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.



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.

Looking Toward 2019!

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The last twelve months have been especially busy for WordWrites Guild. Members learned about the business side of writing/self-employment during the informative and friendly presentation by Maureen Sheets, C.P.A. in May. Over the summer, Jenna Baumgartner, Vice President of Hoosier Hills Literacy League, and her husband Rick, both local builders and stewards of Little Free Libraries, stopped by to share their experiences with the Little Free Library program and talked with the group about ways to encourage and promote literacy. And this past autumn, WordWrites Guild and Oxbow, Inc. recognized and celebrated all of the talented writers who participated in the community writing contest with prizes and public readings.

Over the course of 2018, WWG members have had books, stories, and articles published, and many have made great progress with their works-in-progress.  Sadly, we’ve said goodbye to some members, but have been delighted to welcome new faces, as well.

 

When we meet again on January 10th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm, we’ll continue to welcome all writers – of every genre and level of experience.  WordWrites Guild is a special place where writing matters and where writers are encouraged.

 

Have a safe and wonderful brand new year!

It’s Almost Time …

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… to enjoy the company of fellow writers, share your writing with an appreciative group, and celebrate the holidays with seasonal music and tasty refreshments!

Join WordWrites Guild from 6:30pm-7:30pm on Thursday, December 13th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library for a fun evening of celebration!

Holiday Festivities!

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The public is warmly invited to join WordWrites Guild on Thursday, December 13th in celebration of the winter holidays. Throughout the evening of seasonal music, delicious refreshments and good company, all writers are encouraged to share their own take on the current writing prompt, and/or read from their personal writing, works-in-progress, etc.

The evening begins at 6:30pm in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library  We look forward to celebrating the season with you.

Our writing prompt for the evening is to add a feast to your writing. Do this any way you like: as a description, a memoir, a creative story, a poem, an essay, or whatever strikes your fancy.

So, come one, come all and join us for feasting and celebration of the holidays at WordWrites Guild Open House. As an added bonus, the winners of the Oxbow/WordWrites Guild writing contest will read their winning entries. Mark your calendars for December 13th and be part of the fun.

 

Only One Meeting This Month

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As winter makes its chilly way toward the Midwest, writers don sweaters and steep tea in anticipation of shorter days and longer nights in which to write.

Calendars are already overflowing with traditional gatherings and new adventures, so WordWrites Guild will host only one meeting this month – on November 8th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm.

Please note that our next gathering will be our annual Open House, held on Thursday, December 13th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

All writers are welcome to escape the maelstrom and join this relaxing, encouraging and supportive group.

 

The last meeting brought an interesting discussion of clichés, which led to an interesting discussion of idioms, which led to an interesting discussion of Spoonerisms, which led to an interesting discussion of Malapropisms, which led to an interesting discussion of eggcorns, which led to an interesting discussion of . . . well, you get the idea. Good thing you do because these are the topics for the November meeting’s writing prompt. To help you along, here are definitions for each term. Use one or more examples of these in your writing this week.

A cliché is an expression that has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or even to the point of being trite or irritating.  Examples: cold, hard cash or going bananas.

An idiom is a phrase or expression that means something different from what the words actually say. Example: using over his head for didn’t understand.

A Spoonerism is an accidental transposition of initial consonants in a pair or words. Example: well-boiled icicle instead of well-oiled bicycle.

A Malapropism is the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar. Example: a musical progeny for a musical prodigy.

An eggcorn is a word or phase that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another. Examples: for all intensive purposes instead of for all intents and purposes or doggie dog world for dog-eat-dog world.

Use whatever examples you find–or create–to complete your story, poem, or essay. Be ready to share at WordWrites Guild on November 8. Everyone is welcome!

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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