We are pleased to announce issue no. 2 of our
Welcome from our Co-Editors
Welcome from our Co-Editors
Welcome to the second issue of Member News, the Hawaii Writers Guild publication that puts the spotlight on our members and their writing lives and accomplishments.
In this issue, we have three feature stories. At the top of the list is a story about the very recent publication of our 3rd annual edition of Latitudes, the Guild’s own online literary review. Almost all of our members are involved with Latitudes in some way or other, many by submitting their writing for consideration for publication, several by assisting in the production of it, and the rest of us by experiencing the pleasure of reading the work of our peers when Latitudes is finally published. These people, especially the writers, editors and production people, deserve our recognition and thanks. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read the new Latitudes, we’ve included a direct link to it at the end of the article so you can see the pictures of the authors and read their work.
Our second feature focuses on “Rosies the Riverter”, those women who stepped up to assist the war effort on the home front when the men went off to fight World War II. New Guild member Anne Montague has written about hundreds of these “Rosies”, has encouraged groups of them to undertake special projects to commemorate their deeds, and has participated in the movement that their lives and work have inspired. Now Anne would like to find some Rosies from Hawaii. The clock is ticking. Anne says the average age of still-living Rosies is 93 and Anne herself is 82. She would like some help—especially from writers.
Remember the story in our last issue about the Volcano Writers group publishing a book together? Our third feature is similar to that. The story in this issue is about our new member Circe Olson Woessner gathering together a group of her women friends to publish a print “zine” called Circa—and not just once, but issue after issue! Read about how they do it.
We also devote space to regular columns that we hope to have in each issue. In our first issue, we introduced a column called Genre Corner in which our members could write their opinions about some aspect of the genre they call their own. In this issue, our own Cecilia Johansen mounts the soap box to talk about her genre, historical fiction. See why Cece likes her genre and what she has to say about how you can become a “master weaver” of it. If you would like to write a Genre Corner column about your chosen genre for a future issue of Member News, Cece’s the one to propose your story to. The idea for this ongoing column was hers, and it was a brilliant one. You don’t have to write about what you like about your genre; if you wanted to, you could write about what you don’t like about it, or about any other aspect of it that stirs passionate feelings in you. Let Cece know what you’d like to write about.
In this issue, we are introducing another column, Transitions, which we hope will earn repeat performances in future issues. In Transitions, we will post news about members who are transitioning into or out of various positions, functions or duties with Hawaii Writers Guild or other aspects of their writing lives. In our first column, we highlight transitions that occurred because of our recent annual dinner and election of officers or are in some way related and that we think you will find to be “of interest.” We hope you will discover that, in some instances, these “transitions” may open up opportunities for you.
And, of course, we have stories and pictures of our new members, so you have a chance to “meet them” soon after they join. As you can tell from the topics of some of our feature stories in this issue, we have some new members this time who are real “movers and shakers”.
In every issue, we also shine the spotlight on members who have recently published their work so you have a chance to say “Congrats”. In our first issue, we had eight members who had recently published. In this issue, we have 10—in addition to those members who published in the new issue of Latitudes!
We hope you will enjoy this issue of Member News. Please let us hear from you if you have suggestions for stories to include in future issues.
Joy and Cece
(click a name to email either one of them)
New Member Spotlight
1. Be a Master Weaver of your Genre
by Cecilia Johansen
1. All Things Change Eventually
Even for Hawaii Writers Guild Members
Here are 10 members who have published recently. Let's give them all a hand! Click on any name to go directly to that member.
1. Published! Congrats to Eila Algood
2. Published! Congrats to Donna Beumler
3. Published! Congrats to Richard Bodien
4. Published! Congrats to Jamie Brooks
5. Published! Congrats to Janet Carpenter
6. Published! Congrats to Duncan Dempster
7. Published! Congrats to Don Mules
8. Published! Congrats to Linda Petrucelli
9. Published! Congrats to Heather Rivera
10. Published! Congrats to Dan Sockle