Daily Archives: June 23, 2011

Sydney Writers’ Centre- Turn clumsy writing into gold – Edit with Confidence

Turn clumsy writing into gold – Edit with Confidence
Editing is all about ensuring your documents are clear, concise and free of errors. It needn’t be a tedious task, but there are some important ground rules you need to know to ensure your editing tasks can be done efficiently and consistently.
If you’re editing documents at work you could be working on anything from letters to annual reports. The tips you’ll learn in our Edit with Confidence seminar will help you improve all of these documents, saving you time and transforming even the most clumsy writing.

This seminar is suitable for anyone who edits documents at work or is interested in learning how to edit effectively.

Here’s what past participants say:
“Thank you, I have benefited immensely from this seminar. I now have some great tips to improve my skills in my work place.”
– Greti Willett

“Deb’s teaching style kept me engaged all day – her knowledge and the interactive nature of the course were the standouts!”
– Janeece Keller

This seminar is taught by Deb Doyle. She’s an experienced editorial-training consultant and publication editor and teaches a number of grammar and editing seminars at the Sydney Writers’ Centre.

Edit with Confidence with Deb Doyle
When: Wednesday 29 June 2011 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: $395

For more information or to enrol online go to http://www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au/editwithconfidence.htm?utm_source=swc-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=body

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Jerry D. Simmons Publishing Insider- Contents of TIPS FOR WRITERS June 23, 2011

Contents of TIPS for WRITERS
by Jerry D. Simmons
June 23, 2011

TIPS for WRITERS is published by Jerry D. Simmons to inform writers and authors about news, changes and trends in the book publishing industry.
This newsletter is free to all subscribers.
Readers can access blogs, articles and more at http://www.WritersReaders.com,
Your Source for Information about Book Publishing.

Amazon Kindle and Spam Titles

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing is now faced with a huge problem–eBook spam.

Agents as Publishing Consultants

Literary agents are reacting to the squeeze on their business and the decline of traditional print publishing by becoming publishing consultants.
Your Feedback is Greatly Appreciated

This newsletter has gone through a variety of changes over the past year and a half as readers provide valuable feedback. As one writer explained recently, it is sometimes hard to figure out how certain information applies directly to me as an author. This is a great comment and one that I take seriously. My goal is to provide the latest news, events and trends in the industry that help each of you stay informed. Other comments include–the posts are too short and then others say too long. I’m never quite sure about length.

Being an author is hard enough, keeping up with the business end is impossible for most. I’m a publishing junkie, I read everything and even though most of what I see is self serving of the biggest companies, I do find items that I feel are important enough to share with you.

If you have specific items you would like to see addressed, please send me an email. Either via Jerry@WritersReaders.com or visit my web site and contact me through the link provided. Either way, I want to make this newsletter as informative as possible and if you feel I should write shorter and more often, please let me know. This newsletter would not exist without you and your feedback, positive or negative. Thank you.

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Or quote from any of the information, all or in part, under the conditions that (1) The author and source is quoted, (2) The republication is not sold or used for any commercial use, and (3) The author, Jerry D. Simmons and web site http://www.WritersReaders.com are prominently referenced. All written material Copyright 2011 Jerry D. Simmons. Also note this Newsletter is not edited. There may on occasion be grammatical, syntax or spelling errors. I acknowledge the fact and apologize.

Jerry D. Simmons


http://www.WritersReaders.com / Jerry@WritersReaders.com

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Abingdon Threatre Company- Staying Busy at Abingdon!

Staying Busy at Abingdon!


THE TEMPLE OF THE DOGThe Temple of the Dog
Monday, June 27, 2011 7PM

by Tom Dillehay

Set on a Middle Tennessee farm, the drama depicts 18 year old Ben’s yearning to escape his abusive and oppressive home and to be his own man. With a mixture of the poetic and cruel violence, the play dramatizes Ben’s struggle to break free even, if it means sacrificing the youth and innocence of Rickey Lee who will replace him as caretaker of the crippled Taylor and emotionally dependent, Wanda.

This reading is free to attend.

Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex
312 W. 36th Street, 1st fl.
(btwn 8/9 ave)


Follow us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abingdontheatre

Thank You For Making the Night a Success!

The 2011 Ab*ie Awards Ceremony was a resounding success thanks to you, our loyal Abingdon Subscribers. For those that did attend, we thank you very much for your continued support and for those that didn’t, we hope to see you at future Abingdon events.

The Winners Are In:

Most Outstanding Play: Reggie Cheong-Leen, NANJING RACE

Most Outstanding Director Winner: Jules Ochoa, HOW I FELL IN LOVE

Most Outstanding Actor Winner: Al Letson, SUMMER IN SANCTUARY

Most Outstanding Actress Winner: Polly Lee, HOW I FELL IN LOVE

Most Outstanding Set Design Winner: Andrew Lu, THE NANJING RACE

Most Outstanding Costume Design Winner: Pam Prior, THE NANJING RACE

Most Outstanding Lighting Design Winner: Andrew Lu, THE NANJING RACE

Most Outstanding Sound Design Winner: David Margolin Lawson, SUMMER IN SANCTUARY

Another very special thanks goes to Il Punto Ristorante for providing the food for the evening.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/abingdontheatre

Special Offer to Abingdon Patrons!

