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“You fail only if you stop writing.”   —Ray Bradbury

New Board Members

In January, we vote for new board members. The nomination committee proposed the following slate: 

Board Members

President: Jim Genia
Vice President: Kim Hackett
Treasurer: Sarah Graves
Secretary: Tom Stahl
IT Support: Alycea Snyder

Members at Large

Marggie Rassler
Alane Obeso
Bob Becksted

Voting will occur Wednesday, January 8 at 6:30 pm at Barnes and Noble Carrollwood, prior to the start of the Critique Meeting. New officers will take on the role starting February 2020. 

February Speaker: 12 Professional Humor Writing Secrets

Erik Deckers

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 – 8:30.
Barnes and Noble, Carrollwood (meeting area in the back).

Humor writing is much, much different from writing comedy. For one thing, comedy is meant to be heard, whether it’s standup comics or TV sitcoms. Humor is meant to be read: Dave Barry, Christopher Moore, Patrick McManus, and Robert Benchley are and were masters of the craft. And with a little work, you can add humor to your writing just by using these (or some other) techniques.

Erik Deckers

Erik Deckers is a professional blogger and ghostwriter, and is the co-author of Branding Yourself, No Bullshit Social Media, and The Owned Media Doctrine. He published his first humor novel, Mackinac Island Nation, in 2019. Erik has been blogging since 1997, and a newspaper humor columnist since 1994. He has written several radio and stage plays, and numerous business articles. Erik was the Spring 2016 writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, FL, and now serves on their board of directors.