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Welcome Back, Wild Fig

Many regional writers and readers were crushed when Crystal Wilkinson and Ronald Davis closed their Lexington bookstore, Wild Fig, last February. We’re thrilled to learn that the couple is reopening the store. Wild Fig Books & Coffee, now at 726 N. Limestone in Lexington, features about 4,000 new and used titles, and clothing, bags, and other items with literary themes. ...

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Venue Change for November Meeting

Our Women Who Write members have been very busy writing this past month! From poetry to short stories, essay to memoir, many of our members have been exploring the craft of writing. We have been presented with a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate the work of some of our members at a “Mostly Memoir” reading at the Bard’s Town ...

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Consider Becoming a Board Member

After a long hot summer—much of it spent like Tennessee Williams’s cat on a hot tin roof—we welcome shorter days, dropping temperatures, and changing leaves. All of us heave a sigh of relief anticipating the pleasures of autumn, a transitional season. “Change is good,” we all say. And so it will be for the board of Women Who Write. Every ...

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Women Who Write Head to the Kentucky Book Fair

The Kentucky Book Fair is the state’s premier literary event. This year’s book fair will be on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort, Ky. (The main book fair is preceded by the Fourth Annual Children’s Day, held the day before at the same location.) Each year, more than 150 authors attend the fair, prepared to sign their ...

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Write a Novel in a Month? Are You Crazy?

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). According to the website, NaNoWriMo “is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On Nov. 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.” If ...

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WWW Contest Winner Lands Honorable Mention in Gemini Contest

Hilary Sloin, whose story “Radiohead,” took third place for prose in the Women Who Write 2011 writing contest, has another feather in her cap. Hilary’s story, “Tidying Up,” received honorable mention in Gemini magazine’s recent short story contest. See her story at http://www.gemini-magazine.com/.

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The Joys of Board Service

By Susan E. Lindsey “Joys of board service? Hmmm,” you think. “I’m a bit dubious myself.” I’ve served on the board of Women Who Write for almost five years and I swear it’s true. I was the director for two years and I have also served as the associate director of communication/public relations. I’ve made incredibly strong friendships with other ...

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“Jaw-Dropping” Conference Sets Attendance Record

Those of you who were fortunate enough to attend our fourth annual writer’s craft conference know how amazing the whole event was. We had wonderful presenters who spoke on a variety of topics to nearly 80 attendees from five states. That is a record for Women Who Write, and I am proud of the board for working so hard to ...

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Love Bernheim Forest? Apply for Sarabande Residency

The annual Sarabande Writing Residency offers a residency to a poet, fiction writer, or creative non-fiction writer at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, an idyllic 14,000-acre nature preserve near Louisville, Kentucky. Residents receive a $500 travel stipend and a two- to six-week stay in a private, fully equipped cottage on the Bernheim grounds. Residents offer one public reading or discussion ...

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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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