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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Deadline Today – September 14th!

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This is it – the final day to submit your entry to the

WordWrites Guild & Oxbow, Inc.’s Writing Contest.

Please be sure to review the rules and guidelines as

found under the Writing Contest tab at the top of this page.

Falling into Autumn

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Please note that the next WordWrites Guild meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Library at 6:00 p.m. The date was reported in error on the last post.

September is an unpredictable month – will it bring the first crisp hints of autumn with it? Or will every day make us wish for the relative cool of mid-July?

No matter the weather, this is the time to visit the Oxbow wetlands located near US50 in Hamilton County, Ohio and Dearborn County, Indiana for inspiration. The WWG and Oxbow, Inc. joint writing contest will close at 11:59pm on Friday, September 14th.

Per contest rules, every submission needs to include a picture of that special place within the oxbow lands that inspired you as a writer. To find a map of the oxbow, please visit Oxbow, Inc. , and for more information about the contest, please click on the tab at the top of this page.

Local writers are invited to join their fellow wordies at the next meeting of WordWrites Guild on Thursday, September 13th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm. There is never a fee to join, and all writers are welcome regardless of age, genre, or experience.

Ever wonder how to make your characters tell who they are and what will come next in the story? Then get ready for a rousing roundtable discussion on dialogue–how to use it, improve it, punctuate it, and utilize it in your stories. Bring your ideas and hear those of others at the next WWG meeting.

We all know that from time to time, writers lose the ability to come up with new ideas or experience a creative slowdown. You might wail, “I can’t think of anything to write,” or “I’m just not creative enough for this topic.” Well, that’s Writer’s Block for you–and that’s the September 6th writing prompt. Put your Writer’s Block ideas on paper in whatever clever, factual, or technical writing form you’d like, and share them at WordWrites’ on September 6th.

One last note: WordWrites would like to celebrate the release of Pat Hanlon’s new book, Hooker’s Bridge, Civil War Saga available now at Amazon.com. Congratulations, Pat!

 

 

Spend Your Thursdays in Lawrenceburg!

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WordWrites Guild members are unique in their style of writing, their approach to story telling, and their choice of genre, but they also have many things in common- not the least of which is an encouraging attitude toward new writers. Every word-crafter is invited to attend the Fourth Thursday, August 23rd WWG meeting. Local writers, poets, novelists, short story writers, et al will gather in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm to share work and offer support to fellow wordsmiths.

If you have been searching for a place to create, offer guidance and receive respectful support, then WordWrites Guild is the place for you. Please drop by the Ewbank Room meeting on the fourth Thursday of every month. And if that isn’t convenient, we also host a Depot Room meeting every second Thursday of each month.  Both meetings are held at the Lawrenceburg Public Library, are completely free of charge, and are welcoming, friendly places to share, learn, and discover.

The writing prompt for August 23rd’s WordWrites meeting is one that’s guaranteed to crank up your imagination.  Choose someone from the past, be it historical, fictional, or otherwise, and bring them forward in time to present-day 21st century. Poems, short stories, diary entries, blogs–all are welcome. It will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.

Networking is important to writers. At the last WordWrites meeting, Liz Loche shared her tips for social media, with an emphasis on how to set up accounts for Twitter, Instagram, and Tumbler and the benefits and drawbacks of each. Thank you, Liz, for such an enlightening presentation.

If you are interested in combining writing and nature, there’s still time to enter the Oxbow Writing contest. It is open to all writers who have visited the Oxbow wetlands. The deadline for the contest is September 14, 2018. For more information about the contest and the lovely, protected Oxbow, please visit http://www.oxbowinc.org

The next WordWrites Guild meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

 

 

 

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!

 

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

 

 

 

 

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