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Packed HOUSE for our 1st CWC Meeting of the 2018-2019 season!

Kerry Hubbard, CWC Membership Chair gives a membership software update and engaged the membership with trivia about 'Beer' to go with Oktoberfest.   Blair Peery had the most answers correct and won a gift card.

Tony Ricciardelli, CWC Contest Chair, introduces the winners of the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest.  Included were contest judge Michel Stone's comments on each winner's entry.

Gary Powell, 3rd place winner reads from his entry Road Trip.

Judge's comments: In this story of the strained but unconditional love between an imperfect father and his precocious young son the writer illuminates these two protagonists' true feelings for one another even though the characters do their best to conceal their love behind sarcasm and sassy retorts. Humor isn't easy to write, but this writer pulled it off.

Caroline Kenna, Vice President, reads Dawn Ronco's 2nd place entry Trophy Wife.

Judge's Comments: I was struck immediately by the unique voice in this story. This writer did a fantastic job of maintaining that voice from start to finish.  The characterization of the female protagonist rang true throughout the narrative, and I felt myself becoming increasingly invested in her situation and well-being.

Martha Brenner reads from her 1st place entry Liver and Onions.

Judge's Comments: The quiet nuances of Liver and Onions make it a winner. In this deceptively simple story the narrator's waning hope runs like a current throughout the narrative, increasingly tempered by reason. Her hesitant re-emergence of that hope at the story's end feels just right to the reader. The last line is perfect.

Landis Wade, CWC Program Chair introduces our guest speaker Randell Jones.

Randell Jones with his 'Marketing Layout'.  Additionally, he invites members to submit personal essays.

Call for Personal Essays - a publishing opportunity for new and experienced writers.

Theme: Exploring - Discoveries. Challenges. Adventure. 750 words - Deadline December 15th, 2018.

For more information: Daniel Boone Footsteps


Click on the link for a printable version of  'It took a few years, but This is What I Learned', from Randell Jones.


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