Our 2017 Inaugural Meeting

pen-is-mightier-than-a-sword-a-short-essay-on-l-xdxmkxGreetings and Salutations, Brave Writers, & Happy New Year!

January Meeting Monday the 9th, 1:15 pm
Accokeek Branch Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek

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!

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Source: late 16th century: from Latin inaugurat- ‘interpreted as omens (from the flight of birds),’
based on augurare ‘to augur.’  Augur synonyms: bode, portend, herald, be a sign of, warn of, forewarn of, foreshadow, be an omen of, presage, indicate, signify, signal, promise, threaten, spell, denote.

What are you in-augur-ating, initiating, installing, opening or unveiling?

What augurs do you heed, and what have they predicted? What signals are you receiving, what heralds have you heard?

Write about this for this month’s prompt, and/or arrive a bit early to write a spontaneous prompt at the beginning of the meeting. See  you Monday!

NOTA BENE: if you are unable to attend the meeting, please write for us and I’ll post your work here. I’m always on the lookout for sister writers to contribute to this blog.

Crow About Your 2016 Progress – Plan for Success in 2017

It’s the Year of the Rooster!

What will you be crowing about by this time next year??

Last Tuesday 12/27 we had a wonderful mini-retreat day at Lyn Scott’s waterfront house “Ducks.” It was such a balmy day that several of us wrote outside on the deck, listening to the ducks and swans enjoying their day splashing about.

We shared our plans and dreams for the new year of writing ahead, and created a talisman that would be a symbol of our commitment to our work.

Plan for Success in 2017

Just because you weren’t there doesn’t mean you can’t share in the process. Here are the questions we asked and answered in our Year Ahead retreat day:

  1. What went well for you and your writing in 2016?
  2. Did you meet the goals you had for the year?
  3. List the writing projects you currently have.
    – Review and report on each one.
    – Now prioritize them for 2017.
  4. What new project is calling to you? Name it, and place it in your 2017 Priority list.
  5. Choose an object – something to keep in your pocket or on your desk, and didicate it to your writing goals for 2017. Hold it in your hands, see your work accomplished! Then keep it as your touchstone to remind you of your goals.
  6. Set specific goals for the first 2 months of 2017. What will you have accomplished by Feb. 28, 2017?
  7. Make an Artist’s Date* with yourself that feeds your creativity.  The Artist’s Date is assigned play, you are wooing your Muse. Click the link to learn more.

There you have it! I recommend you post your answers to your own blog, or submit it here to share with your community.

AWWG will host another Retreat Day in early March, and we’ll see how it’s going! Meanwhile, pick up your pen, stretch your typing fingers and happy writing!

 

 

December Meeting Monday

discoveryourinnerMonday December 12, 2017
1:15 – 3:15pm
ACCOKEEK LIBRARY
15773 Livingston Road
Accokeek, MD 20607

How’s that Holiday spirit holding up?

Forget all about the hectic Christmas season! Come and hang with your AWWG peeps and get revved up for winter writing.

  • Arrive on time for a warm-up prompt to get your words flowing
  • Applaud our NaNoWriMo writers
  • Come & share your News & Goods
  • Don’t forget to bring books, flyers & cards for our Resource table

We’ll discuss our winter writing schedules, a local post-holiday retreat day, and our January party, so don’t miss it!

NEWS BLAST!

Cheryl Holloway featured on Internet radio show The Gospel Truth, hosted by our own Deborah Parker on E-Life Radio!

  • When: Sunday, December 11, 2016
  • Listen in at: www.ELifeMedia.net
  • Time: Approx 2:15 – 2:45 (Eastern Time)
  • Call in Number:  (301) 455-5934 

 

Writers, we Hold the Tools of Change

What It Means To Be A Writer In The Time Of Trump

Huffington Post publishes thoughts from 18 writers on the work ahead.

 

Aftermath: Sixteen Writers
on Trump’s America

from the New Yorker magazine.

 

“This is precisely the time that artists go to work.There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”

~Toni Morrison

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More concrete resources: take action on what you feel strongly about – Slate has a great list HERE

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November is fast disappearing!

nano-logoDear NaNo writers!

We have a write-in planned at Lyn’s house, “Ducks,” from noon-6pm. RSVP to Lyn HERE for directions. Also, one more Monday night Write-in at the Library, 6:30-closing, 11/28.

Here are some tips from the latest Pep Talk, this one from Maggie Steifvater of the Raven Boys series.

  1. Know my project. I need to know what I want that final project to look like. Where it sits on the shelf, why I’m writing it, how it will make the reader feel. Then I ask myself with each chapter: does this belong in the book I said I was writing?

  2. Never sit at my computer without knowing what I’m going to write. If I’m stuck, I need to stimulate my physical body so my mind can play: drive, walk, shower.

  3. Unwind each day with thirty minutes of reading something that feels like what I’m trying to make, to remind myself how others accomplished it.

  4. [brackets]. If I know I need a beat but can’t quite get the details yet, I place brackets around the words [fight here] or [scene], so that I know I can go back and fix it later.

