Writing Prompts for January 2017 #amwriting

Each week on our Facebook page, we have writing prompts in a feature called Writing  Prompt Wednesday. For those who do not have Facebook, here are the prompts from January 2017.

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01/04/17 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Write a poem using words from a famous letter 

01/11/17 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Write something so sweet, it makes your teeth hurt 

01/18/17 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Write about not being able to see ahead of you 

01/25/17 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Write about what scares you a little? 

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Writer’s Guild December 2016 meeting

Minutes from Writer’s Guild December meeting

December 13, 2016 – 6 pm- Arts Center

Attendees: Eric Smith, Lee Wyndham, Connie Terpack, Roy Richardson, Amaryllis Turman

–Announcements–

Welcome Eric Smith, first time attendee

Writing workshop January 28, 2017, fee $15

–Member sharing–

Eric writes Christian fiction and talked about his experience publishing his first book last September.

Lee participated in “Meet the Author” day at the Abbeville County Library. She had a very pleasant experience and thinks that we should try something similar at the Greenwood County Library. Prudence from Greenwood Country Library said this might be possible in March 2017.

Connie talked about her self-publishing experience. One of the drawbacks was that the finished book had tiny size 9 font that was not evident until after printing.

Roy talked about creating audiobooks. He said that packages are available for purchase to create audiobooks, it is also possible to purchase the equipment and if you would like to do it yourself. He said that it is important to research which equipment that will be best for your needs.

Amaryllis shared 2 haiku poems.

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Writing Prompts for December 2016 #amwriting

Each week on our Facebook page, we have writing prompts in a feature called Writing  Prompt Wednesday. For those who do not have Facebook, here are the prompts from December 2016.

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12/07/16 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Write about your favorite animal

12/14/16 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Friendship

12/21/16 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Envision a dragon. Do you battle him? Or is the dragon friendly? Use descriptive language.

12/28/16 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Write a story or poem that starts with the word “hello”.

Writing Prompts for November 2016 #amwriting

Each week on our Facebook page, we have writing prompts in a feature called Writing  Prompt Wednesday. For those who do not have Facebook, here are the prompts from November 2016.

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11/02/16 Writing Prompt Wednesday – What’s for breakfast?

11/09/16 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Write a poem or short story about that time you met a friend at a coffee shop.

11/16/16 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Write something inspired by a recent dream you had.

11/23/16 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Write about a rocket-ship on it’s way to the moon or a distant galaxy far, far, away

11/30/16 Writing Prompt Wednesday –  Write about two people seeing each other for the first time

Writing Prompts for October 2016

Each week on our Facebook page, we have writing prompts in a feature called Writing Prompt Wednesday. For those who do not have Facebook, here are the prompts from October 2016.

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10/5/16: Writing Prompt Wednesday – Outside the Window

10/12/16: Writing Prompt Wednesday – Unrequited love

10/19/16: Writing Prompt Wednesday – Write about a ship or other vehicle that can take you somewhere different from where you are now.

10/26/16 Writing Prompt Wednesday – Who’s dancing and why are they tapping those toes?

Book Signing Lessons #supportlocalauthors

Lessons Learned

Last week, Writer’s Guild member Connie Terpack went to Laurens, SC to attend the book signing for John P. Faris, Jr. He has published a book entitled We’ll Do It Tomorrow.

She said that she the importance of delegating when preparing for the book signing.

She stated, “For most of my signings I did everything.”

However, from her observations at this book signing, the lesson was learned that when you let family and friends help out, it allows you as the author more time to engage with prospective readers.

It is a good idea for all of us to support other local author book signings. Plus it helps us all learn best practices when we have our own signing events.

Thanks Connie for sharing!

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Connie pictured with John P. Faris

Poem: The Witch’s Wedding – by Gwen Murtha

The Witch’s Wedding

The witch’s fingers trembled, so instead she whispered.

Her soft breath carried the needle and thread through the unseen cloth

Stitching the dress together so it hugged her tightly.

A second skin it was, but invisible

Like the emperor’s suit, but real.

The dress was both weapon and shield

It held her body safe from the brilliant embers leaping from her roaring fireplace.

She was safe from slings and arrows

And from the man sitting to her father’s right

In the hall of the forest king.

But the imperceptible thread could unravel itself

And the last thing that man would see

As the thread snaked up his arm to reach his throat

Was her naked body. His imaginings made flesh.

From her father’s hall she heard the man call for her

Voice smooth, strong, and unsuspecting:

Was she dressed? Was she ready?

The wedding gown slipped off the corner of her bed to the floor

Just as she pulled the last stitch of her undetectable armor tight.

She was not dressed, but she was ready.

Copyright @2016 by Gwen Murtha