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Letter from the Director — September 2019

Dear Members,

Next WWW Meeting

Our next WWW meeting is September 5th at 6:30 at the Mid-City Mall Public Library Branch. If you plan to read, please remember to bring copies of your work for members to provide feedback.

August Meeting and Readings

Ten members were in attendance. We had three no visitors.

Member Readings:

Ramona Osbourne – Memoir – Oak Grove Road Chapter one and two

Evelyn Thibaudeau – Poem – “How do You Get To Be 95”

Essay – “Growing Old Is Not For Whimps”

Peggy Grimes – Essay -“Pro-Life Angst”

WWW Fall Writers Retreat

Mark your calendar for October 19th at 10:00 AM through October 20th at 3:00 PM for the Women Who Write’s Annual Fall Retreat at Hopscotch House.

Whether you need to destress, socialize with other writers, or put your head down and work, we encourage our members to come and enjoy the atmosphere. 

Please bring a bag lunch for Saturday. Attending members are asked to bring a dish to share for our Saturday dinner. Women Who Write will supply snacks, water, coffee, tea, and breakfast items. This is a MEMBERS ONLY event.

Come for a few hours, spend the day, or sign up to stay the night. Accommodations are limited to nine guests, so register early. Registration will be available soon on our website.

A small donation of $15 per person is required to use the Hopscotch House which is owned by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Please pay via PayPal or mail a check to Women Who Write, P.O. Box 6167, Louisville, KY 40206, before the event. 

Reservations must be made by Monday, October 14, 2019. Registration must be pre-paid. There are no refunds for cancelations after registering.

A Liability Form from The Kentucky Foundation for Women will need to be completed upon check-in.

We look forward to seeing you at the retreat.

Any questions, send email to  info@womenwhowrite.com.

 

WWW Night at The Bard’s Town

Please join Women Who Write for our Fourth Annual Evening of Readings at The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Road, on November 7, 2019. Gather at 6:00 pm to order beverage and food. Readings will begin promptly at 6:30 pm. This event is in lieu of our monthly (November) meeting at the library. All genres are welcome. For those interested in reading a ten-minute piece or less, email Diane Cruze at sdcruze55@yahoo.com. First come, first serve with preference given to those who have read at our monthly meeting. Maximum of 10 readers.

WWW Board of Directors News

The Board of Directors needs a member to volunteer for the vacant Board Secretary position. We also need two members to volunteer to serve the Public Relations and Marketing committee. If you are interested please contact one of the Board members.

New WWW Featured Member Authors and Publications Webpage

Women Who Write is offering members the opportunity to promote their work on a new WWW Featured Member Authors and Publications webpage. We are a group that works to welcome, educate and support all women who aspire to write. Our vision is to be the “go-to” place for women writers. The new webpage supports this vision by celebrating the accomplishments of our members.

If you would like to be included on our Featured Member Authors and Publications page, You can submit by completing the information form at http://womenwhowrite.com/news/featured-members-publications/

*You must be an active member to participate on the page. WWW reserves the right to exclude publications if the program is oversubscribed for a given period, the works do not rise to a reasonable level of professionalism, or for other reasons consistent with the vision of the organization.

Interested in Hosting a Seasonal Write?

Seasonal Writes events give members an opportunity to bring their laptop or writing tablet and start on that new writing project, revise and edit a piece, or use a writing prompt to jumpstart new writing ideas. It is also an opportunity for members to support each other in their writing pursuits.

We would love for members to volunteer to host a Seasonal Write at their home or at a community location. As the host, you choose the date, place and time for us to gather. Contact a board member if you would like to host a Write.

Literary Events

Sept. 13, 7 p.m.- The InKY Reading Series kicks off the 2019–20 season with featured readers James Arthur and Robert Villanueva. Open mic sign-up starts at 6:30. The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd., Louisville. https://www.louisvilleliteraryarts.org/september-2018-inky

Sept 20-21 – The 40th anniversary Kentucky Women Writers Conference is bringing an incredible array of voices and talent to downtown Lexington at the beautiful and historic Carnegie Center. The conference features writing workshops, craft talks, panel discussions, and readings with Chantel Acevedo, Ifa Bayeza, Franny Choi, Nicole Chung, DaMaris Hill, Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, Barbara Hurd, Dorianne Laux, Lydia Millet, Ellen Birkett Morris, Antonya Nelson, Savannah Sipple, Alice Speilburg, Darcey Steinke, Ashlee Clark Thompson, and Margaret Verble. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20–21, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Carnegie Center, 251 W. Second Street. $225 general admission, $125 without workshop, $30 students. Workshop slots are limited: advance registration is recommended! More info at https://womenwriters.as.uky.edu/

Sept. 20–21, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. – Heartland Book Festival – Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, James S. Owen Building, 600 College Street Rd., Elizabethtown, KY. Free and open to the public. More info at https://www.heartlandbookfestival.org/

Writing Opportunities


Southern Indiana Review

Contests for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. First prizes of $2,000 in each category. Entry fee $20. Deadline Oct. 1. https://www.usi.edu/sir/awards-contests/mohr-award/2019-mary-c-mohr-awards/

Activism Anthology Call for Submissions

Something happened and made you want to get involved in transforming your organization, neighborhood, community, state, or country. You decided to speak up for something you care about, and did so through words, images, or actions. Or, maybe this is the first time you are speaking out. MuseWrite Press seeks short stories, poems, essays, and creative nonfiction that capture your journey, work, and/or goals regarding your activism. Considering unpublished submissions of no more than 2,500 words. Email submissions to musewritecommunity@yahoo.com by October 15, 2019. Include a 50-word bio. Visit www.MuseWrite.com for info on press and editors.

The Revolution Call for Submissions

The Revolution (Relaunch) is a revisionary, radical, and creative resurgence of the women’s rights newspaper founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (1868-1872). We’re interested in flash with a socio-political bent—from work that engages with literature and film to current events and politics. We also publish memoir and poetry. If you’re inspired to produce evocative, first-person, social-justice oriented writing—sexual, racial, economic, border-related, or other—then we’d love the opportunity to read your work. All prose submissions should be under 750 words. Submit no more than one piece of prose and no more than three poems or three pieces of visual art to . therevolutionrelaunch.com

The American Journal of Poetry Volume 8 Call for Submissions

Now reading for Volume Eight. Please visit us to read our previous volumes filled with poems from poets the world over, from the first-published to the most acclaimed in literature. A unique voice is highly prized. Be bold, uncensored, take risks. Our hallmark is “STRONG Rx MEDICINE.” We are the home of the long poem! No restrictions as to subject matter, style, or length. Published biannually online. Submissions accepted through our online submission manager, Submittable; a submission fee is charged. theamericanjournalofpoetry.com

Chicken Soup Stories About Christmas
https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics
Deadline January 30, 2020. We are now collecting stories for our HOLIDAY 2020 book and we are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities, too. We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives, as we gather with family, with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days. Keep your story to 1,200 words or less. Story must be true. No fiction, no creative writing. If we publish your story, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book, and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in.

 

 

 

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