you have found at least one person you’ve connected with to help you throughout your writing journey.

At our next meeting (September) we will be participating in a writing prompt. This is an optional exercise and can be any poem, story, song, fiction or non-fiction. The prompt is…

It was late at night when the circus rolled into town…

MEETING AT REGULAR LOCATION: Monday, September 16th, 2012 at 6:30 pm at Simmons Bank by Spring Park, Searcy. I look forward to seeing you there!

—M. Nichole Hall

Get To Work!

Now that our conference has ended and you’re pumped and excited to start writing again, it’s time to get to work! Set some goals. Write them out. Take what you’ve learned from the conference and let your creativity run wild!

Last month (July) we split into groups and did some critiquing! We had a great turnout and got a lot accomplished! If you missed it, have no fear…

Next month (August) we will be critiquing again!! Bring the first (or second) chapter of your current work in progress (wip). We will break out into groups and critique one another’s pieces once again. Please make plans to attend as this is sure to be a meeting you’ll get a lot of feedback!

For the July meeting, bring the first chapter of your current work in progress (wip). We will break out into groups and critique one another’s pieces. Please make plans to attend as this is a meeting you won’t want to miss!

In June, Melinda LaFevers led us in a round of reading our own works and discussed good and bad ways to critique. Plans for July were to have critique session. See section on this page for guidelines.

At the May Meeting, Jessica Saucier provided a plethora of information on horses and how to use them accurately in our prose

At the April meeting, our President Lisa Collins and Vice President Melinda LaFevers gave us a nice overview of what they learned at Mid-South Con.

Next month (August) we will be critiquing again!! Bring the first (or second) chapter of your current work in progress (wip). We will break out into groups and critique one another’s pieces once again. Please make plans to attend as this is sure to be a meeting you’ll get a lot of feedback!

For the July meeting, bring the first chapter of your current work in progress (wip). We will break out into groups and critique one another’s pieces. Please make plans to attend as this is a meeting you won’t want to miss!

In June, Melinda LaFevers led us in a round of reading our own works and discussed good and bad ways to critique. Plans for July were to have critique session. See section on this page for guidelines.

At the May Meeting, Jessica Saucier provided a plethora of information on horses and how to use them accurately in our prose

At the April meeting, our President Lisa Collins and Vice President Melinda LaFevers gave us a nice overview of what they learned at Mid-South Con.

MEETING AT REGULAR LOCATION: Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 6:30 pm at Simmons Bank by Spring Park, Searcy. I look forward to seeing you there!

—M. Nichole Hall

—M. Nichole Hall

—M. Nichole Hall
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Website: http://www.whitecountycreativewriters.org/

MEETING DATES FOR 2013 –

JANUARY 21, 2013
FEBRUARY 18, 2013
MARCH 18, 2013
APRIL 15, 21013
MAY 20, 2013
JUNE 17 2013
JULY 15, 2013
AUGUST 19, 2013
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
OCTOBER 21,2013
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
DECEMBER 16, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
JANUARY 20, 2014

Business planning and scheduling

Officers for 2013

President –
Dorothy Hatfield
Vice President/Program Chair –
Rhonda Roberts
Secretary –
Debra Wantulok
Treasurer –
Christine Henderson
Historian –
Betty Slaughter
Press Secretary –
Del Garrett

GUIDELINES FOR CRITIQUING –

1: Read the entire piece through before critiquing.
2: Acknowledge there is a difference in critiquing and criticizing. Be a critic!
3: Start out on a positive note. Find something GOOD to say about the piece.
4: When critiquing find that balance of checking content vs. form and mechanics.
5: Keep in mind that editing is different than critiquing.

RECEIVING A CRITIQUE –

1: Don’t take it personally. Remember, the purpose is to help you become a better writer.
2: Remember the critique is a suggestion. You don’t have to make any changes you don’t feel are necessary.
3: Sometimes it helps to set down the critique and go back through it after the initial emotion passes.

Did you know our website offers you a member’s page?

Christine Henderson, Treasurer, is working hard to keep our website updated. If you are a current member of White County Creative Writers group and would like your own page contact Chris at my1stdraft@yahoo.com

Send her your bio, a picture, and she’ll update your page. You may also provide her with links to your own website, blog, Facebook or Twitter accounts and she’ll make sure those direct links are posted on your page!

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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.

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