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!

 

 

Writer’s Retreat

Retreat

IMG_5543Cheryl, Wanda, Libby, Gwen, Pat, Beverly, TJ and Patrise
We all decided to come to Matthews, VA to release
Eating, talking, sharing and caring
Simple minds with one common goal in mind

We have bonded and learned
I’ve discovered some news that I never knew
Libby you’re an amazing you
Fighting the C and never looking back
It’s an ugly thing that loves to attack
Pat what a noble thing to do
Having a voice for a culture that most don’t have a clue
Cheryl always with a funny tale
I’m glad you didn’t bring the sexy spell
IMG_5530Wanda always the voice of reason
So glad you got to let loose and be you for just a season
Gwen the MacGyver who came in the still of the night
With her bright shining light
Beverly with all the wisdom and knowledge
She’s a walking college
Patrise I learned something new
Therapy is all about you
TJ you are a damn hoot
I swear I almost peed in my boot
Whatever the reason God has bought us together
We will never know
But this RETREAT will always remind us
That we are women but writers first!

GL 2015

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.

Yearning for Time and Peace to Write?: Check out Vermont Studio Center Fellowships

Hello, all!

If you really want to concentrate your work, get support, and pamper yourself, writer’s retreats are a great solution.

Here’s one I experienced myself — the Vermont Studio Center, a beautiful, peaceful, stimulating community of artists and writers who gather to get their work done! The deadline for application is October 1st.

I went for a blissful, challenging month, and completed the work on a poetry project that was really important to me. The food was divine, the landscape perfect, the visiting writers were marvelous, and my fellow artists and writers  and I had a half scholarship, so I was able to really dive into the work without breaking the bank. It did take some rearranging of my life, but it was really worth it…

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Here are two fellowships AWWG members and women writers I know might be eligible for:

Civil Society Institute Fellowship
One award for an east coast minority artist with demonstrable financial need. Award includes a $500 travel stipend.
ELIGIBILITY: To be considered for this award, please complete the cultural background portion of VSC’s application and include financial documentation (a copy of the first page of your most recent income tax return, a recent W-2, a statement of need, etc.). Preference will be given to those artists with current addresses in the New Haven, Jersey City, and Baltimore areas.

Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship
One fellowship for an emerging woman writer who will be a first-time resident at VSC.  This award includes a stipend of $1,250 to help cover expenses associated with taking the residency, including but not limited to travel, rent, childcare or to replace lost income.

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships
Sixteen awards open to all artists and writers, based entirely on merit.

Whatever you do, keep writing!

Carol

P.S. If this one month retreat seems too long or too far, check out my local, one-day Fall Storyweaving intensives to fuel your creative process. The next one for writers is September 14 in Accokeek, MD.