September 28, 2016: “How to Write Novels, Memoir, and Poetry: A Crash Course”

September 18, 2016 0 By JEANNIE

Elaine Greensmith Jordan, winner of the Grand Prize of the Southwest Literary Festival, will speak at the Professional Writers of Prescott general meeting on September 28th at 6:00 at the Prescott Valley Library in the Children’s Reading Room on the 2nd floor. The public is invited.

A popular speaker, past president of Professional Writers, and published author, Jordan will outline basic principles for anyone interested in writing fiction, memoir, or poetry—just beginning or already advanced. She will present thoughts on the creative process and an outline of matters to consider in moving toward publication.

Jordan, a Prescott author, is a retired teacher and minister now teaching writing and theater in the Yavapai College Lifelong Learning program. Excerpts from her memoir, Mrs. Ogg played the Harp: Memories of Church and Love in the High Desertwon awards from the San Francisco branch of American PEN Women, Bayou Magazine, and the California Writers Club. Her essays have appeared in South Loop Review, Alligator Juniper, Passages, The Georgetown Review, The American Journal of Nursing and other journals and anthologies.

Upcoming Meetings*:

**October 26, 2016    Research and Resources with Susan Lanning & Ted Johnson

November 16, 2016    The Small Press Publishing Landscape with Susan Defreitas

December 14, 2016     Christmas Party

**October 16 meeting = Auditorium

*Please check website each month as program scheduling may change.

Member perks for 2016: The following workshops are scheduled for 2016. All are on a Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Prescott Valley Public Library. There will be a ½ – 1-hour lunch scheduled and each room has a refrigerator. There are also several places close by to get a sandwich. Each of the following workshops are free to members. We do request that as each workshop nears you register for that particular one (so the presenters know how many handouts, etc. to be prepared for). Anyone interested please sign up at the PWP Wednesday night meetings or contact Steve Healey,

Upcoming Workshops: September 24, 2016: “Writing with Group Energy V” with Marian  Powell and Jeannie Leighton. Children’s Program Room (second floor)

We need volunteers! and have such a wonderful pool of talent among our membership. If you have a few hours a month available, please consider sharing them with us. Contact Marian Powell ( for more information. Also consider taking on a Board position for the following membership year.

2017 Presentations:

January 25, 2017: Mariah Sinclair: The Importance of Book Covers*

February 22, 2017: Parker Anderson: Something like, How to write on obscure topics through research and love

March 22, 2017: Carol Levin: Writing from the Subconscious

April 26, 2017: Open Mic for Poetry (poetry month): Steve Healey to moderate

May 24, 2017: Layne Longfellow: Oration, how to read for the public

June 28, 2017Self-Publishing Panel coordinated by Susan Lanning

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