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Sat 29 Sep 2012
Our own Tony Siniscalco and his grandson have entered the Hunterdon County Library photo contest in the month of October.
If you’re in the area, drop in and vote. The photographs will be on display in the library lobby through the month of October. Tony’s grandson is entry #28, and Tony is #29. Voting ends October 10th, with the awards ceremony being held on the evening of the 10th. As Tony said, “Maybe you’ll see a photo that will inspire a new children’s work - or maybe a thought for an illustration in something that you are now working on.”
A photography tips program will also be presented at the awards ceremony by photographer Walter Choroszewski, www.walterc.com
Mon 18 Apr 2011
In the third installment of his series, member Marvin Mayer continues recounting his experiences attending the 2010 Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop.
This month, I want to “take” you inside some of the sessions I attended and offer a “snippet” I picked up here and a “gem” I garnered there; words of wisdom from some of those uniquely qualified folks I introduced to you last month.
Our conference began on Saturday night with a Welcoming Banquet in the dining room of the Atheneaum Hotel. After being served an excellent dinner, we were officially welcomed to Chautauqua and told just a “smidget” of what we might expect in the week ahead. Then Donna Jo Napoli took the podium to deliver our keynote address. (more…)
Thu 18 Nov 2010
In the second installment of a monthly series, member Marvin Mayer writes in with his experiences attending the 2010 Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop.
Last month, I shared with you the “experience” that was Chautauqua. I listed the various individual workshops and general sessions, and talked about the daily social interactions with editors, publishers, multi-published and often award-winning authors, and other registrants.
In this article, I want to focus on specifics of some of those gifted people who were there to mentor us. Where else but at a workshop can “unknown” authors like me get to visit with people of this stature?
And when I say visit, I mean face-to-face, one-on-one, no limitations time with the “pros” in the industry.
Wed 20 Oct 2010
Member Sandra K. Lee has written in with several fun recommendations for little trick-or-treaters and their parents this fall. Thanks Sandra!
Tue 21 Sep 2010
In the first installment of a monthly series, member Marvin Mayer writes in with his experiences attending the 2010 Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop.
It was a financial stretch for me, but by flying at “off peek” times, sharing hotel rooms, and with the help of some scholarship funds, I managed to attend the 2010 Writers Workshop. This was the 26th year that the Highlights Foundation has sponsored their week-long workshop at Chautauqua. Highlights Foundation is the parent organization for the Highlights For Children and Highlights High Five magazines, along with book publisher Boyds Mills Press and their various subsidiary imprints.
Thu 13 May 2010
Congratulations to member Al Walker, whose work took first place in The Hot Pink Hubcaps Writing Competition!
The competition was founded this year by NJCWG member Danielle Ray, and she has offered to make this an annual event for Guild members. This year’s winner received a three day paid trip to BookExpo America in New York City.
To read Al’s winning entry, and to learn more about Danielle’s journey as a writer, visit bookremarks.net.
Our thanks to Danielle for her generous support of The New Jersey Children’s Writer’s Guild, and congratulations to Al on his big win!
Fri 16 Apr 2010
Member Marvin Mayer reminds us not to rely too heavily on our word processor’s spell check feature with this clever submission. Thanks, Marvin!
Marvin’s article, The Good Humor Man, is tentatively scheduled to appear in the July 2010 issue of The Good Old Days.
Eye sent my fast ball flying.
Boy! How that thing flu!
He swung and missed and eye just grinned.
The umpire yelled “Strike too!”
Eye walked up too the pitcher’s mound.
Eye new what eye must due;
Won last pitch; won more strike
Eye had two follow thru.
Sweat was pouring from my brow.
The son was blazing hot.
The catcher gave a curve ball sign
His glove showed me the spot.
Eye wound up and delivered
my best pitch of the day.
With just one swing of his big bat
he blue the game aweigh.
Just like Mighty Casey,
The home team didn’t win.
It wasn’t runs across the plate
That “took it on the chin!”
But spelling and the choice of words
used in the story’s telling
underscores that when we write
we must know what we’re spelling
Students, writers, learn to spell!
Don’t bee a “writing clown.”
Do knot rely on spell check!
It will surely let ewe down!
Spell check works for spelling
But it cannot read your mind.
It didn’t catch the wrong words used
No errors did mine find!
Sun 11 Apr 2010