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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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!

 

 

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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Thank You …

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… for taking the time to participate in our recent survey, and for your interest in WordWrites Guild. Although the Community Connections survey has closed, we look forward to sharing ideas, suggestions and answering questions at upcoming WordWrites Guild meetings and events.

Your input matters, and already changes are underway to better meet the needs of area writers. Please plan to attend the next WWG meeting on February 8th in the Depot Room at Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00pm until 8:00pm to learn more.

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Silver Bells and Sharpened Pencils

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christmas-1791778_1920As you enjoy the seasonal festivities on Thursday evening, you might want to share your creative take on this month’s writing prompt:

Winter Holiday Lost and Found

If you are familiar with WWG’s monthly writing prompts, it will come as no surprise that the word count is limited to 500 words, and the prompt is simply a starting point – you can incorporate the exact words in your piece, or you’re welcome to use the words purely as inspiration. Whether you prefer to write a poem, a short-short story, lyrics to a song – perhaps with bells ringing in the background – the choice is yours.

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