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.

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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.

New Year, New Writing, New Friends

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Welcome to 2018 – almost!

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Although the holiday season continues to be joyfully celebrated, a lot of us are wiping our brows, happy to wave farewell to a busy, but oh so last year. Soon it will be time to pick up the pen, warm up the laptop and brew the coffee or stir the cocoa.

Underneath layers of knitted sweaters and mittened fingers lies a sense of anticipation for the coming new year; one that promises fresh stories, thrilling plots and characters ready to surprise us.

What are you planning to do with this exciting new year? Will you tackle that great epic poem at long last? Will you complete your Pulitzer-worthy novel? Will you commit to writing once a month, or each weekend, or just on every day ending with the letter y?

And will you join a writers’ group for steady support, warm camaraderie, and respectful critiques of your work?

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For anyone living in the Greater Cincinnati area, WordWrites Guild is a good place to begin. Our ever-growing group is friendly, diverse and enthusiastic with plenty of fresh ideas for the coming year. Joining WWG is a great way to get off to a great start!

Charging into 2018, we’ll meet on January 11th – and then at least once every month throughout the year. Oh, but keep an ear to the ground and a sharp eye out for updates and news flashes since we will host additional get-togethers, events, and gatherings.

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Our first meeting of the new year will be held at Maverick’s Firewater Grill in Greendale, IN, on January 11th at 6:00pm. Please drop by to meet current members and enjoy some complimentary appetizers. Dinner will be on your own, but there is no need to dine – just share your writing resolutions/goals/hopes for the coming year, if you’d like.

Please note that we will be

critiquing and reviewing at least

two members’ submissions that evening.

And what would WWG be without our always popular 500 word (or less) take on our latest writing prompt? The photo below is this month’s prompt – it should light the imagination, brighten the mind, and warm up those creative juices:

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We’ll look forward to seeing you on the 11th, but are always available to answer questions and provide information about the group. Feel free to contact us at WordWritesGuild@gmail.com, or by texting/leaving a voice message at 812-220-4594.

Happy Every Holiday and Happy ALMOST New Year!

 

 

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