Saturday, February 6, 2021

DRABBLE WRITING CONTEST


WINNER NAMED!

To celebrate the publication of Kissing Frogs and Other Quirky Fairy Tales, Hawaii Fiction Writers announces the winner and runner-up in the Super Bowl Drabble Contest.  The challenge was to write the opening of a familiar fairy tale as told by a famous writer.  The two finalists were asked to write one more drabble (exactly 100 words), the opening of a familiar fairy tale as told by a famous writer.  The winner, in advance of Super Bowl Sunday, will receive (1) a copy of Fractured Fairy Tales, by A.J. Jacobs, as featured on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show; and (2) bragging rights.

Congratulations to our winner, Laureen Kwock!  Laureen warmed up for the Super Bowl with her earlier entry of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as told by Mickey Spillane.''  Her overtime-winning drabble, which appears below, is "Little Red Riding Hood, as told by Agatha Christie."

Congratulations also to our Super Bowl runner-up, J.T. Page Jr., who qualified for the contest final with his "Hansel and Gretel, as told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle."  His Super Bowl overtime entry, which appears below, is "Little Red Riding Hood, as told by Edgar Allen Poe." 


Laureen Kwock:  "Little Red Riding Hood, as told by Agatha Christie"

Clients call me old, mon cher Hastings, but the little grey cells continue their work.
You ask about this last case, the missing child. The mother herself came to my office in tears, asking for help. Such a foolish tale she told.

What kind of woman sends a child out in a forest to deliver food to her grand-mère? Why did the mother not go herself? And dressing la petite in red. Was she trying to attract wolves?

My advice was clear.
Cherchez le woodsman. He and his ax know what happened to the old woman and the little girl. 


J.T. Page Jr.:  "Little Red Riding Hood, as told by Edgar Allen Poe"

Once upon a dreary time, lived Wolfie the wolf who planned a crime.

The deed involved a maid in red and a grandma in her bed.

Before the maid could do some good, Wolfie slunk into the wood.

Suddenly there came a tapping as grandma was gently napping, napping in her forest home.

Heartless Wolfie broke the door and then grandma was no more.

Once the maid arrived, so did a woodsman to Wolfie’s surprise.

Ghastly was the scene as that creature lost spine and spleen.

Horrified, the maid implored “Can Wolfie ever darken my door?”

Quote the woodsman, “Nevermore!”



Wednesday, January 20, 2021

DRABBLE WRITING CONTEST: 

FINALISTS NAMED


To celebrate the publication of Kissing Frogs and Other Quirky Fairy Tales, Hawaii Fiction Writers announce the two finalists in the Super Bowl Drabble Contest.  The challenge was to write the opening of a familiar fairy tale as told by a famous writer.  The two finalists will write one more drabble (exactly 100 words, the opening of a familiar fairy tale as told by a famous writer.  The winner, to be announced on February 7, Super Bowl Sunday, will receive (1) a copy of Fractured Fairy Tales, by A.J. Jacobs, as featured on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show; and (2) bragging rights.

Honorable mention to Lizbeth Hartz for "Hansel and Gretel, as told by Ray Bradbury", and to Kent Reinker for "The Turtle Prince, as told by Ernest Hemingway."

Congratulations to the two finalists:  Laureen Kwock for "Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as told by Mickey Spillane" and J.T. Page Jr.  for "Hansel and Gretel, as told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle."  And here are the two drabbles that are headed to the Super Bowl:


Laureen Kwock:  "Goldilocks and the Three Bears,
as told by Mickey Spillane"

I told the blonde not to do it. She didn’t listen. Blondes never do.

Her first mistake was breaking and entering. She claimed the coast was clear. The Baers out for the day. Just enough time to look around.

Things got bad fast. Never mess with someone else’s porridge. And did she need to sample all three? Too hot, too cold. Just right.

Mistakes piled up. Trying out the furniture, breaking that chair and getting caught in Baby Baer’s bed.

I made sure they didn’t press charges. Money talks. And Goldie? She’s grounded for life. Not going anywhere ever again. 


