Thursday, September 26, 2013

October 2013: Never Say Never - Subjectivity in Style

Join DFW-ACFW on Saturday, October 12th, 10:30am, as we welcome Bruce Judisch as he discusses "Never Say Never: Subjectivity in Style."  This should be a fun discussion.  Here's what Bruce says about the topic:
Well, that pretty much sums it up.  Are there any questions?
Oh, okay. Maybe a little more detail.  :)
Way back in elementary school, long before we knew such things as editors existed, we learned the first rules on how to write.  Spelling, grammar, sentence structure…you remember, right?  Break the rules, earn a red-pencil mark.  Well…
…when you’re as old as I am, and memories of elementary school are harder to come by, red pencils tend to lose their fearsomeness.  You begin to think more in terms of communicating than of writing.  Writing is the medium; communicating is the goal.  Sometimes (brace yourself), just sometimes, rules need to be bent…stretched…yup, even broken to achieve communication. That can be scary.  Why?
Because, to do this effectively, you must think.  And dare.  And perhaps risk a finger-wagging by the omniscient critique partner you’ve engaged.  Well, I’ll have some tidbits for the crit partner too.  ;-)
During our chat—because that’s what it’s going to be: a chat—we’ll address both writing and critiquing.  Candidly, yes.  Subjectively, yes.  But most of all, funly! (?)
Oh, and just to allay any fears, this will not be an exercise in literary anarchy, chaos, or sloppiness.  Cecil Murphy once told me, “There’s a lot of bad fiction out there.  No need to add to it.”  There are ways to break the rules—rules for breaking the rules, if you will.  As we discover them together, I’m sure I’ll have as much to learn from you as you will from me.

About Bruce: 
I’m a husband of one, father of three, and grandfather of fourteen.  And if you don’t think *that* keeps me busy!  J  Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, I served 21 years in the US Air Force, living in California, Alaska (child #1), Texas (child #2), England (child #3), Crete (nope, all done), Germany, and Maryland.  I now live in Universal City, Texas, with Jeannie, the wife of my youth in whom I rejoice. 
I’ve authored a series on the story of the Old Testament prophet Jonah, “A Prophet’s Tale” (The Journey Begun, OakTara, 2009, and The Word Fulfilled, OakTara 2010 – part three, The Promise Kept, is in the oven). My most recent work is a contemporary/20th-century historical novel Katia (2010, OakTara), which is the prequel to For Maria, also a contemporary/20th-historical hybrid.
In the nonfiction realm, I’ve written more than 18 Bible book study booklets, one of which is currently being prepared for release as eBooks through Cape Arago Press, as well as topical studies on the Seven Churches of Revelation, the Resurrection, and Discerning God’s Will.  My secular credits include an article in a professional journal published by the Department of Defense’s Information Operations community, the IO Sphere.
Academically, I hold an MA in Information Systems and Computer Resources Management; an MA in Management (Business concentration); a BA in Russian; and an AA in Communications Processing Management. But, who cares?  J 
More information on his writing can be found on my website at

We meet at the Bedford Library. Directions in the right side bar.
Sneak Preview for November:
November 9: Deborah Raney will talk about "Surprising Secrets of the Writing Life" in a 2-hour workshop. Cost is $15.