March Prompts & Plans

  • Cheryl Holloway will be your facilitator for the AWWG March meeting, 3/13 at 1:15pm.
  • Be sure to check our official calendar HERE, for who’s Leading and who’s Reading!
  • Send me email if you’d like to Lead or Read!!

2 Prompts for March meeting- follow your Muse!

1. Greening, greenhorn, greenish… 

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!

most importantly:



Wouldn’t you love to read, write here?

Reblogging for all you book and library lovers: Never before seen images of the oldest Bodleian Library reading room. How I’d love to write there, surrounded by history!  Click through to the article for more images. 

Photograph by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 Built in 1487, Duke Humfrey’s Library is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. Duke Humfrey’s Library is named after Humphrey of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Gloucester, a younger son of Henry IV of England. He was a connoisseur of literature…

via This Reading Room at the University of Oxford is One of the Oldest in Europe — TwistedSifter

It’s NaNoWriMo Time!


It’s that time again:

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.

Some resources to help you get ready:

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.

Ask me about NaNoWriMo!

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.

Click for Line-up

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May’s Meeting Report

Fun was had by all

Our fearless leader was away so Patrise led the meeting. We had 17 attendees.Quite a few members wrote for last month’s prompts and we enjoyed those. Wanda read from a novella in progress and received lots of feedback from the group, and encouragement to keep going.

New Book wants reviews!

New member Teresa Maxwell has her first book up on Kindle. More Than My Share of Pain is a memoir and inspirational book about surviving verbal and emotional abuse. Available for free as a Kindle eBook. Terry would be grateful for any reviews, so please check it out HERE:

AWWG Writers take the Challenge!

Finally, to launch the Erotic Writing Challenge, Cheryl coaxed writers out of their shells with a random prompt exercise that got us writing – about strippers! Everyone chose two slips: one stripper name and one provocative adjective. My character was named “Hung Jury.”  We had a lot of fun writing these character studies, and they ranged from heartfelt to hilarious, titillating to tragic. Carol Cox offered a scorching description of pleasure, and conscripted us all with masterful misdirection.

This proved beyond doubt that you all have potential to warm things up, and I hope for a few more signups for the Challenge or some surprises on June 13th!.

Some Like it HOT!


Stay tuned for more details about our First Ever Erotic Writing Challenge!

We’ll have a fabulous Celebration at the end, open to all members, featuring readings from your steamy work, and prizes for all participants.

Watch your mailbox!

Take a Risk

There’s a wonderful essay in this month’s Poets & Writers Magazine, Dangerous Writing by Tom Spanbauer. Alas, it’s not available online, only in the Jan.—Feb. 2016 print issue.

This author defines ‘Dangerous Writing’ as “not serial killers or speed crazed race drivers” but something much more personal.

“To write dangerous is to go to parts of ourselves we know exist but try to ignore —parts that are sad, sore; parts that are silent, and heavy. Taboo. Things that won’t leave us alone.”

Spanbauer, who teaches a course called Dangerous Writing in Portland, OR, is describing something more intimate. He relates that most of his students arrive thinking that he wants an adventure or horror story from them, and he has to bring them around to confront their humanness in a new way.

“We are set down on this earth bewildered. Someone once asked me why I write and I explained ‘Because I cannot speak and cry at the same time.’ It has been the battle of my life to speak what is in my heart openly and with a clear voice.”

His favorite prompt to give new arrivals is to write about a moment after which you were different. That’s an intriguing assignment. Anyone willing to take it on?

Remember you can contribute to this blog! Consider writing for us – let me know if you need to set up a login.

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

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.