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

Local Author Event at Calvert Library

Readers, writers, and friends, please stop by the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick, MD, this Saturday to meet and hear from an amazing lineup of authors.

authorevent2016smallerI’ll be there, but most of my Accokeek Women Writers Group friends have heard from me.

The library put together a full schedule of events, with something to entertain people of all ages.

For more information, please see http://wp.me/p2Jprd-1m.

I hope to see you there!

Valerie Ormond

Remember Marley Dias of #1000BlackGirlBooks?

Remember this post?  Young Activist’s Call for Books

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She interviewed Madame President Hillary Clinton and it’s awesome:

Hillary faces toughest interview yet

from Elle Magazine 10/6/16

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
Readers, members, fans: send your books

Young Activist’s Call for Books

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Marley Dias with examples of POC girl-power books

Marley Dias recently applied for and earned a grant from Disney to help feed orphans in Ghana. She is eleven years old.

Recently Dias came home from school frustrated, and explained to her mom that all her school reading assignments seemed to be monochromatic.

“I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs.”

Her mother Janice asked her what she was going to do about it, so Marley started a book drive for stories where non-white girls are the main characters, not just in the background or minor characters.

Now gaining followers via twitter for her #1000BlackGirlBooks drive, Marley explained:

“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.

News & Goods from the September Meeting

So Many Fabulous Coming Events!

For the MOST RECENT details, see our Calendar

AWWG FALL RETREAT  Saturday Oct 17 – Monday Oct. 19

Tidewater VA, a gorgeous waterfront house with wrap around porch and water views all around awaits us for two blissful days and nights without distraction. For a very modest cost, we can live in comfort and dive into our work, coming together to share only as needed. Reserve your space NOW. Deadline to notify Georgette Friday Sept. 18. Only a few spaces left.

AWWG Submit Your Work meeting

Purpose: to review some of our many options for submitting work and set goals together. I’ll bring The Writer’s Market and Poets & Writers magazine. Please bring any listings you have to share. UPDATE: the Accokeek Library will NOT be available for Monday 9/21. I am working with the Library for ongoing room access. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for Monday September 28, 1:00 – 3:00, location TBD.

Fairfax Co. Library’s Book Club Conference, Sept. 19th, 9:00 – 1:45 pm. features keynote speaker Celeste Ng. I highly recommend her novel Everything I Never Told You

AWWG will have a table at Book Lover’s Bazaar Saturday Oct. 10th in Woodbridge, VA

NaNoWriMo NEWS & EVENTS

GET READY FOR NANO!  Carol Burbank is giving two consecutive workshops with Mia Zachary at the Village Connector in Laurel, MD.  Two consecutive Tuesdays October 13  and 20,  7:00-9:00 pm

AWWG NaNoWriMo KICK OFF  Monday November 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Accokeek Library

“COME WRITE IN!”  events in November – write-ins for NaNoWriMo participants in Accokeek, Waldorf, LaPlata and more. Stay tuned for more details

AWWG NaNoWriMo CELEBRATION  Monday December 7,6:00 – 8:00 pm  with Participants readings at the Accokeek Library

MEMBERS’ GOOD NEWS!!

Carol Burbank’s new book, Answer the Call to Adventure, which is Playbook One from Storyweaving Press, will be available October 1st. You bet she’ll be bringing a stack to the meeting!

Nicole Commisionong’s Blog  mum in motion has been optioned for a tv show! WOW!! Stay tuned for more, and read Nicole’s blog in the mean time.

NOVEMBER MEETING  11/11

We may have a very special Guest Author Jennifer Handford, novelist. She’s asked us to purchase books in exchange for giving a talk to AWWG, and a show of hands revealed enough interest to pursue this. Stay tuned!!  Meanwhile, check out Jennifer’s books: Daughters for a Time, Acts of Contrition and the soon to be released Light of Hidden Flowers at the link above.