J.T. Page Jr.:  "Hansel and Gretel,
as told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle"

It was bitterly cold outside.

A thick fog settled over the woodcutter’s impoverished hut near the edge of the great forest.

He had a singular dilemma. His family was starving.

However, the woodcutter’s new wife, stepmother to his two children, had an elementary but sinister solution: take Hansel and Gretel into the forest and abandon them.

Hansel observed the situation was dire after overhearing his father and stepmother arguing. Gretel was fearful but Hansel calmed her by saying he had a plan.

Early the next morning, their father led his innocent children deep into the forest.

The shame was afoot.












Saturday, October 3, 2020

 

Note:  This is the title story from Kissing Frogs, and Other Quirky Fairy Tales, presented by Hawaii Fiction Writers, edited by Gail Baugniet, Carol Catanzariti, and Michael Little.  The collection was published in paperback in January 2021 and is available on Amazon. Net proceeds will be going to the Friends of the Library at our host libraries, Aina Haina Library and Kapolei Library.  A list of the stories in the collection are posted at the end of this tale.  Enjoy!




Kissing Frogs”

by Michael Little


THERE WAS ONCE a beautiful young princess named Gwyneth. She lived in a large castle in a tiny kingdom, with an excellent view of the enchanted forest, and she had everything a princess could desire, except for one thing. The large book of fairy tales in the castle's royal library promised that for every beautiful young princess there is a handsome young prince. Gwyneth would have settled for an above-average looking young prince, but even those can be hard to find, as we shall soon see.

    But Gwyneth already had so many wonderful things. The king, her father, had never fallen in love, but he liked kids, so he had adopted Gwyneth as a baby. So there was no evil queen in the castle to talk to her mirror and be told that the girl was the fairest and then threaten her life. When the princess reached that age where girls begin to take an interest in boys, Daddy kept the boys away. Gwyneth did have a large closet full of beautiful gowns and shoes. She had an elegant little Italian greyhound named Sofia. She also had a personal servant and best friend named Daphne. Daphne had actually kissed a few boys and told Gwyneth how delightful the experience could be. Of course, Daphne was not looking for a handsome young prince, and she did not have an overly protective father to keep the boys away.

    It was Daphne who suggested that Gwyneth should go to the enchanted forest one day and then lie down with her eyes closed and wait, like Sleeping Beauty in their favorite fairy tale, for a handsome young prince to kiss her awake. Gwyneth was there all day, waiting, sometimes with one eye half open to look out for a prince, so she could whistle in case he wasn't finding her. As Daphne had told her, more than once, boys need help. Gwyneth listened for the footsteps that never arrived that day. All she heard was the endless mumbling of the frogs.

    The witch who lived in the enchanted forest had a wicked sense of humor. As was well known throughout the kingdom, the witch had done her dark magic to give all the frogs in the forest the power of speech. They spoke with a heavy accent, but boy could they talk. Once they left the forest, however, they were reduced to the usual croaking. It was rumored, by some folks, that the witch had also cast a spell on a handsome young prince and turned him into a frog. There was no hard evidence to support this rumor, however, and most people just laughed at the notion.

    Anyway, as the shadows lengthened in the enchanted forest, and no prince had appeared, the poor princess shed a few tears and made her way back to the castle.

    The next morning Daphne suggested that they consult with Melvin, the old retired wizard who dwelled in a room near the top of the castle. Melvin, who was 99 years old, had been a fairly useful wizard in his day, but now he was largely ignored. He was living out his days in his tiny room, left with his memories and lots of time to sleep. On a typical day, one servant had said, Melvin could sleep 18 to 20 hours. So it was that when Gwyneth and Daphne climbed the stairs and knocked on the old wizard's door, they could only hear snoring inside. So they let themselves in.

    “Let's wake him,” whispered Daphne, and she shook the wizard gently, then less gently, until he muttered and opened his eyes. “Oh great and powerful wizard,” she said (for she knew the power of flattery), “what must the princess do to find her handsome young prince? You must help us. You're our only hope.” Daphne then fluttered her eyelashes at Melvin (for she knew the power of flirtation).

