Nov. 14 Special Program on Submitting to Publishers

At our next meeting Monday November 14 we’ll hold a special workshop. Everybody is welcome. There is a $10 suggested donation.

So, You’re Ready to Push to Publish?

poetrybusinessmanagerSpecial Guest writer and publisher Elliott BatTzedek joins us for our November meeting with a terrific program to help you get your work out there!

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn all about the world of poetry magazines, journals, and online publications, including:

  • how to find journals that are a good match for your work,
  • how to sign up for online submission services
  • how to prepare your work for submission
  • how to avoid wasting money on unnecessary submission fees

Elliott will share professional strategies and practical tools for submission that are applicable to most genres.

About Elliott BatTzedek

  • holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University
  • Her work appears in: Sakura Review, American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Apiary, Sinister Wisdom, and Passageways: the 2012 Two Lines Translation Anthology
  • Her chapbook the enkindled coal of my tongue is forthcoming from Wicked Banshee Press
  • Founder of Poetry Business Manager, a service that helps poets get their poems into journals and their manuscripts off to publishers

For more details about the workshop, contact Carol.


I thought AWWG WordFest Was Fabulous! Share your opinion:

Here’s a quick survey for attendees and AWWG members to provide feedback on this year’s summer event, AWWG WordFest!

Please let us know about your experience!

Thank You!!

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Please leave your suggestions in a comment, below. Or email patrise for a confidential message.


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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Save these Dates: WordFest and more!

Summer Camp is now

AWWG WordFest!

Save the dates: Monday – Friday, August 1-5, 2016

Some possible sessions: Crafts for Writers, Poetry as Provocation, Make a mini video, Movie night, Travel Writing, Rant/Slam/Storytelling, Good Book Happy Hour….

We’re still looking for ideas, presenters and hosts. Comment or email to get involved!

also, coming sooner:


Marketing discussion day  

Saturday July 16th – noon to 4 pm, followed by a potluck supper
at Teresa Maxwell’s house in Ft. Washington

Come to learn about book marketing and marketing your writing business. Share your experience, learn new skills that help you get OUT THERE!



Submit Your Work Workshop begins!!

Join us for the first of a series of Submit Your Work Workshops! 

We’ll meet for the next two 4th Mondays at the Potomac Library (Bryans Road) from 1:00-3:00 pm.

We’re working to develop a regular practise of submitting our work to contests and for publication, or any other opportunities to get our work out there.  Leader will have The Writers Market and latest issue of Poets & Writers magazine

Come with your challenges and successes, and bring work to submit, and ideas or listings to share.


More Goodies from Summer Camp

Here are the links

to a variety of treasures shared at Summer camp:

Writers retreat Accokeek 4


Delicious Tea goodies at Jo’s house for Tuesday’s book discussion


Dr. Judith Briles, host of the Monday Author & Publishing teleconference. Free book download, Useful blog, Events & more

Books recommended by AWWG members – a new page we can keep a running list of recs!

Movie: Midnight in Paris 2011, directed by Woody Allen, at his witty best. Cameos by a who’s-who of 1920’s Paris, this charming and silly-sweet film is lovely to look at. Oscar for Best Screenplay.

DocumentProfiling systems to consider using to understand your characters

TJ Ritter’s author web site, including how to get her book, etc.


I don’t have any handouts from Friday, when we did:

  • Tarot for Writers
  • Writing Great Dialog
  • Reading Your Work Aloud

But I have pictures! Go see the entire set at my Flickr AWWG album, and send me more if you have them, from any of our events!


Oh, What a Week it Was!

2015 Summer Camp Report

What an AMAZING week!

While I knew we would have fun and inspire each other, Summer Camp 2015 exceeded my wildest expectations for participation, enthusiasm, creativity and just plain FUN!

Some facts:

  • 5 days
  • 10 events
  • Multiple media & formats including:
    • Teleconference
    • Book discussion
    • Movie Night
    • 3 Workshops
    • Guest author
    • Readings
    • Celebration!
  • 5 Venues
  • 3 Meals


  • Every event was fully attended
  • New events were planned, including:
  • And Monday’s regular meeting was still packed with enthusiastic members! (plus we were visited by a reporter from the Independant)

I am so proud of us!

Accokeek Women’s Writing Group ROCKS!! 



Bloggers & Poets!! Great free course

Writers, the folks behind WordPress are launching a free poetry course. I’ve participated in their blogging workshops and they’re great! Free, participatory, as much or as little work as you want to put in, and did I mention, FREE?

Poets of the world, unite!

The idea behind Writing 201: Poetry is to bring together poets of all styles, temperaments, and experience levels in a way that encourages writing, sharing, and discussion.

You get to decide how laid back or challenging you want the course to be.

Each day for the duration of the course (not counting weekends), you’ll receive an assignment, made up of three parts: a word prompt, a poetic form, and a poetic device. You get to choose which of these you want to explore (if any).

Read more:

Get Past that Writer’s Block!

AWWG member and novelist Cheryl Holloway is holding a writing workshop Saturday August 23 in LaPlata, MD, devoted to defeating writers block.

Who among us isn’t stymied now and then, or more often, when facing that blank page! Here’s a chance to get together with your sister writers and get some new tools to blast through:

Check out Cheryl Holloway’s writers workshop – click here for more info!


Storyweaving Workshops Especially for Writers…. Break through blocks!

Storyweaving Intensive for Writers


September 14, 2013


Carol Burbank, Ph.D.

Email me for more information!

or check out my website:



Testimonials from a novelist, a singer/songwriter, and a memoir writer

after their intensive experience:


“I’m ready to finish my novel, even though I have no idea how it’s going to end — now I’m excited that I don’t know!”


“I see exactly why my song was “stuck” and now I know what I need to do to fix it.”


“I understand now why my inner critic was so mean! I shifted one family story, and the writing is so much easier!”


There’s something wonderful about gathering in a small group of committed creatives.


Stuck stories loosen up and begin to flow. Insights, ideas and projects expand. The foundation of who we are gets stronger, and blocks shrink and fade. For writers, already self-disciplined enough to have tapped into their innate storyweaving gifts, these intensives offer a way to work through blocks, energize projects and gain confidence in a small group of people who share the passions and struggles of writing.



The beauty of Storyweaving intensives is that we discover, together, what we too often forget — that we have the creative energy and discipline we need, if we take the time to connect with ourselves!



We explore playful and creative ways of reframing and unsticking our creative projects so we can move forward…


We’ll build tools to access unconscious and energetic resources for writing…



We’ll share new ways to put down negative beliefs and train our “inner critic” to be helpful, so we can become the writers we want to be…




For more information: call or email me:






Saturday, September 14




Juice up your creative process; break through blocks!


Accokeek, MD
In my woodland retreat 10 minutes from the Accokeek Library


9:30-4:00 p.m.







A workshop bonus: a 50% off certificate for:


 either 1 hour of writing coaching ($95 value)


or 2 hours of editing services ($100 value)