Let’s Go!! National Book Festival

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Next Saturday!

September 24  Walter E. Washington Convention Center, DC

Here’s some info about what’s happening, how to plan, directions and an invitation to form carpools.

National Book Festival is a FREE Library of Congress event that’s been very popular for x years. Once held on the national Mall, now it’s indoors at the DC Convention Center.

NBF can be overwhelming, there are so many authors, genres, and books! This year’s headliner, Stephen King, is already sold out. (Free tix went on ‘sale’ Monday. Sorry, gang.) The best strategy is to have a look at who you’d like to see, and plot your agenda. Then, once you’re there, expect to discovering things you hadn’t thought of!

Some of the authors I’d be interested in seeing: Jerry Pinkney, Doug Brinkley, Carl Hiassen, Noelle Stevenson, Colson Whitehead, Salman Rushdie, the list goes on! Even Shonda Rhimes will be there.

The LOC helpfully provides lots of resources to manage the event, including an app for your phone! Visit the website and get a sense of what’s happening. Check out the Book Festival Blog, which has info on how to get the most out of the event.

I suggest we form carpools. Take THIS SURVEY to help us get organized

One great strategy is to take Metro and park at Anacostia garage, since the green line Metro delivers you right into the Convention Center. A lot of people don’t use this method because the signage is SO BAD you can’t find the station garage unless you know where it is! I’ve included detailed directions for those new to this option, below.

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September Meeting: it’s ‘Back to School’!

Greetings, lovely Writing Women!

It’s that time of year, the hint of cool is in the air (please!) and we’ve all seen our days get busier since the Labor Day with that unmistakable back-to-school energy. And, indeed that was our prompt this month, to write up to 1,000 words on the theme -‘Back to School.’

I’m looking forward to your unique perspective on the idea tomorrow, Monday September 12 at 1:15pm, for our monthly meeting at the Accokeek Library. 

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AWWG is also back to school for another year, our 5th!! I completely expect another awesome year of writing adventures and progress. I am so proud of our members’ successes: new books, stories, edits, drafts and ideas! And of all the creative risk-taking and self promotion that you’re doing to bring your work to the world.

We are growing in our 5th year, and now have an official Steering Committee made up of members who wish to play a role in guiding our continued success as a group. Email me if you’re interested in our next meeting.

We’re also encouraging additional meetings throughout the month. I’d love to hear from the Memoir Group what you’ve been doing, and I believe there’s a Marketing Group that’s forming. Other ideas about additional projects are most welcome!

With the Falling Leaves comes NANOWRIMO!

Don’t forget that NaNoWriMo is on the horizon. For info on our past NaNo doings search the tag ‘nanowrimo’ and visit their web site and blog. October is the time to get ready to write, so we’ll be posting about that here. And of course we’ll host NaNo events in November. Stay tuned!

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August Meeting Report

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Pat Crew’s Workshop attendees

This being August, we had lower attendance than usual but there was plenty of great news, prompt writing and planning for the 2016-17 season at this meeting.

Last Week’s WordFest 2016 was proclaimed a splendid success by all who attended. Hurrahs to all who hosted, lead events and attended. Please take the poll in the previous post, if you haven’t already!

Member News & Goods

CAROL got inspired at Happy Hour to launch a new poetry project, and a check for book sales arrived!

KAY thanked Cheryl for the Procrastination workshop. It helped her to plan ahead, negotiate with her husband, and prioritize writing on her calendar.

CHERYL – spoke at the Society of Restoration of Port Tobacco MD local authors event – 13 authors, Charles county. Got good and tough feedback on a book almost done.

CARRIE also read at thePort Tobacco book event, selling every book she brought! Her book The Single Minded Prince was especially popular!

GEE  – now has a sample of her children’s book Gro-c-ery Story. She’s holding readings with kids, launched her NEW BLOG, and continues editing on her novel.

TERESA – Held a poignant reading of her book More than my Share of Pain last Friday that was well attended. She reports that the Telecall was especially useful – Dr Briles offers lots of ideas, a podcast and the free call every week.

Prompts: Last & New

Create a travel piece brought out many readers brought existing work for their wanderings. They were engaging, poignant and fun. Great work everyone!

This months Prompt is ‘Back to School’ I failed to announce it at the meeting – but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Consider taking an unusal approach to the idea – rather than reporting on your experience directly, choose an alternate point of view or use a form (poetry, essay, journalism, fiction) that is outside your comfort zone.  Have fun!

New 2016-17 Season:

We have lots of new ideas for the new year! I am excited to see so many members working to create great experiences for AWWG, and wanting to see it grow. Stay tuned, I may call a planning meeting for members before the September meeting.

