Writers of Kern Newsletter | August 2022
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In this issue: 
President's Message | Next Meeting | Last Meeting | WOK Critique Group Chair | Member Announcements | Mark Your Calendar | Sunshine Chair | Nuts & Bolts  

President's Message

President’s Message sounds so pretentious. How about Salutations from Sandy? 😊

Our first in-person speaker meeting since Covid was delightful. Donnee Harris gave a wonderful presentation on “How Not to Bore Your Readers.” Here are some of my favorite highlights:

  • Keep Adding Complications to Characters’ Arcs. 
    • This is something I need to work on, and it was good to be reminded that without complications. My stories are in fact boring.
  • Create Internal and External Conflict for Characters.
    • External is easier for me, but internal is more difficult because I never want anyone to “hurt.” This is another area for me to work on.
  • Keep Your Readers Curious.
    • Cliff hangers!  Why would my reader want to turn the page? Make it so…

Donnee also talked about main plots and sub plots, like a box of puzzle pieces that need to be fit together in one cohesive conclusion. I had to laugh when she talked about all of her colored pens and pencils “laying all around the house.” Especially when Marcus was actively nodding at that comment.

We were also pleased to have bonified royalty in our presence. Prince Godwill D. Fomusoh was having breakfast at Hodel’s with Portia Choi’s husband, Tim, and knowing he was an author, they invited him to the meeting. What a delightful man. Nothing pretentious about him, just another writer, and hopefully a new friend of Writers of Kern. His book, “Surviving the Sahara” is available on Amazon. Prince Godwill Fomusoh

This month we look forward to hearing from Alex Segura. Check out his website: About | Alex Segura

I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.

Sandy Moffett – President

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 featured speaker is Alex Segura. Details about his workshop and registration information will be available soon. 

Alex Segura is the bestselling and award-winning author of Secret Identity, which the New York Times called “wittily original” and named an Editor’s Choice. NPR described the novel as “masterful,” and it received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist. Alex is also the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, the Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery series, and a number of comic books – including The Mysterious Micro-Face (in partnership with NPR), The Black GhostThe Archies, The Dusk, The Awakened, and more. His short story, “90 Miles” was included in The Best American Mystery and Suspense Stories for 2021 and won the Anthony Award for Best Short Story. 

A Miami native, he lives in New York with his wife and children.

I love our in-person meetings, and I'm so glad to be back at Hodel's. It was nice visiting with our WOKonians and guests. Donnee's workshop was lively and informative. Checkout photos of our members and meeting below.
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The Dragons Club by Cyn Bermudez is now available for purchase.

Faith Navarro has landed a scholarship to an arts high school for violin. But her struggles at home threaten to take away everything she’s ever worked for. Her older sister’s drug addiction has caused Faith to miss school one too many times. Her school offers her one more chance to keep her scholarship―enrollment in a teen support group called the Dragons Club. The last thing Faith wants to do is talk to other teens about her sister’s addiction and how it affects her, but soon she forms a deep connection to the other members and finds herself, and her music, coming alive again. However, the teens are all in this club for a reason, and tragedies seem inevitable. As her sister’s addiction escalates, Faith has to choose between her sister and the life she’s built for herself.

Cyn Bermudez | writer. poet. artist. nerd. |
illustrations | author @cyncbermudez | editor @planisphereq
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WOK Critique Group News

Interested in a Critique Group?

Carla Joy Martin, Critique Group Chair

Mark Your Calendar

17 September 2022
Featured Speaker: Carla Martin

From Your Sunshine Chair

The Sunshine Chair sends holiday, get-well, birthday (if we have your birth month), sympathy, and other supportive cards to the Writers of Kern members. Every card each member receives is filled with nurturing, caring thoughts of all the other members of our club. Our cards send rays of peace and comfort to uplift our fellow members' spirits. How do we know when those special occasions, illnesses, or hardships arise? We rely on you, our WOK membership, to alert the Sunshine Chair by sending the information to the special email at
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Nuts and Bolts

New members are always welcome, both Active [previously published] and Associate [not yet published].Writers of Kern energetically assists Associate Members who aspire to become Active.

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Bakersfield CA 93390-2335

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