Writing and Business

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Blending creativity with bookkeeping is one of the more difficult challenges often faced by writers, artists, and musicians. WordsWrites Guild members frequently ask about the business side of their work, so in answer to those questions, we have invited Indiana CPA Maureen Sheets to our May 10th meeting in the Depot Room at the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

Ms. Sheets is an experienced accountant who has taught community finance classes and finances for women. She is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable, not only about general record keeping and taxation, but is fully aware that writers, both professional and those just starting out, have concerns specific to their line of work. Following Ms. Sheets’ presentation, she will be happy to answer verbal and written questions from the audience.

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This free program is open to the public, and reservations are not necessary. Although this event is geared particularly toward writers, anyone involved in the creation of art – literary, visual, etc. – will find useful information and a welcoming community of follow creatives at Thursday evening’s 6:00pm program.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

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All the News for May

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WordWrites Guild is bursting into spring with informative presentations, fun activities and far reaching plans. Whether new to writing or an old hand at the craft, writers of every genre, style, and approach are invited to avail themselves of all that WWG has to offer.

May 10th 

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

Special Guest Speaker – Maureen Sheets, CPA

Ms. Sheets will present a general overview about the financial side of writing, including the differences between writing as a hobby and a profession. Afterward, she will be available to answer questions from those in attendance. This is a free event, open to all interested writers.

 

May 24th

After much discussion and experimentation, it is finally official … beginning in May,

WordWrites Guild will meet

every FOURTH THURSDAY

from 6:00-8:00pm

in the Harrison Branch Library

(located on New Haven Road in Harrison, Ohio)

Please mark your calendars with this permanent and updated schedule. WWG will also continue to meet in the Lawrenceburg Library every second Thursday of each month.

Ongoing

WordWrites Guild and Oxbow, Inc. are proud to co-sponsor a community-wide

Writers Contest

Open to Writers of Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction

who have visited the Oxbow Wetlands (www.oxbowinc.org)

between January 1, 2018 and September 14, 2018

Deadline to enter is September 14, 2018

Prizes will be awarded in each of nine categories.

Details are available at:

http://www.oxbowinc.org/kids-version-of-writing-contest.pdf

 

Stay up to date on all that WordWrites Guild does and offers by coming to the next WWG meeting (the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, in Lawrenceburg and Harrison, respectively), and take a moment to Follow or subscribe via email to this website for news about the latest WWG programs, celebrations and community-wide events.

WWG & Oxbow, Inc. Host Writing Contest

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WordWrites Guild in partnership with Oxbow, Inc., is pleased to announce a Writing Contest open to all writers who visit and are inspired by the oxbow wetlands located in Dearborn County, Indiana and Hamilton County, Ohio.

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Writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction are invited to experience the oxbow in person during 2018, then write about or from that experience, and send their submission with a photo or drawing of the place, flora and/or fauna that was the impetus for that work to Oxbow, Inc.

Please review the following guidelines:

Writing Contest Rules and Information

Theme:  The Oxbow—A Hidden World

Open to writers who have physically visited the oxbow wetlands between January 1 and September 14, 2018.

Deadline for submissions is September 14, 2018.

Submissions are divided into the following entry levels in each of three genres (Poetry, Non-Fiction and Fiction):

  • Fifth to Eighth Grade as of Fall 2018
  • Ninth to Twelfth Grade as of Fall 2018
  • Adult

There will be first, second and third place prizes awarded for each level. First place winners will also be honored with an invitation to present a public reading of their work. All winners will receive a copy of Birds of the Oxbow, written by David Styer, and will have the option for their winning entry and brief bio and photo to be listed on the WWG website. WordWrites Guild will be responsible for judging all entries. Those decisions will be final.

To enter, please follow the process below:

  • Visit the Oxbow
  • Take a photo or create a drawing for inspiration.  This will be submitted with your written piece.
  • Write a poem, a fictional story or a nonfiction piece about the Oxbow.
  • In lieu of entry or reading fees, a tax-deductible donation to Oxbow, Inc. is requested. Please visit http://www.oxbowinc.org/index.html for more information.

You may submit your written poem or story and photograph or drawing by U.S. Mail or email:

USPS Mail:

Writing Contest

Oxbow, Inc.

P.O. Box 4172

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Email:

meg@oxbowinc.org

 

Only one entry per person. Submissions must be legible and include genre and entry (age) group. Please do not list your name on the written submission or accompanying photo. On a separate page, please include your name, email and/or phone number, as well as the genre and appropriate entry group as defined above – including your grade level if a student.

