Minutes from Writers Guild/Poetry Circle August meeting

Minutes from Writer’s Guild/Poetry Circle meeting

August 12, 2014- 6 pm- Arts Center

Attendees: Lee Padgett, Phillip Carango, Connie Terpack, Roy Richardson, Jane Seawright, Amaryllis Turman

Member news

Connie is working on an article for the Greenwood magazine. The editor is Kristen Hillman. If anyone has an idea for the magazine, talk to Connie and she will explain how to go about contacting Kristen. Article topics must be Greenwood country related. Article submissions are due by the 10th of the month before publication. Example, for November/December issue, article would be due October 10th.

Amaryllis shared a poem she wrote with the executive director of MEG’s House. It was well received and has the potential to be used in future domestic violence awareness events.

Roy submitted a piece to a devotional book from a contact made on Twitter. This is a good example of using social media to make contacts.

Jane uses Facebook and Grit magazine to find pen pals for snail mail letter writing. She has found that this helps to spur the creativity.

Member discussion

Roy asked “How do you stay focused when writing?” Answer from Jane: “Inspiration does not ask. It just happens.”

Make a list of favorite words
Draw a scene to figure how to write or describe
Use board game pieces to stage characters for a scene
Create an outline to determine timeline (and avoid plot confusion)

Amaryllis is going to contact someone from GWD Now to discuss possible writing opportunities for Writer’s guild members.

Connie has a segment on her blog called “Faith Filled Friday”. If anyone is interested in being a guest blogger, sharing an article or story with that theme, contact Connie.

Don’t forget that officers will be elected during the September meeting. Positions available: Chair, Co-Chair (events & program director), Publicity & Social media (blog, Facebook, etc),
Treasurer/Membership

Writing Contests and other information

Sourcebooks, Inc. is always looking for qualified freelance resources in the areas of copyediting, proofreading, indexing, production and design – See more
at:http://www.sourcebooks.com/company/careers.html#Freelance

Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction Writing contest ($25 Entry Fee) This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. See more
athttp://con13.tennesseewilliams.net/fiction-contest/

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