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!

 

 

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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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Fun With Words!

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We welcome May with quite an interesting assortment of words with which to create, compose, and craft. These disparate choices were made by blindly reagirls-1149935_1920ching into that shimmering universe of language – a vintage box of vocabulary cards! Oh, the joy of discovering an antediluvian word – just waiting to be released from the dust and silence of disuse.

Circumlocution

Lavish

Placid

Euphony

Baffled

Protuberance

As always, the word limit is 500 – and you can use your imagination as far as content, genre, etc. Of course you are welcome to play along at home, although you might have a better time joining your fellow word-geeks at the next WordWrites Guild meeting on Thursday, May 11 at the North Dearborn Library from 6:00-8:00. We are always happy to see new faces, to hear new voices – and to learn new things!

 

 

May is a Mabsoot Month

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For WWG’s latest word prompts and writing assignment,

please click the Writing tab, above.

In the interest of neoterism, you are invited to exercise your own verbomania and play an eclectic word match game.

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So often writers are reminded to rein in their love of words when writing. An expansive vocabulary might be a coveted asset during a heated game of Speed Scrabble, but can sometimes be seen as an obstacle for the general reader.

This is certainly a reasonable argument, but one which should not limit any logophile’s or malaprop’s pursuit of underused words or discovery of forgotten verbage.

The following words were found on Mr. Steve Chrisomalis’ magnificent website:

http://phrontistery.info/index.html

After completing the quiz, please visit Phrontistery.com, or scroll down for the answers.

Vacherin

  1. Sweet disposition, especially in conversation
  2. Sweet mixture of meringue and whipped cream
  3. Superficially sweet, insincere, two-faced

Keister

  1. Large nose
  2. Ruffian or gangster
  3. Burglar’s tool kit

Davit

  1. Legal document
  2. Device for hoisting and lowering a boat
  3. Long couch

Zegedine

  1. Cocktail ingredient made from lemons
  2. Silver drinking-cup
  3. Bar tool used to swirl/blend

Sabaton

  1. Long sword with slightly curved blade
  2. Foot-covering as part of suit of armour
  3. Novice conductor’s instrument

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Are you feeling confident? Are you ready to impress fellow word-geeks with your verbal prowess?

If so, brace yourselves … the correct definitions are below:

Vacherin

  1. Sweet disposition, especially in conversation
  2. Sweet mixture of meringue and whipped cream
  3. Superficially sweet, insincere, two-faced

Keister

  1. Large nose
  2. Ruffian or gangster
  3. Burglar’s tool kit

Davit

  1. Legal document
  2. Device for hoisting and lowering a boat
  3. Long couch

Zegedine

  1. Cocktail ingredient made from lemons
  2. Silver drinking-cup
  3. Bar tool used to swirl/blend

Sabaton

  1. Long sword with slightly curved blade
  2. Novice conductor’s instrument
  3. Foot-covering as part of suit of armour

 

TahDah! You are quite the word-monger, aren’t you? Bravo to you!

You are invited to share your own discoveries of new, eclectic and fun words at upcoming WordWrites Guild meetings, held every first and third Thursdays at 6:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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