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.
When I was really little, I wanted to be our first woman president. I always knew I want to be the kind of grownup who makes people’s lives better. And since that’s pretty much the job of the President of the United States, it seemed like a good idea.
But I’ve realized that you don’t have to be very old to start trying to fix the problems you see in the world around you. (I’m 11.) That’s why I created #1000BlackGirlBooks, a book drive to collect stories about young black girls. I wanted to be represented in books and show people that it’s possible to create spaces to be seen and represented.
Hillary Clinton is someone who’s never waited around for someone else to do the hard work. She’s been an organizer and a change-maker for her whole life practically. But people don’t really talk a lot about what she did when she was a kid like me. It turns out she’s…. READ MORE
Do you love the sensuality of language? Do the right words warm you up and make your heart beat fast? As women we are more likely to be aroused by reading than looking at images. What if you wrote the beautiful words that move you?
Erotic Writing – def. writing that focuses on the sensations, emotions and experience of sensuality, sexuality, love, and/or romance.
The short definition of ‘erotic’ is ‘of, relating to, or tending to arouse sexual desire or excitement.’ But as writers we know there’s more to it. What is and is not erotic is wholly dependent on the viewer’s culture and personal tastes, yet we know it when we experience it.
What are the elements that incite that awakening of desire? Poet Audre Lorde says “The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feelings.”
So as you plan and begin to write, call on that power and beauty within you, and let her express herself!
What if you penned a sexy rom-com? A naughty limerick? A fleeting fantasy imagined like a dream? A hot encounter with an alluring stranger? What if you wrote something you never before dared to write?
Sign up today for AWWG’s Some Like it HOT! Erotic Writing Challenge and you have the perfect opportunity to create something fabulous and share the process with your sister writers.
Please review the Guidelines, below or attached as PDF.
Are you a feminist writer? Check out this opportunity!
Everyday Feminism is offering a Fellowship Program in order to grow the number of intersectional feminists who can write about social justice issues in a way that reaches a more general progressive audience.
The Fellowship is a 6-month training and mentorship program for activists who write at the intersection of personal and social liberation. Fellows will learn the very writing approach that has helped Everyday Feminism reach 3-4 million people per month in less than 4 years and made more radical politics accessible, appealing, and relevant to a more mainstream audience.
This is a virtual program and Fellows can be anywhere in the world as long as they have Internet access and can participate in the webinars, which will be held during US business hours.
there are so many ways to celebrate. (Does anyone want to volunteer to post poetry-related content here in April? Leave a comment or drop me an email. Or, just do it!) Poets.org has lots of cool suggestions like:
Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place using #npm16 and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter @POETSorg.
NaNoWriMo is holding the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year. (there’s another one in August.) It’s a chance to join a ‘cabin’ of fellow or sister writers, encourage each other and write like the wind around the virtual campfire every day this month.
Here’s your Camp NaNo to-do List so you’re ready for April 1!
Downtown Bethesda MD celebrates the diversity of modern literature from April 15 through 17. This is the 17th year for the festival which includes more than 20 free events, including readings, talks, book signings, and contests. Featured authors include Joanne Bamburger, Cokie Roberts, Kater Alcott, David E. Hoffman and more. Learn more HERE.
Running in Washington DC from April 14 to April 17, this annual poetry festival is dedicated to “calling poets to a greater role in public life and fostering a national network of socially engaged poets.”
Visit their Featured Poets page or check out their Poet Interview Series on the blog to read more about the line up for 2016.
“I’m hoping to show that other girls can do this as well…I used the resources I was given, and I want people to pass that down and use the things they’re given to create more social action projects — and do it just for fun, and not make it feel like a chore.”
Read more about Marley and her project in the Philly Voice, and send books to her project at the address below.
Book donations can be sent to 59 Main St., West Orange, N.J., 07052, Office 322.