LA Beach Writers is a group of
committed writers in Gulf Shores, AL, comprising writers from Lower Alabama and our surrounding
area along the Gulf Coast of the USA.
(That's right - 'LA'
stands for 'Lower Alabama', - we are not that megalopolis along the
Our Mission Statement:
LA Beach Writers exists to provide
encouragement and support to
committed writers in our area
Our Next Meeting
is May 21 at 5:30pm
at Flippers Restaurant in Orange Beach.
Dickhute spoke at
April 16 LA Beach Writers meeting
Dickhute (pictured) will discuss the critiquing process and
how to give and receive feedback during the writing process.
Dickhute spent 27 years teaching at Creighton University
School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska, where she served as Director
of Legal Writing and Associate Dean for Professional
As Director of Legal Writing,
Professor Dickhute taught classes that focused on analytical
writing, contract drafting, persuasive techniques and effective
oral argument. She is a big believer that all writing is
persuasive in some fashion. Writers need to grab their readers’
attention from the first sentence.
“Most writers get one chance to make an effective first impression
Therefore knowing your audience’s needs and your purpose is
paramount to keeping the reader’s attention. Providing concrete
feedback allows a writer to assess the effectiveness of his or her
message as seen through the eyes of the reader.” Dickhute’s
presentation will provide writers of all genres with some tried
and true techniques for giving another writer meaningful feedback.
Professor Dickhute graduated from Creighton University School of
Law and then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leslie
Boslaugh and Chief Justice William Hastings of the Nebraska
Supreme Court. She was then associated with the Omaha law firms of
Kutak Rock and Campbell and Steier, Rogers and Pistillo. Before
her years at Creighton, Professor Dickhute taught in the Legal
Assistants Program at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha,
where she was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award by Phi Theta
Kappa. She was a member of the board of directors for the
Association of Legal Writing Directors and a member of the Legal
Writing Institute. She was a frequent presenter on a wide range of
writing topics at the biannual meetings of both organizations.
Dickhute retired in 2016 at which time she was promoted to
Professor Emerita of Law. Her publications include a law review
article, “Jury Duty for the Blind in the Time of Reasonable
Accommodations: The ADA’s Interface with a Litigant’s Right to a
Fair Trial” 32 Creighton L. Rev. 849 (1999) and a reoccurring
column in The Nebraska Lawyer, “The Writer’s Block.”
Her articles focused on effective communications between lawyers
and their clients and included discussions of learning to condense
(“Less Is More”, Jan. 2001, at 20); streamlining sentences
(“Writing Better Sentences”, Apr. 2001, at 22); the power of
choosing the right verb (“The Verb’s the Word” July 2001, at 24.);
using pronouns to guide one’s reader (“Purging Our Prose of
Pronoun Problems” Oct. 2001, at 31); handy tips to benefit all
legal writing (“A Baker’s Dozen and then Some: Tips for Successful
Legal Writing” Jan. 2002, at 29); and abandoning the random use of
commas (“From Love Letters to Contracts, Punctuation Matters” June
2002, at 32).
LA Beach Writers is
creating an anthology of writings from our members. The
expected publication date is mid-2018. Copies will be
available from members as well as on Amazon.