Holiday Party & Open Mic

Join us for a holiday party and open mic to celebrate the season and WOTA! We’ll meet from 6:oo to 8:00 pm in room 301 of Musser Public Library on Tuesday, December 21. Wear your favorite festive attire–holiday hats and ugly sweaters encouraged–and feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share. Be prepared to sing carols as well as sharing short works. WOTA books will be available for sale if you need to tick items off that gift list!

November Writing Challenge

Looking for a little autumnal inspiration to fill that blank page? Try writing something with these words:

  • calm
  • creation
  • parallel
  • nation
  • robin
  • yeast
  • basking
  • invisible
  • expanding
  • stump
  • bizarre

Want a different prompt? Write an essay, story, scene, poem, or hybrid piece about making your favorite food.

Bring copies to the WOTA meeting on November 17, post to the Facebook page, or add in a comment here!

October writing challenge

October writing challenge

The first part of this challenge is to capture 13 words. Some ideas:

  1. Collect 13 words from storefronts or billboards you pass in your car or ads that pop up on your computer screen
  2. Pull a book off your shelf that you haven’t touched in years and randomly pick out 13 words from page numbers that include the numbers 1 and 3
  3. Give yourself 13 hours and pick a word once an hour that gives you a little tingle or chill
  4. Consult your favorite little ghoul(s) and have them suggest words

When you have your 13 words, write a spooky story, horrific poem, eerie essay, or other piece of your choosing. Bring a copy to pass around at the meeting and scare our socks off!

September Writing Challenge: Myths & Legends

Write a piece (100-1000 words) on a myth or legend from your life. It can be something you grew up with, something you discovered later in life, something you’ve always been guided or intrigued or haunted by, something entirely invented from your own pure brain, or something you share with others in a culture, a region, the world. Any and all myths are fair game, but we want to hear about the ones that obsess you. Bring a copy to the September meeting and/or post as comment here to share with others!

July writing challenge

Write something of any style, any genre with these words:

twist
murmur
danger
listen
shimmer
quiver
earth
life
vast
ocean
rare
soul

Post to the comments below, share in the Facebook group, or bring copies to share at the July 20 meeting in the third-floor meeting room at Musser Public Library, 6-8 pm. Happy writing!

The Teeter-Totter Writing Challenge

Has the soggy spring bogged down your muse? Are you looking for a prompt to get your writing for the day? Has it been a while since you challenged yourself to write something new and you’re just looking for a place to start?

WOTA is happy to bring you June’s writing challenge–to compose a short piece of any length, style, genre, or subject matter using the following words:

yellow
broken
corpulent
variegated
infinite
liquid
teeter-totter

Bring your piece to the June meeting (details coming soon), post on our Facebook page, or share your work here and inspire others!

Nine adjectives and a coffee cup: a writing challenge

In our giddiness at being able to meet again in person, if distanced and masked, participants at the April WOTA meeting reinstated the writing challenge. Ready?

The challenge: use these 10 words to write a short piece in any style of your choosing–flash fiction, micro essay, poem, song, screenplay, hybrid, what have you. Post your piece below or in the Facebook group, and bring copies to the May meeting to share!

The 9 adjectives are: PRISTINE, FROLICSOME, TALL, CORUSCATED, WHITE, HARMONIOUS, REBELLIOUS, INTERESTING, and CONFUSING.

The noun is: COFFEE CUP.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Pearl City Press publishes first title

Writers on the Avenue and Pearl City Press are thrilled to announce the publication of their first title, Misty Urban’s moving story collection Married, Living in Italy.

Hailed as “a keen observer of the human condition, a skillful wordsmith who writes with powerful clarity, and an absorbing storyteller who commands your attention,” Urban offers a sequence of beautiful, poignant stories “about what matters in all of our lives”–“grief, loss, longing, and survival despite it all.”

Look for your digital copy on Amazon or other favorite retailers and library services now, with a Nook version in progress. For those who prefer hard copy, the paperback will release on April 30. Please join me in offering a hearty thanks to the editorial board who helped launch the press and bring this book into being, and show your support for Pearl City Press by leaving Married, Living in Italy a glowing review!

Announcing the launch of Pearl City Press!

Writers on the Avenue is excited to announce the launch of our new publishing imprint, Pearl City Press.

The mission of Pearl City Press is to give voice to vibrant stories telling a human truth from a new or unheard perspective.

Check out the website for forthcoming titles and stay tuned for releases and giveaways. We at WOTA are looking forward to this next step of supporting writers and the literary arts in and around Muscatine and, now, beyond.