Fourth Thursdays – Second Thursdays

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meeting-1738945_1280WordWrites Guild has adopted the following schedule for the remainder of 2018. Please note the change of venue for the fourth Thursday of every month, beginning with our June 28th meeting.

We will meet in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library on every SECOND Thursday.

We will meet in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library on every FOURTH Thursday.

Both meetings begin at 6:00pm, although drop-ins are always welcome.

The writing prompt for the June 28th meeting is:

Choose a song and write a poem or fiction piece that the song might be about. Keep your song a secret because after reading your story, the group will try to guess which song you have chosen.

Please join us at the next meeting to share and listen to always entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking takes on the current writing prompt; discuss the ongoing WWG and Oxbow, Inc.’s writing contest, and review submitted works-in-progress.

Please be sure to mark your calendars and stop by the Ewbank Room at the Lawrenceburg Public Library on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00pm. We’ll be glad to see you!

 

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June is All A’Bloom … with Words!

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Summer has arrived and with it a plethora of outdoor activities. The lengthening days are filled with gardening, camping, swimming and blowing bubbles in the sunshine. As a writer, be sure to take advantage of these bright days and happy moments – every experience can give impetus to fun short stories or intriguing novels.

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As you create those new places and develop those interesting characters, remember that you can join fellow sunburned writers on every second Thursday of each month to talk about the craft of writing. Members are encouraged to share their work, to submit manuscripts for careful critique or casual review, and to participate in conversations about writing as a passion and a profession.

Stop by the next WordWrites Guild meeting on Thursday, June 14th in the sunny Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm.  We will review member’s work, share our writing-prompt inspired masterpieces, and will provide important writing contest updates. For more information about this Oxbow, Inc. and WordWrites Guild jointly-hosted writing contest, please click on the Writing Contest tab at the top of the page.

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Writing, Sharing, Encouraging

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Sharing your writing with others can be daunting. Many writers do far more than simply drop words onto paper. Most of us grapple with each word choice. We place commas and periods in just the right place so our characters’ voices come to life. We can often see every setting clearly and want so much to convey our vision, but understand the importance of leaving open space for the reader to fill in the details with their own ideas and memories and dreams.

When a painter of words, a sculptor of stories walks into a WordWrites Guild meeting, they can know that they are joining a creative community of writers who understands the effort – and the fun – of making up stories and following characters’ whims, and balancing silence with dialogue.

Stop by the next WWG gathering of local writers to talk about the ebbs and flows of writing, to ask questions and offer guidance, and to join the fun of reading aloud everyone’s take on this month’s writing prompt:

A person in a bee suit

Someone selling bananas

We’ll be looking forward to seeing you at the Harrison Branch Library on Thursday, May 24th at 6:00pm.

 

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!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

With a Song in One’s Heart

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Sometimes the best way to celebrate spring is by ignoring the weather, gathering an armload of flowers, and singing out loud.

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When you do sing out loud or hum or bob your head without a sound, what tune are you hearing? Is it an old standard made famous by Frank or Dean? Is it a jaunty snippet from a classic television program, or is it your favorite aria?

Whatever the music, you dear writer, are invited to be a lyricist this month. Choose the tune and write the words, then share your musical moment with fellow song-stylists on Thursday, April 12th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm.

If you’d rather not sing your way through the evening, never fear – the fun is in the writing, so there will be no need to practice scales or stock up on lozenges. Reading newly crafted lyrics for old favorites will be just as entertaining – and wonderfully free from sharps and flats!

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We’re looking forward to seeing  – and hearing? – you on

the second Thursday in April.

LaLaLaaaaaa!

In the Company of Writers

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This month can be the month when you finally take that chance and stop by a WordWrites Guild meeting.  Whether you are new to writing or a seasoned pro, you are welcome to share your love of words in a friendly, comfortable and enthusiastic setting.

This month’s prompt came to us from WWG member Pat H. (Thank you, Pat!). Have some fun and see what you can do with it in 500 words or fewer, and then attend one or both WWG meetings in March to find out where the following three words lead your fellow writers:

You

Me

Us

We’re looking forward to critiquing Susan T.’s current book-in-progress, sharing our prompt-inspired creations, and more! Be sure to mark your calendars for:

Thursday, March 8th in the Depot Room at the Lawrenceburg Public Library  6-8:00pm

Wednesday, March 28th in the meeting room at the Harrison Branch Library  6-8:00pm

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Meeting Dates, Locations:

Thursday, March 8th – Depot Room Lawrenceburg Public Library

Pi Day, March 14th – LPL Hidden Figures

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th –

Wednesday, March 28th – Meeting Room Harrison Branch Library

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