Take a look at LOVE from an unusual viewpoint. How does LOVE moves throughout our lives?
Any genre is acceptable- essay, memoir, fiction, poetry, etc. Submit online or come and read at the meeting Feb. 13.
Here are a few quotes from famous writers to help inspire you:
You have more love to give than you could ever know. “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” ― Written by Zelda Fitzgerald in her novel, Save Me The Waltz.
Some passions may be impossible to resist.“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”― Written by Oscar Wilde in his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Love is the greatest gift and the greatest sacrifice. “In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave, And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet, it is only love which sets us free.”― Written by Maya Angelou in her poem, Touched By An Angel.
When real love hits, it shouldn’t make you feel weak. “Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.”― Written by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morison in her novel, Jazz.
Yes, my dear sister writers, the very act of writing gives us all those benefits! We know it feels good, but now there’s research to back it up, and the results are better than expected. Writing about stressful events eases stress-related ailments. Writers heal faster from wounds and surgery, have stronger immune systems, fewer asthma attacks, and sleep better.
The benefits of writing go far beyond building up your vocabulary.
No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference.
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!
It’s that time of year, the hint of cool is in the air (please!) and we’ve all seen our days get busier since the Labor Day with that unmistakable back-to-school energy. And, indeed that was our prompt this month, to write up to 1,000 words on the theme -‘Back to School.’
I’m looking forward to your unique perspective on the idea tomorrow, Monday September 12 at 1:15pm, for our monthly meeting at the Accokeek Library.
AWWG is also back to school for another year, our 5th!! I completely expect another awesome year of writing adventures and progress. I am so proud of our members’ successes: new books, stories, edits, drafts and ideas! And of all the creative risk-taking and self promotion that you’re doing to bring your work to the world.
We are growing in our 5th year, and now have an official Steering Committee made up of members who wish to play a role in guiding our continued success as a group. Email me if you’re interested in our next meeting.
We’re also encouraging additional meetings throughout the month. I’d love to hear from the Memoir Group what you’ve been doing, and I believe there’s a Marketing Group that’s forming. Other ideas about additional projects are most welcome!
With the Falling Leaves comes NANOWRIMO!
Don’t forget that NaNoWriMo is on the horizon. For info on our past NaNo doings search the tag ‘nanowrimo’ and visit their web site and blog. October is the time to get ready to write, so we’ll be posting about that here. And of course we’ll host NaNo events in November. Stay tuned!
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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 TheSingle 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.
One way to have personal tweets stand out is by using hashtags. Anyone who uses Twitter for a day knows that hashtags are a way to target a tweet to particular interests, i.e #mystery or #romance.
You can go beyond category hashtags, however, with a whole week of hashtags designed to introduce your content to engaged readers, you could continue to use hashtags only to boost your current Twitter book marketing.
Using the chart below, tweet what is relevant to that hashtag on the specific day:
#MondayBlogs: Tweet a link to a blog post from your blog or another author’s. Ideally the blog is published on that Monday.
#TeaserTues: Tweet a link to an excerpt, with a brief but tantalizing quote from it.
#WW or #WriterWednesday: Give a shoutout to fellow authors, with a short reason for following them. You can list more than one author in a tweet. It’s a nice thing to do, plus a great way to build a following.
#IndieThursday: Tweet a shout or a link for a fellow indie author, or just a link to your own indie-pubbed book.
#FridayReads: Tweet suggested weekend reading. Yours of course, but also books you recommend.
#SampleSaturday: Share a one sentence writing sample, put it in quotes, and add the link to the book.
#Sample Sunday: the same as Saturday but possibly a bit more well known to readers surfing for their next read.
Click on some of these and see what you get. Savvy Tweeters will notice some of these links are accounts (@) and some are Hashtags (#) Often the Account sponsors the Hashtag, and retweets you when you use it.
Check it out! WordFest Schedule is up. If you’re local to Accokeek, you can join us for a week of learning and fun.
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.