Summertime and the Writing is Breezy

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The WordWrites Guild will return to a regular schedule beginning with our Thursday, July 17th meeting at the Lawrenceburg Public Library in the Ewbank Room from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Please visit our Calendar page for more information, and feel free to sign up for email announcements about WordWrites Guild. We do not share, trade, sell or otherwise pass along your email address for any reason. Recipients receive emails that are pertinent to WordWrites Guild events and news only – never spam, chatter or junk.

All writers are welcome to join our twice monthly free meetings. WordWrites Guild offers fellow wordsmiths encouraging and honest critiques, as well as opportunities to learn and discuss the craft of writing.

We welcome your participation and look forward to hearing new voices.



Submissions Requested for July 10th Deadline

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As we return to the summer routine of writing, sweltering and daydreaming under July skies, it is time to prepare those poems, manuscripts, plays and articles for Thursday, July 10th – the deadline for work of any genre to be submitted for critique at our next WordWrites Guild meeting on July 17th at 6pm at the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

Please review our Submissions Guidelines, knowing that every writer will receive a respectful, supportive, honest, and enthusiastic review of his or her work.

As always, we look forward to welcoming current members and new writers to this and every meeting.

Fanfare, Flags and Fireworks!

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In just a few days, the skies will be ablaze

with shimmering red, white and blue as

America celebrates another birthday.


The WordWrites Guild will not meet on July 3rd


in order to have ample time to pack a picnic,

unfurl the beach towels and

sing along with the fife and drum!


Please note that

WordWrites Guild will meet again on

JULY 17th at the Lawrenceburg Public Library

6:00pm – 8:00pm


We will critique any submissions received through

July 10th at that time.


Have a water-safe, fireworks-savvy, and

Wonderful Fourth of July!


Dinner and a – Critique!!

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Please join your fellow wordsmiths for great conversation and dinner-on-your-own at

Prime Time Pizza

23998 Stateline Road

Bright, Indiana

6pm until 8pm

Thursday June 19, 2014

We will critique the latest submission and will discuss any examples of ‘Wow!’ and ‘Oh My!’ writing that folks have discovered while reading.

Everyone is welcome and dinner is not mandatory if you’d rather drop in just for the conversation and fun.

We look forward to seeing current members and welcoming new friends! 


Success Stories

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And we love stories.  Over the past couple months we’ve tried a couple new things that have met with kudos from our members.

We recently had a Read and Tell night where our members brought in snippets of either very bad or very good writing that they had encountered. It was so much fun that we will be making it an unscheduled, regular feature. However, rather than dedicating a specific night to Read and Tell, we will make space for these snippets whenever they are uncovered. The next time you happen upon writing that moves you to a ‘Wow!’ or a ‘How on Earth did that get published?’ bookmark it and bring it to our next meeting.

We’ve also been experimenting with a new process for our peer reviews. Rather than each reviewer going through the entire document one at a time, we’ve been doing a page at a time in a discussion format. This has been unanimously praised by reviewer and reviewee alike. This is now our default method for our peer reviews. Please drop in and join in a review discussion. Even better, submit your work for review.

Kat Klockow Shared Stories, Tips and Links at Conversations with Authors Program

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Cincinnati-based author, paranormal researcher, and artist Kat Klockow shared some of her favorite research tools with the audience at the June 3rd Conversations with Authors program, and had some suggestions for writers when writing non-fiction and when incorporating history into fiction.


Mrs. Klockow encouraged writers to use actual, physical locations when choosing a setting for one’s book since it facilitates the reader’s identification with the characters’ surroundings. However, a cultural anthropologist by trade, Mrs. Klockow cautioned that ample research into the cultural context of the book’s setting, characters, etc. is vital since readers will know right away if you as the writer got those all-important basic facts wrong.



“You want your readers invested in what you write,” said Mrs. Klockow.

Television shows featuring unusual locations, adventurous foods, and/or local customs are good staring points when searching for story ideas and when attempting to get a general feel for a place, She suggested looking at online images, maps or visiting tourism sites for details and ideas, bearing in mind that most images and information found online is copyrighted material and cannot be used without permission – if at all.

When researching historic events, fashion, and other cultural details specific to a particular time and place, there are a number of online options such as fashion archives, slang dictionaries, image catalogues, and ancestry websites with or without membership requirements. We have included some of those sites on our Links page, accessed from the tab at the top of this page.


Mrs. Klockow encouraged the audience to thoroughly research all facets of plot, character and setting, and for those writers looking for ideas, she said, “If you need inspiration, look at your own family tree.” 



Author Kat Klocktow Turns Historic Facts into Entertaining Fiction and Nonfiction

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Eclectic Author and Web-Comic Illustrator to Speak to Local Writers
Lawrenceburg, Indiana, April 25, 2014:  Kat Klockow, paranormal author, radio show host, and illustrator will present, “Turning Historical Facts into Compelling Fiction and Nonfiction” on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. The public is invited to this free program as part of the continuing Conversations with Authors series co-sponsored by the WordWrites Guild and the Lawrenceburg Public Library District.  Due to this special event, WordWrites Guild regular June 5 meeting is canceled.
For reservations, contact the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 812-537-2775. Ms. Kloclow will answer questions following the program and will sign copies of her book which will be available for purchase.
Learn how successful author, Kat Klackow, captures the people, language, and cultural cues of history, and uses the Internet, books, newspapers, and other online and offline resources to create authentic worlds for fiction or nonfiction.
Kat Klockow is the author of “Haunted Hoosier Halls: Indiana University”, the upcoming book “Haunted Ohio Crime”,  the writer and illustrator of the graphic novel, “Miss Grey”, and host of the radio show “The Paranormal View” on Para-X and CBS radio.

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