Exciting changes for our local gathering of dedicated writers! We’re moving to a more collective structure, sharing more retreats, and continuing to build a diverse, passionate and supportive community!
The biggest shift is that we are sharing facilitation! Instead of one person running every meeting, each of us is stepping up to share our skills and passions, and lead the group.
We’ve put a new folder with instructions for leading a meeting, and sign up sheet for leaders, readers and mailing list. So if you want to step up, we’ve made it easy!
The best thing about this change is that each leader offers her strengths and passions, and we’re all learning so much in the process.
If you haven’t joined us at the Accokeek Library, every second Monday of the month, from 1:15 to 3:15, come along! If you’re already a member, sign up to lead and read, and enjoy the new AWWG!
What do these ‘green’ words evoke for you? Spring sweeping north on a warm wind? Your favorite vista changing from gray to green? The sprouting of perennials? New growth, newbies of all kinds, inexperienced but not for long. Or perhaps getting seasick! How about learning to recycle? Take a green word in a surprising direction, in fiction, non-fiction, poetry or something else.
2. March 14 is World Pi Day!
It’s an irrational number, a number that never ends, and the ratio of diameter to circumference. Take Pi and run with it: remind you of school? A science fiction plot? Someone who bakes delicious pies? Consider wordplay with Pi, or whatever surprising notion can fuel your fiction, non-fiction, poem or play!
AWWG is such a lively and vital group! Listening to our “News & Goods” each month is inspiring and heartwarming – pat yourselves on the back, dear Writers, and give yourself 5 gold stars, you are shining!
Here are some highlights from February’s meeting:
Due to Patrise’s NEW JOB we will be rotating meeting facilitators. Watch for the email, we need a facilitator for March and April, ASAP!
Lydia’s Revenge now available!
Libby’s first novel Lydia’s Revenge is now available via Amazon, B&N, and other places. For the moment it’s FREE!
Libby recommends the free service from PRONOUN, that helped her format her book, including creating a cover, book layout, even an ISBN! Great for start-up writers. LINK HERE
Yes, You ARE Working:
Carol B. wasn’t sure she was accomplishing much writing, with everything else going on in life. So she printed that past 6 months work. Resulting in a nice bright stack of pages! Sometimes we need to SEE it to believe it. Watch for Carol’s 2nd Storyweaving Playbook coming soon. First one available HERE and HERE
Charles Co. Library hosts local writers!
Georgette and Carrie are among that local writers celebrated at Waldorf West Library, Saturday Feb. 18th from 2-4. Sponsored by the Charles County Arts Alliance, the conference room was packed with authors and readers, and after presentations we had a chance to visit authors’ tables, chat them up and buy books. Congratulations, Carrie and Gee!
Also, Georgette has a play in development, and met with a local writer who recently saw her work come to life on the stage.
Pat C. submitted her screenplay, “Below the Radar,” to the Maryland Film Office. We look forward to good news soon!
Clara’s partner Cynthia passed away last year. While going through things Clara discovered a treasure trove of her poems and writings, inspiring her to write more. What a beautiful tribute.
Take a look at LOVE from an unusual viewpoint. How does LOVE moves throughout our lives?
Any genre is acceptable- essay, memoir, fiction, poetry, etc. Submit online or come and read at the meeting Feb. 13.
Here are a few quotes from famous writers to help inspire you:
You have more love to give than you could ever know. “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” ― Written by Zelda Fitzgerald in her novel, Save Me The Waltz.
Some passions may be impossible to resist.“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”― Written by Oscar Wilde in his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Love is the greatest gift and the greatest sacrifice. “In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave, And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet, it is only love which sets us free.”― Written by Maya Angelou in her poem, Touched By An Angel.
When real love hits, it shouldn’t make you feel weak. “Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.”― Written by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morison in her novel, Jazz.
This month’s readers are Carol Burbank and Alexandra Jellerette
We are ready to WRITE, to send forth our words: wise, funny, shocking, entertaining, pointed: all the words.
We hold the power to change the world in our pens.
I offer a theme for next Monday’s meeting: the verb “to inaugurate.” It’s an interesting word with deep origins, deriving from Latin. We use it to mean something akin to “officially begin” but the root word “Augur” meant something else all together!
Time to get ready to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The marathon for first drafts, the inimitable NaNoWriMo. Nano is the writing event that taught me that “I can’t run a marathon, but I can write one!”
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
If you’re not a novelist, non-fiction and other genres are more than welcome to the party.
Last year AWWG had at least 5 participants, and several members used all the inspiration to advance existing projects. You can make it work for you! There will be Write-ins several times a week in various locations, and lots of online encouragement.
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!
I suggest we form carpools. Take THIS SURVEYto 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.
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.
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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