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Letter from the Director – January 2017




Dear Writers,

Mino-oshki-biboon! (Happy New Year! in Ojibwe.)

Future Meetings

Due to inclement weather, the board disappointedly cancelled January’s meeting for the safety of all involved. We hope to see everyone at the next meeting on Thursday Feb. 2. Until April 2017 or otherwise posted, meetings will be at our regular location, where library renovation plans have been delayed.



WWW Board Creates New Program: Winter Writes

Finding time to write, settling in, and drafting words on paper is often a challenge. Please join WWW members, once a month in a quiet relaxing space where dryers do not buzz and doorbells do not ring. Sign up right away to write away! If you would like to host or might consider hosting a write-in, contact Joan Dubay. Hostesses decide the date, time of day, and how many writers may comfortably fit in their space. The first Winter Writes is scheduled for next Friday, January 13, 2017, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the home of Joan Dubay. Call her, do not text, at 502-458-8783. Participant limit is 10. This is a WWW member-only event. April will start Spring Writes.


WWW Directory

A WWW member directory will be available in January that will include WWW members’ address, phone number, and email. Members must have their dues paid to be included. Let Joan Dubay () know if you do not want your information published.



Critique Sheet and New Member Packets

All members are encouraged to read the new updated critique sheet, and new members needing a member packet may request one. A 2017 calendar will be available soon on the website. Both will also be available at the February meeting.


Code of Ethics

Cheri Powell, Laura Johnsrude, Charlotte Roth, and Selene Phillips worked on a WWW Code of Ethics. We will disperse drafts at the February meeting for your input.


Seventh Annual Authors Fair

The Fair moved from Madison to La Grange. It will be held at a community center with a 75/25-author split. There is no table charge. If interested, see:


December Meeting at Bards Town

We had 12 WWW readers at Bards Town on December 1.

Holly Hinson took us through her memoir excerpt, Runaway.

Paula Dillmann described her relationship with Marvin the Mirror.

Suzanne Hartman shared Exposed.

Debbie Chartoff’s creative fiction Walled In evolved from an adventure.

Peggy Grimes based a tale on her parents’ escape of the Spanish Civil War.

Jeanne Hammond explained the exploits of Will Gray.

Irene Sulyevich’s narrated her essay Over the Bridge.

Carolyn Humphrey read a personal essay, The Loneliest Time.

Cory Lockhart’s relayed her rant Pretty.

Kim Snead recounted the Writing the Prompt.

Diane Cruze told us about Finding Joy At the State Fair.

Joan Dubay recited Concrete Mary.

Holiday Party

Members exchanged holiday cheer and used books at Selene Phillips’ house in early December.


November Activities

UofL library professor Dwayne K. Buttler, J.D., educated us on copyright law and licensing at the Nov. WWW meeting. Joan and Selene signed up 10 potential WWW members at the Writer’s Block Festival, and Cheri Powell and Peggy Grimes sold books.


WWW Members’ Successes

Colleen Ryan’s blog was published on University of Louisville physician’s website for September’s Recovery Month and on a guest blog for about why she likes treating addiction. Colleen writes research updates for The Carlat Report, a monthly physicians’ newsletter. She reviews and condenses new clinical research papers for psychiatry, child psychiatry, and addiction newsletters. Editors like her humorous, chatty, and informal style. She said she’s excited to finally be paid for writing.


Distant Frankfort, Ky., member Debra Ison published her second novel, Thirst for Murder. This second of a three-part series is available on Kindle and paperback. The first book, Search for Murder, is featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine as part of an ad campaign.


Holly Hinson’s award-winner Red Balloon was published at


Debbie Chartoff’s story, Nouh’s Ramadan Race, placed first in the Institute of Children’s Literature holiday story contest. See


Selene Phillips and co-authors William Scott Sanders and Cecelia Hunt were honored at the National Communication Association conference in Philadelphia. They received the American Studies Division top paper award. Their work “‘Native’ Advertising: An Evaluation of Nike’s N7 Social Media Campaign” examined Nike’s N7 Twitter campaign marketed to Native Americans.


Email publications, awards, events, and successes to .


Selene Phillips
Director, Women Who Write


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