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Quote of the Week.
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous. ~Robert Benchley
2013 Conference a Great Success
NETWO's 27th annual Spring Conference was held Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th, 2013 at the Mount Pleasant
Pictures and other information will be published on this website during the coming week. Please check back. For now, here is a picture of
most of the faculty. Only Tanya Hall is missing from the picture. She did present an excellent workshop, but alas, is not in the picture.
Jill Marr, Doug Grad, Joe McKinney, Earl Staggs, Molly McAdams, and Jonas Koffler
2013 NETWO Short Story Contest Winners Announced
The winners of the NETWO annual short story contest for 2013 were announced at the Awards Dinner which was the conference ending session on
Saturday evening. Contest Chair Galand Nuchols presented certificates to all of those named below who were present at the dinner. Those not
there will receive their awards via U.S. mail. The winners were:
1st place -A Walk in the Park with Death and Winter by Lisa Simmons of Cookville, TX Lisa received a check for $100 and an offer of publication in
The Story Teller Magazine.
2nd Place -The Song of Two Hearts by Elizabeth Angier of Mt. Pleasant,TX. Elizabeth received a check for $75.
3rd Place -Peligro by Willma Willis Gore of Sedona, Arizona. Willma will be sent a check for $50.
Two stories tied for Fourth place:
What are Friends For by James Babb of DeQueen, Arkansas, (check for $25) and
Light in the Darkness by Joanna Armstrong of Mt. Pleasant,TX, (check for $25).
Honorable Mention was awarded to these (listed here in alphabetical order by author's last name):
Forgiving Lonnie by Sharon Stephens Black of Clarksville, TX
George the Great by Mike Clifton of Mt. Pleasant,TX
I Hid the Body-Now What? by Janice Monk Glass of Texarkana, TX
Crossing the Colored Line by Cindy Lord of Clarksville, TX
Edith by Carson McNamara of Richmond, Virgina
Date with an Angel by Paul Paris of Mt. Vernon,TX, and
Night Crawler by Vivian Zabel of Edmond, Oklahoma.
Congratulations to all who entered.
NETWO member James R. Callan presented two workshops on character development at the Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference in February. Both drew a full house and the response was
good. Post conference survey sheets ranked the workshops at the top of the offerings. Oak Tree Press just released Callan's latest book, Character:
The Heartbeat of the Novel. His latest mystery/suspense, A Ton of Gold was also released in February by Oak Tree Press.
Brian Freeman, long time treasurer and official photographer of NETWO, passed away Thursday, October 11. He had been in and out of the hospital
both in Mt. Pleasant and in Dallas, fighting multiple health problems for several months.
Shortly before his death, Bryan requested that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the hospice organization in Mt. Pleasant.
2012 Conference Success Stories
Two success stories from the 2012 NETWO Spring Conference were recently reported to NETWO.
Caryl and Ron McAdoo gained representation from agent Mary Sue Seymour during the conference. Then, two months later, they submitted a
historial romance to Seymour. They have now been offered a contract for that book by Howard Books, a Division of Simon and Schuster.
The title is Vow Unbroken. It will be published under Caryl's name, the publisher believing it best to have only a woman's name on a romance.
Mary Sue Seymour negotiated a nice advance for them. Congratulations,
Caryl and Ron.
Also, Tammy Cheatham from San Antonio, met with the publishers from TAG Publishing at the spring conference. As a result, her first book,
Caching Out will be published in January, 2013.
Congratulations to Caryl and Ron and Tammy. As we hear other stories, we will pass them along. Keep up the good work, or writing,
NETWO members and conference attendees.
NETWO Oficers for 2012-2013
On-Line Critique Group
|President - Paul Paris
||Publicity Chair - Karen Watt
|Vice-President - Karen Watt
||Membership Chair - Earlene Callan
|Secretary - Caryl McAdoo
||Conference Director - Pattie Ball
|Treasurer - James R. Callan
NETWO has set up an on-line critique group. This will allow writers to get written critiques on their work, and to help
others by critiquing the work of others. The rules it will work under are simple.
- The writer will query the group to see who feels qualified/interested in the piece and can devote the time necessary
for a thorough critique. The writer should state the genre and the approximate length of the work. If a large number reply, then the writer can choose however many people he wants to see his work.
The key element is communication.
- If you accept a piece to critique and circumstances arise which are going to delay your review,
by all means let the writer know immediately so that he can go to someone else.
- Make comments within the work using different color font. At the end, make general comments concerning story line,
characters, etc. If you do not want to use this method, then use something else....we are not going to make this a show stopper.
- Please make your critique within seven days or notify the writer that you will delayed.
- No particular style will be used (i.e. Chicago, AP, etc).
If you want to participate, send your name and e-mail address to Paul Paris at: email@example.com.
A Treasure Box,
NETWO's latest anthology, is available,
and everybody is talking about what a beautiful, well-produced book it is. And, as award-wnning author Jory Sherman says, if you write, you
can learn from this book. If you haven't gotten yours yet, order one on-line by clicking
here or, pick one up at the next NETWO meeting. Not only will you be supporting your writers group,
but you will read some terrific stories and poems, and learn more about the creative process.
Editor James R. Callan suggested these make terrific gifts. It is a beautiful book, it's interesting, and it encourages reading -
something all writers should do.
The Northeast Texas Writers' Organization is a group of northeast Texas area persons
interested in the craft of creative writing, or the support of that endeavor. We accept all members,
regardless of age or persuasion, in the belief that variety enhances learning. Included in the group
are writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, scripts, and journalism. Under fiction, many different
genres are represented for both adult and children. In non-fiction, the interests range from
medical and technical writing to memoirs, from religious to nostalgia. Any phase of the
writing craft is welcomed. Many of the members of NETWO have been published, but many
have not been - yet.
The purpose of the Northeast Writers' Organization is to
promote literary pursuits in this area. Some of the activities include critique sessions, lectures,
book signings, publishing, and writers' workshops and conferences.
Members are encouraged to submit items for our newsletter, With Pen in Hand,
including their opinions concerning programs we have had or should schedule, short works of
most any kind, brief bios, notices of writing contests and conferences, and just about any news
of interest to our members.
The Northeast Texas Writers' organization meets on the second Thursday of each month, except December.
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A short business meeting begins at 5:30 pm.
A program follows the business meeting. This may consist of a critique session, a speaker,
a tutorial, or a workshop.
NETWO is always looking for new members. If you have an interest in writing, come visit a
meeting and see how friendly and helpful NETWO members can be.
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For more information, call Galand at 903-572-0580 or 903-563-1352.