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.

 

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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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Falling into Autumn

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Please note that the next WordWrites Guild meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Library at 6:00 p.m. The date was reported in error on the last post.

September is an unpredictable month – will it bring the first crisp hints of autumn with it? Or will every day make us wish for the relative cool of mid-July?

No matter the weather, this is the time to visit the Oxbow wetlands located near US50 in Hamilton County, Ohio and Dearborn County, Indiana for inspiration. The WWG and Oxbow, Inc. joint writing contest will close at 11:59pm on Friday, September 14th.

Per contest rules, every submission needs to include a picture of that special place within the oxbow lands that inspired you as a writer. To find a map of the oxbow, please visit Oxbow, Inc. , and for more information about the contest, please click on the tab at the top of this page.

Local writers are invited to join their fellow wordies at the next meeting of WordWrites Guild on Thursday, September 13th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm. There is never a fee to join, and all writers are welcome regardless of age, genre, or experience.

Ever wonder how to make your characters tell who they are and what will come next in the story? Then get ready for a rousing roundtable discussion on dialogue–how to use it, improve it, punctuate it, and utilize it in your stories. Bring your ideas and hear those of others at the next WWG meeting.

We all know that from time to time, writers lose the ability to come up with new ideas or experience a creative slowdown. You might wail, “I can’t think of anything to write,” or “I’m just not creative enough for this topic.” Well, that’s Writer’s Block for you–and that’s the September 6th writing prompt. Put your Writer’s Block ideas on paper in whatever clever, factual, or technical writing form you’d like, and share them at WordWrites’ on September 6th.

One last note: WordWrites would like to celebrate the release of Pat Hanlon’s new book, Hooker’s Bridge, Civil War Saga available now at Amazon.com. Congratulations, Pat!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Beat the Heat with …

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… refreshing reviews and cool conversation at the next WordWrites Guild meeting on July 26th in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm. The Thursday evening gathering of writers will include reviews and critiques of members’ submitted works-in-progress; updates on the ongoing writing contest that is co-sponsored by Oxbow, Inc. and WordWrites Guild. Willing participants will have the opportunity to read their latest creation inspired by this month’s writing prompt.

As always, every writer is encouraged to stop by any WordWrites Guild meeting. There is never a fee to join WWG – all that is required is an interest in and a willingness to write. No matter the genre or level of experience, members and visitors can enjoy a respectful and encouraging approach to reviewing and critiquing submissions, and an evening connecting with fellow writers.

We look forward to seeing familiar faces and to welcoming new wordsmiths!

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.

June is All A’Bloom … with Words!

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Summer has arrived and with it a plethora of outdoor activities. The lengthening days are filled with gardening, camping, swimming and blowing bubbles in the sunshine. As a writer, be sure to take advantage of these bright days and happy moments – every experience can give impetus to fun short stories or intriguing novels.

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As you create those new places and develop those interesting characters, remember that you can join fellow sunburned writers on every second Thursday of each month to talk about the craft of writing. Members are encouraged to share their work, to submit manuscripts for careful critique or casual review, and to participate in conversations about writing as a passion and a profession.

Stop by the next WordWrites Guild meeting on Thursday, June 14th in the sunny Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm.  We will review member’s work, share our writing-prompt inspired masterpieces, and will provide important writing contest updates. For more information about this Oxbow, Inc. and WordWrites Guild jointly-hosted writing contest, please click on the Writing Contest tab at the top of the page.

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