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:
Beach Writers Association exists to support dedicated writers
with tolerance and respect in all genres through review,
critique and discussion of their written works and to improve
writing skills through education, mentoring and encouragement of
members and visitors.
Our Next Meeting
will be held on
November 19th at 5:30pm
at the Thomas B. Norton Library
Gulf Shores, AL
Members and visitors are invited to
attend the next meeting of the LA Beach Writers on November 19th
at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas B. Norton Library in Gulf Shores. We are
looking forward to listening to Randy G. Pierce present on his
experience at becoming a novelist.
Randy Pierce is the author of three
novels: Pain Unforgiven, Magnolia Mud, and The Peter Bay.
He has a passion for reading and writing. He began writing in 2009
while he served on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Randy is currently
the director of the Mississippi Judicial College and a law professor
at the University of Mississippi School of Law. In addition to his
service on the Mississippi Supreme Court, he has served as a
Chancellor for the Sixteenth Chancery Court District and as a member
of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Randy received his
Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He
has an undergraduate degree in accounting and a masters degree in
business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Randy is from Greene County,
Mississippi and will be sharing how he has relied on his experiences
of rural Mississippi, just across the Alabama line, to create rich
characters and stories. The public is welcome to attend. You will to
want to miss this opportunity and we promise an enjoyable evening
with the LA Beach Writers, too.
Last month's meeting included
members and visitors sharing pieces of writing and listening to
feedback regarding the strengths of other's piece. The LA Beach
Writers Association exists to support writers in the area and to
give helpful suggestions for improvement, while continuing to build
the skills of each member. Everyone left last month, motivated to
write and to return this month with more stories and written words
For more information, please email
Nancy Dickhute at
or Kim Shackelford at firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to
seeing you on November 19th!
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.
Dickhute spoke at
April 16 LA Beach Writers meeting
The complete presentation is
available by clicking on the following link
Effective Feedback Presentation
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).