Writing Contest Updates

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Whew! The WordWrites Guild and Oxbow, Inc.’s 2018 Writing Contest has come to a close. Members of both organizations wish to thank every writer, educator, volunteer, media outlet – everyone throughout the region – who contributed to the success of this special event.

Please watch for news about the winning submissions and look for details about the upcoming special reception during which winning writers will be awarded their prizes.

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We hope that every writer continues to find inspiration in the beauty of the oxbow, and we invite every participant to join the community of writers that comprise WordWrites Guild.

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27th, from 6:00- 8:00 at Maverick’s Firewater Grill, located at 535 E. Eads Parkway, in Greendale, Indiana 47025. We are always open to new members. Hope to see you then!

The discussion topic for the upcoming meeting will be “Dialogue”. The definition, according to playwright and screenwriter John Howard Lawson, is that “dramatic dialogue should always be a compression and extension of action.” Whether you agree or disagree, let this definition be your incentive to dabble in a dazzling dialogue discussion at WordWrites’ next meeting.

September 27th’s writing prompt is literally a roll of the dice. Nine cubes with a picture on each face revealed the following images:  Smiley Face, Lightning Bolt, Eye, Bridge, Magnifying Glass, Flower, Padlock, Shooting Star, and Clock. Imagine those images or words as they “roll” into your writing; then join WordWrites for a thoughtful (or perhaps hilarious) read-aloud.

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Guest Speakers – Little Free Libraries

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WordWrites Guild is delighted to welcome Jenna and Rick Baumgartner to our July 12th meeting in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. Jenna Baumgartner, Vice President of Hoosier Hills Literacy League, and her husband Rick have built and currently maintain two Little Free Libraries in Dearborn County, Indiana.

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For anyone unfamiliar with the Little Free Library organization, it is a community based effort to promote literacy and share a love of reading. Favorite books are placed inside each small ‘library’ for anyone to chose and take with them, all for no cost. It is simply ‘Take a Book, Leave a Book”.

Please attend the July 12th WWG meeting to learn about Little Free Libraries, meet two local LFL stewards working to share books with the community, and ask questions about this highly-regarded, international organization.  The free program will begin at 6:00pm in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.

Fourth Thursdays – Second Thursdays

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meeting-1738945_1280WordWrites Guild has adopted the following schedule for the remainder of 2018. Please note the change of venue for the fourth Thursday of every month, beginning with our June 28th meeting.

We will meet in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library on every SECOND Thursday.

We will meet in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library on every FOURTH Thursday.

Both meetings begin at 6:00pm, although drop-ins are always welcome.

The writing prompt for the June 28th meeting is:

Choose a song and write a poem or fiction piece that the song might be about. Keep your song a secret because after reading your story, the group will try to guess which song you have chosen.

Please join us at the next meeting to share and listen to always entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking takes on the current writing prompt; discuss the ongoing WWG and Oxbow, Inc.’s writing contest, and review submitted works-in-progress.

Please be sure to mark your calendars and stop by the Ewbank Room at the Lawrenceburg Public Library on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00pm. We’ll be glad to see you!

 

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.

 

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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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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Looking For a Good Read?

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We thought that the followers of WordWrites Guild might be interested in reading some of the published and in-progress works of our members from time to time. A popular speaker, successful author and co-chair of WWG, Susan Troutt has a rare gift for writing humor that makes younger readers and even adults laugh out loud. Her books include fun reads and memorable work – due in no small part to Susan’s literary talent and years of experience as an elementary teacher.

Feel free to enjoy a sample of Susan’s newest book, and look for future introductions to Susan’s fellow WordWrites Guild writers soon.

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