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Words of a feather....
Writer's Garrett

February, 2010

We'll Help Your Caged Words Sing*..
by adding color & flair with Melissa Shultz
or our Intro to Creative Writing
(both starting this week)

Visit our Website []
Join The Writer's Garret []
Make a Donation []
Register for a Class []
For more information,
call (214) 828-1715

In this e-letter...

More Thanks for the Memories
Host & Home for Salon Wanted
INTRO to Creative Writing
Looking for Writers to Teach
Melissa Shultz Teaches the Art of Storytelling
Tobias Wolff Reads
HELP Two Orphaned Birds


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The Writer's Garret's upcoming season is made possible by our chief supporters and
Paperbacks Plus; National Endowment for the Arts; City of Dallas Office of Cultural
Affairs; Texas Commission on the Arts; Harold Simmons Foundation; Rebecca & Patrick
DePole; Renee Rossi & Fred Duffy; R.L. & Phyllis Glazer Fund; Whole Foods; Gardere;
Adolphus Hotel; Mesquite Arts Council; Energy Production Corporation (EPCO); The
Cattarulla Fund of The Dallas Foundation; Wuksch Foundation; Calvert K. Collins
Family Foundation; donors to the Jack Myers & Jacob Myers Funds; and our Board
of Trustees, Board of Sponsors, and members.
If we have left anyone off, please email us at []
We sure couldn't do it without you!

The Writer's Garret is supported by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009

About 400 people attended Jack Myers' Memorial to celebrate his love for family,
poetry, and life. Willard Spiegelman was the Master of Ceremonies, and we heard
Jack's poems read by Paul Christensen, Gillian Conoley, Tony Hoagland, and Rick
Jackson. The Eulogy was given by Mark Cox and Ralph Angel, and remembrances by
Jack's brother, Marshall (Monk) Myers (who also played jazz); his cousin David Akiba;
Bonnie Wheeler; Marshall Terry; Brian Clements; and Joe Ahearn.  An original composition,
Elegy, was performed by Jack's son Ben and daughter-in-law Hsiu-Hui on cello and
piano respectively.

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John Doty & Beatriz Terrazas are putting together a complete DVD of the service
and retrospective, but in the meantime, here is a link to a wonderful video tribute
by Jack's sister, Ellen Myers Fontana (click here []),
but currently it's only on Facebook so you have to have an account to see it (sorry).

We also want to add our BIG THANKS to those generous souls who most recently supported
our efforts:
Anonymous (Two)
The English Department of SMU
Martha Heimberg

The Crotty Family

Melissa o'Neal
Jane Moreland
Louise Crowley
Barbara Ras

Pen Pal
Ted McNeilsmith
Walter & Stephanie Butts
Louise Crowley

We're also looking for past students of Jack's (either directly or self-directed)
to help facilitate a special year-long Poetry Stone Soup beginning in March. We
may alternate facilitators, have guest poets, etc., but want to base one session
each month on a chapter from the Portable Poetry Workshop and follow the assignments
to critique the following session. The idea is to keep Jack's wonderful teaching
alive as well as his poetry.

If you are interested in helping with this project, please email
[] (we are using this mail box temporarily for items related
to Jack.

Would you like to host one of our Writers' Salons in your lovely home?

British Writer, Chris Cleave [],
whose critically acclaimed Little Bee is on absolutely everyone's short list as
one of the "Best Books of 2009," is coming to town, and we are looking for a lovely
home and generous host for one of our Fundraising Salons, Thursday, March 25.

If you are interested in hosting this event and having a great writer from across
the pond in your home, please email []as
soon as possible!

Thank you!

Wednesdays, Feb. 10  - April 21 (10 weeks)
7 - 9 PM
Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus,
6115 La Vista Dr., Dallas 75214
$135 Members / $170 Others    Members save $10 if registered by the Early Bird Deadline
of Jan. 27
This first course in creative writing introduces basic tenets that underscore both
poetry and creative prose. Course provides students with a general overview of the
workshop method, narrative techniques, ways to enrich language and metaphor, samplings
of "who's who" to read, and more. During this 10-week course, guest writers will
visit to share secrets and techniques. NOTE: This course is a pre-requisite for
many of our other offerings
Led by Holly Korbey, Jules Sears, and Lauren Ayres
Guest Lecturer: Joe Milazzo
Sign up by clicking here now []

Writers Wanted
to help"Spread the Word"

to young readers and writers
Writers will work directly with educators and school children in the Dallas-Fort
Worth metroplex following a paid apprenticeship training. These are part-time contract
positions for reliable, practicing writers with a strong understanding of the interplay
of reading and writing and its impact on the educational experience. MANY are in
the innercity or "tough" communities with the greatest need.
We are especially interested in writers with past teaching experience; knowledge
of TEKS / TAKS; appreciation of reading and writing across the curriculum; interdisciplinary
talents in other arts, science, history, geography, and / or math; training in ESL;
fluency in Spanish; and the ability to work well with others.

For more information, please contact Joe or Barbara at

Must register no later than
5 PM Wednesday, February 10 (Today)
The Art of NonFiction Story Telling
Melissa Shultz
Thursday Evenings, Feb. 11 - March 25 (6 Weeks)
7 - 9 PM
Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus
6115 LaVista
$135 Members / $165 Nonmembers
Learn how to turn your real-life experiences into essays and articles for websites
and magazines. Gain a clearer understanding of the hook you need to make your work
saleable, and hone your voice along the way.
A workshop and exercise intensive class, the six week course will be taught by Melissa
T. Shultz of Jim Donovan Literary in Dallas. Melissa has written for print, television,
video, and radio including: The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, D Magazine,
Better Health and Living, Ladies' Home Journal, Newsweek, and CNN Radio.
Sign up byclicking here now []

Tobias Wolff Reads

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Come hear one of America's finest fiction writers and story tellers, Tobias Wolff,
read as the keynote at the FREE Communtiy Event for the14th Annual Highland Park
Literary Festival Thursday, February 18th in the Highland Park High School -- large
auditorium, 4220 Emerson (click here for a map [])

*Can you help save two
orphaned exotic birds?
This is not the kind of newsletter pitch we generally do, so please don't start
sending us pictures of lost dogs or garage sale notices, but Jack Myers' daughter-in-law,
Theresa, used to be our partner at The MAC when she was their director, and was
ALSO our Art Editor for TEX Magazine, and the Myers family has been through a great
deal this year. Just days before Jack's memorial, she lost her brother Darell, a
gentle and generous soul who raised and loved Macaws. His departure left two young
Macaws orphaned and in need of a good home (they are emotionally bonded and must
be kept together). Their pictures are at the top of this e-letter.

Normally, these two tropical birds together with their cages would sell for more
than $4000 complete, but Theresa wants a good home for Rory & Jasper (a scarlet
macaw and military macaw--both very young), and so will let them both go with their
expensive cages for only $1200.
If you are interested, please contact Theresa Jones Myers
cell 214.236.4924

The Writer's Garret | PO Box 140530 | Dallas | TX | 75214-0530


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