     The old wizard spoke in a thin, dusty voice, and the two young women leaned closer to hear every word. “The princess must kiss a lot of ….” The last word was difficult to hear, as Melvin trailed off and fell asleep again.

    “Kiss a lot of what?!” Gwyneth said.

    “I think he said 'kiss a lot of frogs,'” Daphne said.

    “Ewwwwwwwwwww,” Gwyneth said, and her face scrunched into something not so lovely.

    “Well, I heard 'kiss a lot of frogs,'” Daphne repeated. “Could have been hogs, but no, I'm sure it was frogs. And you know where the frogs are, don't you?” But Gwyneth, who had never kissed a boy before, much less a frog, was already halfway out the door. Daphne followed, as the old wizard began to snore again.

    The next morning, Gwyneth took her favorite toy, a bright golden ball, and went into the enchanted forest. She sat down in a clearing, next to a well, and tossed the golden ball in the air and caught it, then tossed it again and caught it, for this was a rather simple game. The third time she tossed it, however, she failed to catch it cleanly, and it fell into the well. The beloved golden ball, alas, did not float. It sank into the water, out of sight. Down, down it went. Gwyneth gasped, and then large tears began rolling down her cheeks.

    “Why are you crying?” Gwyneth looked up to see … not a handsome young prince but a large bullfrog with a crooked smile. “Well, here I am,” said the frog, with a wink. “Call me Frederic. What were your other two wishes?”

    “Oh,” Gwyneth said, “my beautiful golden ball has fallen into the well.”

    “Hey, don't you worry, babe,” the frog replied. “I can retrieve your ball.”

    Gwyneth's face brightened. “Would you, oh frog? I'll give you anything. I have lots of jewelry and stuff back at the castle. My daddy's rich. He's the king.”

    “Nah,” said the frog. “What would I do with jewelry? I only ask for one thing. I've never kissed a princess. Give me a big juicy kiss.”

    “What?!” Kissing a frog was not on Gwyneth's bucket list. But she did love her golden ball. “Well...” she said.

    “Come on, babe,” the frog said, moving closer. “My lips are like Skittles. Wanna taste the rainbow?” Frederic actually had a long list of cheesy pickup lines, but we must get on with our story.

    “All right,” Gwyneth said. “Just get my ball.”

    Frederic dove down and quickly returned with the beloved golden ball. The frog tossed the ball to Gwyneth, then closed his eyes and puckered up, waiting for his first kiss from a princess. He waited a while, then opened his eyes and discovered that she was running away. “Come back, babe! You owe me a kiss.” He hopped after her, but she was much faster. Finally the frog stopped and shouted one more appeal at the princess. “You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy.”

    Meanwhile, a couple of female frogs, who had witnessed the whole scene at the well, laughed and chatted, and laughed some more. “That Freddy,” one said, “none of the girl frogs in the forest will kiss him. He's one big, ugly bullfrog, and we've all heard his terrible pickup lines.”

    That night, when Gwyneth was preparing for bed, she thought she heard a “splish, splash” on the staircase outside her sleep chamber, but she chose to ignore it. She was safe in the castle. She climbed into her luxurious silken bed and soon fell asleep. In the middle of the night, as she dreamed that a handsome young prince was about to kiss her, Gwyneth rolled over on her left side. She felt a pair of thin lips brushing against her lips. This dream was surprisingly realistic. Then she felt a long, thin, cold amphibian tongue sliding slowly into her mouth.

    “Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!” Gwyneth screamed, and she threw the frog across the room. In the moonlight pouring through her window she could see no frog. She did hear some loud croaking and a “splish, splash” going down the stairway.

    Frederic was on his way back to the enchanted forest, no doubt to brag about his kiss to the other frogs, perhaps to embellish the tale more than a little. Soon there would be a long line of boy frogs hopping their way to the castle, wanting their princess kiss.

