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!


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.


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.

September Meeting: it’s ‘Back to School’!

Greetings, lovely Writing Women!

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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August Meeting Report


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

Baltimore Writing Conference
November 12, 2016 – Towson University


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

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.

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October Meeting News

Upcoming Events


AWWG at the Book Lover’s Bazaar

TONIGHT! Tuesday, October 12 & 20, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
NaNo Rev Up! class with Carol Burbank & Mia Zachary, Harlequin author.

This Saturday 10/17 is our first AWWG Retreat, organized by Gee. I am so excited!! If you’re going, see you there.

Monday, October 26, 1:00 – 3:00 Submit Your Work workgroup meeting

Midnight, October 31st: NaNoWriMo begins!!
contact Patrise for more info

Monday, November 2, 6:00 – 8:30 pm PG County Memorial Library & AWWG present a NaNoWriMo Kickoff Celebration. refreshments served. everybody welcome, come learn about NaNoWriMo and support our NaNo team!

The Book Lover’s Bazaar

A modest success; Carol Burbank, Cheryl Holloway, Patrise, Terry Nicholetti and Wanda, womaned the double table, with books, art & music.  An awesome range of talent was on display. Everybody had at a sale and/or hot prospect, and we networked with other writers and had a great time together. In the end, a lot of fun.

Cheryl made contact with Golden Fleece Publishers and was invited to submit her YA novel.

Next Month’s Special Guest

November’s meeting is a special program with Guest Author Jennifer Handford. Her fee for coming to speak to us was a book order that Wanda Davis is coordinating. If you agreed to purchase a copy of Jennifer’s new book, please email Wanda about payment arrangements.

Oct. – Nov. Prompt

Since we won’t have time for reading next month, here’s your assignment: Write at least a paragraph on “Here’s what I know for sure about writing:”  Then email your answer to Carol Burbank no later than midnight on Sunday, November 1st.

Next Meeting Monday June 8

MayaWritingOur next in-person meeting is June 8th, and once again Fearless Leader Carol will be on the road, so you are stuck with me.
I’m looking forward to it! I know you’re busy with your news articles about slices of life, and I’m looking forward to them. Please reach out if you want to discuss what you’re working on, or would like to meet for coffee. You can ping me anytime, or email any of your AWWG sisters for writerly support. That’s why we’re here!
I have a fun assignment in mind for next month, and was even considering using some of our time to work on it in the meeting.

ALSO – it’s time for the AWWG Summer Camp team to meet and plan! I’ll send around a rallying email.

See you there on Monday June 9!

Monday’s Meeting

Monday May 11

is our Main Monthly Meeting at the Accokeek Branch Library. We start the meeting at 1:30 sharp, and wrap up at 3:00. Moderator will stay after for help with blogs and other projects.

This Month’s Assignment

Please bring your revised paragraphs to share. We want to hear what you discovered when re-writing!

Summer Plans

Let’s discuss the Wednesday meeting, and what we should do about it. Also, summer plans! Our next meeting will be June, time for a BBQ or a pool party. And, is anyone up for an AWWG Writer’s Camp?  We could plan a week (or more) of writing activities around town that take advantage of our beautiful location, get us together and working, and boost our skills while having fun in the sun! Think about it…

Finally, Some Good Advice

Eight tips on writing from The Invisible College:

Useful quotes from Vonnegut, Hemingway, CS Lewis, Elmore Leonard, Eudora Welty, Henry Miller, Ted Hughes & Ray Bradbury

December Meeting Monday 12/8


Writing is a wonderful Holiday pastime!

It’s that time again! The AWWG December Meeting is on Monday the 8th at 1:00 pm. We will begin at 1:15 sharp, since we have three scheduled readers, news from NaNoWriMo, plus announcements.

Although our official Holiday Party isn’t until January, please feel free to dress in a festive manner, and share something you wrote for this month’s short prompt: “family celebration” or “family dinner.”

Speaking of the Holiday Party, it will be Saturday January 10 at 5:00 pm, at Grace Wiggin’s home in Fort Washington. Please save the date, more details will be coming soon!

November Meeting & Novelist’s Progress Report!

NOVEMBER meeting next week!

Monday, November 10
1:15 pm until 3:15 pm

Accokeek Branch Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607
(301) 292-2880

Monologues due!

If you haven’t finished it already, write your monologue — a 2-3 paragraph, first person exercise, where you write in your character’s voice about an experience or story they’ve lived. We’ll share these aloud, if you like, in the group. I can’t wait to hear them!

Remember: just play! And explore how your character would talk, share, explain… you get the idea. Click here for examples.

Lots of Writing Action in the ‘hood Recently!!

With the advent of National Novel Writing Month, desks have been cleared, sleeves have been rolled, quills have been sharpened, and at the stroke of Midnight on All Hallow’s Eve the challenge began: can I write 50,000 words in 30 days, with the help of a few friends around the block and around the world?

I am so proud to report that besides myself THREE of your  AWWG sisters are taking part in NaNoWriMo this year! I’ll let them brag about it themselves at next week’s meeting. **is mysterious**  I can tell you that as of early Monday morning, your Accokeek WriMos have written over 11,000 words in just two days.

I’ve met amazing writers who are living in the golden woods all around us, and a new Librarian at our Accokeek branch who writes. Words, ideas and imaginations are growing and flowing!
So, get yourself to November’s meeting next week