ESWA to welcome Salisbury professor at Jan. 11 meeting

January 7, 2014

The Eastern Shore Writers Association will welcome Salisbury University professor Gail Samis, MA, as she presents "Voice and Analysis" at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at Fratelli's Italian Restaurant, 1309 Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, Md. This event is free and open to the public.

"The concepts of voice and analysis are each crucial to writers, but equally important to their readers," Samis says of her topic for ESWA's new year's meeting. "One of the many important considerations for any writer is that they not only have something to say, but that they can express whatever that is in such a way that their audience will get it, and at exactly the right juncture in the work. It’s a matter of knowing what is in the tool box and mastering the use of those tools. It's a matter of craft."

Samis will guide writers through various exercises demonstrating things like code switching and the conveyance of ideas to the reader. Participants can learn and teach one another by sharing their own writing experiences.

Samis was born in Pennsylvania and raised for the better part of her life in Delaware. In 1972, she moved to Maryland. Having stayed at home to raise her children past the age of middle school, she decided to try her hand at a university education just to see whether she actually could do it. Starting as a part-time student, she transitioned to full-time, majoring in both English and philosophy and earning a place in history, English, and philosophy honor societies. Samis graduated with a dual degree and the honor of Outstanding Philosophy Student for her graduating class. After graduation, she was awarded a graduate teaching fellowship in English, which allowed her to complete her master’s degree and prepared her for teaching English at Salisbury University.

The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association holds monthly writing programs, sponsors the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, publishes The Delmarva Review, and supports Delmarva Public Radio's "Delmarva Today: Writer's Edition." As a nonprofit organization, it supports writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, see, visit the ESWA blog at, or email Gerald F. Sweeney, ESWA president, at Those without computer access are welcome to contact Michelle Danelle Sebly at 410-490-6357.

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