January meetings

Happy new year, writers! There are two opportunities to meet up this January:

WOTA in the afternoon will meet on Thursday, January 3 from 1 to 3 pm in room 201 of Musser Public Library. Bring a pen, bring a friend, bring a short work to share.

We’ll have our monthly evening meeting on Tuesday, January 15 with the business discussion starting at 5:30 and the writing starting at 6. We have folks on deck to lead us in writing exercises and share work for longer critique, along with the usual sharing of short work. Hope to see you at one or both meetings!

If you’re up for a challenge, we generated this list of words at the holiday party. Use them in a poem, song, story, essay, whatever-you-like and share with us: flamingo, riotous, generate, elaborate, parrot, bright, Christmas, resolute, entertain.

Hope your 2019 is full of inspiration!


December Events

WOTA in the afternoon 12/6

Join us on December 6 for WOTA in the afternoon! We’ll meet from 1 to 3 pm in room 201 of the Musser Public Library in Muscatine. Bring a short work to share & be prepared to talk writing.

Holiday stroll 12/7

Then stop by the WOTA table during downtown Muscatine’s Holiday Stroll on Friday, December 7. There will be much to enjoy all along 2d Street, but you can find WOTA (and our books!) in Trinity Episcopal Church, 211 Walnut Street, from 5 – 7 pm during the annual soup supper. Stop by for soup, buy books for everyone on your gift list, and enjoy a little holiday cheer!

Holiday party & open mic 12/18

Instead of our regular meeting, we’ll have a holiday party and open mic at 6:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 211 Walnut St. in Muscatine, just across the street from our usual meeting space. Bring a short work to share and sign up to read, sing, chant, or slam for 2-3 minutes. Books will be for sale there, too. This event is free, family friendly, and open to the public, so encourage all your friends to come and help us celebrate everything WOTA has accomplished in 2018. See you there!

November doings

There are a few ways to enjoy WOTA from now through the end of the year!

Afternoons with WOTA

We’ll continue meeting on the first Thursday of each month from 1-3 p.m. in room 201 of Musser Public Library. These are informal and relaxed sessions to share work, tips, advice, and inspiration. Bring something to share! The next two afternoon meeting dates are November 1 and December 6.

Evening meetings

Join us on the third Tuesday of the month for a business meeting starting at 5:30, open to all dues-paying WOTA members. Starting at 6 p.m. we have a writing exercise, share work, and then stay for a critique group after. The November meeting will be held on 11/20 in the first-floor board room of Musser Public library.

Keep your calendar open for our December meeting on 12/18. This will be a holiday party held across the street at Trinity Episcopal Church, and we’ll also host an open mic that is open to the public. Bring something short to read aloud and enjoy food, fun, and the accomplishments of another great year.

October events

Join us for an afternoon with WOTA on Thursday, October 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. in room 201 at Musser Public Library! We’re launching an afternoon meeting for those who can’t make Tuesday night or just want more WOTA in their life. Bring a pen, bring a friend, bring a short work to share.

We’ll meet again on Tuesday, October 16 in the board room of Musser Public Library for our regular monthly meeting. Business starts at 5:30 and the fun at 6. We’ll participate in a writing activity, share short work, and then anyone who wishes can stay for the critique group, where we discuss longer works in more detail.

If you’re looking for some inspiration this month, write a piece using these words: pumpkin, headless, shadowy, surprise.

As always, writers of any genre, any age, and any level of experience are welcome to WOTA meetings. There is a membership fee for those who want the WOTA perks (like discounts on books, access to grants and scholarships, etc.) but inquiry meetings are free.

And if you’re starting your holiday shopping, remember that books make great gifts! WOTA anthologies are available for sale on Amazon and from your favorite WOTA member.

See you soon, and happy writing!

September Meetings & Events

We’re excited to announce three ways to mingle with writers this September!