    But first, Gwyneth told Daphne that they had to return to the old wizard and find out exactly what she was supposed to kiss to find her handsome young prince. So it was that the very next morning they made their way to the top of the castle, and woke Melvin, who answered their question with “OK, I'll say it again, you've got to kiss a lot of frogs.”

    “Frogs?” the princess said. “Frogs? Really? Ewwwww.”

    “Yes, frogs,” the old wizard said, patiently, because she was a princess. “Frogs. Tailless amphibians with short squat bodies, moist smooth skin, very long hind legs for leaping, and long tongues. In a word, frogs. Now I'm going back to sleep.

    And so it was that dozens of boy frogs splish splashed their way up the staircase to the sleep chamber of a brave young princess who awaited them with mixed feelings. Her primary emotion was fear and loathing, having to kiss the slimy creatures. But, as she had read in the large book of fairy tales, the princess must find her handsome young prince. If only, if only the handsome young prince had found her in the enchanted forest when she was pretending to sleep. Sleeping Beauty had it easy!

    As the morning wore on, as one boy frog after another received a kiss from the princess (her mouth closed, no tongues this time, please!), Gwyneth's bravery began to wane. It was, let the record show, after the 48th frog kissed the poor princess that Gwyneth called out, in a voice that could be heard throughout the castle, “Enough! Enough! No more kisses! No more frogs! Everybody out! Go back to your froggy lives and leave me alone!”

    Daphne tried to comfort her. Sofia the Italian greyhound tried. Nothing helped. When she thought that the coast must be clear, she left the castle and walked sadly into the enchanted forest. She found a place far from Frederic's well, a place not often frequented by slimy amphibians, and there she sat on a large flat rock, covered her face with her hands, and quietly wept. A bluebird flew overhead for a while. A lone butterfly came, and went. A cute squirrel hopped close, ate half a nut, and offered the rest at her feet. The sun went behind a cloud and never reappeared. All was quiet. The only sound was the soft weeping of a young princess.

    Gwyneth thought she felt a soft touch on her arm, as if someone was trying to comfort the crying princess. But when you're hopeless, there is no hope, no comforting. Then she felt a light sensation on her shoulder. Still crying, her eyes still closed, she turned slowly and felt … a presence.

    “There, there, princess,” a quiet voice said. When she opened her eyes halfway, she was looking into the biggest, deepest, darkest, most intriguing eyes in her life, the eyes of a sweet young frog. Then she felt a light touching on her lips, not like the other frogs, not like anything she had ever experienced. She closed her eyes and pressed her lips ever so gently against his. When she finally opened her eyes, there he was, her handsome young prince. He took her hand and lifted her to her feet. Without a word they walked together, toward the castle.

    Time to meet Daddy. And Daphne. And Melvin the old wizard. And Sofia the Italian greyhound. Time to live happily ever after.

                                 THE END


Coming in late 2020:

Hawaii Fiction Writers present

Kissing Frogs, and Other Quirky Fairy Tales


Contents

Jane L. Mickelson.     Introduction


it’s not easy being green
Michael Little.      Kissing Frogs
Carol Catanzariti.      Frog Prince Wants a Condo
Dawn Knox.      Rivalry Most Royal


into the woods
Joanna Bressler.      Goldilocks Run Amok
Gail Baugniet.      Thumbelina’s Butterflies
J. T. Page Jr.      Twice Upon A Time
Patricia L. Morin.      Little Red, Riding Hood
Barbara D. Parente.      Hansel, Gretel, and the Food-Challenged Witch
Eloy Kaminski.      The Power of the Heart
Sue Cowing.      What’s a Kid to Do? A Tale Re-Trolled 
Shauna Jones.      The Spindle Scandal


did someone call a detective?
Gail Baugniet.       Sgt. Whitey Snow and the Seven Corpses
Scott Kikkawa.      Big Bad
Michael Little.     The Case of the Runaway Blonde
Bob Newell.      
The Princess of the Lamp Works


why were the brothers grimm
and other 
tortured tales 
Anonymous.      Why Were the Brothers Grimm?
J
ane L. Mickelson.       Awakening
Dawn Knox.      Worse Than Bungling
Rosemary & Larry Mild.      Wooden It Be Wonderful?
E. Shan Correa.      Grandmother Goose
Rita Ariyoshi.      Cast Off
Rosemary & Larry Mild.      Schloffin Beauty
John E. Simonds.      Jack and the Beanstalkers


what, more frogs?!
Laureen Kwock.      The Frog Prince
David W. Jones.      The Disrespectful Prince and The Frog
Noelle Sickels.      The Kindred Frog