Thursday, June 30th 7PM

American Standards from the 1920’s into the 21st Century reimagined with Brazilian rhythms and jazz styling on songs like Too Close for Comfort, Caramel, Old Devil Moon, and Mercy. My idea of a Perfect Night is sharing these songs and arrangements with friends.

Tickets are only $20. Mention Abingdon and get $5 off your ticket price.

For tickets please call (212) 206-0440

Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

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Odyssey Storytelling- Double O Story Slam on June 27, 2011

Odyssey Storytelling will be back in August

We tried something new, Tandem Tales, for July and not too many of you had stories to fit the theme so we’ve decided to cancel the show and put all our energies into the August show instead. The theme for August 4 is “The Things We Do For Love”, curated by Sarah K. Smith.

Double O Story Slam on June 27, 2011

You can come early and sign up to tell a 5-minute story or just come to listen and enjoy our first ever Story Slam. The theme, to be interpreted broadly of course, is “In Heat, Surviving the Summer.”
What is story slam? It’s a contest where people tell real stories from their lives. No costumes, no props, no notes, no music…just the STORY. There are a maximum of ten tellers. Each story is five minutes or less in length. Selected audience members will determine which storyteller gets the prize.
This is an all-ages show in a beautiful new venue. Check it out on Monday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. sign up; show starts at 7:15 p.m. at Fluxx Studios, 414 E. 9th Street. It’s free with a 5 dollar suggested donation at the door and refreshments will be available. See more on Facebook.
This new adventure is a collaboration between Odyssey Storytelling and Ocotillo Poetry Slam. Contact: Maya Asher, masherster@gmail.com, 480-390-1063 for more info.

Penelope Starr

Odyssey Storytelling creating connections ~ one story at a time

Odyssey Storytelling is a program of StoryArts Group, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. Learn more about us at http://www.storyartsgroup.org

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Beowulf Alley Theatre Company- We’re 10 Years Old! Help Us Celebrate!

It’s Hard to Believe That We’re 10 Years Old!

Come see the revitalized Downtown Tucson! It’s bright, it’s busy and it’s fun!

On July 1st, 2011, Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, 11 South 6th Avenue, Tucson is hosting a community party. We’re celebrating 10 years in Tucson and you’re invited! Whether you have been involved with Beowulf before, have attended performances, or are new to us, all are welcome to our Downtown location with our brightly lit marquee. Bring your neighbors, friends and family.

Come together, learn what we have to offer, share ideas, explore volunteering, even submit suggestions for possible plays or activities to experience at Beowulf. We invite you to engage with Board Members, the Managing Director, Directors and Program Chairs as well as those who participate as actors and technicians for our various programs.

The Drawing Studio & Beowulf Alley Gallery hosts Tucson Cultural Covers 1977-1984, by Andrew Rush from 2-11p. Rush was commissioned by a unique joint effort of the Arizona Theatre Company, the Tucson Symphony, the Arizona Opera, and UA Presents to promote a greater interest in Tucson’s professional arts.As the evening progresses, from about 6p – 11p, look for live performances, including live music, samples of what is to come from Beowulf and its various programs and even a video presentation. A silent auction with some wonderful items will be part of the event. Drinks and light food will be available. A donation to support our community work is appreciated. PLEASE bring your friends, your family, EVERYONE! Please help us spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, whatever you can. This is a great way for you to experience and learn about our community of theatre.

Do you work with another non-profit organization in the community that might like to team up with Beowulf to do some good? PLEASE let them know that we want to partner with other organizations to pursue a common goal of building and sustaining a strong, thriving, caring community. We are seeking volunteers for this event so if you can share a few hours, please contact Tristyn at contactlatenight@gmail.com.

We know how spontaneous our community is but we need some idea of how many will be attending. Please contact Tristyn at contactlatenight@gmail.com and tell us Yes, No or Maybe, your name and how many might be coming just so we can get a rough idea of attendance, and please do not hesitate to ask questions. Please help support and promote not only Theatre Arts, but All Arts, the impact they have on the community and local economy, and the way they can truly help a community learn, grow and thrive. Thank you for your support throughout our 10 years.

Philanthropy with Phlavor at Pastiche Continues Till June 30th.

