March Meets Mystery

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In 500 words or less, write a suspense story that will take your readers to places they’ve never been, see things they’ve never seen, and keep them on the edge of their seats – because with only 500 words, they won’t have any pages to keep turning!

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We’re anxious to hear your suspenseful stories and read your mysterious manuscripts on Thursday, March 23rd at the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00PM. Always free, always welcoming, and always creative.

Prompt with a Side of Research

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This latest writing prompt might be a tad more challenging than some of our previous posts have been, so get ready to crack open the books, warm up the search engine and put the library reference desk on speed-dial.

In 500 words or less, write a little something that includes the following:

WHO – A Master Builder

WHAT – Evaluate

WHEN – Tenth Century

WHERE – Tibet

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The next meeting of the WordWrites Guild is scheduled for Thursday, February 23rd at the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00PM. All writers are encouraged to take part in the discussions, critiques, and sharing of creative work that are integral to every meeting.

Meeting Reminder

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It’s time to sharpen your pencils, gather your masterpieces, and join fellow wordsmiths at this week’s gathering of writers at the Lawrenceburg Public Library at  6:00PM in the Ewbank Room.

The current writing prompt is:

The entrance to the tunnel was his only way out.

Although the final count is limited to 500 words, what you do with those words is of course entirely up to you. It’s always exciting to hear different interpretations, to discover a fresh twist on each new prompt. And as always, membership is free; the setting casual and friendly.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on…

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Prompts and Dates and Poetry

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Hello Fair Reader!

Are you taking full advantage of rainy days and chilly nights to light the lamp, dip the quill and escape into a world of delight, horror or adventure?

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To help you on your literary way, WordWrites Guild offers this intriguing writing prompt:

The entrance to the tunnel was his only way out.

If you will be sharing your masterpiece at the next WordWrites Guild meeting, the total count is limited to 500 words – including the prompt.

 

And speaking of the next WordWrites Guild (WWG) meeting, please make a note of the following updated information for the February, March and April meetings:

 

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February 2nd – North Dearborn Branch Library

February 9th – NO Meeting Tonight

February 23rd – Lawrenceburg Main Library

March 2nd – North Dearborn Branch Library

March 9th – NO Meeting Tonight

March 23rd – Lawrenceburg Main Library

April 6th – North Dearborn Branch Library

April 13th – NO Meeting Tonight

April 27th – Lawrenceburg Main Library

 

All meetings will begin at 6:00pm, and end at 8:00pm.

All writers are welcome to join the discussion, share their work,

or just stop by to meet fellow word-geeks.

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It is that time of year again – well, almost! April 2017 is National Poetry Month. Be sure to check with your local library, school, favorite bookstore – and of course, WordWrites Guild – to stay informed about local, regional and national poetry events. To learn more, request a poster, and to find a poem to carry in your pocket, please visit:

https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home

 

 

 

A New Season and A New Schedule

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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.

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!

 

Editing Tools Comparison

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Dan Hawkins, WordWrites Guild co-chair and the owner of Hawkins Editing, LLC, will present an Editing Tools Comparison. He will examine the platform requirements, cost, functions, and strengths and weaknesses of six computerized editing tools. The tools range from revered to reviled and their costs range from free to $139.95 per year. Some are web based, some stand alone, and some are Word add-ins.

Dan will share his experience with the editing features of FileCleaner, Grammarly, Hemingway, Microsoft Word, PerfectIt, and SmartEdit. The presentation will also include a brief demonstration of each tool.

Join us for our meeting and Dan’s presentation June 2, at 6:00 PM, in the Dunevant Meeting Room at the North Dearborn Branch of the Lawrenceburg Public Library District.

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