Coming in late 2020:

Hawaii Fiction Writers present

Kissing Frogs, and Other Quirky Fairy Tales


Contents

Jane L. Mickelson.     Introduction


it’s not easy being green
Michael Little.      Kissing Frogs
Carol Catanzariti.      Frog Prince Wants a Condo
Dawn Knox.      Rivalry Most Royal


into the woods
Joanna Bressler.      Goldilocks Run Amok
Gail M Baugniet.      Thumbelina’s Butterflies
J. T. Page Jr.      Twice Upon A Time
Patricia L. Morin.      Little Red, Riding Hood
Barbara D. Parente.      Hansel, Gretel, and the Food-Challenged Witch
Eloy Kaminski.      The Power of the Heart
Sue Cowing.      What’s a Kid to Do? A Tale Re-Trolled
Shauna Jones.      The Spindle Scandal


did someone call a detective?
Gail M Baugniet.       Sgt. Whitey Snow and the Seven Corpses
Scott Kikkawa.      Big Bad
Michael Little.     The Case of the Runaway Blonde
Bob Newell.      
The Princess of the Lamp Works


why were the brothers grimm?
and other
tortured tales
Anonymous.      Why Were the Brothers Grimm?
J
ane L. Mickelson.       Awakening
Dawn Knox.      Worse Than Bungling
Rosemary & Larry Mild.      Wooden It Be Wonderful?
E. Shan Correa.      Grandmother Goose
Rita Ariyoshi.      Cast Off
Rosemary & Larry Mild.      Schloffin Beauty
John E. Simonds.      Jack and the Beanstalkers


what, more frogs?!
Laureen Kwock.      The Frog Prince
David W. Jones.      The Disrespectful Prince and The Frog
Noelle Sickels.      The Kindred Frog

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2019-2020 Events

   Invite a friend.  Save the dates.   


2019:

* Saturday, June 29 - 10 to 11:45 - Aina Haina Library -  Writers Workshop: “Narrative in Drama” with local director and acting teacher Joyce Maltby (how is the story told? what can fiction writers learn from drama?)

* Saturday, July 20 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - Writers Workshop: “Food in Fiction” 

* Saturday, August 17 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - “Share a Favorite Writer”  Bring one or two pages of a favorite writer to read and discuss.

* Saturday, September 21 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - Writers Workshop: “Prose Poems” -  Workshop Leader: Carol Catanzariti.

* Saturday, October 19 - 10:30 to noon - Kapolei Library - Readings:  “More Scary Stories.”  Followed by lunch at Assaggio Kapolei.

* Saturday, November 30 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - Craig Howes on Narrative.    

2020:

In 2019 we have been focusing on narrative and voice.  For 2020, the HFW spotlight will be on short stories.  We have set a publication goal for next year, one that should be fun and exciting.   We are planning to publish a collection of short stories in 2020 ... fractured fairy tales (alternative versions of familiar fairy tales).  Carol Catanzariti, Gail Baugniet, and Michael Little have agreed to edit the book.  The plan is to publish submission guidelines in January 2020, accept submissions until June 1, edit in the summer, and publish in the fall.  We invite all who want to submit, including students.  See Call for Submissions below.

