Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Poem Published in a Literary Journal

Good News: I received word from Kory Lloyd, Associate Professor, English, College of Southern Idaho, my poem was selected to be published in 2017 publication of "SILO." The College of Southern Idaho's literary journal will be up next week on http://www.csi.edu/silo.
I am honored to be selected in a town I spent nine years. Where I was involved with Idaho Writers League (President Twin Falls Chapter)and where my freelance writing and doing illustrations took off. I always try to make the best out of all the places I have been - each was a learning adventure. God is always at work. I feel so blessed.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Poem Keepsakes

Removable Keepsakes
(C) Mary Nida Smith
Our grandson comes and goes
He leaves us memories galore
Friends may think we are dirty
We don't believe this dirt's hurting
I wipe them off as I go
In my heart it leaves its toil
Thank God for little fingers
That print memories that linger
On windows as he watches cars go by
On the refrigerator door he closed, when told
On closet mirrors, as he adored
MR. T on his pj's on sleepless nights
He filled my days with joy between visits
Thank you grandson for your art prints
even if you thought you were careful.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Arkansas SCBWI

2017 Publishing Workshop
The Arkansas SCBWI Publishing Workshop is Nov. 18, 2017 at the Fayetteville Public Library, Walker Community Room, in Fayetteville from 1-4:30 p.m. Author, Editor & Publisher Meg Dendler will lead the workshop on small & independent publishing. In her presentation, Process, Benefits, and Pitfalls of Publishing with an Independent Publisher, she will explore the differences between self-publishing and indie publishing and how authors can decide which route is best for them. A panel of authors working with small and independent publishers will join Dendler at the close to discuss and answer questions. This free workshop is offered as part of a grant from SCBWI. Information and registration are at: https://arkansas.scbwi.org/events/arkansas-scbwi-publishing-workshop/
Retreat 2017 Wrap-Up
The Arkansas SCBWI 2017 Retreat was Oct. 13-15 in Fort Smith. Two agents, Kari Sutherland and Victoria Selvaggio, joined the faculty for the retreat, offering attendees in-depth advice on manuscripts with individual critiques and writing exercises during workshops. Attendees delved into the process of self-editing projects and looked more intensely at dialogue, plot and show versus tell. All attendees were invited to submit to the agents after applying their feedback on their manuscripts. Some also had requests for other projects discussed during the retreat! Both agents were highly complimentary of our writers, the quality of the writing here and our region’s events.
SCBWI BookStop
Several ARSCBWI members have SCBWI BookStop pages for their books out in 2017. Stop by to find out about their books, and give them a like and a comment. You can find their pages here: https://www.scbwi.org/?author_illustrator_name=&s=&book_category=&sel_region=741&incl_all_pub_type=yes&pub_type=trad&post_type=blp
Critique Groups
Critique groups are active around the state, and others are looking for members to form a group in-person or online. You can also find this list on the ARSCBWI Member Page. Members have expressed interest in critique groups in the following areas or genres. Please contact arkansas@scbwi.org if interested:
–Picture books
–Fort Smith area
Member News
Remember to let me know if you have a release date for your book, book signing, author event or good news. Email the information to arkansas@scbwi.org, so we can keep track of it and help you spread the word - so send your updates today!
As the holiday season approaches, make sure you schedule time for your creative work. Make a commitment to yourself to focus on your work - even if it’s only 100 words or a scribble of a sketch a day. Do something to move yourself and your work forward!
Warmest Regards,

Phyllis Hemann
SCBWI Arkansas Regional Advisor