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Letter from the Director — April/May 2018

Dear WWW Members,

Our March WWW Annual Spring Rejuvenation Writers Conference was a great success. Our speakers were motivational and all attendees took home ideas or inspiration for future projects. Many members are already asking when they can save-the-date for next year. A special thanks to the conference planning committee members Selene Phillips, Terri Lyndsey, Debbie Chertoff, Joan Dubai, Cheri Powell, and Kim Estefan. Visit the WWW website and Facebook page site for conference photos.

I hope to see you at our next monthly meeting and/or at the next Spring Rite hosted by Marty Hoover.

Diane Cruze
Director, Women Who Write

 

 

Member Success Stories

Congratulations to the WWW members who were recognized at our spring writers conference for their writing success in 2017. Read their stories on the WWW website.

 

 

May Meeting

The next regular WWW meeting will be Thursday, May 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Highlands-Shelby Park Library reading room, in the Mid-City Mall, 1250 Bardstown Road.

If you plan to read, please remember to use the industry’s standard of double spaced, 12-point, Times Roman font when preparing copies of your work for distribution during regular meetings. Also, please limit to four pages.

 

 

Next Seasonal Rite

Marty Hoover has volunteered to hold a Spring Rite on Sat., May 19, from 9 a.m. until noon at 1023 Skyview Dr., New Albany, Indiana. RSVP to Marty at martykay@twc.com. Please plan to join us.

Seasonal Rites events give members an opportunity to bring their laptop or writing tablet and start on that new writing project, revise and edit a piece, or use a writing prompt to jumpstart new writing ideas. It is also an opportunity for members to support each other in their writing pursuits.

We would love for members to volunteer to host a Seasonal Rite at their home or at a community location. As the host, you choose the date, place and time for us to gather. Contact a board member if you would like to host a Rite.

 

 

April Meeting and Readings

We had 14 in attendance which included three visitors. Guests included Pam LaFollette from Shepherdsville who likes cozy mysteries and science fiction. She’s working on The Art of the Deal, a mystery about the St. James Art Fair. Yvonne Lovell is taking Kim Crum’s class and is working on a series of personal essays. Kalai AnnaDorai is Irene Sulyevich’s friend and heard we had a lot of fun. Kalai said she is not a writer, but by the end of the meeting, she said she might consider writing!

All readers did an outstanding job; however, we had three first-time poetry writers and readers who did a phenomenal job. Kudos to Francheska, Kim, and Irene.

Dorothy MyersNever Stay Dead, Chapter 1

Erin WedemeyerA Vow to Fury description, version 1 or 2

Dianne HollandPina’s and Sausages

Francheska WhiteLike Sweet Water

Kim SneadThis Hat

Marty HooverBirds of A Feather

Irene SulyevichDon’t Bring Me Flowers

Selene PhillipsKilling A King, leaves of words, Waswaganing

 

 

Member Opportunity to join WWW Board
WWW is seeking a volunteer to join our board as secretary. This is a position where you can provide leadership and support for Women Who Write. There is also the possibility that two members could work together to share the secretary’s responsibilities.

Please consider volunteering for this unique opportunity to assist in the continued success and development of WWW. If you are interested contact Terri Lindsey at greenup@bellsouth.net or Diane Cruze at sdcruze55@yahoo.com.

 

 

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following who recently joined Women Who Write.

Suzanne Cordery

Rebecca L. Burton

Patricia Smith

Kathy Stearman

Brandy Vertrees

 

 

Host a Seasonal Rite
We would love for members to volunteer to host a Seasonl Rite at their home or at a community location. As the host, you choose the date, place and time for us to gather. Contact a board member if you would like to host a Rite.

Seasonal Rites events give members an opportunity to bring their laptop or writing tablet and start on that new writing project, revise and edit a piece, or use a writing prompt to jumpstart new writing ideas. It is also an opportunity for members to support each other in their writing pursuits.

 

 

WWW Book Club

Love books? Like talking about them? Join the newly created Women Who Write book club. If you are interested and Selene Phillips has not contacted you, let her know at selene.phillips@louisville.edu. She has a survey for topics, books, and dates. The first gathering should take place in May.

 

 

Community Events / Opportunities

Carnegie Center Next Great Writers Contest. Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 2,000 words or up to five poems. First prize, $150. See details online. Entry fee $10. Submit by US mail. Entries must be received or postmarked by 5 p.m. on May 4.

From March 1 to May 31, Flying South 2018, a publication of Winston Salem Writers, will be accepting entries for prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Best in Category winners will be published and receive $500 each. One of the three winners will receive The WSW President’s Favorite award and win an additional $500. All entries will be considered for publication. For full details, please visit our website: www.wswriters.org

Ruminate Magazine announces the 2018 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. First place winner will receive a $1500 cash prize along with publication. Runner-up recipient will receive $200 cash prize and publication. The prize is open to all forms of poetry; no geographical restrictions. $20 Entry fee also includes a complimentary copy of the prize issue. You may submit two poems, no longer than 40 lines each. For more information, please visit Ruminate Magazine at https://www.ruminatemagazine.com/pages/poetry-prize

May 11, 7 p.m.: InKY Reading Series, featuring poet Amelia Martens (The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat) and short-story writer Leesa Cross-Smith (Every Kiss A War). The Bards Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd., Louisville.

 

June 1–2: Books-in-Progress Conference.  Keynote speaker Crystal Wilkinson. Workshops will be led by top authors and writing professionals, including Manuel Gonzales, Robert Gipe, Writer’s Digest editor Jessica Strawser. Topics include revision, fiction, nonfiction, YA, publishing, and more. See the full agenda online. Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. Second St., Lexington. $195.

 

June 21–23: Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. Grace Heartland Church, Elizabethtown, KY. Fiction and nonfiction workshops led by 19 speakers. See full schedule online. Registration $249.

 

 

 

 

 

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