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!

 

 

 

 

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October – Picture Perfect

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Trees transform; their colors fluid, moving from green to red, yellow, and orange. Agile leaves dance through golden light as if nature has cast a magical spell upon them. Jewel-toned woods, winding trails, crisp air, and cozy sweaters – it’s time to pack your word bag and plan an outing to WordWrites Guild on October 11th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

Our writing prompt for this meeting is shared by WWG member Laura P. who took this photograph while exploring the oxbow recently.  For anyone who has visited the oxbow, this picture of woodlands and fields, sky and space is familiar. For anyone who has yet to experience these protected wetlands, you might want to clear your calendar on the day of your visit. Once inside the tranquil world of the oxbow, you may find that one step leads to another, and that openness, that wildness and that beauty is difficult to leave.

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It is especially fitting that our writing prompt is a glimpse of the oxbow. We are delighted to have received the entries for the writing contest and are currently reviewing them.

Within a few days we will be notifying winners and awarding prizes!

We sincerely thank everyone who participated in this contest. We hope that you delighted in your visits to the oxbow and had fun writing your essays, memoirs, poems, etc. as much as we enjoyed reading your submissions.

As always, we invite every word-geek, word-monger, word-crafter and word-aficionado to stop by the following WordWrites Guild meetings. We’d love to meet you!

2nd Thursday of October (10-11-2018) in the

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

4th Thursday of October (10-25-2018) in the

Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm

WordWrites Guild meetings are friendly, casual gatherings. Always open to the public, these get-togethers are free of charge and offer support, respect and encouragement to all writers. We understand that life is busy, so please note that writers are welcome to participate in meetings as their schedules allow.

 

Deadline Today – September 14th!

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This is it – the final day to submit your entry to the

WordWrites Guild & Oxbow, Inc.’s Writing Contest.

Please be sure to review the rules and guidelines as

found under the Writing Contest tab at the top of this page.

Writing Contest and Meeting Updates

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It is hard to believe that summer is almost over, and back-to-school time is right around the corner.  Why not squeeze in one last field trip by visiting the Oxbow. It is beautiful this time of year, and it is always changing.

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As many of you know, Oxbow, Inc. and WordWrites Guild have joined forces to co-sponsor a regional writing contest open to all writers who have visited the Oxbow wetlands, located in part near Greendale, Indiana. For more information about this lovely, protected area, please visit http://www.oxbowinc.org. For more information about the contest itself, please click on the Writing Contest tab above. The deadline for the contest is September 14.

 

WordWrites Guild is open to writers of all kinds, from beginners, to accomplished writers, from those with an idea, to those working on something bigger. All are invited to become a member of WWG and share their writing successes and challenges, to submit work for review or critique, and/or to share their writing-prompt-inspired literary creations with the group.

There are those who never write in the margins of books, and then there are those who jot down everything–even their most precious secrets–in the white spaces of reading material. Search through your books (especially those purchased second hand) for marginalia. Let your imagination run wild as you consider the meaning of these jottings and imagine what the person who wrote them would be like. Use these ideas as a writing prompt for a story or poem or whatever comes to mind.  (For more ideas, visit http://www.atlasobscura.com/article/best-notes-written-in-books) Then visit WordWrites on August 9 to share your work.

At the next meeting, Liz Loche will discuss and help set up accounts for Social Media Marketing. If your are a writer who would like to “get your name out there”, this is the meeting for you.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 9th from 6:00-8:00, in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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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

 

 

 

 

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