Who doesn’t love to eat good food and enjoy a beverage? Well, Pastiche Modern Eatery is all about that and the entire month of June, Pastiche is home to Philanthropy with Phlavor, a tremendous community event that serves many non-profit organizations in Tucson, brought to you by the proprietors, Pat and Julie Connors. Now in its 12th year, these terrific neighbors have made it possible for organizations large and small to benefit from their customers’ dining out in June and October. At the close of each dining experience, each table is presented with a checklist of the top 40 organizations chosen during the previous PWP. Beowulf Alley is proud to be a long-time member of that list. We are grateful to the patrons who choose our organization to receive a Pastiche donation. We use that contribution to thank our hard-working, committed volunteers.

So please, if you’re thinking about eating out in June, please visit Pastiche and at the end of your meal, check the box for Beowulf Alley. You can thank Pastiche for their service to the community AND thank a volunteer at the same time for their time and talent! Visit http://www.pastichme.com


Playwrights from L-R: Devon Gorman, Jonathan Northover, and Gavin Kayner

Beowulf Alley Theatre’s Page on the Stage program presents three new and exciting plays in workshop productions July 7th through the 24th at Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 South 6th Avenue, downtown between Broadway and Congress.

Devin Gorman’s ICON tells the funny and moving story of a writer and artist who is catapulted to fame, and her dark secrets to get her there.

Jonathan Northover’s YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE This is a twisting, turning mystery of two defense lawyers and two suspects to a terrible crime

Gavin Kayner’s STEPHEN’S SYNDROME is a dark, funny frightening meditation on illness, the past and the power of (dysfunctional) love.

Page on the Stage plays will play in repertory beginning July 7th. Please check beowulfalley.org for dates of each individual play. Show times are 7:30 PM and 2:00 PM weekend matinees, Thursday through Sunday.

Pre-opening ticket special: $30 for a 3-play package or 1 play for $12 online at http://www.beowulfalley.org or by phone at (520) 882-0555. After July 6, $36 for 3-play package or 1 play for $15. Don’t wait until the last moment. Take advantage of the pre-opening discounts today!

by William Shakespeare
Alex Greengaard as Hamlet

Late Night Theatre at Beowulf Alley, 11 S. 6th Avenue between Broadway and Congress, presents Hamlet 1.0 by William Shakespeare, July 29, 30, August 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 PM. For more information, contact Michael Fenlason at 520-977-5218.

Hamlet 1.0 is a multimedia, multiplatform telling of

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy using Shakespeare’s language, original music and multimedia. Hamlet’s father has been murdered. Will Hamlet avenge the death?

Pre-opening ticket special: just $8, online at http://www.beowulfalley.org or by phone at (520) 882-0555. After July 28, tickets are $10 online, by phone or at the door.

2011-2012 Season Subscriptions Are On Sale Now!
Save Money by Subscribing to
Our 5-Play Season or
4-Admission Flex Pass.
Keep the Arts Alive and in Your Heart!

About Beowulf Alley Theatre Company

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company is a 501 (c)(3) organization committed to enriching the community and enhancing appreciation of the arts through the production of innovative, invigorating theatre and theatrical education with the highest standards for acting and production. Founded in 2002, the intimate, 95-seat theatre provides a facility that meets professional standards where performing artists, educators and technicians can present their skills. Beowulf Alley has received critical acclaim, including five Mac Awards and eleven MAC nominations. The company has presented over 400 performances to Tucson audiences since and provides performance and rehearsal space for rent by other organizations.

11 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
Box Office: by phone (520) 882-0555, Tues.-Fri noon – 4 p.m. (Please leave a message if voicemail picks up) or e-mail boxoffice@beowulfalley.org.

Administration: by phone (520) 622-4460, Tues.-Fri 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Please leave a message if voicemail picks up) or e-mail theatre@beowulfalley.org.

Lobby doors and box office window open 45 minutes prior to performances. Seating in the theatre will begin following the actors’ warm-up and is on a first-come, first-served basis unless there are ADA needs and we have received advanced notice. All sales are final. Plays and personnel may be subject to change

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University of Arizona Poetry Center- Accepting Applications for the 2011-2012 Docent Program

Serve as an ambassador of poetry and the Poetry Center.

The Poetry Center is currently accepting applications
for the 2011-2012 Docent Program.

University of Arizona Poetry Center Docents provide groups and institutions with a positive and engaging introduction to the Poetry Center as a living archive. Docents encourage a love of language and advance a positive perception of poetry.

Promote the living spirit of poetry as something that can heal, enrich, inspire, and sustain.

The responsibilities of a Poetry Center Docent include planning, leading, and assisting with building tours, including tours of special exhibits, staffing informational booths at local events and the Poetry Center front desk on select Saturdays, speaking engagements, gift shop sales, and other ancillary related tasks. Docents will be required to keep current on Poetry Center exhibits through materials provided to them by library staff and incorporate these materials into tours.

Docents receive all the benefits extended to Poetry Center volunteers, and then some:

• Continuing Education
• Friendship and camaraderie
• Name badge recognition for hours of service
• Annual field trip

More information about qualifications, application process, and training can be found at http://poetry.arizona.edu/get-involved/docent-program-2011-2012

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