Join local writers in room 201 of the Musser Public Library on Thursday, September 6 between 1 and 3 p.m. This is an inaugural afternoon meeting designed to create a forum and supportive space for those who can’t make the regular Tuesday night meetings—and anyone who wants more WOTA in their lives.

riv to riv coverOn Saturday, September 8 join us at Muscatine’s Second Saturday as we add area authors Tom McKay and Mike Bayles to the mix of music, food, crafts, and fun on display on downtown 2d street. Stop by between 4 and 8 p.m. to greet Tom and Mike, buy and sign books, check out the new poetry anthology, and find out more about WOTA.

Then join us for our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of Musser Public Library. You’re welcome to attend the business meeting, starting at 5:30, to help us plan upcoming events. Writing exercises and activities will start at 6, and those who are interested can stay for a longer critique workshop after we all share work. Bring a pen, bring a friend, bring a short work to share. See you there!

August Word Challenge

Join Writers on the Avenue for our August monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 21 in the first-floor conference room of Musser Public Library, 408 E. 2d St., Muscatine. The business meeting starts at 5:30, and your input is appreciated; the writing portion, including exercises, sharing work, and the critique group, commence at 6:00 p.m.

If you’re looking for a writing prompt, the July group generated this list of words: peace, ferris wheel, penmanship, overboard, score, vacation, exhilarating, release, wing, county fair, spendthrift, exit, and jehosaphat (if you don’t have use for mild expletives, you can overlook this last).  Can you tell it’s fair season? Remember to bring copies to share. Also, feel free to post your work here to share — we always love seeing what people come up with!

Come out to Muscatine’s Second Saturday in August and stop by WOTA’s table on 2d street to browse books, chat with local authors, and find out more about what we do. Hope your month is full of inspiration!

July meeting & more

Please join us for our monthly WOTA meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at the Musser Public Library’s new digs at 408 E 2d St. in Muscatine, right across from beautiful Trinity Episcopal church. We’ll meet in the board room on the ground floor and I imagine we’ll all have great fun in the swivel chairs. The business meeting begins at 5:30 to plan upcoming events and such; the writing fun starts at 6:00. Bring a friend, bring a pen, bring a short work to share.

If you’re searching for inspiration, we generated the following words for the challenge. Work them into a poem, story, memoir, screenplay, microfiction, collage, song, or whatever form you wish: ICE CREAM, FOLLOW, PENALTY, CORPULENT, APPLE, TOMATO, FLOOR, ELECTRIFYING, ANTICIPATION, HUMIDITY. Don’t ask me why there’s a food theme to this one. Just go with it.

As our writing exercise for the June meeting, we experimented with ways to make our writing more descriptive. The tips that Misty shared and the exercise she suggested are available at her blog, The Writing Well, for those interested.

Keep writing!

Upcoming in April

First and foremost: The deadline for our spring poetry contest in March 30, so send your entries if you haven’t already and you reside in the included counties. We can’t wait to read your work!

Our March meeting witnessed some old favorites and some new thrills as we continue to tweak our new meeting format. We tried our hand at writing haiku (and didn’t do too badly!) and the critique group had an earnest and successful beginning. This summer we hope to bring local authors and good lit to the Muscatine Second Saturday events, and scholarships are available for the Creativity Camp in June—contact us for more details.

Last but not least, if you’re up for the challenge, incorporate these words into a piece and post here or on our Facebook page: pear, redundant, agnostic, befuddled, intent, enlightened, elevation, procrastination, cement, admiration, and relief. Lots of feelings in those words. Have fun, and keep writing!

March Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, March 20 at the Student Center at Muscatine Community College for the next Writers on the Avenue meeting! The business meeting will begin at 5:30 to discuss the poetry contest and upcoming anthology. The writing fun will begin at 6:00. Bring a pen, bring a friend, bring something to share.

We will do a writing exercise, share our short works, and hold a critique session at the end. As always, there will be lots of camaraderie and inspiration as we try to bring out the best in one another. New members are always welcome!

If you’re up for a challenge this month, incorporate these words into a story, essay, song, poem, or whatever else suits your fancy. The words are: sestina, gerbil, lordosis, sabertooth, open, hilarious, queen, power, fidelity, and apricot. Feel free to post your response as a comment here, or share to the Facebook group. Write away!