The year 2020 has been a particularly demanding year for survival, as Merriam Webster's online dictionary describes, to continue to function or prosper despite….
Unrest in the streets. Shootings and killings in many of our larger cities. Military conflicts overseas winding down and troops coming home. American astronauts test flying a brand-new spacecraft, heralding the United States’ return to launching humans from native soil. And, of course, the biggie for this year, Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19 as it’s commonly referred to.
These are not the only agents of survival. We all survive incidents daily—some that we’re aware of, and others not so much.
The Space Coast Writers’ guild invites you to share your impressions on Survival, whether fictional, or autobiographical, or other nonfiction.
Please look at the SCWG News page for specific information and rules.
The next in-person meeting of the Space Coast Writers' Guild will be at 1:00 PM. October 17, 2020 at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32935. We will meet at the north end of the main library room: Enter the temporary entrance to the right side of the main entry doors, then turn left. The view of the Indian River Lagoon is spectacular from this room!
For our members at home, we will livestream. Details on how to access the livestream will be coming soon. Keep checking back here.
October's speaker is DL Havlin, via teleconference, whose topic will be A Writer's Covenant--The Influence and Responsibility that Accompanies Authorship. If you've been to any book events in the recent past (ok, pre-coronavirus), you've seen DL. He is an ever-present icon at all events. On his web page, DL writes about his commitment to his readers.
"First, I believe readers are thinkers. Their sharp minds want to be challenged as they’re entertained. They look for nuggets in the gravel. They mull over the logic of what they’re reading. They value the subtle more than the obvious. They want to find a truth, a girder to strengthen the strong structure they make of their lives and that separates them from the non-reader. It’s one of the reasons all my novels have an underlying theme. For example, September on Echo Creek is a story about a young woman struggling with her fiancee’s lack of ethics and morality, but on a deeper level, the book explores the way guilt strings are used to control a person and the ruinous impact on their lives."
Note: if you are unwell, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19, if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if you are still uncomfortable attending this meeting, PLEASE STAY HOME and attend the Virtual Meeting.
DL Havlin, author and speaker
Dear SCWG members,
We have had three hybrid meetings consisting of in-person and livestreamed--July, August, and September. There have been some glitches in the livestreaming, but we're getting through it. September's meeting was done with Facebook Rooms. It went better than August, but there were some issues with the audio and with the presentation. October will be better, with DL Havlin presenting remotely from his Florida residence. (Please see the announcement, above.)
During this COVID-19 situation, I have chosen to pay attention only to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Johns Hopkins University (a teaching and research facility), President Trump, and Governor DeSantis. We will abide by their recommendations.
All of these sources have been recommending caution, especially with at-risk persons. We are still in a declared National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak. In it, among other things, the President urged the cancelation of events involving groups of people, and urged “social distancing.”
PLEASE! DO NOT MAKE CRITICAL HEALTH DECISIONS BASED ON POLITICAL SPEECHES OR SOCIAL MEDIA!
President, Space Coast Writers’ Guild
Welcome to the Space Coast Writers' Guild, Inc., dedicated to encouraging, instructing, and developing writers of all genres. If this is your first visit, please take a moment to explore all we have to offer.
Transforming wishes into reality and ideas into words, we offer a variety of programs and speakers at our monthly meetings.
You'll have an opportunity to work with others who are dealing with deadlines, characters who won't cooperate, rejections, re-writes, contract dilemmas, unresponsive editors, and agent searches.
Whether you have been published for years and in several different languages, or are pre-published and hoping, the Guild has something for you!
The Guild meets on the third Saturday of each month at 1 PM at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne, Florida 32935.
Meetings begin with a brief business meeting, including announcements, welcome of new members, introduction of the Board members, and treasurer's report. A presentation of some aspect of writing, by our monthly speaker, follows.
For the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic, refreshments will not be provided, and social distancing will be enforced.