Only One Meeting This Month

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As winter makes its chilly way toward the Midwest, writers don sweaters and steep tea in anticipation of shorter days and longer nights in which to write.

Calendars are already overflowing with traditional gatherings and new adventures, so WordWrites Guild will host only one meeting this month – on November 8th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm.

Please note that our next gathering will be our annual Open House, held on Thursday, December 13th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

All writers are welcome to escape the maelstrom and join this relaxing, encouraging and supportive group.

 

The last meeting brought an interesting discussion of clichés, which led to an interesting discussion of idioms, which led to an interesting discussion of Spoonerisms, which led to an interesting discussion of Malapropisms, which led to an interesting discussion of eggcorns, which led to an interesting discussion of . . . well, you get the idea. Good thing you do because these are the topics for the November meeting’s writing prompt. To help you along, here are definitions for each term. Use one or more examples of these in your writing this week.

A cliché is an expression that has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or even to the point of being trite or irritating.  Examples: cold, hard cash or going bananas.

An idiom is a phrase or expression that means something different from what the words actually say. Example: using over his head for didn’t understand.

A Spoonerism is an accidental transposition of initial consonants in a pair or words. Example: well-boiled icicle instead of well-oiled bicycle.

A Malapropism is the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar. Example: a musical progeny for a musical prodigy.

An eggcorn is a word or phase that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another. Examples: for all intensive purposes instead of for all intents and purposes or doggie dog world for dog-eat-dog world.

Use whatever examples you find–or create–to complete your story, poem, or essay. Be ready to share at WordWrites Guild on November 8. Everyone is welcome!

 

 

 

 

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October Fun!

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Trick or Treat

We get to meet

again on Thursday evening

 

With pencils ready

and paper steady

what stories we’ll be dreaming

 

When six’o’clock

Stills writers’ block

We’ll know the time has come

 

To tell the tales

(it never fails)

to imagination we succumb.

 

So gather near

and listen clear

the truth I have to bare

 

Without your presence

we lose the essence

of your talent that you won’t share

 

Please join right in

It’ll make you grin

We are a happy lot

 

All we ask

Your only task

Is to include us in your plot!

 

 

 

The Wind Tells a Story …

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… the shadows cast a spell, and somewhere in the …

Well, you get the idea – it’s October!

It’s time to craft the stories and spin the tales of things that go BUMP (quite often followed shortly thereafter by an OUCH!) in the night. With a dib of this and a dab of that – oh, the imagination goes wild! Winds howl. Ghosts and goblins walk the earth. The natural world goes awry. This month’s writing prompt is to write (in 700 words or less) the scariest story you can, one that evokes terror and fear in the hearts of readers.

So, with this eerie prompt in mind, write up a fresh batch of scariness with plenty to share and join fellow word-cooker-uppers at the next WWG meeting on October 25th in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. Be sure to join us as we tell tales and sharpen skills from 6:00-8:00!

Discussion topic for this meeting will be “Clichés”. Like ’em or hate ‘hem, bring your ideas about them to the Ewbank Room on October 25.

WordWrites Guild is open to everyone: novelists, poets, journalists, memoir-ists, or even those with just the start of a creative writing idea.  There is never a fee to join this casual, warm, and good-humoured gathering.

October – Picture Perfect

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Trees transform; their colors fluid, moving from green to red, yellow, and orange. Agile leaves dance through golden light as if nature has cast a magical spell upon them. Jewel-toned woods, winding trails, crisp air, and cozy sweaters – it’s time to pack your word bag and plan an outing to WordWrites Guild on October 11th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

Our writing prompt for this meeting is shared by WWG member Laura P. who took this photograph while exploring the oxbow recently.  For anyone who has visited the oxbow, this picture of woodlands and fields, sky and space is familiar. For anyone who has yet to experience these protected wetlands, you might want to clear your calendar on the day of your visit. Once inside the tranquil world of the oxbow, you may find that one step leads to another, and that openness, that wildness and that beauty is difficult to leave.

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It is especially fitting that our writing prompt is a glimpse of the oxbow. We are delighted to have received the entries for the writing contest and are currently reviewing them.