Save the dates for Hawaii Fiction Writers workshops and readings in 2020.  All are set for Aina Haina Library from 10 a.m. to noon on third Saturdays, except for February and October, when we will have readings at Kapolei Library:

*Saturday, January 18 - Aina Haina Library - "On the Road to Publication."   Join our 2020 short story collection editors--Carol Catanzariti, Gail Baugniet, and Michael Little--as we play the "what if" game with some familiar fairy tales, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Frog Prince.  Cinderella, anyone?  Hansel and Gretel?  Beauty and the Beast?  Sleeping Beauty?  Rumpelstiltskin?  Little Red Riding Hood?  See Call for Submissions below:


*February 22 (10:30 to noon) - Readings at Kapolei Library (followed by lunch at Assaggio Kapolei). Readings will include a first look at stories submitted for the upcoming 2020 short story collection, Kissing Frogs, and Other Quirky Fairy Tales. Reading will be Laurie Hanan, Shauna Jones, Gail Baugniet, Carol Catanzariti, and Michael Little.

*Saturday, March 21 (10 a.m. to noon) - Aina Haina Library - Writers Workshop: "Another Opening, Another Fairy Tale." A look at the openings of traditional fairy tales. It's not always "Once upon a time." Fairy tales are often read aloud, in one sitting, so they are not long, they have to establish character and setting in the opening paragraph or two, and get on with the plot. How does your variation on a traditional fairy tale begin? Read and share. March 21 workshop: POSTPONED WHILE PUBLIC LIBRARIES REMAIN CLOSED.

*Saturday, April 18 (10 a.m. to noon) - Aina Haina Library - Writers Workshop: "Closing Time." A look at the closing paragraphs of traditional fairy tales.  It's not always "They lived happily ever after."  As the King in Alice in Wonderland famously said,  "Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop."  Try writing the beginning paragraph or two, then the ending paragraph or two.  Maybe write the middle last.  If you don't know where you're going, how will you know when you're there?  Read and share.  (Note:  Julius and Philip Epstein, the twin brothers working on the screenplay for the classic film Casablanca, did not know how to end it until almost the last minute, one morning when they were riding in to work.)
April 18 workshop: POSTPONED WHILE PUBLIC LIBRARIES REMAIN CLOSED. NOTE: When the libraries reopen, we will schedule the two workshops postponed from March 21 and April 18.


Future 2020 dates reserved for the libraries:

May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October (date TBD)
November 21


Call for Submissions for HFW's 2020 collection
of variations on familiar fairy tales:


For 2020 publication:  a collection of entertaining variations on familiar fairy tales.   Title:  Kissing Frogs, and Other Quirky Fairy Tales(Note:  Please do continue to submit by email, until June 1, 2020.)


Please follow these submission guidelines:


1.                   Original authorship.

2.                  Not previously published.
3.                  Length:  up to 4,000 words.
4.                  You may submit up to two pieces.
5.                  Submission deadline:  June 1, 2020.
6.                  Submit electronic only, in MS Word, Times New Roman,
              12 point, double spaced, and
include your contact information
              and word count on the first page
.
7.                  Send by email as an attachment to mlittlehi@gmail.com.

Note:  Pieces in this collection will have First North American rights.  Authors are free to publish their work elsewhere after publication in this collection.

Editors' Tips: 

1.  We are looking for entertaining variations on familiar fairy tales, such as Cinderella, Snow White, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, and The Frog King (also known as The Frog Prince).

2.
  Submissions may be in any genre, except erotica, and may have any setting.

3.  More than one writer may select the same fairy tale. 

4.  Be fastidious regarding the basics such as spell check and grammar.  Submit a story that entertains and one that the reader can easily follow. The editors will read all manuscripts submitted during the reading period up to June 1, 2020.  If you receive a request to rewrite your story, it is up to you to do so. A rewrite is not a guarantee of acceptance for publication.

5.  Resources:  Read the original version of the fairy tale you select.  There are many collections available.  For a collection of all 211 fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, with illustrations and several extra features, see Grimm's Fairy Tales: Complete and Illustrated (99 cents on Kindle), from Maplewood Books.

Friday, March 8, 2019

2019 Events

   Invite a friend.  Save the dates.   

