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Beware of “evil twins”

Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Many words in the English language are commonly confused. Beware of these “evil twins.” Accept/except. Accept means to agree, to receive something, or to assume a responsibility: “Nora accepted the package.” Except means to exclude: “Nora ...

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Rowing & Writing: Not for the Weak

What does the sport of rowing have to do with writing? I asked myself this question after returning from my son’s collegiate regatta on the East Coast, and I realized they share common practices and philosophies. Both activities require dedication, long hours of practice, and attention to form. Sound familiar? Dedication: Rowing is a sport you have to want to ...

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Finding the Eggs: Good & Bad

This year, Easter fell in early April. The secular side of Easter is concerned with hunting for eggs and chocolate rabbits and filling baskets with goodies that are hidden from view. Writing can be a lot like embarking on an Easter egg hunt. You start by knowing that you are eager to go on this hunt . . . you ...

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Love is in the Air

I suspect a whole lot of poetry is written or read in the name of love during the month of February. But it’s always about the same thing: I love you and I hope you love me. However, this February, Women Who Write asks the question: do you love you? For the first time ever, Women Who Write is hosting ...

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Muffin Top: A Love Story

Movie Screening Benefits Women Who Write We’ve organized a special screening of the new movie, Muffin Top: A Love Story (, as a benefit for our group. If you live in the Louisville area, mark your calendars for Wednesday, Feb. 25, and head to Cinemark Theaters at Mall St. Matthews. Doors open at 7 p.m. for fun and prizes; film ...

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How Many of Time’s List of Female Authors Have You Read?

  By Susan E. Lindsey Time magazine recently published a list of “female authors you should be reading.” The list includes: Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch), Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah), Eleanor Catton (The Rehearsal and The Luminaries), Edwidge Danticat (Breath, Eyes, Memory and The Dew Breaker), Emma Donoghue (Room and Frog Music), Louise Erdrich ...

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