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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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Thankful Reflections

November is traditionally a month when many of us look back over the past year and give thanks for those people, events and activities that have had a positive effect on our lives. Sometimes we are even fortunate enough to have life-changing or life-affirming events. Gratitude can be expressed in many ways. This having been my first year as director ...

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Where Are Writers From?

Linda Satterlee-McFadin led a free-writing session at the WWW workshop. In a writing exercise based on George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From” poem, participants wrote about the people, places, and things that made them who they are. Here are some of their musings: I am from dust-covered bare feet and eating tomatoes plucked and salted, Back porch wringer washing clothes ...

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