NaNoWriMo Write-In Weds. 6 – 8:30

We’re Past Midway!

This year AWWG has more NaNoWriMo writers than ever before! I have seen first hand the determination, diligence, highs and lows of my sister NaNos as we are writing up a creative storm. I’ve kept up my word count and story progress, but am slipping behind a bit, having missed a day for the first time yesterday. Oh-oh!

So I will certainly be at the Wednesday Night Write In, at the Accokeek Library from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. I hope you will join me. I’ll start out the ‘cafe’ where we can have coffee & snacks. 

15773 Livingston Road
Accokeek, MD 20607

Carol Burbank Interview at Cheryl Holloway’s Blog

Our own Carol Burbank has a great interview over at Cheryl Holloway’s blog!

Carol talks about her new book, her work as a writing coach and the inspiring method called Storyweaving that Carol has developed to help people unlock their potential, their creativity and their joy.

If you’re not a subscriber to Cheryl’s blog, I recommend that you sign up, because Cheryl interviews authors of all genres and stages of their careers, and her blog is always interesting and timely.

Nov. 9 Guest Author Jennifer Handford

HandfordbannerNovelist Jennifer Handford joins us tomorrow November 9th at our November meeting to discuss her newest book, The Light of Hidden Flowers, and her journey as an author.

Don’t miss this special event! And bring a friend.

Guest Author: Jennifer Handford

Monday November 9
1:15 pm

Accokeek Branch Library
15773 Livingston Road
Accokeek, MD 20607


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie awarded ‘Best of the Best’

Awarded for the decade’s best novel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie previously won the 2007 Prize for her novel about 1960s Nigeria, a land riven by civil war. Half of a Yellow Sun…

“…is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race – and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.”

The BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction  celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. Formerly known as the Orange Prize, this British award bestows the winner with £30,000 and a bronze ‘Bessie’ statuette, and is endowed by an anonymous donor.

The prize is open to any full length novel written in English by a woman of any nationality, published in the UK. (But alas, self-publishing does not qualify.) Each year a team of notable women authors and leaders review 150 books to determine the Short List and the Prize winner.

Tonight! AWWG hosts NaNoWriMo KickOff Party

Celebrate Writing in Your Community Tonight!

Monday, November 2
6:00 – 8:30 pm

PGMLS Accokeek Branch Library & AWWG present a NaNoWriMo Kickoff Celebration.

  • NaNoWriMo leaders, veterans and newbies share their ideas!
  • Learn about your Library’s resources for writers of all ages
  • enjoy refreshments
  • Everybody is welcome

Accokeek Branch Library
Main Conference Room
15773 Livingston Road
Accokeek, MD 20607

Support your local NaNo writers!

NEXT MEETING: Monday November 9th, 1:15 pm

Special Guest Author Jennifer Handford speaks about her new novel The Light of Hidden Flowers

It’s National Novel Writing Month!


Did you know?

…that every November over 300,000 writers start their word counts at midnight on Halloween and challenge themselves to 50,000 words in 30 days?  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) believes stories matter. The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.


And did you know that in 2014:

325,142 participants worldwide, including 81,311 students and educators in the Young Writers Program, started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, students and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists. How awesome is that?

Locally, our group is hosting a public Kick-Off  in partnership with the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party

Monday November 2 6:00 – 8:30 pm

  • Meet local writers
  • Learn more about NaNoWriMo
  • Enjoy refreshments
  • learn about library resources

Please share this with your family and friends and encourage participation. Even if you are not writing for NaNoWriMo this year, help raise energy for writers and writing in general and support your local Library. Let’s have a party!!

Writer’s Retreat


IMG_5543Cheryl, Wanda, Libby, Gwen, Pat, Beverly, TJ and Patrise
We all decided to come to Matthews, VA to release
Eating, talking, sharing and caring
Simple minds with one common goal in mind

We have bonded and learned
I’ve discovered some news that I never knew
Libby you’re an amazing you
Fighting the C and never looking back
It’s an ugly thing that loves to attack
Pat what a noble thing to do
Having a voice for a culture that most don’t have a clue
Cheryl always with a funny tale
I’m glad you didn’t bring the sexy spell
IMG_5530Wanda always the voice of reason
So glad you got to let loose and be you for just a season
Gwen the MacGyver who came in the still of the night
With her bright shining light
Beverly with all the wisdom and knowledge
She’s a walking college
Patrise I learned something new
Therapy is all about you
TJ you are a damn hoot
I swear I almost peed in my boot
Whatever the reason God has bought us together
We will never know
But this RETREAT will always remind us
That we are women but writers first!

GL 2015

October Meeting News

Upcoming Events


AWWG at the Book Lover’s Bazaar

TONIGHT! Tuesday, October 12 & 20, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
NaNo Rev Up! class with Carol Burbank & Mia Zachary, Harlequin author.

This Saturday 10/17 is our first AWWG Retreat, organized by Gee. I am so excited!! If you’re going, see you there.

Monday, October 26, 1:00 – 3:00 Submit Your Work workgroup meeting

Midnight, October 31st: NaNoWriMo begins!!
contact Patrise for more info

Monday, November 2, 6:00 – 8:30 pm PG County Memorial Library & AWWG present a NaNoWriMo Kickoff Celebration. refreshments served. everybody welcome, come learn about NaNoWriMo and support our NaNo team!

The Book Lover’s Bazaar

A modest success; Carol Burbank, Cheryl Holloway, Patrise, Terry Nicholetti and Wanda, womaned the double table, with books, art & music.  An awesome range of talent was on display. Everybody had at a sale and/or hot prospect, and we networked with other writers and had a great time together. In the end, a lot of fun.

Cheryl made contact with Golden Fleece Publishers and was invited to submit her YA novel.

Next Month’s Special Guest

November’s meeting is a special program with Guest Author Jennifer Handford. Her fee for coming to speak to us was a book order that Wanda Davis is coordinating. If you agreed to purchase a copy of Jennifer’s new book, please email Wanda about payment arrangements.

Oct. – Nov. Prompt

Since we won’t have time for reading next month, here’s your assignment: Write at least a paragraph on “Here’s what I know for sure about writing:”  Then email your answer to Carol Burbank no later than midnight on Sunday, November 1st.

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.