Posts Tagged ‘Read/Critique’

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KYSL SD23: Laura Taylor

February 12, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Laura Taylor is slated for a Read & Critique, and she’s definitely one to pay attention to. She is the award-winning author of no less than twenty-two novels, including the widely-praised Honorbound. In addition, she offers professional writer’s services, and is spoken of well by her SCWC fellows. I mean, really, Andrew Peterson‘s praise is just icing on the cake, right?

—bd

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KYSL SD23: (Saint?) Judy Reeves

January 29, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders …

Judy Reeves, a beloved mainstay of our SCWC community always finds time to bring us the benefits of her wisdom. The author of A Writer’s Book of Days and Writing Alone, Writing Together, among other instructional materials for writers, Judy brings a more than quarter-century worth of practical writing experience (newspapers, television, PR, books, and more) to San Diego this year for a Read & Critique.

Apparently, she also acts, but that should not come as a surprise. She’s quite comfortable in front of an audience, having taught at UCSD, CSU Fullerton, The Writing Center, The Writers’ Room, and various conferences. So why should a camera bother her?

Her dedication to educating writers won her recognition in 1999 as San Diego Writer’s Monthly Woman of the Year, and the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild bestowed upon her the 2001 Odin Award for Community Service.

–bd

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KYSL SD23: Frederick Ramsay

January 29, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders …

So just who is Frederick Ramsay?

Well, for starters, he’s the author of the Ike Scwartz mystery series, including Artscape, which received much critical acclaim, and his latest title, Stranger Room. And he’s willing to take us on a journey through the first century, as in Judas: The Gospel of Betrayal. Indeed, I would feel remiss if I failed to mention that BethEllen McKenzie at MyShelf.com selected Ramsay as the September, 2007 Author of the Month.

His time as a university professor and Episcopal priest have served him well, it seems, and he brings his experience and perspective for a Read & Critique in which I expect our writers will find much value.

–bd

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KYSL SD23: Matthew J. Pallamary, wise mystic

January 29, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders …

Matthew Pallamary is a man of many hats. At least, he would be, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him wearing a hat. Then again … never mind.

Ahem. Anyway. Matt’s short story collection The Small Dark Room of the Soul is the kind of book that garners praise from people like Ray Bradbury, so there’s a point to start with. And I can say his novel, Land Without Evil is an excellent read, both cerebral and entertaining, and one not to be missed. (And, just as a bit of trivia, for those captivated by Roland Joffé’s The Mission, this story pertains to the same people, so if you really want, you can put Ennio Morricone’s excellent score on in the background as you read.) And Matt’s memoir, Spirit Matters, hit the shelves last February, coinciding with SD22. So maybe, just maybe, we can say his critically-praised reflection made its debut at the Southern California Writers’ Conference.

(I don’t know, is that asking too much?)

You’ll find Matt accessible, friendly, smart, and, yes, wise. This year he brings his talents to help our writers in a Read & Critique. These are always popular, so make sure to sneak in and claim your seat early.

–bd

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KYSL SD23: Mark A. Clements, SCWC regular

January 28, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

The one and only Mark A. Clements returns for SD23. The oft-nominated author of 6:02 (his horror debut, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award) and The Land of Nod, among others (we hear The Black Queen is in the works, so be sure to prod him about that one) will conduct his always popular “Rogue” Read & Critique workshops, one of which set the SCWC record for longest running session — 9 PM Sunday night to 6:05 AM Monday morning.

If your story is scary, creepy, or just downright weird, you’ll definitely want to take part. As always, we’re happy to see this faithful friend of the SCWC community back for another.

–bd