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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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Writing: Not Always a Lonely Pursuit

We are only one month away from our fourth writer’s conference on July 18, and I couldn’t be more excited! We have an amazing lineup of local and regional speakers who will not only educate but inspire you. Writing is a job and a joy. Women Who Write started the conference to explore the craft of writing, and bring authors ...

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Crawford Hits the Big Time and Other Member News

WWW member Jeannie Waldridge recently learned that she won second place in the Women on Writing international flash fiction contest for her story “The Church Meeting,” set in the fictional town of Crawford, Kentucky. Jeannie has shared several of her Crawford stories with the group. It’s nice to see her get recognition for her work. Jeannie also gave a shout ...

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In the News

Women Who Write continues to grow. More than two dozen women attended the May meeting. We love seeing our members build their writing skills. Here are a few recent success stories. Bonnie Jean Feldkamp hit the big-time with an article in the New York Times’ MotherLode column. Her article—“In a Blended Family, ‘Your Dad’ Becomes ‘Dad’”—was published May 3. Erin ...

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Break through the Block

Most writers occasionally deal with writer’s block. Journalist Gene Fowler famously said, “Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” A popular T-shirt defines writer’s block as “when your imaginary friends won’t talk to you.” What causes that extraordinarily frustrating inability to write? How can you ...

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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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In Like a Lion; Out Like a Lamb

March certainly came in like a lion this year, forcing us to cancel our meeting earlier this month—a very rare action for us to take. March is a month of transition. Winter gives way to spring, or at least it tries to do so. The month can be marked with every kind of weather from snowstorms to tornadoes, and people ...

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Need “Good Ink” for Your Book?

Susan E. Lindsey is teaching “Good Ink: Using Media Relations to Promote Your Work,” at Shape & Flow Writing Studio in the Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville. This workshop, held on Friday, March 27, at 6 p.m., is for writers who have already published a book or who are getting ready to publish soon. Most authors are on ...

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