  
Our focus in 2019 will be on narrative.  
What stories do we tell, and how do we tell them?  

* Saturday,  January 19 - 10 to noon - Epiphany Episcopal Church (10th & Harding in Kaimuki) - Writers Workshop:  “The Voice of the Narrator:  Who’s Telling Your Story?”  Imagine that Audible wants to promote your book (or story) as one of its audible selections.  Better yet, Audible has asked you to choose the person, or persons, to record your book.  Make your selection.  Any actor or actors, any familiar or unfamiliar voice or voices.  You get to decide.  What is your answer?  Audible is waiting. To help you decide, you can go on Audible.com and sample some of their narrators.  Explain your choice!  

Workshop leader:  Michael Little.

* Saturday, February 23 - 10:30 a.m. - Kapolei Library - Readings:  “When Love Goes Wrong, or Right.”  Followed by lunch at Assaggio Kapolei.


* Saturday, March 16 - 10 to noon - Epiphany Episcopal Church (10th & Harding in Kaimuki) - Writers Workshop:  “Hearing Voices” - Don't panic; sometimes it doesn't mean you're crazy.  Continuing our January discussion of the importance of voices in stories (the voice of the narrator; voices of characters; handling dialogue).  Janae Mitchell writes, "I became a writer so that the voices inside my head would become an acceptable occurrence." Bring a page of your own to read and talk about the voice or voices on that page.  
Workshop Leader:  Michael Little.  


* Saturday, April 27 - 10 to noon - Epiphany Episcopal Church (10th & Harding in Kaimuki) - Writers Workshop:  “The Story Behind the Story” -  Ever hear this question:  "What inspired you to write this story?"  What was the spark?  Do you have a muse who throws you ideas?

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In Bag of Bones, Stephen King writes that "The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited."  Helen Hanson tells us that  "Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus.  Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll."  

Then there's this from Erica Jong, from Seducing the Demon:  "But the fact is, she [the muse] won't be summoned.  She alights when it damn well pleases her.  She falls in love with one artist, then deserts him for another.  She's a real bitch!"
Workshop Leaders:  Gail Baugniet & Michael Little.

* Saturday, May 25- 11:30 - Assaggio Kahala - Lunch and Guest Speaker:  
Richard Boudreau, “Engineering Our Way to Publication.”  Richard’s exciting 
new book is just out:  Engineering Our Way to the Moon: Untold Apollo Stories.  
He has a story to tell, and what an amazing story it is.  There are fascinating 
behind-the-scene tales of the challenging Apollo mission days, including Richard’s 
personal adventures (and misadventures), as well as the long and winding road of 
writing and publication that resulted in this remarkable book.  The cover features a 
July 1969 photo of Wernher von Braun and the NASA engineering managers at 
the Apollo 11 liftoff.  Their smiles are no bigger than Richard’s smile at the liftoff 
of this remarkable book!

* Saturday, June 29 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina LibraryWriters Workshop: “Narrative in Drama”  with Joyce Maltby (how is the story told? what can fiction writers learn from drama?). 

* Saturday, July 20 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - Writers Workshop: “Food in Fiction” - the role of food in storytelling, such as the apple in Snow White.  Food fiction turns out to be a very popular topic (see  http://literaryfoodie.blogspot.com/p/food-fiction-list.html).  See also "Why Literature's Greatest Detectives Are All Obsessed with Food" (https://www.eater.com/2017/8/31/16216310/20th-century-detectives-food).  Share examples of times you have included food as part of your writing.  Writing exercise: create a short scene with two or more characters sharing a meal. Workshop Leader: Michael Little.

* Saturday, August 17 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - “Share a Favorite Writer”

* Saturday, September 21 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - Writers Workshop: “Prose Poems” -  Workshop Leader: Carol Catanzariti.

* Saturday, October 19 - 10:30 to noon - Kapolei Library - Readings:  “More Scary Stories.”  Followed by lunch at Assaggio Kapolei.


* Saturday, November 23 (tentative) - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - Craig Howes on Narrative.