Sunday, April 24, 2011


FWA Meeting May 10, 2011

The River City Writers welcome Dr. Lorraine Haataia to our May 10, 2011 meeting.

Are you a writer on a mission to publish? Have you ever been frustrated that you set a writing goal and didn’t stick to it? On Tuesday, May 10, Dr. Lorraine Haataia is going to give a presentation about setting writing goals. Her 2011 New Year’s Resolution was to write 1,000 words a day, every day, including holidays! Why did she set this goal? Because last year she spent more days thinking about writing than she cares to admit.

Lorraine has worked with writing deadlines her whole life. As a Professor of English, she has helped countless students get past writer’s block and learn to appreciate the high value of communicating quickly through the written word. In addition to teaching writing, Lorraine has also written in every corporate position she has held in the fields of construction, marketing and logistics. She has been held to deadlines for company intranet content, marketing copy and web copy. She has also had deadlines on Standard Operating Procedures and other documentation required for corporate quality and environmental audits. In addition, Lorraine has also published business articles and she is working earnestly on her second book.

It’s important to set goals with deadlines because it helps you to know whether you’re on schedule to complete your bigger goals on time. Whether you’re a fiction or nonfiction writer, Lorraine is going to present simple guidelines you can follow to get your work done on time.

Lorraine Haataia, PhD, is the Founder of First Coast Christian Writers and served as the President for the first two years, from 2008 through 2009. She earned her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Florida. In addition to her doctorate, Lorraine holds a BA and MA in English as well as three associate’s degrees in the areas of interior design, construction project management, and business administration. So now you know one of Lorraine’s weaknesses as a writer—she loves to learn and do research! If she’s not careful, she can spend the entire day doing research without getting to the real work of writing.

In this session Lorraine will share her strategies and resources for making time to write every day.

Want to know the results of Dr. Lorraine’s New Year’s Resolution? Come to the meeting on May 10 and hear her amazing story.

Want to learn more about Lorraine? Check out her website, blogs and social networks at:

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As usual, we also welcome all writers to bring 2 double-spaced pages of any work in progress for critiques.

Happy writing,


Friday, April 08, 2011


April12, 2011 FWA Meeting

At the SE Library on April 12, 2011 (at 7 pm) we will meet to work on Log-Lines. The best way to sell your novel, screenplay, or short story is to have a great log-line or elevator speech. Gregg will review some of the log-lines from the best movies and books of all-time, then lead you through an exercise to create the log-line for your tale. As usual you are welcome to bring 2 double-spaced pages of any work-in-progress for the group to critique. Happy Writing Gregg Golson

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