EVENTS: when you come across events, conferences and workshops you think we’d be interested in, please send them to me or post on this blog.

Book & Writers Conferences & Workshops:

Please keep an eye out and share what you find. Post here or email to me.

National Book Festival
September 24 – Washington Convention Center
http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

Baltimore Writing Conference
November 12, 2016 – Towson University
http://www.baltimorewritersconference.org/

 

ACTIVITY IDEAS for 2016-2017 season

Important: if you really want something to happen, make it happen. Ask for help, but be a leader!

  • HandMade book – Patrise
  • October Retreat 1st or 3rd weekend- Gee
  • Rant/Slam – Carol
  • NaNoWriMo! – Patrise
  • Book Discussion – same book, various books
  • Social Media, Video workshops
  • Marketing Day
  • Visiting Authors – Cheryl, others
  • Marketing our Group – PGCC, CSM, local press
  • Public Readings – at our Library or others
  • find/create events Similar to Port Tobacco with multiple authors giving book talks, readings

A WordPress WordCamp is Coming Near You!

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WordPress Blogs are popular. Do you have one? Do you need ‘Tips and Ideas’ to make your blog better?

Fact:

WordPress is the most popular open source Content Management System for good reason. The learning curve is lower than other CMS’s, the back-end, for the most part, is intuitive and easy to use, and the platform is highly extensible with many free and premium plugins available.

WordCamp!

Local WordCamp: Baltimore, MD on Nov 19-20, 2016

Topics:

WordPress topics – it can be about the software itself, plugins, blogging tips, SEO, analytics and more. Our speakers are regular people and most don’t consider themselves experts; they have a passion for sharing something they’ve learned. Remember, everyone is an expert in something!

Sponsors:

A variety of Sponsors—local, national and international

Attendees:

Most are small business owners or entrepreneurs.  The first WordCamp was held in San Francisco in 2006. Now, there are 617 WordCamps in 67 cities, 48 countries and on 6 continents.

Local WordCamp: Baltimore, MD on Nov 19-20, 2016

I will keep you posted on the updates, so you can join us. Email me if you are interested in attending.

Cheryl Holloway, Author
AWWG Member

Email     Website        Blog

I thought AWWG WordFest Was Fabulous! Share your opinion:

Here’s a quick survey for attendees and AWWG members to provide feedback on this year’s summer event, AWWG WordFest!

Please let us know about your experience!

Thank You!!

Your Opinions Count

Please leave your suggestions in a comment, below. Or email patrise for a confidential message.

 

Cool Twitter #Hashtags for Writers!

from the blog Book Marketing Tools check out:

Twitter Daily #Hashtags for Writers

One way to have personal tweets stand out is by using hashtags. Anyone who uses Twitter for a day knows that hashtags are a way to target a tweet to particular interests, i.e #mystery or #romance.

You can go beyond category hashtags, however, with a whole week of hashtags designed to introduce your content to engaged readers, you could continue to use hashtags only to boost your current Twitter book marketing.

Using the chart below, tweet what is relevant to that hashtag on the specific day:

#MondayBlogs: Tweet a link to a blog post from your blog or another author’s. Ideally the blog is published on that Monday.

#TeaserTues: Tweet a link to an excerpt, with a brief but tantalizing quote from it.

#WW or #WriterWednesday: Give a shoutout to fellow authors, with a short reason for following them. You can list more than one author in a tweet. It’s a nice thing to do, plus a great way to build a following.

#IndieThursday: Tweet a shout or a link for a fellow indie author, or just a link to your own indie-pubbed book.

#FridayReads: Tweet suggested weekend reading. Yours of course, but also books you recommend.

#SampleSaturday: Share a one sentence writing sample, put it in quotes, and add the link to the book.

#Sample Sunday: the same as Saturday but possibly a bit more well known to readers surfing for their next read.

Click on some of these and see what you get. Savvy Tweeters will notice some of these links are accounts (@) and some are Hashtags (#) Often the Account sponsors the Hashtag, and retweets you when you use it.

NEXT WEEK!! WordFest Summer Fun

Check it out! WordFest Schedule is up. If you’re local to Accokeek, you can join us for a week of learning and fun.

The Line-UP

Would you like to learn to find your own ‘Object of Writing’? How about make a promotional video? Come to Happy Hour with a book that inspires the writer in you, and stay for Movie Night- films about women writers. Kick procrastination out the door, learn about social media for writers, and perform your work with passion. It’s all on the schedule for the 2nd annual Summer Camp: WordFest 2016!

Visit the lineup page and click on the last column for contact info or handout for each event.

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