January Newsletter :: “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Jackie Siglin – Can You Write It Better?

Jackie’s Presentation at the January TMTW Meeting

Jackie Siglin will present a program, Can You Write It Better?, at the TMTW meeting on January 18, 7 pm at the Fort Davis Public Library.  The presentation will be on how to self-edit your writing, make it tighter and clearer.  The information will be based on what she learned this summer in a Writers’ League of Texas session presented by author, Carol Dawson.

Writers’ Festival at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Dear Writers:

I am the director the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Writers’ Festival. I’ve attached our poster and call for papers. Feel free to pass these on to any interested writers. We are in the midst of preparing a new website, complete with registration form, schedule, and video. It should go live soon! Follow us on Facebook until our website premiers.

The festival will be Feb 17-19: bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is our fiction presenter and acclaimed poet Paul Willis will lead our poetry sessions. We would love to have you send your proposals for fiction or poetry readings. The fee is $175, which includes two workshops. Hopefully, we will place you in the workshop that you would like to attend.

Please send me any further questions.

Thank you,

Jessica Hooten
Assistant Professor
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
101 Heard Hall
900 College Street
Belton, TX 76513

A Quote sent from Reba Cross Seals

“There are three things to leave behind: your photographs, your library and your personal journals. These things are certainly going to be more valuable to future generations than your furniture!” — Jim Rohn

2011 Spring Writers Retreat UPDATE

As you may already know, SAVE THE DATE for the 2011 Spring Writers Retreat: April 8, 9 and 10, 2011

The retreat will be held again this year at the Paisano Baptist Encampment west of Alpine.

The Retreat Committee is busily working to line up exciting speakers (2 already confirmed) and great activities for the weekend. So keep an eye out here for more information!

Demystifying Writers’ Demons One at a Time

One by One –  by Joan Upton Hall

Affect/ effect

The “always…except” rules with these two words are enough to give you a headache. I hope the following explanation clears up the confusion:

(pronounced alike)
o Affect (verb) to influence or have an effect on

o Effect (noun) meaning: “a result or a consequence.”
Exception: (verb) meaning: “to bring about; to produce” especially when the word “change” is its direct object.

EXAMPLES: “Global warming affects weather patterns.”
“Greenhouse gasses have an effect on weather patterns.”
“Global warming effects changes in weather patterns.”
“Reading well-written books affects a learner’s writing positively.”
“Reading well-written books has a positive effect on a learner’s writing.”
“Reading well-written books effects positive changes in a learner’s writing.”

Do demons bedevil your writing? Similar, confusing words? Grammar, punctuation, or capitalization rules? “The Demystifier” will clear up the mystery (primary reference unless otherwise noted: Garner, Bryan A. Dictionary of Modern American Usage. N.Y.: Oxford University Press). Address questions and comments to freelance editor, Joan Upton Hall at: . More problems like the above are demystified in the booklet, 50 Writers’ Tips. Find more at http://www.JoanUptonHall.com/books.htm.

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