Schedule and Location

Welcome to the Sarasota Writers Group Blog. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Nokomis Fire Station, located just a few blocks south of Albee Road (where Matthews-Currie Ford is located) at Pavonia Road. We are on the west, or bay side, of U.S. 41, by the Fire Station's flashing yellow caution traffic light. If you are coming from the south on US 41, we are just north of Dona Bay. Turn on Pavonia and pull to the far end, or west side, of the firehall. Please do not block the fire doors! We meet in the training room on the far side of the complex. Gathering time: 6:00 pm Meeting called to order: 6:30 pm Ten minute break: 7:50 pm Meeting Finishes at 9:00 pm

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Correction

The e-zine that will be publishing another of my flash fiction stories has changed its website address. It is now www.longstoryshort.us. If you're interested in flash fiction, or any of its permutations, click on this link. They have a batch of new stories every month. And it's free. You can't lose, right?

Posted by
Russ Heitz

Friday, September 11, 2009

Grammar Questions? Ask Grammar Girl

Want to know about capitalization rules? Single quotation marks versus double quote marks? Semicolons? Active versus passive? Serial commas? Subject-verb agreement? Troublesome contractions? Redundancy? Which versus that?

Grammar Girl has the answers for these and many other grammar questions. In fact, http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com has 187 different articles about the tools that all of us need to (or at least SHOULD) know whenever we sit down at the keyboard. Best of all, the articles are available for free. Grammar Girl will also answer any question you send her, if she hasn't already answered that question with an article.

Check it out. You'll definitely learn something. And also send a "Thank You" email to our inhouse expert, John McCafferty (erlangen01@comcast.net). He's the one who found the site and decided to share it with all of us. Thank you, John!

Posted by
Russ Heitz

Monday, September 07, 2009

Flash Fiction Posted

For those interested, one of my flash fiction stories was posted today on the website www.alongstoryshort.net. It's listed under "Micro Fiction" and the title is WAR. It illustrates the horrific and long-range effects that war can have, even on those who have never been directly involved in a battlefield setting. Comments always welcome.

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Russ Heitz
www.russheitz.com

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Self Publishing Conference

The Florida Publishers Association, Inc. will hold its 2009 Publishing Ed-U-Conference on September 26 at the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel on Sarasota's Lido Beach. Speakers include Eric Kampmann, Midpoint Trade Books, who will talk about publishing options; Pam Lontos, who specializes in author public relations and publicity, Frank Gromling, publisher at Ocean Publishing; and Dr. Dennis Fried, publisher at Eiffel Press and a local author who sold his self-published book to Simon & Schuster.

To receive a brochure about this conference and registration information, email Betsy Lampe at FPAbooks@aol.com. Additional information is also available at
www.FLbookpub.org.

Posted by
Russ Heitz