Randy Pierce spoke at
April 16, 2018 LA Beach Writers meeting

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Randy Pierce Presentation

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 to share.

For more information, please email Nancy Dickhute at or Kim Shackelford at  We look forward to seeing you on November 19th! 

Nancy Lawler Dickhute spoke at
April 16, 2018 LA Beach Writers meeting

The complete presentation is available by clicking on the following link
Effective Feedback Presentation

Professor 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 Development.

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).

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