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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All the News for May

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WordWrites Guild is bursting into spring with informative presentations, fun activities and far reaching plans. Whether new to writing or an old hand at the craft, writers of every genre, style, and approach are invited to avail themselves of all that WWG has to offer.

May 10th 

WWG Meeting – Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Special Guest Speaker – Maureen Sheets, CPA

Ms. Sheets will present a general overview about the financial side of writing, including the differences between writing as a hobby and a profession. Afterward, she will be available to answer questions from those in attendance. This is a free event, open to all interested writers.

 

May 24th

After much discussion and experimentation, it is finally official … beginning in May,

WordWrites Guild will meet

every FOURTH THURSDAY

from 6:00-8:00pm

in the Harrison Branch Library

(located on New Haven Road in Harrison, Ohio)

Please mark your calendars with this permanent and updated schedule. WWG will also continue to meet in the Lawrenceburg Library every second Thursday of each month.

Ongoing

WordWrites Guild and Oxbow, Inc. are proud to co-sponsor a community-wide

Writers Contest

Open to Writers of Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction

who have visited the Oxbow Wetlands (www.oxbowinc.org)

between January 1, 2018 and September 14, 2018

Deadline to enter is September 14, 2018

Prizes will be awarded in each of nine categories.

Details are available at:

http://www.oxbowinc.org/kids-version-of-writing-contest.pdf

 

Stay up to date on all that WordWrites Guild does and offers by coming to the next WWG meeting (the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, in Lawrenceburg and Harrison, respectively), and take a moment to Follow or subscribe via email to this website for news about the latest WWG programs, celebrations and community-wide events.

Just a Reminder …

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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 have a full night planned, including, but not limited to:

  • Group review of Pat H.’s current book in progress
  • Volunteer opportunities with the ongoing WWG & Oxbow, Inc. writing contest
  • Updates about special events scheduled for the coming months
  • Sharing our literary achievements inspired by the following writing prompts:

One half of a ripped love letter

Royalty

We look forward to seeing you this WEDNESDAY night!

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Meeting Reminder

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You are cordially invited to attend the first WordWrites Guild meeting to be held in the meeting room of the Harrison Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library tonight from 6:00pm-8:00pm. We will critique Susan T.’s latest chapters, share our unique interpretations of this month’s three-word writing prompt (factitious, enhance and excruciating), and share our writing experiences with fellow wordies.

There is no need to RSVP – simply stop by and get to know this community of writers. We look forward to seeing you this evening.

News to Know!

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  • Beginning in February, WWG will resume twice a month meetings for the remainder of 2018: every second Thursday evening in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and every fourth Wednesday from 6-8pm in Harrison, Ohio. Location details will be announced in the coming week.

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  • To celebrate National Poetry Month, drop-in writing sessions are scheduled for every Tuesday in April at 2:00pm at the North Dearborn Public Library. These casual get-togethers provide a quiet place to write in the silent company of fellow wordsmiths.  These afternoon sessions offer free WiFi, light refreshments, and a full hour away from distractions.

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  • WordWrites Guild is delighted to announce that Maureen Sheets, CPA, will be our guest speaker in May, 2018. Ms. Sheets will talk with WWG members about the business side of writing, and will be available to answer general questions about the importance of record keeping, what is an allowable deduction, and the difference between writing as a business or as a hobby.

 

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There is always something happening with WordWrites Guild, so mark your calendar with the locations and times of monthly meetings; make a date with your creative self in April for Tuesdays at Two; plan for a fiscally informative evening in May, and be sure to sign up for regular updates so you will always know what’s new at WordWrites Guild!

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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

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