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.

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November 14th Meeting: Publishing Presentation

WHAT:   AWWG Meeting
WHEN:  Monday November 14
1:15 – 3:15om
WHERE: Accokeek Library

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.

Bring anyone who might be interested.
We’re asking for $10 donation for our speaker. 

See you there!

NaNoWriMo at AWWG & Beyond!

November: It’s National Novel Writing Month!

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ACCOKEEK WOMEN’S WRITING GROUP is delighted to
sponsor lots of NaNoWriMo action this year.

KICKOFF PARTY
Wednesday Nov 2
6:30-8:00 pm Accokeek Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607

Refreshments and celebration, get a writing buddy, resources for writers, and more

WRITE INS at the Library during November:   Accokeek Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607 Mondays 6:30-closing (9:00pm) Nov. 7, 14, 21, & 28

Come Write In! at the local library. It’s great to write with company – the words fly onto the page!

THANK GOODNESS IT’S OVER! (TGIO) Monday Dec 5th
6:30-8:00 pm Accokeek Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607

Refreshments and celebration, readings from NaNo participants (last year’s party was great – some HOT stories!)

Please check our calendar for any updates.

NANOWRIMO LINKS & RESOURCES

nano-logoOfficial NaNoWriMo website:  nanowrimo.org – sign up and pledge your intentions. Join the forums, get pep talks from successful authors. and More!!

PEP TALKS from successful Authors!! nanowrimo.org/pep-talks

Plotting Resources The WriterSaurus

NaNo Prep: 30 Tips from Writers Digest

NaNoWriMo has groups on Facebook – here’s our Maryland group and the National

Twitter has NaNo Coaches at @NaNoWriMo and writing sprints 24 hours a day for 30 days at @NaNoWordSprints!!!

 Nano Founder Chris Baty’s book No Plot? No Problem! on sale this week for only $1.99!

Medium’s NaNoWriMo articles

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!

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:

self-publishing

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!

 

 

How to Write a Great Book Review

Hey, we all need to get reviews of our writing. And I’m sure you get asked for reviews too! So come and learn how to take the mystery and the chore out of leaving reviews for your sister writers.

How to Write a “Great” Book Review Workshop

About this FREE workshop:

This hands-on workshop will explore writing tips and strategies for creating unique and engaging book reviews. We will look beyond just writing a book review and I will effectively help you to write a great book review. In addition, you will learn how to better express your personal response to a book you have read. 

Takeaways:

  • Improve your book review writing skills
  • Learn what to include in a great book review
  • Learn how to plan and structure a quick and easy book review
  • Write and publish a great book review of your own on Amazon

Pre-requisites and Preparation:  Basic understanding of writing a book review

WHEN: Friday, March 18, 2016
WHERE: 
Potomac LIBRARY (off of Rt 210 in Bryans Road, MD)
3225 Ruth B Swann Dr
Indian Head, MD 20640
301.375.7375 
TIME:
2-4
INSTRUCTOR:
Cheryl Holloway

Successful Blogging

Here are some great tips from blogger K.L. Register  from her blog The Ninth Life

(Remember on of the benefits of AWWG is your blog, where you can gain experience on a group blog before you decide to launch your own! Let me know if I can help you get started~ Patrise)

A list of what has helped make the The Ninth Life a success:

1). Be YOU! Be sincere. Be personable. Be authentic. Write from your heart. Never be afraid to let your audience see who you really are.

2). Write about topics that interest you! Look for sources of inspiration from life. Write about your personal life. Tell us about your adventures. Share your passion with us. Write about the lessons (accomplishments and failures) you have experienced in life. Write about topics that will help others. Provide people with knowledge and insight.

3). Proofread as you write your work. Proofread once you have finished your work. Proofread after you post your work. If it doesn’t make sense to you, chances are it won’t make sense to your reader. Your writing doesn’t have to be perfect. But, you may lose valuable readers if your post is too confusing or contains too many grammatical errors.more…

4). Engage with other members of the blogging community. Read their work. Comment on their posts. Don’t be afraid to hit the LIKE button if you truly like what you have read (it will make the other person feel so good inside). FOLLOW those blogs that interest or excite you! Become actively involved in another person’s world and that person will become actively involved in your world.

