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: 8:00 pm Meeting Finishes at 9:00 pm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Learning is Part of Writing



Learning about your craft is always important. Writers are craftsmen as are mechanics, carpenters, and anyone working with their hands and minds to create things. All writers create with style, like a signature and we all use tools. As Ed Ellis presented a workshop on using models last Wednesday evening, I couldn’t help but think, “Dang, I hadn’t thought of that before.” His presentation was filled with tips, tricks, and methods of organizing thoughts. As with any tool, it doesn’t work in the same way for all of us. But, with a little modification, a form of the tool can help most of us in one way or another.

Non-Fiction writers probably benefit the most using Ed’s methods but Fiction writers can make use of the principles shown in the presentation. Outlines, charts, graphs, and timelines are all part of the model group and all are useful in some form. I can’t say I know any with the thinking power of Albert Einstein, but I know many who can use his methods.

Thank you Ed, your presentation was informative and helpful in many ways.

I want to thank all those writers from other groups who attended the meeting. I hope you enjoyed your visit and found it informative. You are always welcome to come back. Our next meeting is April 19th, and we will be discussing character development. Bring your ideas, an open mind, and be prepared to learn something, even if it’s something you already knew but have simply forgotten.

Andrew Parker will be the first scheduled reader after the discussion but we should have time for a good number of readers. Come early and get you name on the list.

Write often and well,

Rod

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