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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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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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