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.

 

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Writing Contest and Meeting Updates

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It is hard to believe that summer is almost over, and back-to-school time is right around the corner.  Why not squeeze in one last field trip by visiting the Oxbow. It is beautiful this time of year, and it is always changing.

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As many of you know, Oxbow, Inc. and WordWrites Guild have joined forces to co-sponsor a regional writing contest open to all writers who have visited the Oxbow wetlands, located in part near Greendale, Indiana. For more information about this lovely, protected area, please visit http://www.oxbowinc.org. For more information about the contest itself, please click on the Writing Contest tab above. The deadline for the contest is September 14.

 

WordWrites Guild is open to writers of all kinds, from beginners, to accomplished writers, from those with an idea, to those working on something bigger. All are invited to become a member of WWG and share their writing successes and challenges, to submit work for review or critique, and/or to share their writing-prompt-inspired literary creations with the group.

There are those who never write in the margins of books, and then there are those who jot down everything–even their most precious secrets–in the white spaces of reading material. Search through your books (especially those purchased second hand) for marginalia. Let your imagination run wild as you consider the meaning of these jottings and imagine what the person who wrote them would be like. Use these ideas as a writing prompt for a story or poem or whatever comes to mind.  (For more ideas, visit http://www.atlasobscura.com/article/best-notes-written-in-books) Then visit WordWrites on August 9 to share your work.

At the next meeting, Liz Loche will discuss and help set up accounts for Social Media Marketing. If your are a writer who would like to “get your name out there”, this is the meeting for you.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 9th from 6:00-8:00, in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

 

 

 

 

Guest Speakers – Little Free Libraries

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WordWrites Guild is delighted to welcome Jenna and Rick Baumgartner to our July 12th meeting in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. Jenna Baumgartner, Vice President of Hoosier Hills Literacy League, and her husband Rick have built and currently maintain two Little Free Libraries in Dearborn County, Indiana.

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For anyone unfamiliar with the Little Free Library organization, it is a community based effort to promote literacy and share a love of reading. Favorite books are placed inside each small ‘library’ for anyone to chose and take with them, all for no cost. It is simply ‘Take a Book, Leave a Book”.

Please attend the July 12th WWG meeting to learn about Little Free Libraries, meet two local LFL stewards working to share books with the community, and ask questions about this highly-regarded, international organization.  The free program will begin at 6:00pm in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.

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!

 

 

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.

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.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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We at WordWrites Guild have come up with a little something to help you celebrate this fun holiday! Simply unscramble the following words, answer the trivia questions, and choose the correct responses – then use all or a few of your answers in a poem, limerick, ode, song, or riddle!

Be sure to share your creativity at the next WordWrites Guild meeting from 6:00-8:00pm on March 28th in the meeting room of the Harrison Branch Library. (The correct answers will be shared that evening!)

We wish you ádh mór with this word adventure!

How many steps must you climb in order to reach the Blarney Stone?

  • 412
  • 127
  • 17
  • 97

What is the main ingredient in boxty?

Unscramble the following words (Hint- You may want to look up traditional Irish dress, foods, and activities) :

  • ijg
  • clteci
  • ceoqlnecue
  • nonancolc
  • elre
  • rata ocorhb

What does a leprechaun do to someone who forgets to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

  • Kicks
  • Trips
  • Pinches
  • Rewards

What gift does one receive after kissing the Blarney Stone?

What does Erin Go Bragh mean?

 

WordWrites Guild hopes you have a happy, safe and entertaining St. Patrick’s Day!

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