Monday, August 3, 2015

Information for our members!!!!

Marta Knobloch and Kip Piper, editors at MTC Publications


announce a call for submissions of stories or poems for the
anthology, "Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else
Fails"

The theme of the anthology is "Stories of Positive, Practical
and Often Comical Solutions When a Toolbox Is Not Handy."

This will be an anthology of stories about funny and wacky
situations where a tool or tools are needed but not available,
and the atypical and ingenious resources used to solve the
problem.

We invite writers to share true, personal stories and poems
about silly circumstances, amusing anecdotes, and much-better-
than-expected outcomes when resorting to the use of items
available as alternative tools when in a bind.

· What was the problem?
· What tools were needed and not available?
· What crazy things or alternative tools did you use?
· What inspired you to use the alternative tools?
· What was the outcome?

Stories should be funny, entertaining and vividly
descriptive so readers can enjoy the writer's ridiculous
experience.

Word length:
Prose: up to 1200 words; Poetry: open line count.

Payment:
1 contributor’s digital copy in both PDF and MOBI format,
plus 1 coupon for printed copies at a discount.

Copyrights revert to authors upon publication of this
anthology, "Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All
Else Fails".

Deadline: Submissions accepted from July 25, 2015 to
deadline of January 25, 2016.

Read anthology guidelines at:

Kip and I are looking forward to reading your stories
and poems.

Cordially,

Marta Knobloch



August Meeting




Writing With Your Eyes and how to write and publish a guest book review in the El Paso Times. 

 

Born in Valentine, Texas, Ramon Renteria is a retired El Paso Times reporter and columnist. He attended Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, and the University of Texas at El Paso and worked for 44 years in print journalism in Southern California, New Mexico and Texas.  Over the course of his career, he covered crime news, education, the courts, city politics, entertainment, U.S. / Mexico border issues, plus books and authors.  His feature story “Separate and Unequal: the story of Kelli, Veronica and school finance” about the inequities in Texas public school financing received a 1989 Texas Headliner Award and a 1990 Martinez-Marguez award for journalistic excellence.  He also received the 1980 Texas Headliner Spot News of the Year Award and a 1995 Texas Headliner Spot News Award for feature writing.

 


He served as the content editor of the newspaper’s Sunday book page for more than 10 years and continues to organize the page on a free lance basis.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July Meeting




Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!  Writing exercises to challenge your imagination and technique.”

 


From time to time, many of our members have found themselves staring at a blank piece of paper or computer screen, not knowing where to start or what to write.  Our July program is designed to wake us from our summer doldrums and spur our imaginations through a series of creative writing exercises.  I will lead the group through a series of prompts and challenging but time-limited assignments designed to spark creativity.  This will be an interactive program with members sharing what they’ve written.  Bring pencil, paper, tablet, or laptop to join us for this fun hands-on workshop.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June Meeting

June's Program
“Write from Wrong: Exploring Values & Tolerance” examines various aspects of human judgment—from the nature of prejudice, to falling in love, feeling judged and establishing healthy boundaries. This workshop explores a much-needed dialogue about personal perceptions, attitudes and actions in American culture.
Monica Gomez is an award-winning writer, poet, singer/songwriter, on-air and voice talent, and long-time martial arts student and teacher. An accomplished teaching artist, Monica works with diverse populations using creative writing for self-discovery. Her self-published workbook, Expressercize: Write Answers, offers more than 100 innovative writing exercises. From 2007 to 2014, Monica produced and hosted State of the Arts —a weekly arts program on KTEP, El Paso’s National Public Radio affiliate.

Friday, March 6, 2015

March Meeting



The workshop will be called "Let us Metaphor" and we will explore the definition, as devised first by Aristotle, and modern explanations of the filing system of the mind, mixed metaphors, and the blason 
(a form in which the beloved is compared to a series of objects). We will have a couple of writing exercises and plenty of examples.
Robin Scofield is the author of the chapbook, And the Ass Saw the Angel, and Sunflower
Cantos (Mouthfeel Press 2012), her full-length collection. Her poems have appeared in The
Paris Review, The Texas Observer, and The Warwick Review. Her poems appeared last fall in
The Mas Tequila Review, Cimarron Review, New Border Anthology, and Mezcla 2. She writes
with the Tumblewords Project and is co-editor of poetry at BorderSenses. Her next book of
poetry, Drive, will be published in 2015 by Mouthfeel Press.

Monday, February 9, 2015

February Meeting: How to Write Dynamic Dialog



How to Write Dynamic Dialog:
 L. C. Hayden will show you how to take your dialog to the next level. She'll discuss the no's and yes's of writing effective dialog.

Bio:
  L. C. Hayden is the award winning and best selling author of mysteries, inspirational, and children's books. Her mysteries include the Harry Bronson and the Aimee Brent series. These books have been finalist for the Agatha Award for best novel of the year,the Watson Award for Best Characters, and made the Penn. Top 10 books list. They have also been Kindle Best Sellers.
   Her inspirational books about miracles and angels are international best sellers, constantly hitting the Kindle Top 100 Best Sellers List.
   Hayden has also penned two children's books, both delighting children all over the world.
   Her newest releases are an Aimee Brent mystery, Vengeance in My Heart, and the children's book, Puppy Dog and His Bone. The royalties for the first four months earned for these books will be donated to charity.   
   Besides being an accomplished author, Hayden is a popular speaker who is often in demand. She has conducted workshops, school presentations, has spoken to clubs and organizations, and was recently hired by several cruise lines to speak about writing while cruising all over the world. From October 2006 to October 2007, Hayden hosted Mystery Writers of America's only talk show, Murder Must Air.
   Hayden, who taught high school English for twenty-six years, retired in May 2001 and calls El Paso, Texas, her home. Hayden holds a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. 
   Besides writing, Hayden enjoys drawing, reading, traveling, and scuba diving.   

   Befriend her on Facebook at LcHayden

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

January 2015 Meet


Our special guest at this months meeting is Tracy Thomason, a writer and member of the Panhandle Professional Writer’s Association in Amarillo, Texas. He is a professional speaker on the topic of inexpensive and effective website development for small businesses, organizations, and authors.
In addition to meeting with us, he will be in El Paso to help train the officers of the local Toastmaster’s group.