Friday, September 21, 2018

Meeting Minutes September 20, 2018

Meeting commenced at 6 p.m. We discussed several upcoming writing contests, events and workshops detailed below.

Next was the announcement of the winner of the Edwin M. Church Award. Congratulations to our own Don Lefebrve for his winning entry: "The Farm Connection". A beautiful memoir about farm life in mid-twentieth century VT.  Second place went to Joy Choquette. Third to Tom Benton. The Swanton Library in conjunction with SAC is hoping to publish a book containing all 10 contest entries and the winning youth entry written by Emmett Mathieu "Tracks of Destiny"

Judy shared news regarding a potential movie project in 2019. A grant is being written to fund the writing, production and editing of a short film relating to the 'year of the salmon', which is 2019. There will be more details released in the next few months, including how local writers and film buffs can get involved with the project.  Keep an eye on the SAC website as well as this blog. The idea of recording podcasts of local authors reading their respective works was floated again. There might be grant money available to fund such a project and the library has the equipment to record and edit. More details to follow.

Nancy returned Flat Stanley and Flat Stella. Pictures to follow.  Becky took them for the next month.  She is planning to send them to NYC, among other places.

Three group members read their work, or had it read for them. Emmet, Nancy and Don. The latter read his winning contest entry: The Farm Connection"

Contests

Hunger Mountain: Four annual contests will open for submissions on October 1st. The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, The Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, and The Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. Submission details and the names of past winners and their work can be found HERE. The deadline for all submissions is March 1, 2019. Happy writing!

Vermont Writer's Prize: There is still time to enter this contest co-sponsored by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine. Deadline is November 1. Details can be found HERE

Exhibitions

Registration forms and canvases are now available for the SAC exhibition "Emotion Speaks" The one word theme is Anxiety. Find more details HERE. Please see a SAC member or stop in at the Swanton Library to pick up your materials.  A $5 fee is payable by cash, check or paypal.

Workshops

Burlington Book Festival: October 12-14 at the UVM Alumni House Silver Pavilion and various other locations. A variety of talks and workshops will occur over the 3 days. Concluded by a presentation by nationally known personality Garrison Keillor. Find all the details HERE,

Burlington Writer's Workshop: Regular meetings are held in their Burlington location.  Find details on current and upcoming events HERE

Corrina Thurston is holding 3 workshops this fall at the My-T-Fine restaurant in Swanton. Corrina is the author of 2 books: "How To Build Your Art Business: With Limited Time Or Energy" and "How To Communicate Effectively: For Artists & Creatives" Workshops will be held on 3 Thursday evenings starting at 6 pm. The subjects and dates: September 27th "How to Market Your Art", October 4th "Social Media for Artists", October 25th "Creating Your Best Artist Statement" More details to be found HERE.

Meeting concluded at 7:40. Our next meeting is Thursday October 18th. 6 p.m. at the Swanton Library.

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