Book Lover’s Bazaar Saturday

2116 Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center, Woodbridge, VA
Saturday, October 10th 10-4

Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for kids under 10.
All proceeds go to First Book & The Office of Letters and Light

Come meet local Authors, and bring the kids to Story-Time. Participate in our fun adult activities: peruse the Silent Auction, have a Blind Date with a book, and shop local crafters.

We will also be hosting a Writer’s Symposium! (additional $5)

AWWG members will be there selling & signing books, and sharing wit & wisdom! come and have fun.

October Meeting alternate location

Monday October 12 Meeting, 1:15 until 3:15 pm

Due to Library closure for Columbus Day (which some states call Native Americans Day) we’ll meet in the Wagner Center at the Moyaone Commons, 2301 Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek.

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Located at the Moyaone pool it’s only 3 miles from the library.

DIRECTIONS: at B&J’s take Livingston/Accokeek Rd for a brief 0.1 miles, then turn RIGHT to Biddle Rd. Then turn LEFT onto Bryans Point Rd. proceed 2.5 miles.

TURN RIGHT into the parking lot just before the road makes a 90 degree left turn. We’re meeting in the largest building. Plenty of parking.

Dress warmly, the room is heated but the floor will be cold.

Also, next meeting Oct. 26th at Bryans Road Potomac Library.


It’s Lyn Scott,  memoirist and JazzGoddess; I was Shanghaied from NJNY to “Merryland” by a retired Golden Lab in 2011. I proceeded to waste myself for lack of verbal livelihood at the house called “Ducks.” The Acco Lib became the refuge where I saw AWWG Meets here. Fast fwd to 2015:


5cats5ffc5hhhh5AWWG = My giant Prozac

=  My Vibrator

=  My Espresso


 =The Best Gift to my Husband

AWWG Transforms the Hood and

puts AccoLib on the Map for Movement






Ciao bella all, Lyn






Submit Your Work Workshop begins!!

Join us for the first of a series of Submit Your Work Workshops! 

We’ll meet for the next two 4th Mondays at the Potomac Library (Bryans Road) from 1:00-3:00 pm.

We’re working to develop a regular practise of submitting our work to contests and for publication, or any other opportunities to get our work out there.  Leader will have The Writers Market and latest issue of Poets & Writers magazine

Come with your challenges and successes, and bring work to submit, and ideas or listings to share.


Rewriting Myths: A Worthy and Challenging Writer’s Exploration

tumblr_m0sacwHAsz1r9xp88o1_500Tigers Above, Tigers Below

In a way, that old cliche that there are no new stories is true. The web of story vibrates with human nature, and the millions of stories we’ve told ourselves. The trick is to transform the story we’re telling so it’s fresh, so it sings! Here’s a great example, a poet who takes an ancient Buddhist story and makes it her own.

I’ll let Pema Chodron tell you the ancient story:

“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs, and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly.

Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life, it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”
From The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chödrön, page 25

Now see what poet Eliza Griswold did with it:

by Eliza Griswold

What are we now but voices
who promise each other a life
neither one can deliver
not for lack of wanting
but wanting won’t make it so.
We cling to a vine
at the cliff’s edge.
There are tigers above
and below. Let us love
one another and let go.

“Tigers” by Eliza Griswold from Wideawake Field. © Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Pretty powerful, right? Inspiring! This week’s assignment is to choose a story and make it new, however you can in whatever genre you write.

If you’re interested in Writing Coaching or editing, contact me at  My new workbook, Storyweaving Playbook One: Answer the Call to Adventure, will be published in October 2015.

News & Goods from the September Meeting

So Many Fabulous Coming Events!

For the MOST RECENT details, see our Calendar

AWWG FALL RETREAT  Saturday Oct 17 – Monday Oct. 19

Tidewater VA, a gorgeous waterfront house with wrap around porch and water views all around awaits us for two blissful days and nights without distraction. For a very modest cost, we can live in comfort and dive into our work, coming together to share only as needed. Reserve your space NOW. Deadline to notify Georgette Friday Sept. 18. Only a few spaces left.

AWWG Submit Your Work meeting

Purpose: to review some of our many options for submitting work and set goals together. I’ll bring The Writer’s Market and Poets & Writers magazine. Please bring any listings you have to share. UPDATE: the Accokeek Library will NOT be available for Monday 9/21. I am working with the Library for ongoing room access. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for Monday September 28, 1:00 – 3:00, location TBD.

Fairfax Co. Library’s Book Club Conference, Sept. 19th, 9:00 – 1:45 pm. features keynote speaker Celeste Ng. I highly recommend her novel Everything I Never Told You

AWWG will have a table at Book Lover’s Bazaar Saturday Oct. 10th in Woodbridge, VA


GET READY FOR NANO!  Carol Burbank is giving two consecutive workshops with Mia Zachary at the Village Connector in Laurel, MD.  Two consecutive Tuesdays October 13  and 20,  7:00-9:00 pm

AWWG NaNoWriMo KICK OFF  Monday November 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Accokeek Library

“COME WRITE IN!”  events in November – write-ins for NaNoWriMo participants in Accokeek, Waldorf, LaPlata and more. Stay tuned for more details

AWWG NaNoWriMo CELEBRATION  Monday December 7,6:00 – 8:00 pm  with Participants readings at the Accokeek Library


Carol Burbank’s new book, Answer the Call to Adventure, which is Playbook One from Storyweaving Press, will be available October 1st. You bet she’ll be bringing a stack to the meeting!

