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!

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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Be a Writer in Three Easy (WWG) Steps!

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  1. Sign up for regular updates from WordWrites Guild so you never miss a writing prompt.

  2. In 500 words or less, write a short piece incorporating and/or inspired by the current prompt.

  3. Stop by the next WordWrites Guild meeting where you can share your creation and listen to fellow writers read their unique take on the prompt. While there, spend a couple of hours talking about composition, writing challenges, word origins, on-going projects, language, and upcoming writers’ events with a friendly group of word-lovers just like you!

 

And just to get those creative juices flowing – here is the latest prompt:

This time it wouldn’t be so easy to fool them …

Remember to limit your word count to 500 or fewer words, whether you produce a poem or pen a play. Although everyone is encouraged to share their writing with the group, we understand that not every writer is comfortable with jumping right in every time.  These prompts are for creative fun; they are an opportunity to stretch those fingers, click that keyboard, drag the pen across the paper – and see what happens.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on

Thursday, February 8th at the Lawrenceburg Public Library, in the Depot Room, 

from 6:00-8:00pm!

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Please note that during this meeting, we will critique submissions from members, share our writing, and discuss the important changes coming to WWG based upon the results of the recent Community Connections survey.

We Were Wondering …

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… what you as a writer need from WordWrites Guild to better meet your expectations, to more easily fit into your busy life, and to help you achieve your goals as a writer.

In an effort to reach out to writers throughout Southeastern Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, we invite each of you to take part in the following brief survey. The information will be used only for scheduling meetings, for planning special events such as workshops, writing contests, and author visits, etc., and for selecting meeting locations.

We respect your privacy and assure you that your responses and contact information – should you choose to share that with us – will never be shared, sold, traded, rented, broadcast, etc. We are simply reaching out to interested writers as we tweak and improve WWG.

Thank you for taking the few minutes necessary to complete this survey. 

If you have any difficulties accessing or completing the survey, please contact us at WordWritesGuild@gmail.com

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RVG6W6H

Looking For a Good Read?

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We thought that the followers of WordWrites Guild might be interested in reading some of the published and in-progress works of our members from time to time. A popular speaker, successful author and co-chair of WWG, Susan Troutt has a rare gift for writing humor that makes younger readers and even adults laugh out loud. Her books include fun reads and memorable work – due in no small part to Susan’s literary talent and years of experience as an elementary teacher.

Feel free to enjoy a sample of Susan’s newest book, and look for future introductions to Susan’s fellow WordWrites Guild writers soon.

Warm Winter Wishes

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All of us at WordWrites Guild wish you and those you love a

safe, healthy and joy-filled holiday season.

We look forward to beginning the brand new year with a

revised schedule and fresh writing.

Stay tuned …

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