Within a few days we will be notifying winners and awarding prizes!

We sincerely thank everyone who participated in this contest. We hope that you delighted in your visits to the oxbow and had fun writing your essays, memoirs, poems, etc. as much as we enjoyed reading your submissions.

As always, we invite every word-geek, word-monger, word-crafter and word-aficionado to stop by the following WordWrites Guild meetings. We’d love to meet you!

2nd Thursday of October (10-11-2018) in the

Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm

4th Thursday of October (10-25-2018) in the

Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm

WordWrites Guild meetings are friendly, casual gatherings. Always open to the public, these get-togethers are free of charge and offer support, respect and encouragement to all writers. We understand that life is busy, so please note that writers are welcome to participate in meetings as their schedules allow.

 

Writing Contest Updates

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Whew! The WordWrites Guild and Oxbow, Inc.’s 2018 Writing Contest has come to a close. Members of both organizations wish to thank every writer, educator, volunteer, media outlet – everyone throughout the region – who contributed to the success of this special event.

Please watch for news about the winning submissions and look for details about the upcoming special reception during which winning writers will be awarded their prizes.

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We hope that every writer continues to find inspiration in the beauty of the oxbow, and we invite every participant to join the community of writers that comprise WordWrites Guild.

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27th, from 6:00- 8:00 at Maverick’s Firewater Grill, located at 535 E. Eads Parkway, in Greendale, Indiana 47025. We are always open to new members. Hope to see you then!

The discussion topic for the upcoming meeting will be “Dialogue”. The definition, according to playwright and screenwriter John Howard Lawson, is that “dramatic dialogue should always be a compression and extension of action.” Whether you agree or disagree, let this definition be your incentive to dabble in a dazzling dialogue discussion at WordWrites’ next meeting.

September 27th’s writing prompt is literally a roll of the dice. Nine cubes with a picture on each face revealed the following images:  Smiley Face, Lightning Bolt, Eye, Bridge, Magnifying Glass, Flower, Padlock, Shooting Star, and Clock. Imagine those images or words as they “roll” into your writing; then join WordWrites for a thoughtful (or perhaps hilarious) read-aloud.

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Deadline Today – September 14th!

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This is it – the final day to submit your entry to the

WordWrites Guild & Oxbow, Inc.’s Writing Contest.

Please be sure to review the rules and guidelines as

found under the Writing Contest tab at the top of this page.

Falling into Autumn

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Please note that the next WordWrites Guild meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Library at 6:00 p.m. The date was reported in error on the last post.

September is an unpredictable month – will it bring the first crisp hints of autumn with it? Or will every day make us wish for the relative cool of mid-July?

No matter the weather, this is the time to visit the Oxbow wetlands located near US50 in Hamilton County, Ohio and Dearborn County, Indiana for inspiration. The WWG and Oxbow, Inc. joint writing contest will close at 11:59pm on Friday, September 14th.

Per contest rules, every submission needs to include a picture of that special place within the oxbow lands that inspired you as a writer. To find a map of the oxbow, please visit Oxbow, Inc. , and for more information about the contest, please click on the tab at the top of this page.

Local writers are invited to join their fellow wordies at the next meeting of WordWrites Guild on Thursday, September 13th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm. There is never a fee to join, and all writers are welcome regardless of age, genre, or experience.

Ever wonder how to make your characters tell who they are and what will come next in the story? Then get ready for a rousing roundtable discussion on dialogue–how to use it, improve it, punctuate it, and utilize it in your stories. Bring your ideas and hear those of others at the next WWG meeting.

We all know that from time to time, writers lose the ability to come up with new ideas or experience a creative slowdown. You might wail, “I can’t think of anything to write,” or “I’m just not creative enough for this topic.” Well, that’s Writer’s Block for you–and that’s the September 6th writing prompt. Put your Writer’s Block ideas on paper in whatever clever, factual, or technical writing form you’d like, and share them at WordWrites’ on September 6th.

One last note: WordWrites would like to celebrate the release of Pat Hanlon’s new book, Hooker’s Bridge, Civil War Saga available now at Amazon.com. Congratulations, Pat!

 

 

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