The Denton Poets’ Assembly, DPA will meet on May 16th at the Emily Fowler Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
Following announcements and a welcome to visitors, members will read Englyn poems based on a lesson by J. Paul Holcomb in March. J. Paul’s April presentation featured a discussion of resources and procedures used to submit poetry to state and national competitions.
After J. Paul’s presentation members and guests will share free-choice poems.
As a way to promote National Poetry month, Patrick Lee Marshall, J. Paul Holcomb, Masood Parvaze and Richard Weatherly participated in a taste and talent event on April 25 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at Byron Nelson High School to benefit their scholarship program.
On April 23, The Merging Visions, Collections V, poetry and art catalogs were distributed at a reception in the Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory, Denton, Texas. VAST collaborates with the Denton Poets’ Assembly, the Greater Denton Arts Council, and the Denton Public Library to create an annual exhibit of paired original art work and poetry in celebrating ion of National Poetry Month. Parts of the exhibit will be traveling to various library locations in Denton after leaving the Center for the Visual Arts.
During the May Poetry Society of Texas monthly meeting in Dallas on May 9th, DPA members Diane Glancy served as the Program Speaker, and Masood Parvaze, the Spotlight Poet. Diane read poetry from several of her books and gave ideas for key words and phrases that could be used to generate new poetry. Masood read several selections from his book and some new poetry not in the book.
Denton Poets’ Assembly meets on the third Saturday of the month, 10AM – Noon at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76201. Meetings are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit http://www.DentonPoetsAssembly.weebly.com
Category Archives: Creative Process
Guest post by Sandy Coelho
It’s that time of year when writers and authors take a deep breath, and step up to meet a challenge to join colleagues from across the globe and make a commitment to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.
It may seem daunting but offers the potential for satisfying fulfillment. Sandy Coelho has written an inspiring article that gives all the information you need to get started. Many of the followers of this blog are writers. I encourage you to step up and give it ago!
Now I’ll turn this post over to Sandy 🙂
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Participants – Crack Your Knuckles and Start Your Engines!
NaNoWriMo is a week away. The event hosted by the Office of Letters and Light, is in its 13th year and has grown from 21 original participants to over 250,000 in 2011. The concept behind NaNoWriMo is to get people writing – anything; for 30 straight days. The objective is not quality, it’s quantity. Winners are the participants who reach the 50,000 word finish line. The aim of the OLL is to encourage writers and those who have always thought about writing to put their nose to the grindstone and just get it done!
Shadows of the Realm Reviews and Thank-Yous.
A fantasy novel by Dionne Lister
I’m a huge fan of Ansel Adams. You’ve got to check out this incredible post.
There is a common misconception in our culture that creative people need a little extra help to be ‘creative’. In the passage below Stephen King debunks that idea. He speaks as one who has been there. Did he need ‘drinking and drugging’ to write well? He answers that question below:
In the middle of the 1980s Stephen King’s life was spiraling out of control, his body saturated with alcohol and drugs. After years of self-denial and an ultimatum by his wife and family, King writes in his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time.”
“I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to work anymore if I quit drinking and drugging, but I decided (again, so far as I was able to decide anything in my distraught and depressed state of mind) that I would trade writing for staying married and watching the kids grow up. If it came to that. It didn’t, of course. The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time. The four twentieth-century writers whose work is most responsible for it are probably Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, and the poet Dylan Thomas. They are the writers who largely formed our vision of an existential English-speaking wasteland where people have been cut off from one another and live in an atmosphere of emotional strangulation and despair. These concepts are very familiar to most alcoholics; the common reaction to them is amusement. Substance-abusing writers are just substance abusers—”
Related insight from scripture.
Proverbs 3:21-23 (NLT 3rd ed.)
21 My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, 22 for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. 23 They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.
- Writing Tips From Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ (kristinoffiler.wordpress.com)