Thursday, September 15, 2016

Arkansas SCBWI

First, don’t miss your chance to attend the Arkansas SCBWI Writing Intensive this Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1-4 p.m. in Little Rock!

Janet Butler Taylor is the author of the young adult novel, INTO THE DIM, and its upcoming sequel. She can help you learn how to structure your stories AND have fun doing it!
Second, Did you miss your chance to attend the Arkansas SCBWI Retreat, Oct. 28-30, and receive personal feedback on your manuscript from the agent? Not yet!
We have a couple of spots open for writers. If you know of anyone who would benefit from the retreat - tell them to sign-up by Sept. 22! If you register by the extended deadline, you can send pages from your manuscript to the agent, which she will read in advance and provide feedback in-person at the retreat!
Consider joining us this year. At the retreat, you build relationships with fellow writers, learn more about each other's work, help one another improve, laugh a lot, share ghost stories and eat good meals together (cooked for us by the retreat center cooks!). You also get to know the agent and author, and work with them on improving your manuscript and your writing.
Sign up today. You know you don't want to miss it! :)

Hope to see you there!
Phyllis Hemann
SCBWI Arkansas Regional Advisor

Houston Writers Guild

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Words and Memories are Important

Never Forget
©By Mary Nida Smith

Have we forgotten
our childhood days
filled with exciting adventures?
Have we buried these memories
in this electronic age,
or should I say...
did we trade our memories
for what we think, must be
replaced with updated ones.
Our heritage must not be forgotten.
We must pass stories down
For future generations
to know their family roots
of a happier time.
Some stories can mold the future
and can be of comfort and strength
as a special gift for generations
that they too, can reach for the stars
and never be forgotten.

I just read today, that some old fashion words were being removed from dictionaries to update with more modern words. I love old dictionaries from the 30's, 40's and 50's for they filled with wonderful old words that are no longer in use. The old dictionaries are very helpful when you are writing books and stories from the past. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Covers By Mary Nida smith

(c) Book Cover by Mary Nida Smith's photograph.
 (c) Magazine Cover Mary Nida Smith's photograph.