2000-07-08 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
By Sharon Gabriel

The first "reading" of the RMAC Writers Workshop was held on Wednesday, June 28 at Ciro’s Bake Shop on Beach 129 street.

This first "reading" was in memory of Sheila Callahan, who started the group and unfortunately died of a heart attack just a few months ago. The group decided to honor Sheila and Ciro’s was gracious enough to provide the coffee shop atmosphere with wonderful cappuccino and cookies.

Into their delightful shop came approximately 30 people to both listen and read. Included in the group was Professor Leo Callahan, Sheila’s husband, who joined in the reading with a piece of material that Sheila had published. A gracious and charming gentleman, Professor Callahan was delighted with the turnout in memory of his wife.

The Writers Workshop is now being led by Estelle Feldman, an accomplished writer in her own right. Estelle has written many children’s stories, and her stories have been bought by Cartwheel Books, a division of Scholastic Magazine.

Altogether, seven to eight writers presented their works. Included were Hana Roth-Seavey, who read from a novel she is writing; Jean Maiorino, a teacher who read from a children’s book; Carolyn Rushefsky, Ken Mainarich, and Shirley Golub, a member of the RMAC, who wrote about her childhood and remembrances of Rockaway as a child. One member of the writers group who was not able to attend was Lori Nevias.

Ciro’s was the perfect place to hold this event. It is quaint with its little round tables and chairs for those who want to stop in, have a coffee and some cake, and enjoy the shop.

There were so many people that some had to bring their own chairs and others had to stand for lack of room.

According to all indication, this was the first of what will be many future readings.

If you write novels, children’s books, screenplays, or other material, contact the RMAC to learn more about the workshop.

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