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.

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Harrison Meeting Reminder

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Tie the string around your finger, circle the date on your calendar, and remind your smart phone to remind you to attend the next WordWrites Guild meeting on March 28th at 6:00pm in the meeting room of the Harrison Branch Library.

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And don’t forget that our three-word prompt for the month is:

Me

You

Us

The word count is limited to 500, but you might want to really challenge yourself and go for 250 – or less!

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WordWrites Guild provides a safe place where every writer can share works-in-progress, and where everyone has an opportunity to receive and give honest feedback, respectful critique, and sincere encouragement. We look forward to your participation.

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New Write Day! New Write Location!

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No, we haven’t gone batty – on Wednesday, February 28th, we will gather in the meeting room of the Harrison Branch Library at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in writing needn’t remain in a cave – instead all writers are invited to join fellow word aficionados for an evening of writing, critique, review, sharing and camaraderie.

Over the course of two hours, we will present respectful and encouraging critique of submitted work, and each writer will have an opportunity to share their current projects, writing challenges, and literary successes.

We will also read our always creative, often exciting, personal interpretations of this month’s prompt. Please be sure to use the following words in your piece, which is capped at 500 words:

Factitious – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/factitious
Enhance – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/enhance
Excruciating – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/excruciating

We look forward to seeing you in Harrison this fourth Wednesday of the month – February 28th – and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Simply email, text or leave a voice message, and we’ll get back to you promptly!

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Heading to Harrison!

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WHERE and WHEN will the next WordWrites Guild meeting be held?

In the meeting room at the Harrison Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library on Wednesday, February 28th from 6-8pm.

WHAT is the current writing prompt?

In 500 words or less, use the following words in a story, poem, operetta, or anything else you might care to write:

Factitious – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/factitious

Enhance – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/enhance

Excruciating – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/excruciating

WHO is WordWrites Guild and WHY should I attend a meeting?

WordWrites Guild is a gathering of all kinds of writers. One member is a published author of children’s books, another contributes to equestrian publications, and yet another writes features and the occasional news story for a regional newspaper. There are also poets and short-short story writers. Some members have never been published but hope to see their work in print one day, and some members simply enjoy writing just for themselves. WWG members include life-long writers, those who are new to writing, and a few who are returning to it after a long absence.

On any given evening, you might meet one or all of these friendly, welcoming wordsmiths. If you are interested in the written word, WWG is interested in meeting you! By attending a meeting, you will have ample opportunity to share ideas, writing projects, questions, challenges, successes and all things writing in a supportive, positive and respectful environment.

Please contact WWG for more information – or just stop by the next meeting in Lawrenceburg, Indiana or Harrison, Ohio!

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Prioritize Your Writing

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All kinds of writers join WordWrites Guild for support, reviews, critiques, and conversations about the craft of writing. Because we do not offer online support, we invite you to attend WWG meetings, special events, members’ book signings, etc. in person. It’s a great way to get to know fellow writers throughout the region, to hear feedback on your writing, and to receive in-depth critiques of your work prior to pitching, self-publishing, or submitting your project.

Please note the following WordWrites Guild meeting dates and locations – definite through June, 2018. Additional locations, meetings, events, etc. will be updated on this website throughout the year. All library-based meetings begin at 6:00pm and wrap up by 8:00pm.

January 11 —  6:00pm — Maverick’s Firewater Grill, US50, Greendale, IN — Two critiques of members’ work are planned. Please review the previous WWG post for information about this month’s visual writing prompt if you’d like to participate and share your writing exercise with the group that evening.

February 8 – Depot Room, Lawrenceburg Public Library

March 8 – Depot Room, Lawrenceburg Public Library

April 12 – Depot Room, Lawrenceburg Public Library

May 10 – Depot Room, Lawrenceburg Public Library

June 14 – Depot Room, Lawrenceburg Public Library

Please subscribe/follow this website in order to stay apprised of any changes, additional meetings, public events, and more.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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