  5. Move forward and backward. I go back and edit; I go forward and outline. Rereading and scanning ahead helps me keep #1 in mind.

  6. Ignore word count. I get through the plot first, then I go back and flesh out or cut down as needed.

From NaNoWriMo Pep Talks by well-known NaNo authors 

It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

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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!

AWWG October Meeting 10/10

Our October Meeting is Monday the 10th. The Library is indeed open, and we’ll gather for our usual informative and entertaining event.

Monday October 10, 1:15 – 3:15 at the Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Road, Accokeek, MD 20607

Prompt? Has anybody seen a Prompt?

Did I give you all a prompt last time? Memory is NOT serving me at this moment! So, if you are in need of a prompt, try one of these:

  • Firelight and Shadow
  • I closed my eyes, drifted towards sleep, and then I saw….
  • Stepping up the creaking step, she pushed the key into the rusty lock. [then what?]

Come prepared to read, share your triumphs and struggles, and move forward in your writing life. Bring like-minded friends!

See you next week.

August Meeting Report

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Pat Crew’s Workshop attendees

This being August, we had lower attendance than usual but there was plenty of great news, prompt writing and planning for the 2016-17 season at this meeting.

Last Week’s WordFest 2016 was proclaimed a splendid success by all who attended. Hurrahs to all who hosted, lead events and attended. Please take the poll in the previous post, if you haven’t already!

Member News & Goods

CAROL got inspired at Happy Hour to launch a new poetry project, and a check for book sales arrived!

KAY thanked Cheryl for the Procrastination workshop. It helped her to plan ahead, negotiate with her husband, and prioritize writing on her calendar.

CHERYL – spoke at the Society of Restoration of Port Tobacco MD local authors event – 13 authors, Charles county. Got good and tough feedback on a book almost done.

CARRIE also read at thePort Tobacco book event, selling every book she brought! Her book The Single Minded Prince was especially popular!

GEE  – now has a sample of her children’s book Gro-c-ery Story. She’s holding readings with kids, launched her NEW BLOG, and continues editing on her novel.

TERESA – Held a poignant reading of her book More than my Share of Pain last Friday that was well attended. She reports that the Telecall was especially useful – Dr Briles offers lots of ideas, a podcast and the free call every week.

Prompts: Last & New

Create a travel piece brought out many readers brought existing work for their wanderings. They were engaging, poignant and fun. Great work everyone!

This months Prompt is ‘Back to School’ I failed to announce it at the meeting – but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Consider taking an unusal approach to the idea – rather than reporting on your experience directly, choose an alternate point of view or use a form (poetry, essay, journalism, fiction) that is outside your comfort zone.  Have fun!

New 2016-17 Season:

We have lots of new ideas for the new year! I am excited to see so many members working to create great experiences for AWWG, and wanting to see it grow. Stay tuned, I may call a planning meeting for members before the September meeting.

EVENTS: when you come across events, conferences and workshops you think we’d be interested in, please send them to me or post on this blog.

Book & Writers Conferences & Workshops:

Please keep an eye out and share what you find. Post here or email to me.

National Book Festival
September 24 – Washington Convention Center
http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

Baltimore Writing Conference
November 12, 2016 – Towson University
http://www.baltimorewritersconference.org/

 

ACTIVITY IDEAS for 2016-2017 season

Important: if you really want something to happen, make it happen. Ask for help, but be a leader!

  • HandMade book – Patrise
  • October Retreat 1st or 3rd weekend- Gee
  • Rant/Slam – Carol
  • NaNoWriMo! – Patrise
  • Book Discussion – same book, various books
  • Social Media, Video workshops
  • Marketing Day
  • Visiting Authors – Cheryl, others
  • Marketing our Group – PGCC, CSM, local press
  • Public Readings – at our Library or others
  • find/create events Similar to Port Tobacco with multiple authors giving book talks, readings

A WordPress WordCamp is Coming Near You!

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WordPress Blogs are popular. Do you have one? Do you need ‘Tips and Ideas’ to make your blog better?

Fact:

WordPress is the most popular open source Content Management System for good reason. The learning curve is lower than other CMS’s, the back-end, for the most part, is intuitive and easy to use, and the platform is highly extensible with many free and premium plugins available.

WordCamp!

Local WordCamp: Baltimore, MD on Nov 19-20, 2016

Topics:

WordPress topics – it can be about the software itself, plugins, blogging tips, SEO, analytics and more. Our speakers are regular people and most don’t consider themselves experts; they have a passion for sharing something they’ve learned. Remember, everyone is an expert in something!

Sponsors:

A variety of Sponsors—local, national and international

Attendees:

Most are small business owners or entrepreneurs.  The first WordCamp was held in San Francisco in 2006. Now, there are 617 WordCamps in 67 cities, 48 countries and on 6 continents.

Local WordCamp: Baltimore, MD on Nov 19-20, 2016

I will keep you posted on the updates, so you can join us. Email me if you are interested in attending.

Cheryl Holloway, Author
AWWG Member

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