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George Ella Lyon Named Kentucky’s New Poet Laureate

Women Who Write is pleased to congratulate Lexington poet, author, lyricist and teacher George Ella Lyon on her appointment as the Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-16. Writers who attended the 2013 Women Who Write writing workshop will recall George Ella’s great keynote presentation. George Ella Lyon is a graduate of Centre College and earned her MA in English at the ...

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Writing for Children & Teens?

Check out the Writing for Children & Teens Workshops, over a series of Saturdays from March 21 to April 4, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Bon Air Library, 2816 Del Rio Place, Louisville, KY. Contact Judith Owens Lalude for information: jclalude@gmail.com.

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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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WWW Member Wins Contest

Cheri Powell, Women Who Write member, recently won a contest through the Veritas program at Bellarmine University. Check out her short story “The Aroma of Coffee,” at http://www.bellarmine.edu/ce/veritas/fall-2014-writing-contest-results.

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Puttering in Poetry? Play with a Pantoum

The pantoum is a form of Malaysian poetry with interwoven quatrains. The second and fourth lines of each stanza reappear as the first and third lines of the next stanza. A pantoum can contain any number of stanzas. The final line often repeats the first line. Though the words are the same, ideally the meaning of lines shifts slightly when ...

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Power Your Writing with Robust Verbs

By Susan E. Lindsey “Kill the adverbs,” Mark Twain declares. “How can I convey what I mean?” the writer whines. To minimize use of adverbs, use strong, specific verbs. You could write that a character quickly (or slowly) walked to the door. But think of the vast array of other verbs for “walk,” including bolt, lurch, lumber, plod, strut, pace, ...

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In the News: Judith Owens-Lalude

Women Who Write member Judith Owens-Lalude has a busy agenda for February; she will be appearing at several events related to Black History Month, as well as hosting readings of her own work. On Feb. 2 at noon, she’s participating in an African American Read-In at Jefferson Community & Technical College (downtown) at the John T. Smith Library. On Feb. ...

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Full Steam Ahead

Here we are well past New Year’s Eve with all its resolutions—write more poetry, update the blog more regularly, or finish the manuscript—topping your list of literary pledges for 2015. I hope that attending more Women Who Write monthly meetings is also high on your priority list. What an amazing year we had in 2014, with our membership increasing and ...

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