5). Welcome people to your blog. Make your readers feel like they are at your home (literally). Introduce yourself. Post a picture of YOU. People don’t care that you don’t look like a Victoria Secret’s Model. People want to share a real connection with a real person.

6). Read and respond to comments on your blog. If someone takes time out of their schedule to leave a comment on your post, then take time out of your schedule to respond back. Reality is: You won’t agree with every reader that comments on a post. And, that is totally fine. Be open-minded. Share your beliefs, opinions, or thoughts but accept that everyone doesn’t believe or think the same way you do. Be willing to listen… more…

7). Keep your blog layout simple and make it easy to interact with. Everyone has heard the age-old expression, “less is more.” Well, when it comes to blogging it really does seem so. You want enough information on your blog to interest a reader, but you don’t want so much information that a reader becomes overwhelmed. You want your blog to be neat and organized. more…

8). Don’t be a SCAREDY CAT! Experiment and try new things! Try a new writing style: Write a poem. Write a short story. Write a novel. Write about different blog topics! Variety is food for the soul.

9). Actively share links to your blog on all social media platforms that you are a part of. Unfortunately, followers and readers don’t just magically appear. It is your responsibility to promote your blog. It is your duty to let people know that your blog exists!

10). Don’t get discouraged. There will be times when you will feel like deleting your blog (I have felt that same feeling). There will be times when you tell yourself, “What I have to share really doesn’t seem to matter to anyone.” But, guess what? What you have to share really does matter! You just have to figure out a way to let other people know that your blog EXISTS!

You may have 100,000 followers, you may have 10,000 followers, you may have 100 followers, you may have 10 followers, or you may have only 1 follower. But, at the end of the day, that person or group of people chose to follow YOU! They chose to follow you because they wanted to, not because they were forced to.

 

You can read more of K. L. Register’s blog HERE, and you can start your own blogging adventure by guest blogging for us! Please comment if you’re interested, we always welcome new authors.

Take a Risk

There’s a wonderful essay in this month’s Poets & Writers Magazine, Dangerous Writing by Tom Spanbauer. Alas, it’s not available online, only in the Jan.—Feb. 2016 print issue.

This author defines ‘Dangerous Writing’ as “not serial killers or speed crazed race drivers” but something much more personal.

“To write dangerous is to go to parts of ourselves we know exist but try to ignore —parts that are sad, sore; parts that are silent, and heavy. Taboo. Things that won’t leave us alone.”

Spanbauer, who teaches a course called Dangerous Writing in Portland, OR, is describing something more intimate. He relates that most of his students arrive thinking that he wants an adventure or horror story from them, and he has to bring them around to confront their humanness in a new way.

“We are set down on this earth bewildered. Someone once asked me why I write and I explained ‘Because I cannot speak and cry at the same time.’ It has been the battle of my life to speak what is in my heart openly and with a clear voice.”

His favorite prompt to give new arrivals is to write about a moment after which you were different. That’s an intriguing assignment. Anyone willing to take it on?

Remember you can contribute to this blog! Consider writing for us – let me know if you need to set up a login.

It’s National Novel Writing Month!

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Did you know?

…that every November over 300,000 writers start their word counts at midnight on Halloween and challenge themselves to 50,000 words in 30 days?  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) believes stories matter. The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.

 

And did you know that in 2014:

325,142 participants worldwide, including 81,311 students and educators in the Young Writers Program, started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, students and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists. How awesome is that?

Locally, our group is hosting a public Kick-Off  in partnership with the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party

Monday November 2 6:00 – 8:30 pm

  • Meet local writers
  • Learn more about NaNoWriMo
  • Enjoy refreshments
  • learn about library resources

Please share this with your family and friends and encourage participation. Even if you are not writing for NaNoWriMo this year, help raise energy for writers and writing in general and support your local Library. Let’s have a party!!