Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2019-2020 Events

   Invite a friend.  Save the dates.   


* 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.    


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).

  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.