Winter Has Arrived

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Winter has set in with its blanket of white snow. Depending on which side of the window you find yourself, this may mean either a beauty you behold or a nightmare of slush and ice.


Now is the perfect time for you to experience winter first hand. Bundle up–or don’t–and step outside into the elements. Use your senses–all of them. Listen. What winter sounds do you hear? Reach out and touch winter’s splendors. What is the texture, the temperature, the weight, the feeling in the air? How does winter taste? How does it smell? Observe some wintery things you hadn’t noticed before. Savor your sensory experiences to use as a writing prompt. In 250 words or less, create a winter setting for a short story, poem, or novel.

Don’t forget to visit Wordwrites Guild on Thursday, January 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. Wordwrites is open to writers of all levels. There are no dues, just a rich evening of stories, ideas, and techniques.



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Happy New Year!

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There is something about a new year with its shining promises and new beginnings. It is a clean slate, a chance for a fresh start.

What does 2019 have in store for you? Romance? Fortune? Fame? Perhaps this year you will publish the novel you have worked on for such a long time. On the other hand, maybe you will write the short story or poem that has been dancing nightly in your brain.

Maybe you will start 2019 by attending a WordWrites Guild meeting. We are a friendly group and would love for you to join us. We meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The next meeting is January 10 in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

Since each New Year brings changes, CHANGE is the writing prompt for the January 10 meeting. Do you have specific thoughts on change, or do you just go with the flow? This is your chance to write about change in an essay, poem, or short story. Be ready to share at the meeting. If you aren’t ready for change, bring something you’ve written in the past for sharing.

October Fun!

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Trick or Treat

We get to meet

again on Thursday evening

 

With pencils ready

and paper steady

what stories we’ll be dreaming

 

When six’o’clock

Stills writers’ block

We’ll know the time has come

 

To tell the tales

(it never fails)

to imagination we succumb.

 

So gather near

and listen clear

the truth I have to bare

 

Without your presence

we lose the essence

of your talent that you won’t share

 

Please join right in

It’ll make you grin

We are a happy lot

 

All we ask

Your only task

Is to include us in your plot!

 

 

 

The Wind Tells a Story …

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… the shadows cast a spell, and somewhere in the …

Well, you get the idea – it’s October!

It’s time to craft the stories and spin the tales of things that go BUMP (quite often followed shortly thereafter by an OUCH!) in the night. With a dib of this and a dab of that – oh, the imagination goes wild! Winds howl. Ghosts and goblins walk the earth. The natural world goes awry. This month’s writing prompt is to write (in 700 words or less) the scariest story you can, one that evokes terror and fear in the hearts of readers.

So, with this eerie prompt in mind, write up a fresh batch of scariness with plenty to share and join fellow word-cooker-uppers at the next WWG meeting on October 25th in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. Be sure to join us as we tell tales and sharpen skills from 6:00-8:00!

Discussion topic for this meeting will be “Clichés”. Like ’em or hate ‘hem, bring your ideas about them to the Ewbank Room on October 25.

WordWrites Guild is open to everyone: novelists, poets, journalists, memoir-ists, or even those with just the start of a creative writing idea.  There is never a fee to join this casual, warm, and good-humoured gathering.

June is All A’Bloom … with Words!

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Summer has arrived and with it a plethora of outdoor activities. The lengthening days are filled with gardening, camping, swimming and blowing bubbles in the sunshine. As a writer, be sure to take advantage of these bright days and happy moments – every experience can give impetus to fun short stories or intriguing novels.

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As you create those new places and develop those interesting characters, remember that you can join fellow sunburned writers on every second Thursday of each month to talk about the craft of writing. Members are encouraged to share their work, to submit manuscripts for careful critique or casual review, and to participate in conversations about writing as a passion and a profession.

Stop by the next WordWrites Guild meeting on Thursday, June 14th in the sunny Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm.  We will review member’s work, share our writing-prompt inspired masterpieces, and will provide important writing contest updates. For more information about this Oxbow, Inc. and WordWrites Guild jointly-hosted writing contest, please click on the Writing Contest tab at the top of the page.

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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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Tick … Tock …

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The midnight deadline for the WordWrites Guild survey is fast approaching! Please take just a minute to answer ten mostly multiple choice questions so WWG can better meet your needs as a writer.

This is the perfect opportunity to let us know if you’d rather connect with fellow wordsmiths on Saturday mornings, or if you’d prefer the group met in a location more convenient to your workplace or home.

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

Our next meeting will be held in the Sally Stegner Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library on February 8th at 6:00pm.

  • We will share new meeting places and times based upon the results of the survey.
  • We will also critique at least two submissions:

Chapters 8-12 of Susan T.’s latest book-in-progress

Two short stories from Susan R.’s book-in-progress

  • The current prompt is:

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

We appreciate your interest in and support of WordWrites Guild, and we are always happy to hear from you via surveys, email, text, and best of all – in person!

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