Nicole Commisionong’s Blog  mum in motion has been optioned for a tv show! WOW!! Stay tuned for more, and read Nicole’s blog in the mean time.


We may have a very special Guest Author Jennifer Handford, novelist. She’s asked us to purchase books in exchange for giving a talk to AWWG, and a show of hands revealed enough interest to pursue this. Stay tuned!!  Meanwhile, check out Jennifer’s books: Daughters for a Time, Acts of Contrition and the soon to be released Light of Hidden Flowers at the link above.

It’s Almost NaNo Time again!!!

What is NaNo, you ask? National Novel Writing Month comes every year in November, and that’s when I join over 300,000 of my closest writer friends in the quest to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Can it be done? Of course! I’m a four-time winner!

Now, truth be told, winning means I met my goal, and exceeded the 50,000 word count. (That means I have a pile of rough drafts!) Some writers set other goals. In the Young Writers Program, kids work with a teacher or mentor to set an achievable goal. Not everyone writes a novel, either. NaNo Rebels have their own Forum hangout and pursue their memoirs, essays, poetry and plays with the enthusiastic support of the community.

It’s a global event, and there are local and state organizers who help us track our progress and hold meetups everywhere there are NaNo writers. Including Accokeek, MD.

This year I am so proud: our host library is an official Come Write In location! We’re having a big Kick-Off event on Monday November 2 from 6:o0 to 8:30 pm! Come and meet WriMo participants from the past, present and future, and get motivated to write like you never have before. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Mark your calendar for  Monday December 7 when we’ll celebrate our achievements from 6:o0 to 8:30 pm. There will be party fare and author readings, and more! Stay tuned to this blog for details as they arise.

Feel free to get in touch with me with any questions you have about NaNoWriMo – I love to share and encourage more writers to join in the fun.

Here’s a pep talk from the NaNoWriMo blog:

Wrimos Around the World: “Swallow Your Fears and Keep Moving.”

One of the best parts of NaNoWriMo is the incredible community of writers behind it. Today, Lise Quintana, creator of the Lithomobilus platform and head of Zoetic Press, shares how the lessons she’s learned from NaNoWriMo have applied to her many entrepreneurial projects:

When did you first participate in NaNo, and what drew you to it?

I found NaNoWriMo in 2002, when a colleague emailed me an article in early October saying “These people are crazy.” I signed up before I responded to his email. For my first NaNoWriMo, I have to admit:

to read Lise’s confession and the rest of her article, click here for more: “Swallow Your Fears, con’t.”

How do you establish a productive writing routine? Ronald Kellogg’s advice…

Wendy MacNaughton for Brain Pickings

Wendy MacNaughton from Brain Pickings

Here we are again, the symbolic (or real) beginning of the school year, and the revv up for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month).

Do you know what your writing schedule will be?

Check out this great blog from Brain Pickings!

The summary of Kellogg’s findings about the psychology of effective writing habits might inspire you!

Here’s a taste:

“Location and physical environment also play a role in maintaining a sustained and productive workflow. Bob Dylan, for instance, extolled the virtues of being able to “put yourself in an environment where you can completely accept all the unconscious stuff that comes to you from your inner workings of your mind.” Reviewing the research, Kellogg echoes Faulkner’s memorable assertion that “the only environment the artist needs is whatever peace, whatever solitude, and whatever pleasure he can get at not too high a cost” and notes that writers’ dedicated workspaces tend to involve solitude and quiet, although “during the apprenticeship phase of a writer’s career, almost any environment is workable” — most likely a hybrid function of youth’s high tolerance for distraction and the necessity of sharing space earlier in life when the luxury of privacy is unaffordable.

But the key psychological function of such dedicated environments isn’t so much superstitious ritualization — an effort to summon the muse through the elaborate juju of putting everything in its right place — as cognitive cueing. Kellogg considers the usefulness of a special space used solely for writing, which cultivates an “environment that cues the desired behavior.”

Read more…

Accokeek Women’s Writing Group profiled in Southern Maryland Gazette

Cheryl Holloway reads from her new book of short stories, soon to be available! Photo by JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

Cheryl Holloway reads from her new book of short stories, soon to be available! Photo by JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

I am so proud that our AWWG was profiled in the Gazette last month!

Clinkscales didn’t capture the diversity of our group — we have poets, playwrights, fiction writers, memoirists, children’s authors and many other genres and interests! — but it’s nice to be noticed….

I love our growing circle of talented and passionate women!

Who here is the least bit surprised?

A male name makes you 8 times more likely to get published, one female author finds.

HommedePlumeSo reads the headline of this article in the UK Independant earlier this month. Author Catherine Nichols received a strikingly positive response to here query letters once she realized what was wrong with her pitch: she was using her own, female, name.

After nearly 50 rejections of her well crafted queries she finally gave it a try: set up a new email under a male name and gave it another go. Almost immediately she received an enthusiastic response, from both male and female literary agents, including several who had previously rejected her book.

In another article about her in the Guardian, she explains:

“Apparently ‘George’ is eight and a half times better than me at writing the same book. Fully a third of the agents who saw his query wanted to see more.”

Read her original essay about this on Jezebel