Thank you for your interest and participation. Please share this information with fellow writers, students, teachers, youth and church groups, etc. If you are an educator or group facilitator, please contact WordWrites Guild and/or Oxbow, Inc. for more information and/or to schedule a brief presentation about Oxbow, Inc. and WordWrites Guild.

 

Please note that the next WWG meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 25th in the meeting room of the Harrison Library from 6:00-8:00pm. We will review Pat H.’s current book in progress, and will share our literary achievements inspired by the following writing prompts:

  • One half of a ripped love letter
  • Royalty

 

 

 

 

News to Know!

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  • Beginning in February, WWG will resume twice a month meetings for the remainder of 2018: every second Thursday evening in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and every fourth Wednesday from 6-8pm in Harrison, Ohio. Location details will be announced in the coming week.

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  • To celebrate National Poetry Month, drop-in writing sessions are scheduled for every Tuesday in April at 2:00pm at the North Dearborn Public Library. These casual get-togethers provide a quiet place to write in the silent company of fellow wordsmiths.  These afternoon sessions offer free WiFi, light refreshments, and a full hour away from distractions.

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  • WordWrites Guild is delighted to announce that Maureen Sheets, CPA, will be our guest speaker in May, 2018. Ms. Sheets will talk with WWG members about the business side of writing, and will be available to answer general questions about the importance of record keeping, what is an allowable deduction, and the difference between writing as a business or as a hobby.

 

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There is always something happening with WordWrites Guild, so mark your calendar with the locations and times of monthly meetings; make a date with your creative self in April for Tuesdays at Two; plan for a fiscally informative evening in May, and be sure to sign up for regular updates so you will always know what’s new at WordWrites Guild!

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New Year, New Writing, New Friends

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Welcome to 2018 – almost!

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Although the holiday season continues to be joyfully celebrated, a lot of us are wiping our brows, happy to wave farewell to a busy, but oh so last year. Soon it will be time to pick up the pen, warm up the laptop and brew the coffee or stir the cocoa.

Underneath layers of knitted sweaters and mittened fingers lies a sense of anticipation for the coming new year; one that promises fresh stories, thrilling plots and characters ready to surprise us.

What are you planning to do with this exciting new year? Will you tackle that great epic poem at long last? Will you complete your Pulitzer-worthy novel? Will you commit to writing once a month, or each weekend, or just on every day ending with the letter y?

And will you join a writers’ group for steady support, warm camaraderie, and respectful critiques of your work?

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For anyone living in the Greater Cincinnati area, WordWrites Guild is a good place to begin. Our ever-growing group is friendly, diverse and enthusiastic with plenty of fresh ideas for the coming year. Joining WWG is a great way to get off to a great start!

Charging into 2018, we’ll meet on January 11th – and then at least once every month throughout the year. Oh, but keep an ear to the ground and a sharp eye out for updates and news flashes since we will host additional get-togethers, events, and gatherings.

Please subscribe to this website so you’ll be sure to

receive updates and notifications about meetings, writing prompts and more.

Our first meeting of the new year will be held at Maverick’s Firewater Grill in Greendale, IN, on January 11th at 6:00pm. Please drop by to meet current members and enjoy some complimentary appetizers. Dinner will be on your own, but there is no need to dine – just share your writing resolutions/goals/hopes for the coming year, if you’d like.

Please note that we will be

critiquing and reviewing at least

two members’ submissions that evening.

And what would WWG be without our always popular 500 word (or less) take on our latest writing prompt? The photo below is this month’s prompt – it should light the imagination, brighten the mind, and warm up those creative juices:

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We’ll look forward to seeing you on the 11th, but are always available to answer questions and provide information about the group. Feel free to contact us at WordWritesGuild@gmail.com, or by texting/leaving a voice message at 812-220-4594.

Happy Every Holiday and Happy ALMOST New Year!

 

 

   ‘Tis the time of year for friends, food and fun!

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Please Join WordWrites Guild
for our

Holiday Open House

 
Thursday, December 14th
 
6:30-8:00pm
 
Sally Stenger Depot Room
Lawrenceburg Public Library
 
You are warmly invited to bring family and friends to the
WordWrites Guild Holiday Open House.
This annual celebration includes light refreshments, seasonal music and an opportunity to meet local writers, artists, and creatives in the area.
 
 

Please be sure to RSVP by December 12th with the number in your party.

This is a free event; open to anyone interested in

writing and writers, creativity and creatives!

 
We’re looking forward to spending the evening with you!

Just a Reminder …

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Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Thursday, December 14th, for the annual WordWrites Guild Holiday Open House. Everyone is invited to join WWG members for light refreshments, seasonal music, and friendly conversation.

The celebration takes place in the Sally Stenger Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library, from 6:30-8:00pm.  We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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