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.

 

 

 

 

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Little Free Library Program

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WordWrites Guild invites you to cool off with fellow word aficionados on Thursday, July 12th at 6:00pm in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

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Rick and Jenna Baumgartner will share their knowledge of and experiences with Little Free Libraries. These Dearborn County residents have built and are the stewards of two Little Free Libraries. The evening will include firsthand information about this international effort to share the love of reading. There will be ample time for questions from attendees during this free event that is, of course, open to the public.

Following the Baumgartners’ presentation, WWG members will share their writing inspired by the following prompt, as explained by Susan T. –

We are to write a description of a place. It may be a travelogue, a story, solely a simple (or detailed) description, or whatever you like. As an added element, you may choose a different time period other than the present and make your piece a time travel offering. Keep your time and place a secret though. We will see if the group can guess where and when your story takes place.

In addition, WWG member Pat H. suggested we choose a topic or theme for each meeting that would include a round table discussion or offer an outright learning experience. The first topic is simply the development of, the use of, the challenges of – everything about, really – plot.

We look forward to seeing you at the

July 12th meeting of WordWrites Guild

from 6:00-8:00pm in the

Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

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.

 

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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Have a Slice of Pi …

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Yay! Yay! It’s Pi Day! No, we didn’t overlook the last letter, March 14th really is International Pi day as in 3.14 … So, if you need some great ideas for your own Pi-Day-Pi-Tay, you might want to consider the following:

 

Feel free to dance along with the music of Pi …

http://www.piday.org/2010/piano-song/

Feel free to gather your friends and put those often overlooked dominoes to good use, or at least time-consuming use …

 http://www.piday.org/2011/pi-in-dominos/

If you’d like to offer slices of pie to as many of your friends who can recite – from memory – the most digits of the more than one trillion that make up a small part of pi, here’s a  peek at the first million – just to satisfy your curiosity…

http://www.piday.org/million/

And if you’d like to celebrate this very important number while supporting one of the many libraries that are near and dear to WordWrites Guild members’ hearts, you are invited to join the Friends of the Lawrenceburg Public Library for some edible sweet pie (and quiche – the savory twin!), and a mathematical movie – Hidden Figures. The evening begins at 6:00pm in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Library. This is a free community, adults-only event, so bring your friends aand join the Friends as they support the library on International Pi Day – March 14th!

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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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