You’re Invited to the First Annual Writers’ Festival

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At last — the first annual

WordWrites Guild Writers’ Festival

is slated to take place on

Thursday, October 27

in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

and YOU are invited!


This special event is free and open to anyone interested in writing, reading, the Arts, publishing, and even those folks interested in getting an early start on holiday gift giving.

Regional writers, illustrators and photographers will answer your questions, share their insights and happily autograph books for you – or for your favorite book lover.


Throughout the evening, the public can take part in a scavenger hunt for prizes, contribute a line or two to a Community Build-A-Book, enjoy light refreshments, and so much more.

There is no need to R.S.V.P. – simply gather your friends and join members of the WordWrites Guild in celebrating our 5th anniversary with wonderful writers, photographers, and illustrators. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to talk with your favorite authors, discover new books, win prizes, play games and enjoy refreshments.

We’re looking forward to seeing you

this Thursday night!!


A New Season and A New Schedule


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Autumn,  1893    Artist: Harry Siddons Mowbray, American, born Egypt, 1858 – 1928


Change is in the air. We wrap it around our bare shoulders on chilly evenings, and we taste it when we bite into hard, cold, just-picked apples. We smell it in smoke-infused breezes and we see it along woodland paths of rust and gold.

This season of change is a fitting time for the WordWrites Guild to announce a new schedule and an invigorating event. As you may already know, tomorrow’s meeting marks the beginning of the new WWG meeting schedule:

Every SECOND Thursday of the month,

we will meet at North Dearborn Branch Library


Every FOURTH Thursday of the month,

we will meet at the Lawrenceburg Public Library


Our meeting times remain the same – from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, and the premise of the group is unchanged; that is, to offer encouragement, support, and respectful critique to every writer who joins our friendly group to share a love of writing with fellow word-wranglers.

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In keeping with our open-door approach to membership and our commitment to the community, WordWrites Guild is hosting the first annual Writers’ Festival on Thursday, October 27th in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

This free event is open to the public from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, and offers everyone an opportunity to meet a variety of writers, illustrators, and more. Along with refreshments, there will be a Book Title Scavenger Hunt, a Community Build-a-Book, and terrific door prizes (including a special prize for anyone bringing in our display ad from the Beacon newspaper).

If you, or someone you know, would like to reserve a space (completely free of any fees or charges) to showcase and sell your published books, or if you might like to volunteer for the evening, please contact us – we’d love to hear from you.

Please be sure to join us for this inaugural event, and feel free to bring family and friends – it is only with your attendance that the evening will be a success. Thank you for your interest, your support and your enthusiasm.

Writing Prompt for September 15

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What to believe …

Who to betray …

When to run …

Test your creative prowess by using the above prompt suggested by WWG member Susan T.  to create  a 500 word or less thriller, memoir, essay, song, poem, etc.

Then, gather up your masterpiece and join us at the next WordWrites Guild meeting on Thursday, September 15th, at 6:00pm in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library to unveil your creation.

We await each literary outcome with baited breath …

A New Month, A New Prompt

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Walking into a local store last week, I was startled by the abundance of 0b7d69de-0639-448e-91c2-60623fb04db9_0076brown turkey paper streamers,and pumpkin shaped soup tureens. In spite of the 90* outside,  walking through the autumn-themed aisles, it felt as though summer had slipped away even before the swimming polls had closed and the leaves had begun to fall.

The end of summer and loss of those activities and colors associated with it loosely tie in with our current prompt:


In 600 words or less, write about an individual or situation or entity losing a certain talent, dream or skill through no fault of their own. For example, how would the story of an Olympic sprinter change if he/she were blinded, permanently or even temporarily? What would happen to world economies if chocolatiers suffered mass amnesia and could not remember how to successfully transform raw cacao seeds into the chocolate we know today?

The possibilities are vast since so much of life has to do with gains and losses, beginnings and endings. Of course every writer of every genre is invited to participate. It will be fun to read poetry, an essay, one’s memoir, or even one-act plays based upon this idea of having and then being without.


Please join us on Thursday, September 1st at the North Dearborn Branch Library at 6:00pm. We are looking forward to sharing our work, critiquing submissions, and talking about future events that evening.

Happy Writing!


Corrected Date

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pen-1232352_1280Please note that the WordWrites Guild

will meet this Thursday, August 18.


We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion the previous post and earlier emails might have caused, and look forward to seeing everyone at the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm.



Triple Whammy Prompt

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It really isn’t as daunting an exercise as the title might imply. Actually, the final interpretation of the assignment is entirely up to you, courageous writer.

You are welcome to choose only one of the prompts shown below as the basis for your 500 word masterpiece … or you could write two separate pieces of 500 words each … or for the bravest among us, merge both prompts into one 500 word magnum opus.
And now for the prompts:
Appearance – More specifically, is what it seems actually what it is?  Many comedies and mysteries have been based upon this simple, but intriguing premise. The all-important ‘it’ is entirely up to you, creative and observant writer.
Four Seasons
The Order of Things – Choose four different components of anything you have seen, experienced, or can imagine, and simply rearrange them as you see fit.
For example, Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt was photographed at the 2016 Olympics wearing a tee shirt emblazoned with, ‘On Your Mark, Get Set, Go, BOLT!’.  Those four components moved about might end up as, ‘Get Set, Bolt, On Your Mark, Go!’. How would those changes affect an actor or swimmer or locksmith?
As long as four different parts of anything are rearranged, the story, poem, lyrics, etc. are yours for the writing.

Have a good time dreaming up all kinds of possible scenarios – and writing them down – and as always, feel free to share your suggestions for future prompts in the comments section.

Your final creation (or possibly creations),  will be met with rapt attention and perhaps cheers of ‘Bravo’ at our next meeting. We’ll look forward to seeing everyone at the North Dearborn Public Library at 6:00pm on Thursday, September 1st.
Please Note:
The photograph of the Frog Prince is published courtesy of: 
By Dh1970 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
The Four Seasons is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.

I/O as a Writing Exercize

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Stories are based upon decisions – the woman refused to marry for love, so settled for wealth; the safe-cracker rescued the child, and in doing so exposed his true identity;  the spider wrote fine things about the pig for his salvation, but not her own.

At every crossroad the writer faces choices, conflicts, opposites. This writing assignment was suggested by Marty, and is as simple or as complicated as you want it to be:

Begin with a binary situation, basically, the opposite of anything. It might be yes/no, war/peace, on/off, light/dark, life/death … anything that you consider to be two opposing somethings … and write a 512 word or less essay, poem, memoir, etc. incorporating that conflict.

Our nantipodal-39630_1280ext meeting will be especially exciting, enlightening, and entertaining as each of us shares our binary work. We hope you join us on Thursday, August 4th at the North Dearborn Branch Library at 6:00pm.

We always welcome members’ suggestions for writing prompts, guest speakers, and future events. Becoming a member is free and as easy as coming to a meeting. We welcome your input!


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