Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year

Happy Happy New Year!
My immediate goal for the new year is to keep up with this blog site. Please be patient. Between working full time, leading the writer's group, writing a novel, and contacting agents to represent my novel "Runaway", it's sometimes difficult to find the time to keep up with it all. I'm an infant in this venue so am soliciting help in creating an exciting - fun to visit site.
December News:
We concluded the elementary school writing competition. Judges Tina Salee, Susan Salano, Sarah Jane Dixon, and Jerri Fenton read over 150 manuscripts from five classes at Mill Creek Elementary School. The entrants were third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Essays were written as classroom assignments on topics selected by the teachers, and judged on structure, mechanics, details of description, and originality. Twenty semi-finalist essays on varied topics were chosen. The students edited and re-wrote their essays which were displayed at the Osceola County Kissimmee Library from December 21 until January 6.
Our partnership with the Osceola County Libraries, Friends of the Library and, Mill Creek Elementary School made this event a great success. We also received prize donations from Florida Writer's Association, Friends of the Library, Career & Technical Education Department of Osceola Schools and members of One Word at a Time writer's group. I want to thank the judges and volunteers Ms. Araujo, Ms. Acosta, Ms. Earhart, Ms. Brown, Ms. Voytka teachers at Mill Creek Elementary; Rose Sturtevant, Osceola County Library; Carmen Richards, Friends of the Library; Janine Grigelevich, One Word at a Time. This event couldn't have happened without your time and effort. I'm planning to post the winners and pictures at a future date, when I have all the data.
January Meeting
Please join us on January 11 @ 6:00 p.m. for our first meeting for 2007. I've invited FWA Central Florida Regional leader A.J. Robinson to come speak to us. A.J. took over the responsibilities of regional leader last spring when Paul Nutcher resigned.
Since it is a new year, let's also discuss our goals as a group for the new year. I met some interesting people at the conference that we might want to invite to present to our group.
Remember this is your group, so get involved and let us know your visions.
See you there.